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Old 25 February 2006, 17:39   #1
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My brilliant ebay bargain

Well I was rather dubious about buying a vehicle off Ebay but what a brilliant deal.

I love my discovery to bits - it is brilliant - totally MINT condition - stunning to drive and ever bit as good as the new one I had on lease a while ago.

The car has only done 52,000 miles and was serviced every 5,000 with all the bills and milages recorded etc.

Stunning to drive - brought it back from London in a snow storm Thu night - went for a play today!!!

Never even had a tow hitch on it - will soon change that!!!
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Old 25 February 2006, 17:43   #2
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One of the last TDI300s? or V8?

ES or Premium?

And the obvious question... tell us how much of a brilliant bargain?

Like your pictures by the way!

Acksherly... I can see why it was such a bargain - manual with cloth seats. Good for the price though.
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Old 25 February 2006, 17:53   #3
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Yes last of Tdi engines - Limited Edition Safari model - all the toys bar 2 I didn't want - no leather and manual sunroofs.

Paid 6,000 for it may sound a bit steep but dealers are charging as much as 9,000 for the same thing - already been offered 7,500 for it!!!

TD5 is more refined on road but also uses more fuel. Upto about 50mph the 300tdi sounds a bit rough but over that speed it gets more and more refined.

In low range the engine braking is incredible - steepest hill I could find - about 1mph going up or down.

I honestly think with a V8 there would be almost no difference between the late series 1 and the series 2 Discovery.
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Yes last of Tdi engines - Limited Edition Safari model - all the toys bar 2 I didn't want - no leather and manual sunroofs.
Has your's got the subwoofer in the back door?
Just wondered as I had never seen any till I found mine
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Old 26 February 2006, 18:07   #5
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Has your's got the subwoofer in the back door?
Just wondered as I had never seen any till I found mine
Yes it has - brilliant setup - and the CD autochanger even plays copied cds - sounds great with Scooter!!!

Just been for a spin up to the Elan valley area - stunning!!!

Can't believe how well the discovery handles - no ACE or anything like that but very flat around corners - much harder ride offroad than my 110 though.

300tdi is NOT as good on road as the TD5 but uses less fuel and is better offroad.

With a V8 I don't think there would be much difference between a late series 1 and a series 2 Discovery.
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hopefully it is a manual as the 300 tdi autos are crap for towing as the box overheats so take care if the light comes on and give it a rest for 10 mins before carrying on. extra fans and intercoolers on the auto box seems to have little effect. I know your boat is quite large and heavy so take care if tis the auto one.

i had a 200 manual, 300 auto and now td5 auto for the past few years

200 was rough but faster and economical, sloppy on the road
300 was sluggish, overheated the box slightly less sloppy on the road
td5 best of bunch and auto box superb but not as fast as would like, handles nicest

all my landys have sold for more than i paid for them which keeps me happy

ps does your bass speaker in the door rattle the back of the car if you play some thumping music?
have harmon kardon system in mine and kicks out some thump and rattle
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It's a manual.

Autobox shouldn't overheat as it's the same one in the TD5 - a ZF 4 spd. It helps a lot to change up and down manually with an auto box when towing - maybe that's why yours was overheating - hunting up and down the gears?

No the sub doesn't cause the door to rattle - the discovery is SO much like new it's incredible - I have had hire cars with 5,000 miles on the clock in worse condtion from Avis.

This is my first older Discovery - I had a TD5 auto on lease for 15,000 miles - loved it but thirsty for a diesel.

Also had a new shape Range Rover for a while - loved it but expensive to run.
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cool looks like you got a bargain then, sounds to be in really nice condition so hopefully will give you years of joy

i have had a lot of autos and i know all about how to drive them in manual and lock to a gear but the plain truth of the 300 in auto form is overheating if used for prolonged periods. cornwall was the place that used to give it most grief.
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hopefully it is a manual as the 300 tdi autos are crap for towing as the box overheats so take care if the light comes on and give it a rest for 10 mins before carrying on. extra fans and intercoolers on the auto box seems to have little effect. I know your boat is quite large and heavy so take care if tis the auto one.
Really ? I tow a Pacific 22 with my 300 TDI and I recon the auto is superb.

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Codprawn,
I too have a Tdi 300 safari, far better offroad and for slow speeds than my Td5, but Td5 was better on the road providing you didn't stall it pulling away . Keep an eye on the sunroofs as they are notorious for leaking. Having glued all the seals back in, it still leaks.

Never had a problem towing, absolutely rock solid and stops ok as well.
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