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    I had my TDV6 for just under 3 years and loved every moment it was with me, even when lying underneath to replace the turbo for the 2nd time.
    I averaged 14.6l/100Km over 54000Km at a cost of R104009.

    Engine repairs
    Sub: R82K
    Turbo: R21K
    Injectors: R40k

    Total: ħR143

    Some of this covered my MIO, warranty, Community and some out of my pocket. Other repairs might have happened on a V8 as well as they weren't engine related as such.

    I did some extensive mods and ploughed in money, sweat, tears and mud into a great offroader.
    3 weeks ago I killed my poor boy when a tree jumped into the road. I accept responsibility for an error in judgement on the road.

    On Friday I took delivery of his replacement.
    A 2006 Discover 3 SE V8
    165K on the clocks and stock standard.
    Surprisingly this one has the Bluetooth module in which might have been an addon as I believe it was only standard on the HSEs.
    1st driving impressions.
    It's quieter than expected, I suppose Power-Flo can sort that out with a decat and freeflow. Although I want to keep the consumption real.
    Without the roofrack, steel and muds, the road/ wind noise is diminished, as well as the rough ride on muds. Currently on Velocity Raptor AT.

    Fuel consumption on the 1st 1/2 tank was 15.4 onboard and 15.9 on Garmin. I am a chilled driver and a lot of people would have got much worse on these trips. The increased consumption does not bother me too much - there is no diesel bits to kill me.

    Any-one with questions are welcome to ask or comment.
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    Hi DD

    I didn't comment to any of the previous threads, but here is my input on the D3 V8.
    Most apply to the D3 TDV6 as well, but just adding as to what great family cars these are!

    Our D3 is SWAMBOs ride and our holiday car.

    First of all we are Land Rover fanatics, but will still try and stay to the sensible choices
    Strangely a Freelander 2 is our second choice as well!

    Our D3 was a big step for the family from the Defender and in the process we got rid off one car.
    Now only two on the yard. (Series 3 is stored somewhere else).

    We like to do exploring (not trails) and many times travel gravel roads.
    SWAMBO likes to drive, so this has to be taken into account as well.

    So our list of criteria was as follows:

    1. On Road Safety & good gravel road manners. We choose safety over reliability. It's everyones own choice.
    2. On Road Safety & good gravel road manners. I want to feel save to leave SWAMBO driving on a bad gravel road in the pouring rain. A D3 ticks this box
    ( I grew up on a farm and know bakkies to well when it comes to gravel roads )
    3. Lots of space for packing kidds stuff etc
    4. Enough seating for 4 adults and 2 kids. Not fold down seats or whatever. Proper six/seven seats.
    5. Fair reliability and maintenance. The D3 falls in the luxury car category like Mercedes, BMW etc.
    6. Fair fuel consumption on the open road, our one does anything from 6.5 km/l to the very rare 8. normal is around 6.8l/km.
    7. Fuel consumption not worried much about in town, we only do about 500 km / month. We measure this in tanks / month, since our beast only does around 340km / tank

    We've done 30K km in 2.5 years and maintenance is the normal hectic stuff every +-140K km, like spark plugs, lower control arm bushes and gearbox service.
    Furthermore diff had the pealing paint issue and was replaced by motorite warrantee. Actually just the bearings were kaput since the paint got into it.

    The car is already 10 years old and wouldn't change it for many newer appliances (I don't have the money anyhow ).
    We stack it to the roof when going on holiday.
    Our longest trip was last year +-4500 km.
    It's an absolute GT all the way.

    Then the V8 part.
    At just over 2000 RPM and 120 km it is real grumpy.
    At 3000+ RPM it's happier with a slight grin.
    At 4000+ RPM it start smiling.
    At 5000+ RPM it starts laughing.
    At 6000+ RPM it real enjoys life!
    It has a wide and very smooth RPM range, so use it.

    Plenty of V8 grunt after the TDV6 has peaked.

    When on the open road put the speed cruise on and enjoy her.
    On the most hectic incline it will keep it at speed whatever the cost, even knocking down and reaching 6000+ RPM.

    Use sport a lot, it definitely does not have the TDV6 low down torque.
    I'm a diesel head and took some time to get use to this.

    Hope you have plenty V8 grunt miles!
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    You just need that orange wrap now

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    Quote Originally Posted by MARIUSJNR View Post
    You just need that orange wrap now
    DON'T do that to me, you know I want to.....

    Thanks SeriesLR.
    This is my 3rd D3 so I am not new to the body. It's just that lovely V8 that is new to me. Like you say consumption is not a biggie when repairs are kept down.
    I have only heard positive things about this motor.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-Deon View Post
    DON'T do that to me, you know I want to.....

