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Old 21 January 2010, 17:46   #1
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Disco TDi 300

I am thinking of ditching the Touareg and getting a cheap 4x4 for my wife to do the school run in and for me to tow the boat.

Love the Touareg but need the cash to put into a new property.

I was considering a series 2 rangerover 4.6HSE but then soemone reminded me of the 12MPG Fuel consumption and I agreed to give that a miss

I spoke to Tim Fry at Tim Fry landrovers in Cheltenham and he recommended for cheap & hassle free then avoid all the electronics and go for a 300TDi Series 1 Disco.

30MPG all day long and 500 a year to keep on the road were his words.

Having only had a couple of TD5's I am not familiar with the older discos. Anyone care to share their thoughts?
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Old 21 January 2010, 17:53   #2
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TDI 300 Much better than TD5

Just watch out for rotten boots
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Old 21 January 2010, 18:03   #3
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Just watch out for rotten boots
I'm guessing by rotten boots we're talking CV joints Jono?
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Old 21 January 2010, 18:07   #4
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I'm guessing by rotten boots we're talking CV joints Jono?
no rusty base to the boot, pull the carpet up and have a look, also look out for leaky sun roofs.

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Old 21 January 2010, 18:18   #5
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The guy I work with has a 300 which followed a 200 and we have a pal with a TD5. We have a Disco 3, our neighbours also have a 200 and a 300. My point? Discos are pretty popular around these parts. The 300 is possibly the pick of the pre D3, some don't rate the TD5. The 300 should give reasonable economy and decent-ish reliabilty. 30mpg is very optimistic, you may just get that tootling about on decent roads. 25/27 would be more realistic. Expect a bit of water ingress via the sunroofs and rear rooflights which can then rot the boot floors.
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Double checked with my work buddy. 'I've never f'ng heard of anyone getting 30mpg out of one' were his words. He also reckoned that the sills rot, heads go quite regularly, rads are weak and the revised cam-belt tensioner should be fitted.
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Double checked with my work buddy. 'I've never f'ng heard of anyone getting 30mpg out of one' were his words. He also reckoned that the sills rot, heads go quite regularly, rads are weak and the revised cam-belt tensioner should be fitted.
I popped over to Tim Frys today and test drove one.

As much as I love Landrovers... I think the Touareg will be staying. I can't face getting back into a vehicle that old
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I popped over to Tim Frys today and test drove one.

As much as I love Landrovers... I think the Touareg will be staying. I can't face getting back into a vehicle that old
I wonder which will last the longest.....

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Double checked with my work buddy. 'I've never f'ng heard of anyone getting 30mpg out of one' were his words. He also reckoned that the sills rot, heads go quite regularly, rads are weak and the revised cam-belt tensioner should be fitted.
How often is regularly?
I've got a 200tdi and its returning around 30mpg, it doesn't get driven hard though.
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I wonder which will last the longest.....



How often is regularly?
I've got a 200tdi and its returning around 30mpg, it doesn't get driven hard though.
The 200 is better on fuel than the 300, but less refined. Do you guys drive like grannies or live in Holland? No proper 4x4 down will do 30mpg locally.
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