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1996 US/Canada Discovery


In 1996, the Discovery comes in three basic models: SD, SE and SE7


  • 14-guage boxed-steel ladder frame
  • Welded steel monocoque underbody mounted to chassis at 10 rubber-insulated points
  • Outer body panels are aluminum, except steel roof section


    4.0 liter, 182 hp, 233 lb-ft torque MFI aluminum V-8 engine

    Type: V8 OHV, cast aluminum alloy cylinder heads and block; dry steel cylinder liners
    Displacement: 241 cu inches (3950cc)
    Bore and Stroke: 3.7in x 2.8in (94mm x 77mm)
    Compression Ratio: 9.35:1
    Maximum Power: 182 bhp @ 4750 rpm
    Maximum Torque: 233 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm
    Fuel management: Multiport fuel injection
    Fuel requirement: Unleaded - Premium


    Five-speed manual or ZF four-speed automatic
              Manual    Automatic
    5th       0.732:1       -
    4th       1.000:1   0.732:1
    3rd       1.397:1   1.000:1
    2nd       2.132:1   1.480:1
    1st       3.321:1   2.480:1
    Reverse   3.535:1   2.090:1
    Clutch: 10.5 inch (267mm) push diaphram spring

Drive Train

    Permanent four-wheel drive with LT-230T two-speed transfer gearbox with manually locking center differential


    • Long-travel single rate coil springs
    • Dual-acting hydraulic dampers located by radius arms and Panhard rods
    • Sway bar
    • Long-travel progressive rate coil springs
    • Dual-acting hydraulic dampers located by trailing links and central A-frame system
    • Sway bar
    Vertical Wheel Travel
    • 8 inches front (203mm)
    • 11 inches rear (279mm)


    Front: Spiral bevel differential, enclosed constant-velocity joints, fully-floating hubs
    Rear: Spiral beval differential, fully floating hubs
    Ratio: Front and Rear: 3.54:1


    Hydraulic, power actuated four-wheel disc brakes with four-channel, all-terrain anti-lock brakes (ABS) Front: Outboard discs with 4 piston calipers, dual hydraulic circuit with front-rear split
    Rear: Outboard disc
    HandBrake: Drum type operating on transferbox rear output shaft


    Type: Power assisted worm and roller design
    Ratio: 19.3:1 on center, 14.3:1 on full lock
    Turns lock-to-lock: 3.3
    Turning circle: 39.4 ft (12m)
    Steering Wheel Diameter: 12.1 in (386mm)


    Michelin M_S radial or Goodyear Eagle GT+4 M+S radial
    Full sized spare wheel and tire
    Tire Size: 235/70R-16 H-speed rated
    Wheels: 16 x 7 in aluminum alloy

Towing (all models)

  • Unbraked Trailer (On or Off Road): 1650lb (750 kg)
  • Trailer with Brakes:
    • Off-Road: 2200lb (1000 kg)
    • On-Road (low range): 7700lb (3500 kg)
    • On-Road (high range): 5000lb (2275 kg)


    Front Overhang: 18.2 in (462mm)
    Rear Overhang: 29.2 in (742mm)
    Angle of Approach: 38 degrees
    Angle of Departure: 28 degrees
    Maximum gradient: 45 degrees
    Maximum Wading Depth: 19.7 in (500mm)


    Curb Weight: 4465 lb. (2065 kg)
    Gross Vehicle: 6019 lb. (2730kg)
    Maximum permissible tongue weight: 330 lb. (150kg)

Vehicle Dimensions

    Overall length: 178.7in/4539mm
    Overall height: 77.4 (6ft. 5.4 in) (1966mm)
    Overall Width: 70.6in/1793mm
    Wheelbase: 100.0 in/2540mm
    Track front and rear: 58.5 in/1486mm
    Ground clearance under
      Differential: 8.1 in (206mm)
      Axle: 11.8 in (309mm)
      Frame: 14.4in (365mm)
    Loading Height: 29.0 in (739mm)
    Rear Opening Width: 60.6 in (1539mm)
    Rear Opening Height: 29.0 in (739mm)
    Front Headroom: 37.4 in (950mm)
    Front Hiproom: 58.9 in (1496mm)
    Front Legroom: 38.5 in (978mm)
    Rear Headroom: 39.2 in (996mm)
    Rear Hiproom: 58.9 in (1496mm)
    Rear Legroom (min): 36.3 in (892mm)


    Usable luggage capacity
      rear seat in use: 45.8 cu. ft. (1.29m^3)
      rear seat folded: 69.8 cu. ft. (1.96m^3)
    Maximum roof rack load: 110 lb. (50 kg.)
    Fuel Tank: 23.4 U.S. gallons/ 88.5 liters


  • Premium 90-watt factory installed audio system
  • Six acousticaly tuned speakers, amplified subwoofer system
  • Binnacle-mounted audio controls for volume, station and track/disc selection

Safety and Security

  • Diver and passenger airbag supplemental restraint system
  • Side door impact beams in the front and rear doors
  • Four-channel, four wheel all-terrain anti-lock disc brake system
  • Front and rear outboard one-piece, three point lap/shoulder belts
  • Head restraints integral front and rear (outboard position)
  • Center high-mount stop lamp
  • Vehicle security system with remote keyless entry
  • Roll-up rear loadspace cover
  • Child locks for rear doors, windows and sunroofs (if so equipped)
  • Locking fuel filler cover
  • Rear-view mirror with automatic dimmer


  • The world's first sport utility side-to-side variable dual temperature setttings and CFC-free air conditioning
  • Electronic cruise control with steering-wheel-mounted controls
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Reclining ergonomic designed front bucket seats


  • Power windows with backlit controls and one-touch feature on front windows
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Power-off delay logic for window and sunroof operation
  • Central locking doors and 5th rear door
  • Center console storage bin, full size dash glove box, front and cargo door map pockets and front-seatback storage pockets
  • Retractible dash-mounted cup holders
  • Split 60/40 folding rear seat
  • Dual electrically adjustible and heated exterier mirrors
  • Full instrumentation, including tachometer
  • electric rear-window defroster
  • Variable-speed front wipers with intermittant feature
  • Rear-window washer and wiper
  • Quartz hologen headlamps with power wash
  • Integral Class III trailer tow hitch receiver
  • Front Spoiler

Discovery Trim Levels

                              SD     SE     SE7
    5-Speed Manual            S      N/A     O
    4-Speed Auotmatic         O      S       S
    Cloth                     S      N/A    N/A
    SD Leather +              O      N/A    N/A
    SE Leather 7 Power Seats  N/A    S       S
    Castor Wheels             S      O       O
    Freestyle Wheels          O      S       S
    Dual Sunroofs             N/A    S       S
    Fog Lights                O      S       S
    Rear Jump Seats           O      O       S
    Rear A/C                  N/A    N/A     S*
    Rear Step                 O      O       S
    Six-Disc CD Changer       O      O       O
    + Availible only one the automatic
    * Not availible in Canada
    S = Standard
    O = Optional
    N/A = Not Availible


  • 3 year/42,000 miles (70,000km in Canada) new vehicle limited warranty
  • 6 year/unlimited milage corrosion perforation limited warranty
  • Land Rover 24-Hour Road Recovery service

Service Interval

Every 7,500 miles


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