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    Question Pathfinder vs Discovery 3 (Advice please!)

    Hey guys, been a lurker on the forum for a while, thought I would ask some advice here.

    Looking at buying first 4x4 SUV, and narrowed it down to 2 choices after a pretty long search.

    They are:
    2006 Landrover Discovery 3 TDV6 SE 2.7
    127 000 km
    R 239 900

    2007 Nissan Pathfinder 2.5 dCi LE
    132 000 km
    R 229 900

    Both good condition, with good service records. Luxury feels better on the Discovery, and offroad ability I think is better also. Nissan service costs obviously a big advantage though...

    I'm sure there's been tons of these types of conversations, but what's one more!

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    Out of the two I'd take the Pathfinder without hesitation!!
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    Out of the two I'd take the Discovery without hesitation!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by randytd5 View Post
    out of the two i'd take the discovery without hesitation!!
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    Discovery. Land Rover parts are cheap compared to some other manufacturers.
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    There is no choice here

    The D3 !!

    Ok - I like the Pathfinder BUT offroad the D3 is in total diff class...

    Just drive both (as you did) and then decide

    The service costs of D3 is really not worse than other "older" SUV infact as a result of the (still valid ?) bad service from the stealers the very good Indies are on top of any D3 problem.

    The TDV6 is fantastic - yes make sure services were done and also keep it up... as with all turbo diesels drive them like a diesel
    O and remove the CAT ASAP do EGR block... make sure the gearbox was flushed !
    Don't know what should be done on Pathy - but am sure there are also items to check

    Did I say buy the D3 ?? well if not BUY THE D3

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    I've had the chance to drive in two different Pathfinders (I can't see how they price them like they do) recently.

    I'd rather stick to my not value for money fortuner then thank you very much.
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    D3 without a doubt. Brilliant on road, brilliant offroad, just...well BRILLIANT !

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    Quote Originally Posted by JacoE View Post

    I'd rather stick to my not value for money fortuner then thank you very much.
    Jaco, appliances are not in this equation.

    I also can't see how they price the Pathfinder.

    Get the Disco 3. As the guys said, offroad is better, and if you service it at an indy, the service costs are also affordable.
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    I will also go with the Discovery although I think you should get a 2006 model with that km at a better price
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    cant compare the 2 really
    disco in a higher class
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    Quote Originally Posted by janfloris View Post
    Jaco, appliances are not in this equation.
    Ask Manny how I feel about appliances. Now I'd rather take appliances than the one mentioned option.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Swys14 View Post
    cant compare the 2 really
    disco in a higher class
    Exactly. The pathfinder should not be priced amongst the competition it is between.

    I would love to have a big enough purse for a Discovery. But then some folks here recon you don't need a fat purse.







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    Quote Originally Posted by JacoE View Post
    I've had the chance to drive in two different Pathfinders (I can't see how they price them like they do) recently.

    I'd rather stick to my not value for money fortuner then thank you very much.
    I've only had the displeasure of driving one Fortuner. After 20km, and the option of having it as a daily, I asked to rather have the Isuzu Frontier. You keep your POS.

    Quote Originally Posted by Swys14 View Post
    cant compare the 2 really
    disco in a higher class
    Not quite. The Pathfinder is actually put in the same "class" as the Disco due to the spec level, drivetrain configuration etc. What is standard on the Disco and Pathfinder can not even be had on a Fortuner as optional extras. It is definitely not priced and classed in the same league as the Fortuner, Everest etc as it is not a SUV body on top of a bakkie chassis. In reality it should have been priced in line with the Fortuner to gain a market share. That I think is a big mistake made by Nissan.

    Owning a Pathfinder and having been in the company of many Discos, I would most definitely suggest the Disco. It's offroad ability is just that little bit better than the Pathfinder. Not a lot, but significant enough. Drive both up on ramps and see which has the best articulation in standard form. It makes a difference when the terrain gets really rough. Trust me there is nothing wrong with the Pathfinder. I love mine to bits. When I'm in the market again, which one will I buy? The Disco of course.

    My unbiased opinion and sorry for the snide remark Jaco. The more you tell yourself the crap you believe, the more sense it will make.

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    I'm confused? Always thought of the Pathfinder in the Fortuner / Pajero Sport category. The Disco would be more Prado/Pajero class.

    Pathfinders and Navara (new) is really overpriced in my opinion. All said, without having driven either just on face value I would prefer the D3 (again only my opinion)

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    Both great vehicles but the nissan does not stand a chance against the discovery off road. On road the discovery will also out perform the nissan. I'd take the discovery but be prepared to have some niggles. The nissan parts are expensive but I don't think the nissan gives issues. My 2cw..

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    my pathy my nog nie 'n dag se probleme gegee nie, ry swak grondpad, elke dag. Het wel al gehoor van die betroubaarheid van die disco 3 wat nie baie goed is nie, het albei al redelik gery, as ek weer kies, weer die pathy
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    As ek die Disco se masjien en ratkas(Auto)in die Pathy kon kry sou ek hom oorweeg het. Ek sal nooit 'n handrat Pathy oorweeg nie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Farquart View Post
    My unbiased opinion and sorry for the snide remark Jaco. The more you tell yourself the crap you believe, the more sense it will make.
    No problem. If you read any of my posts you will see how I feel about what Toyota offer clients. Coming from VW and Audi I had a hard time adjusting, but it was a longterm decision I had to take financially. So I'm the first to get what you saying.

    But there is now way in hell I will pay that money for a squeeky Nissan thanks very much. LOTS of other stuff in that market I'd rather buy. In fact, I'd rather buy all the others, Prado, Pajero, Touareg, Jeep, Disco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Inkanyamba View Post
    I'm confused? Always thought of the Pathfinder in the Fortuner / Pajero Sport category. The Disco would be more Prado/Pajero class.
    You are rightly confused. CAR magazine explained it quite well when readers asked why the Pathfinder was not included in a shootout with the Fortuner etc. Main reason was that it was not just a SUV body on top of the bakkie chassis. Secondly was the IRA as opposed to the live axle on the Fortuner. There was also the spec level of the vehicle itself and a host of other reasons including that it was priced alongside the Disco and not Fortuner.

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