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    Hi guys, I can get a Discovery 1 for what I think is a fairly good deal, about 45k. 280 clicks on the clock, but looks to be solid.

    How's the reliability on these motors? Will do very low mileage, but would like it to be reliable enough for long excursions when the need/want arises.

    Anything in particular to look out for when test driving?
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    The Rover V8 was fairly robust if it was not overheated.

    Check for funny coolant temp fluctuations, I suggest a nice long uphill and a heavy right foot. (Khomas Hogland?)

    The cam shaft and cam followers were prone to wear over time, and this would mean a gradual loss of power.

    Those engines have to be fairly knackered before they stop running.

    Apart from that, the usual with a used car: noises, clanks, bangs, rattles etc.

    The EFI system was pretty basic and reliable.

    Take it to an independent workshop for a quick look-see.
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    Thanks Jelo.
    Do you reckon the price is decent (without seeing the vehicle)?
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    I have a Disco 1 V8 as a toy but that price is to much IMO.
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    price is reasonable if 1997 or 1998 and preferably an ES model
    mileage is a bit high
    they are generally reliable but at 280k km if not rebuilt, coming towards the end of its life
    normally they get rebuild between 250 and 300k km

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    That is not what I wanted to hear LandyLuvver.

    Don't feel like buying something just to rebuild it
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    Mine had 400000km not openend once. Those engines are known for their high milage. Dont like overheating. A few km running hot will kill them. R45K is way too much the go for 20 to 30k
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    You okes are thinking RSA prices. Demand for 4x4s are high in Nam, and prices MUCH higher for used vehicles.

    By way of comparison, about 5years ago I payed 45k for a knackered 1984 County V8. Sold it for R50 k the same day I decided to sell it..

    You will NOT get any 4x4 for less than that, unless it is a true SkorroSkorro.

    Go for it. After a test drive, of course. I am a huge Suzuki fan, but even I will tell you there that ultimately the older Landies are amongs the most reliable and durable 4x4s around

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZS5EFP View Post
    Mine had 400000km not openend once. Those engines are known for their high milage. Dont like overheating. A few km running hot will kill them. R45K is way too much the go for 20 to 30k
    that is more exception than rule
    typically by around 200k km you will pop a head gasket due to corrosion
    if not caught in time, catastrophic damage can result
    typically while the heads are off, guys will look at doing rings and bearings, cam chain and possibly lifters
    well worth doing welsh plugs and cam bushes while at it

    yes - typically guys wait till a problem is encountered and then climb in and do a decent job while at it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Landyluvver View Post
    price is reasonable if 1997 or 1998 and preferably an ES model
    mileage is a bit high
    they are generally reliable but at 280k km if not rebuilt, coming towards the end of its life
    normally they get rebuild between 250 and 300k km
    ... which V8 s you talking about here ...
    Surely owners of recent and expensive D4 and D3 V8s don't sit with that prospect after paying all that boodle for hover-craft comfort and power etc ...

    ... Or you only talking about 'small' early stage 3.5 V8s etc ??
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    Thank for the advice guys. The owner has decided to upwards negotiate the price. He now wants 55k for it.

    The hunt for a 4x4 continues...
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    I've owned V8 Landies (RR classic and now Disco 1) for nearly 20 years now and have done many overland trips in them and they have been superb. They do require ongoing maintenance so if you're not prepared or able to do that yourself it will cost you money to get someone else to do it for you.

    The Disco 1 V8i is basic and mostly reliable. As mentioned the electronics on the the engine management side are basic to understand and diagnose without needing specialist diagnostic equipment. MAF sensor and other temp sender units do fail over time but these can be replaced and/or repaired. The MAF sensor is not cheap however (I think I'm about to replace mine ) . Proper coolant and regular oil services are important. Fit a Madman or similar system to monitor your temps and pressures so that when something goes wrong you have enough warning to stop to avoid terminal engine damage.

