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Old 18 March 2006, 14:51   #1
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Disco for trailing

Advice please. Trailing a 7.0 mtr RIB. Current car limited to 1500kg max and with boat/trailer/kit/fuel I'm on the limit with a petrol/part time 4x4. Need something that can tow the weight comfortably & I can feel more confident with when launching.

Looking to buy a 2nd hand diesel disco. To all you guys with one:

1. What do I need to look out for when buying?

2. Reliability issues -what goes wrong with them? Heard a lot about niggly problems/build quality/dodgy electrics. What experience of you had with them? Am I asking for trouble & would I be better off with something else ? Landcruiser?

3. Looking at high spec (like my creature comforts) - more prone to problems?

4. Do you compomise ability by going auto?

Lot to ask I know but any info would be useful.

Cheers. Jeff
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Old 18 March 2006, 15:07   #2
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Look here

land rover

and here at the one I just bought.

My brilliant ebay bargain
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Old 18 March 2006, 15:42   #3
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Watch out for all of them unless it's a Disco 3. The rest are made from the BL parts bin.
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Old 18 March 2006, 16:29   #4
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Watch out for all of them unless it's a Disco 3. The rest are made from the BL parts bin.
Totally agree unless Disco 3 go for Landcruiser
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Old 18 March 2006, 17:28   #5
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If you want a nice simple easy to fix vehicle for a reasonable price get a good second hand Discovery Tdi, one of the late ones for preference (they stopped making the Tdi in mid 1998), nice and stable for towing. Any serious problems will most likely long since have been fixed. Autos are good in one way for towing as they are smooth, but I think they are a little short of puff with the Tdi engine (and the Td5 for that matter) others disagree and you can always uprate it with a bigger intercooler and fuel pump tweaks anyway, not that expensive. The higher spec ES ones aren't really much more complicated its mostly just leather, fancy wireless, twin sunroofs, that sort of thing.

Later ones 1999-2004 with the Td5 engine are also good, I run a 2002 4.0 V8 auto (same vehicle except with the V8) which is wonderful to tow with but a little hard on the juice ... I love it though. The later ones are more reliable on the whole and the roadholding is certainly considerably better.

Discovery 3s are too new to think about IMHO, too much electricity to go wrong and I wouldn't consider one for at least another year. I'm not even sure if I will consider one then -- I'll reserve judgement until I see what else goes wrong!! There's nothing wrong with many of the Japanese 4x4s, I just don't like them because most of them were designed by somebody with a bag over their head. A Landcruiser Colorado (Prado) would be a good alternative but I don't know much about what to look for on those.

Regardless of what you buy, if possible get one without a towing hitch, because if it has towed all its life the transmission may be a bit tired by now. Basically they are mechanically sound if properly maintained but the single most important bit of advice I can give is to find somebody who knows Discoverys from top to bottom and get them to come and look at anything you are buying and test drive it. A lousy driver who has no mechanical sympathy can do a lot of damage to a Land Rover transmission over time with rough gearchanges etc.

If you want to find the Land Rover equivalent of RIBnet go and look on www.lr4x4.com it is an excellent forum (though I could be biased as I am one of the moderators...) lots of friendly people and a staggering amount of collective knowledge about anything with a green oval on it
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Old 18 March 2006, 18:45   #6
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If you want to find the Land Rover equivalent of RIBnet go and look on www.lr4x4.com it is an excellent forum (though I could be biased as I am one of the moderators...) lots of friendly people and a staggering amount of collective knowledge about anything with a green oval on it
here here, could not agree more,,re LR4x4.com

Talking about a D3. friend has one,spent more time at the stealers,that he has driving it !! Always smells of Diesel fumes. has a problem with the preheater, with fumes coming into the car, They have had 9 times now, and enough is enough !! Now so bad, his other half had the car 30 miles from home,when it played up,Left it where it was,and came home in a taxi !!!

Back on subject, All down to budget, Valve for money, Go for a series 2 Discovery TD5 ES auto 10-13k aprox
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I use a 2003 TD5 ES auto. It's great for towing the boat and just as at home off road. The ES spec has leather, climate control, ace, etc, hdc, rear air suspension and the list goes on. I have a landrover tow bar with adjustable drop plate and ball / pin hitch.

That said I had the use of a Disco3 TDV6 HSE last week and it was awsome. Didnt tow anything but the grunt from that v6 made my TD5 look very weak indeed We gave it a good off road test and the terrain response system was out of this world. But at 40k it was a little out of my league for the moment.

Which ever you choose you wont be dissapointed.
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Old 18 March 2006, 21:02   #8
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That said I had the use of a Disco3 TDV6 HSE last week and it was awsome. Didnt tow anything but the grunt from that v6 made my TD5 look very weak indeed We gave it a good off road test and the terrain response system was out of this world.
Don't get me wrong the D3 and especially the TDV6 engine is great when it is all working.

Therein lies my reservation.....

All I will say is that the days of buying a diesel engine for simplicity and longevity are a distant and receding memory. Still got my 300Tdi 90 though
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Old 18 March 2006, 21:24   #9
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Disco 3 great on road but lack of proper chassis and no beam axles are drawbacks offroad!!! Yes electronic trickery makes up for a lot but the Disco2 and the Defenders have all three!!!
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Old 19 March 2006, 03:55   #10
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I work with landrovers all day, have done for years, towing loads up & down the country, & into europe.
Take my advise mate we've tried 'em all, DONT buy a disco, they are all absolute crap at towing, only hair dressers use 'em.

We tow with with 110 defenders NOT the TD5 (crap engine) get a TDI every time, getting harder to find now, these landys will pull all day - every day, but if you really want the best towing 4x4 ever, in my opinion get a LAND CRUISER, I use one of these (as I'm the boss) it's the only thing that can out - pull a 110 tdi landy when used in anger.

We had three new discos on a weeks trial, all three drivers bought them back after only one day, & got back into their ol' landys.

Weve tried every 4x4 on the market & this is our results...
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