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Old 04 June 2014, 14:04   #11
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I've had a Disco 1, 2 & 3 and the best value for money is a Disco 2.

My D1 suffered so much rust is was untrue, however the D2 was awesome, the TD5 engine never missed a beat and was still going strong when I sold it with 190,000 miles.

Although the D2 didn't have any rust it did have a few fluid leaks (it's a land rover) not from the engine, but the transfer box and axles etc. None of these cost a lot to fix and servicing was cheap too.

The difference between each model is massive it terms of the drive, so I would say look at the D2 and look as many as you can to find the right one. They are easy to drive and parts are cheep

You can even join the D2 boys club forum which I found very helpful
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Old 04 June 2014, 16:06   #12
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I use the wife's Rav4.

Cracking little tool, 36mpg towing and 51mpg round the doors. Good for full time 4wd

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Earlier models will be in your price range, we sold the previous one for 3k with 100k on it.
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Old 04 June 2014, 16:14   #13
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I just used a Diesel Jeep Cherikee CRD Sport 5 dr estate...2.8 Diesel Six speed manual 2006 80k ( which I took in PX) to tow a two tonne Boat over 1100 miles and I must say it never missed a beat! And performed faultlessly.
A little Agricultural compared to some maybe..but loads of torque, great on fuel,and a few toys too..air con traction control abs ect.
For the money (I have someone interested in mine at 3.5k)...they represent Good Value and may well be worth a look.
Yeh but it wouldn't go up that grass slope would it
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Old 04 June 2014, 16:45   #14
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Yeh but it wouldn't go up that grass slope would it
Reeeeaaalllyyy, no one mentioned that
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Old 04 June 2014, 17:13   #15
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TD5 is an excellent disco, none of the rot problems of the disco 1, and a fantastic engine. Not bad on fuel even stop start round town 25mpg, 28/30 on a run but can still sit at 100mph+ if needed.

We've had one for 3+ yrs, and I had 2 at one point as we were doing a but of towing for work. They were both the ES model which makes it pretty much range rover standard inside and for toys even the sat nav.

3000 probably won't buy you a good ES, but I would look for an auto. I'd even say on a budget probably DONT look for a model with the toys, get a cleaner / lower mileage base model. They claim the manual is a bit better on fuel but it's such a lovey car in an auto.
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Old 04 June 2014, 17:17   #16
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DONT look for a model with the toys, get a cleaner / lower mileage base model.
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Old 04 June 2014, 17:29   #17
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We were considering selling ours as it happens but I'm hoping its still worth 5k - got an option on a disco 3.

Even cleaned & photographed it for ebay but started reading up online about D3 horror stories...now not sure!!! Insurance renews end of June so need to make up my mind, I always reckon it's Click image for larger version

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Old 05 June 2014, 04:31   #18
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but started reading up online about D3 horror stories...now not sure!!!
What horror stories have you heard? I'd be interested to know as I've got a Disco 3 and absolutely love it. The only problem I've had was the rear door refusing to open, but it is a common problem and there was enough about it online for me to get parts and fix it at much less than dealer prices.
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Old 05 June 2014, 05:32   #19
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I have a 1996 Disco 300tdi and a 1996 XJ Jeep Cherokee 4.0. Purchased for towing my trailers around, boats and food caravans.

They have both been ultra reliable for me but are always maintained as required.

The Disco is perfect for the bigger trailers as it has much more capacity. It is extremely slow for trailers at its top end (4000kg) as it is low range only to get started but it doesn't get thrown around as much as expected. It is also super economical compared to the petrol Jeep which is important only if you do lots of kilometres.

The Jeep has a much better turning circle, is more compact and perfect for tight ramps and trailers under about 1500kgs.

Parts are cheap for both in Australia.
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Another good vehicle is the Nissan Patrol (later models) not as nippy as the Land Cruiser but a good solid vehicle, often seen towing diggers and plant equipment on trailers.
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