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Old 28 May 2009, 18:10   #1
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Discovery upgrade advice TDI to what?

A few years ago we bought a N plate Discovery TDI (after consulting the forum here) which my wife uses for travel to work and towing a horse box, when called on it is also superb for towing/launching the boat.
The time has come for an upgrade, my wife loves the discovery so I would like to stick to a disco. It has to be automatic and as ecomonical as possible.
If you had about 10K to spend what would you go for? what should I avoid? any advice gratefully accepted.
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Old 28 May 2009, 18:49   #2
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Disco or what ?

Having spent 10 years working for Landrover and having a similar situation myself I bought a Shogun in fact I am on my second !!

I am Landrover through and through but the simple fact is the later tdi's and TD5 in my opinion are a nightmare without warranty's and could cost you a fortune just keeping it on the road. in fact there was a time LR did not used to offer warranty on anything older than 5 years

It was purely the fact that Japanese vehicles (electronics etc) just seam to be far more reliable (look at the japanese out boards for example) As mine is only now used as a tow truck my current LWB shogun 2.8 with Leather A/C cruise control etc etc was bought for 3000 granted It had done 100k but does not put a foot wrong and because it was a year 2000 is still only 190 year road fund licence. everything still works spot on. My last shogun was 1993 import I only swapped that because it was a 2.5 TD and I wanted the 2.8 Turbo intercooler. 10k would buy you something really Nice - I would half the budget buy something reliable and not worry about the fuel consumption because you bought it right

All just my opinion - there are plenty of back to back road tests out on he web
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Old 28 May 2009, 19:58   #3
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Well I bought a later tdi without a warrenty and it never lets me down!!! It tows far better than a mitsubishi and more weight.

For 10K you will get a very nice TD5 Discovery 2. You will get one of the last of them. I had one on lease for a while and loved it to bits.

Off road it's prob the best ever made - still got beam axles but still pretty good on road - much better than a Discovery1.

The ideal choice is a GS 7 seater. No ACE but still handles very well but less to go wrong and better axle articulation. The 7 seater gives you air suspension at the rear. You get traction control and hill decent control.

Buy from a main dealer - they give good guarantees and also their prices seem better than most these days!!!

http://www.stratstone.com/vehiclesea...discovery.html

In fact for 10499 they have the very model - in silver with 51,000 miles - 2003 year!!!
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Old 28 May 2009, 20:07   #4
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Just looked and you can get a Discovery 3 for 10,000 at auction

http://www.brightwellsauctions.co.uk...ultsrecent.asp

But of course no warrenty. I am a firm believer in buying the last of a model rather than the 1st of the next generation.
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Old 28 May 2009, 21:31   #5
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I am a firm believer in buying the last of a model rather than the 1st of the next generation.
Me too. The D3s are just about settling down now but the first couple of years were awful.

I have a 2002 D2 and in the seven years I have had it, I've had few problems - mine's a V8 but the Td5s aren't a lot different, there are a few problems that crop up but none of them are expensive to sort out and there is plenty of help around - www.lr4x4.com is a site I am a moderator on and generally regarded as one of the best for technical help. The V8 auto is lovely but horribly expensive to run - though they are also cheaper to buy so its swings and roundabouts really. I don't like the Td5 auto, try one before you buy one. Mileage is nothing much to be afraid of with the Td5 engine in fact they seem to thrive on a bit of punishment and the ones that give trouble are the low-milers that potter round town and never get hot.

There is nothing wrong with the Jap vehicles - personally I would buy a Prado over a Pajero/Shogun - but I just think they are boring, like driving round in a fridge or microwave.
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Old 28 May 2009, 23:11   #6
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I don't normally like diesel autos but the Discovery 2 I had was fine. They remapped the chip on the engine on later ones to compensate for extra drag - or so I was told.

It really was awesome offroad and very smooth on road.

Compared to an auto 200/300tdi it will feel like a rocket ship!!!
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Old 29 May 2009, 03:14   #7
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Disco

At the end of the day - you pays your money and takes your choice !!

LR sold plenty of the Disco's and there were plenty of very loyal owners but having had 7 as company cars my view may have been some what tainted, but I am very happy with my current choice - It is down to your own preference and experiences
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What about Nissan?

Hi,

have you looked at the Nissan Pathfinder?

I have always had LR - Series 2, 3 (x2), Disco and Range Rover Classic (which i still regret having sold). The latter were always second /tow cars so realiability didn't awlays matter so much...........I love landys, but wouldn't have wanted to rely on any of mine as main means of transport - possibly due to their age etc. However, for the last 4 years have been driving a Jeep WJ (Grand Cherokee) on LPG. Love it, but it's just beginning to show it's age and so have been looking around.

The Pathfinder is my current favourite option. Japanese Reliability, Loads of space (7 seats), and is a proper off roader whilst being relatively comfortable etc on road. Good vfm too IMO.

Might be worth a look. Although Auto's are slightly harder to come by than the Manual's (Auto would be my preference too).

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I took the Disoc 2 onto Gap Road in the Beacons and various roman roads - it coped no problem at all - made it look so easy. My mates Amazon grounded out twice and he refused to go any further as did a Shogun.

The pics don't really do it justice. The quad bike was stuck and another Disco had to tow him out - it's a lot steeper than it looks.

Of course my Defender is better again offroad but the Discovery 2 was also used for a lot of motorway work and was just so relaxing to drive. Not many vehicles can combine the both so well.

I have leased/hired loads of cars - this is one of the very few I really didn't want to give back!!!
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Thanks for the advice guys. I am sure it will end up being a disco, my wife has loved the tdi and is heart set on a newer one,. They seem to be the vehicle of choice for towing horseboxes so she has loads of confidence in them. If I get a sniff of one that fits the bill I will let you know. I liked the look of the one that codders posted the stratsone link to but its in yorkshire which is too far for me to go and look and whilst I know they will transport it if I commit to buy I would rather see it first.
Codders- nice pics of the off-roading, one question why does it look like a toy dog is driving?
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