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Old 04 June 2014, 07:55   #1
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Old Disco, is there an alternative?

hi all, I am looking to buy a cheap (3k) tow vehicle which will be used to launch a Ribeye 600 at a slipway close to my home. It will also need to have rear seats capable of housing 2 kiddy seats, and a boot for the dog. It will only be doing local journeys outside of towing.

It seems the logical answer is a Disco TD5 2.5, around the 2000 year and 100k odd miles.

However, most reviews slate them, are they really as bad as the reviews? and if so, what else would you consider?

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Old 04 June 2014, 08:04   #2
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The ribeye 600 is light enough for any reasonable car and a disco is over the top unless slipway is awful gravel or similar
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Old 04 June 2014, 08:15   #3
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I had a 2002 2L petrol Honda CRV and it pulled my Ribeye A600 around easily - although it was never tried on any slipway other than a concrete one. It did get quite slippery at low tide, and the 4 wheel drive kicked in to get it up the hill. The only thing that I found was that the car tended to "nod" a couple of times as it went over bumps, which it doesn't do so much with my new car. But you'll be surprised at the space inside (on the older one, not sure about the newer ones) and it wasn't bad economically either. Certainly worth considering if you do stray away from a Disco.

I've recently swapped the CRV for a 2005 2.7 V6 diesel Disco3 for various reasons and I absolutely love it for an all-round car. I wouldn't consider anything else to tow the boat now. Can't speak for the older Disco's though.
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Old 04 June 2014, 08:18   #4
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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.
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Old 04 June 2014, 08:21   #5
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I had one when new, absolutely loved it.

Car is much nicer in ES guise with auto. Only 2 issues during ownership, a plug came loose on the top of the engine and stuck it in limp home mode and the it needed a new engine at 4k miles (It was actually damaged while off road but unbelievably LR covered it under warranty )

But if you are going to buy one now its important you are either handy with the spanners or freindly with a competant independant garage. You also need to be on 2 or 3 Landy forums, cos it doesnt matter what problem you have , someone else has already fixed it.

It wasnt a bad tow tug either, including 3 round trips to Menorca.

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Incidentally, my Ribeye A600 was on an 1100Kg rated trailer - the total weight with trailer, boat, a Yammy F115 AETL, small anchor plus warp, a few mooring ropes, and a couple of paddles weighed in at 1220kg on the weighbridge - so make sure you have a car that is rated for around 1500kg towing weight at least.

(And yes, a new trailer is on its way)!!
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be careful with old disco,s as the tinworm loves them they corrode quite badly under the boot area and the bulkhead behind the wings theres not many that haven't needed the attention of a welder.2.8 pajero make a cracking tow truck but there heavy on fuel 22mpg ish and the head gaskets go and crack the heads but a good one will go anywhere. freelander td4 has a bullet proof bmw engine and will do 40mpg on a run and 30 around town but the viscous coupling can seize and cause the transfer box to explode but buy a decent freelander td4 for 2k and spend 500 having a reconditiond viscous coupling and carrier bearings fitted and you will have a decent tow car that wont break the bank in running costs
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If you are just using it for short runs to the local slip and nothing much else, then fuel economy is not such an issue. You could pick up a late 4.0 ltr Jeep Cherokee XJ for under 3k. They are a reasonable wagon, comfortable, go well and are reliable, not too big either. 2750 KG towing capacity.Avoid the VM diesel 2.5. Another option is its big brother WJ Grand Cherokee with the 4.7 V8. Will pull the back legs off a donkey, reliable, comfortable and fast, but thirsty. It has All the whistles and bells, can tow 3500KG and can be bought for less than 3K. The 2.7 CRD is not bad, economical and nippy. Merc engine is ok , but can suffer with blowing injectors. The 3.1 version has a crap VM engine that is trouble. There isn't a Land Rover model worth buying at 3K.
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Old Disco, is there an alternative?

A 2 litre petrol Grand Vitara should do the job cheaply and reliably. You'd have about 1000 change to put towards petrol for the boat too
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A 2 litre petrol Grand Vitara should do the job cheaply and reliably. You'd have about 1000 change to put towards petrol for the boat too
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