    The mileage on this truck is high for the price. I would keep looking for something with lower mileage (they are out there - my '96 has 145 000km). Too often people buy according to what they believe is market price for these trucks then end up spending R15k to R20k in the first year fixing all the problems. Better to pay more for one with full service history, file of all work done etc.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BushNomad View Post
    ... which V8 s you talking about here ...
    Surely owners of recent and expensive D4 and D3 V8s don't sit with that prospect after paying all that boodle for hover-craft comfort and power etc ...

    ... Or you only talking about 'small' early stage 3.5 V8s etc ??
    we are talking about the Buick
    that would basically be the 3.5 , 3.9 and 4.0/4.6

    the 4.4 and 5.0 are from a different stable eg BMW and JAG

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    I bought a Disco 1 V8 ES auto with over 300 000km in December.......I was lucky .....got it cheap
    Previous owner assured me that welsh plugs were recently done and the radiator had a new core ....... aftermarket management system...........new tyres etc.
    Used it for 2 weeks and our first outing to go and play it overheated on the way there..... with no warning. Still driveable but some damage has been done

    Yet, I still love it .......... its that V8 rumble that does it for me.....

    I suppose its a risk we take when buying an older used vehicle to play with. Don't know what your application is....

    If you do find one soon at a good price just remember you have to take some precautionary measures....... Madman, Change Expansion Bottle, Additional gauges or buzzers.
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    With my V8 I found the biggest difference was which oil to use.

    Started off with Castrol but nobody seems to like that so I changed to Delco but engine didn't like that - oil pressure dropped. Now using Shell Helix HX3 20W/50 and she is purring like a kitten.

    Also I change my oil after every long trip but usually no longer than 5000Kms between oil changes.

    Done over 207,000 Kms now and indie says it is the quietest V8 he has ever heard.
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    I've had the Disco 1 TDI300 and now the V8. Both were manuals and were properly looked after...and I love them.

    To be honest I think the issues with these cars doesn't necessarily lie with the engines (which are robust when cared for). The V8 has power, TDI more frugal... but what you save at the pumps you pay for with maintenance so its either or in my opinion.

    Drivetrain, suspension etc can start to be costly... At that mileage, apart from engine noises/issues, common issues I'd check for as well: look for knocking/clapping when pulling away in first gear (a-frame bearings, main shaft spline on gearbox, swivel pins etc), humming when coasting (wheel bearings), does the CDL engage (some stick if not used for long periods), switch on the heating (the heater matrix leaks coolant), clutch (if it rattles and it bites high up it might need replacing).

    Luckily there is a wealth of information and possible pitfalls on these vehicles on the internet.

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    Thanks Conrady, but I ended up getting a Disco 2 TD5
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    I am about to look at a Disco 1 with the V8 motor . It has 176000km on the clock . Are parts still available for these motors and what am I looking at to do a major overhaul if needed . Thank you in advance .
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    I found the V8 engines to be very robust but the ancillaries would be the problem like aircon pump, viscous fan etc. They can overheat very quickly, like into the red, if a hose goes so look at fitting a warning device.

    There is only a front rear locker standard and no left right which can get you cross-axeled but you learn to live with it and drive accordingly

    Relatively easy and cheap to maintain, lots of car for the money.

    I really enjoyed my D1 and would buy another for sure
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bosveld Tv View Post
    I am about to look at a Disco 1 with the V8 motor . It has 176000km on the clock . Are parts still available for these motors and what am I looking at to do a major overhaul if needed . Thank you in advance .
    I can honestly say that my D1 and older Range Rover have been the cheapest cars I have owned to maintain (Fuel is a different story)

    Lots of good Independents and parts accessibility.

    If you want to do an ''unseen'' overhaul, then it would be full house if you are going to the effort. Doing it yourself will be cheaper than through an Indie but it wont cost you an arm and a leg. If you strip it down and do only whats needed it will be less but worth doing everything.

    V8 full gasket sets are not expensive.

    My last bill from an Indie, about a year and a half ago, was for a 4.6 blown head gasket so did both with other related seals/gaskets, >R5k.

    Do a coolant flush and ensure the correct amount of coolant is in the system, they can corode and consider oil changess every 5 to 7 000kms and filter at 10 to 15 000. Make sure it has a Madman fitted which warns agains coolant system pressure drops and other issues.

    Go for it
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