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Old 12 May 2007, 16:25   #41
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Andy, I have owned 2 range rovers and 2 discos, and I really rate them, however dont rule out a car to tow your rib, I have a VW Passat V6 TDI and it is a really good car for towing, I have also found that despite being front wheel driver it can also cope with some pretty greasy slips, Warsash at low tide, Rock Beach in Cornwall to name two.

I do 30K Miles a year for work and found that the costs of servicing and fuel on the discos was over £2500 more per annum than the VW.

Might be worth considering?

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Agree totally! Just ordered me a 2.0 tdi 4 motion estate to tow with, should arrive in 2 weeks. Good performance, loadsa room, good grip, and still a bit on the posh side.....well for a northerner it is.......
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Old 12 May 2007, 16:45   #42
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The 300 is the one I'm looking towards.

So....What to look out for when buying an aged Disco 300 Circa 1994ish

Lets get the ball rolling.....Is there anything wrong with the Manual Box?
heres a few pointers
on our 200
it was manual and did clunk on take up but the older ones did do that apparently, there are two types of gearbox, one was much better than the other but cant remember the lables of them
look everywhere for rust
check around the engine bay and around the struts etc
look for condensation staining from the sunroof as some suffer with that
look for leaky steering boxs
the 200 manual is a bit faster than the 300 apparently
ours did not have ac and was a bitch in the summer as with all the glass it was like a greenhouse and got too hot

on our 300
it was an auto and they over heat if towing large weights at speed or up long hills, manuals are better and give better economy, you can not fix the over heat problem but to put it in perspective our light would come on when we hit the big long hills in cornwall when travelling down there
steering box leaks
when the bearing in the viscous coupling went it made it sound as if the engine was going to explode as the noise was transmitted thru the largish allow casing holding the bearing
look for leaks etc as usual, watch for turbo probs as indicated by jw
ours was in really good condition and only got rid to get the td5 due to lack lusture performance and poor towing capability
the auto gearing is not quite right for towing and you are inbetween gears with a heavy load
most caravanners have the manual 300's....a better bet i would say

look for off road damage where people have been having fun, check underneath carefully, turbo should be heard faintly but it should not be too loud, check high ration/low ration knob and drive around a bit in both

on our td5 we have pilkington glass that is heat reflective and it makes a huge difference, not sure if some 300s can have it or not
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Old 12 May 2007, 20:31   #43
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...on our 300
it was an auto and they over heat if towing large weights at speed or up long hills, manuals are better and give better economy, you can not fix the over heat problem but to put it in perspective our light would come on when we hit the big long hills in cornwall when travelling down there
Sorry, but I'm going to disagree with that. Mine's a 300, I'm not going to admit to the weight of the rig....but, it pulls up hill for a fair bit of it's journey home each time it's out and it's always surprised me that it shows no sign of warming up.
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....the auto gearing is not quite right for towing and you are inbetween gears with a heavy load.
Same again. I may depend on the weight of the boat rig because I found this on the V8 Rangie. On the Disco it simply stays in 3rd until it's on the flat and up to speed.
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Old 13 May 2007, 08:19   #44
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Andy, dug the manual out this morning, a Disco is 4535mm x 1793 mm, so not as big as you might think. Suggest you mark out the drive way and see if it will fit.

In addition to JWs and Debs points on the mechanicals, check the rear boot floor. The join between the roof and the vehicle side walls can leak and the water ends up in the boot unseen. You need to lift the boot space mat, carpet and sound insulation. Mine is 1997 and got wet this winter for the first time. Hopefully now sorted. However if they go unchecked then the boot floor needs replacing. Not the end of the world as there are now aftermarket floors to weld in but well worth checking before buying. My 200 TDI manual did 29mpg and the 300 TDI auto does 26mpg. Both did 25 mpg towing.

I have also had the overheat problem that Debs refers too. But to be fair we were towing Old Spice fully fuelled so 3 tonnes, 270 miles through France in 35 degrees of heat last July. Reach the top of a long hill and the temp light quickly goes out as it drops in temp due to the auto box having an oil cooler fitted. Doesn't normally come on towing in the UK.

Passed a rather nice dark red one in Hamble village yesterday, R plate so 1998? notice in the window said £3200 or near offer.

We have been quite critical here on the Discos because you asked us to, but notice we are still own them so they must still have a lot going for them. A few rust patches wouldn't put me off buying another Disco infact my 300 is my second one. The 300 is the end of the fairly simple mechanical models so easy to DIY service. Parts are cheap and readily available because there are so many Discos and Defenders about.


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Same again. I may depend on the weight of the boat rig because I found this on the V8 Rangie. On the Disco it simply stays in 3rd until it's on the flat and up to speed.
Agreed doesn't go into fourth until 52 mph on mine, thats a little fast for towing Old Spice on some country roads.

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I love these 'Disco's are great' threads. The 'are great' line is then followed by a whole list of stuff which breaks, leaks or falls off them.
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I love these 'Disco's are great' threads. The 'are great' line is then followed by a whole list of stuff which breaks, leaks or falls off them.
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'Disco's are great' threads.
You must be reading a different thread to me, Mollers cos I don't remember writing that or reading it.

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The 300 is the end of the fairly simple mechanical models so easy to DIY service.
That's good point and a valid reason for not buying newer.
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I love these 'Disco's are great' threads. The 'are great' line is then followed by a whole list of stuff which breaks, leaks or falls off them.
and what would you recommend in the price range then? thats cheap to run, insure, easily available spares that don't take 3 months from a far away country, oh and is actually available, that you could put hand on heart and recommend from personal experience. Oh and Mrs H will also approve of, so nothing that spent its life on a farm.

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That's good point and a valid reason for not buying newer.
absolutely, the other important date is 2001 I think, or your into supertax, instead of the normal road tax.


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and what would you recommend in the price range then? thats cheap to run, insure, easily available spares that don't take 3 months from a far away country, oh and is actually available, that you could put hand on heart and recommend from personal experience. Oh and Mrs H will also approve of, so nothing that spent its life on a farm.




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Personally, My last three cars have been BMW diesels, the first of which had covered 300k miles before an oik drove into it trying to escape from the Police. As for faults, a lift pump on the first one, an injector (very rare) on the second and zilch on the current one. As for VFM? A good 525tds Touring can be picked up for £2k ish possibly without the 'long list' They are a great tow car. For work I have a '01 L200 which apart from a faulty anti-theft device on the pump, refuses to break.
Maybe I'm missing the point. Is owning a Disco a bit of a hobby for all the family to enjoy? Rather than driving it, weekends can be spent going at it with spanners, hammers, tubes of mastic etc.
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