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Old 12 November 2012, 00:00   #11
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D4 has a 8 speed which is so nice
D4 only went 8spd at 2012 model year so any D4 older than just over 12 months will be 6 spd.
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Old 12 November 2012, 02:38   #12
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With our low mileage the mpg and less gears, smaller engine aren't an issue really. Mate's wife has one and its nice enough inside. Any reliability problems?
For the money I would look for a good D3 HSE with good service history they did had problem in the early days main one being compressor which was not up to the job, but these where upgraded & although mine was never a problem was replaced when mine was in for a service with out me asking!
Big money service is at 7 years or 10k as the belts are to be changed.
If you want lower RFL you will have to go for early 06 which is 275 I think?
If you have not already looked then go to Disco3.com but do remember most people only make themselves heard when things go wrong, they are a great car & do everything very well.
It's a executive motorway mile muncher, van, people carrier, tow horse, dose the lot
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Old 12 November 2012, 03:52   #13
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8 speed? They are truly going mad...

If you are looking for something to keep for 8-10 years I would not in a million years start with a six year old D3. Trust me, I was a LR dealer for 15 years - I still have my D2 for a good reason, and it isn't because I can't afford to replace it.

Lovely cars but something to buy, own for the warranty period plus maybe a year or two, and replace with another one. Designed for that, what happens to them at 15 years old is not part of the design. One we looked after had four turbos in less than 10,000 miles, and the electrics when they get old are going to be a nightmare.

A Defender is an acquired taste which you either acquire or you don't (I have one, I love it, I'd not be without it and neither would I drive it every day if I could avoid it). I don't know if you have ever owned one, but if you haven't, get a long drive first. You may hate it or you may be incurably smitten

The Defender isn't a model of reliability either, but there is nothing much too expensive, it's mostly fairly predictable what goes wrong, and most of it can be fixed at home if you are that way inclined.

Hate to say it but for that sort of ownership period I would be looking at Japanese vehicles.
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Old 12 November 2012, 05:17   #14
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8 speed? They are truly going mad...
9 speed coming to a showroom near you :-) soonish
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Paul, for the sort of money you are talking and what you want to do with it, I would go for a late model D2, they are very comfortable, eat the miles up, tow like a train and relatively cheap to run. The D3/4 are great, but all that electrics and Landrover will never go together once they are out of warranty, there are enough problems with the Defender electrics! I know where I'd be spending my hard earned dosh, our D2 has done 120K now, still looks good, tows the rib no problem, just make sure you get one with a full service history, there are plenty of good ones about!
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8 speed? They are truly going mad...
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I suppose you won't see the benefit without any motorway driving but over here the 8th speed results in a very economical and quiet ride. Was in new 3.0L XF on yesterday which has the same ZF 8 speeder. Noticed how quiet it was in comparison to the old 2.7 with a six, and noticed it was doing <1900rpm at 90
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Try a Defender, a D2 & D3, what you like and can live with is very personal. On any of these vehicles, there is nothing that cant be fixed or replaced. The higher you go up the "food chain", Defender - D2 - D3 - D4 the higher the cost to fix.
Any of these would do what you ask of it and at 18K will get you a nice motor.
If it were me, I would get the best D2 I could find, spend around 8K and keep the rest
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Paul, for the sort of money you are talking and what you want to do with it, I would go for a late model D2, they are very comfortable, eat the miles up, tow like a train and relatively cheap to run. The D3/4 are great, but all that electrics and Landrover will never go together once they are out of warranty, there are enough problems with the Defender electrics! I know where I'd be spending my hard earned dosh, our D2 has done 120K now, still looks good, tows the rib no problem, just make sure you get one with a full service history, there are plenty of good ones about!
And carefully check the rear chassis, known area for corrosion other wise nice truck.
Id also only ever get an auto, hits the mpg a little but fantastic to drive and tow and not forgetting no dual-mass flywheel BS to worry about
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9 speed coming to a showroom near you :-) soonish
And the showroom is where it will be staying

Also a vote for a D2, worth paying over the odds for a really good one. I have a nice 45,000 mile mint V8 auto for the right price
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And the showroom is where it will be staying

Also a vote for a D2, worth paying over the odds for a really good one. I have a nice 45,000 mile mint V8 auto for the right price
Not sure I'd ever vote for a D2 over a D3 if I had 18k to spend as the OP says
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