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Old 05 June 2014, 10:45   #21
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Old Disco, is there an alternative?

My father has a 2004 Landcruiser that I sometimes use to tow. Very capable vehicle. Ultra reliable. Makes a 747 airplane look economical. Parking and turning circle just a bit worse than the Discovery.

A Landcruiser, a Patrol and a Discovery are overkill for a 1500kg trailer that is just going down the road. Perfect if you plan on getting a bigger boat or like driving a large vehicle.
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Reeeeaaalllyyy, no one mentioned that
More down to limited room me thinks
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Old 05 June 2014, 13:41   #23
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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.
I've heard tales of electrical problems - the looms are as thick as an Anaconda and a nightmare to troubleshoot.

Our Td5 is great. We have the keyfob that allows you to remotely lower and raise the air suspension for hitching

Chipped, it goes like stink and the ACE helps it go through the twisty bits like a dose of salts. I've pulled a Passat and a boat / trailer up a steep slipway with it.

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We have had our Disco 2 for 10 yrs and 160,000 miles , apart from a key fob fault and worn out elec fuel pump its been bomb proof and would still pull a house down , if it did blow up tomorrow its been another great family motor
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Old 05 June 2014, 14:39   #25
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I like the colour on your Td5, it looks a tidy motor! Yeah, you can lower the suspension with the keyfob on the Disco 3 too - very handy!

I think it probably would be hard to troubleshoot the electrics, as you say, the looms are pretty monstrous! Fingers crossed I won't have to.
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I like the colour on your Td5, it looks a tidy motor! Yeah, you can lower the suspension with the keyfob on the Disco 3 too - very handy!

I think it probably would be hard to troubleshoot the electrics, as you say, the looms are pretty monstrous! Fingers crossed I won't have to.

A lot of the "electrics" on the D3/4 are fibre optic between the various modules, chuck Canbus into the equation & you don't stand a chance. That said, we're on our second D4 & both have been faultless. The D3 was a nightmare for the first couple of months until they did a software update


.....sh1t happens.......
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Forgot to mention check the sunroofs on the d2 they can leek, fixable as a DIY job on a sunny Saturday
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Forgot to mention check the sunroofs on the d2 they can leek, fixable as a DIY job on a sunny Saturday
Did'nt want to mention them lol
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Thanks all for the info.

Ovey, that is good info about the weight, I thought it was much heavier, more like 1800kg so that's good news.

Although I think there may be a couple of discos out there that are fine, the risk of getting a money pit seems too high so now considering a Honda crv, Nissan xtrail, Toyota rav4 and land rover freelander. I like the Toyota to look at but only 1500kg capacity. However that should be enough by the sound of it.

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Thanks all for the info.

Ovey, that is good info about the weight, I thought it was much heavier, more like 1800kg so that's good news.

Although I think there may be a couple of discos out there that are fine, the risk of getting a money pit seems too high so now considering a Honda crv, Nissan xtrail, Toyota rav4 and land rover freelander. I like the Toyota to look at but only 1500kg capacity. However that should be enough by the sound of it.

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isnt the earlier freelander worse than the disco?
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Old 05 June 2014, 20:18   #31
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Beamish kin, all reports I have now just read are saying its rubbish. Shame as I like the look. I really don't like the styling of the Japanese
cars but seems I may have to sensible for now until I can afford my monster truck
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Can't realy beat Japanese vehicles which is a shame as landrover had such a head start but didnt keep the edge like they should have done . Unfortunately British isnt best anymore
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Old 05 June 2014, 21:23   #34
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Go and drive a D2 before you decide, awesome kit
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Yes, yes, yes
Before the Amazon I had a 3.0ltr Surf. Sold it with 176k, current owner now has over 200k on the clock and it still performs great!
I fitted a new head @ 125k but apart from that it was faultless!
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I had a Hilux D4D twin cab, nearly bankrupted me, worst vehicle I've ever owned
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Old 05 June 2014, 23:21   #37
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L200 ?
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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)!!
What was rated at 1100kg? If it was the trailer then that's fine since the trailer will weigh more than 120kg itself and the axles will be designed to cope with that total weight. If it was the axles...then change them for stronger ones
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Have you driven one? There awful.
Family has one in Cyprus, apart from the turning circle I thought it was ok. Always fun up the Troodos Mountains

But I wouldn't go for a jacked up car like the L200, I mean the seating position, being quite tall I like the disco leg room between the seat and the floor
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