    Thanks SeriesLR.
    This is my 3rd D3 so I am not new to the body. It's just that lovely V8 that is new to me. Like you say consumption is not a biggie when repairs are kept down.
    I have only heard positive things about this motor.

    But as per your original post the consumption figures are almost the same. So evidently no need to worry too much about it.

    Care to elaborate a bit further on the jumping tree?
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    Enjoy your V8 Deon.

    Just my experience, but my D3 TDV6 only cost me one injector and a cambelt change from 135k kms when I bought it until 240k kms when I sold it, the big ticket items were all those German and Austrian driveline items, and the irritating one the Japanese suspension compressor 😀

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    Quote Originally Posted by albertvl View Post
    Care to elaborate a bit further on the jumping tree?
    On a gravel road with my son, checking the scenery.
    My son shouts PASOP!
    I see a dog and instinctively swerve... (ja, I know)
    Tree just off the road surface, front left corner, wheel, suspension destroyed and both dash airbags deployed.

    Gareth and I both walk away, shaken but uninjured - the Disco is a hunk of steel and plastic, easily replaced - Gareth is meat and bone and I am meat, bone, porcelain, titanium, plastic, etc. Not so easy to fix and irreplaceable.

    So The Beast is gone and I have another Disco to keep us safe.
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    DD it ticks all the boxes.
    Consumption not worth mentioning. Very much the same as diesel.
    T-piece replacement essential, do not mess with it.

    Congratulations and many happy smiles.

    Since the tree sorted the diesel what happened to the add on specials?
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    Quote Originally Posted by theunsb View Post
    DD it ticks all the boxes.
    Consumption not worth mentioning. Very much the same as diesel.
    T-piece replacement essential, do not mess with it.

    Congratulations and many happy smiles.

    Since the tree sorted the diesel what happened to the add on specials?
    T-Piece has been done and there is a warranty in place for the little D3 bits so my stress is pretty low at this point.

    I insured my Disco and accessories properly. TuffStuff paid out without any quibble and became the rightful owner of the Disco as it stood. I did not remove anything.
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    Enjoy your V8 Deon just be carefull for the volume control , it means the louder the volume , it talks to you , liter , liter , liter , then you Smile
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    Quote Originally Posted by lazyboy View Post
    Enjoy your V8 Deon just be carefull for the volume control , it means the louder the volume , it talks to you , liter , liter , liter , then you Smile
    I'm a pretty chilled driver and barely see 120Km/h. 110 - 110Km/h is my general highway speed, sometimes slower when really chilled.
    The only time the V8 has been asked to perform is to get into traffic.

    I used to run a V8 in my tow-truck way back when as well. There I quickly leaned the cost of the load pedal.


    What effect would a Power-Flo decat (if it's catted) and free-flow have on consumption and power, if anything?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-Deon View Post
    On a gravel road with my son, checking the scenery.
    My son shouts PASOP!
    I see a dog and instinctively swerve... (ja, I know)
    Tree just off the road surface, front left corner, wheel, suspension destroyed and both dash airbags deployed.

    Gareth and I both walk away, shaken but uninjured - the Disco is a hunk of steel and plastic, easily replaced - Gareth is meat and bone and I am meat, bone, porcelain, titanium, plastic, etc. Not so easy to fix and irreplaceable.

    So The Beast is gone and I have another Disco to keep us safe.
    Glad you didn't get hurt
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-Deon View Post

    Any-one with questions are welcome to ask or comment.
    How fast were you going before you hit the tree?

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    How fast were you going before you hit the tree?
    I'm guessing I hit the tree at 45/50.

    There was a bend 100m before and another bend coming up so not running fast.
    From swerving to tree it was about 10m so very little slow down unfortunately.
    Fortunately I don't start the engine before safety belts are done...
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    Well it says something about the safety of a Disco if you think that crash tests are performed at 60km/h (methinks?) and those cars suffer unbelievable damage. That you managed to walk away with all of your existing artificial bits and pieces intact is quite a thing.

    Another thought - you got quite a bit of flak when you decided to buy a Disco again. But really, what were you going to do? Change your forum name if you bought another vehicle?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-Deon View Post
    On Friday I took delivery of his replacement.
    A 2006 Discover 3 SE V8
    Congrats on the new wheels Deon, many happy miles!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-Deon View Post
    I'm a pretty chilled driver and barely see 120Km/h. 110 - 110Km/h is my general highway speed, sometimes slower when really chilled.
    The only time the V8 has been asked to perform is to get into traffic.

    I used to run a V8 in my tow-truck way back when as well. There I quickly leaned the cost of the load pedal.


    What effect would a Power-Flo decat (if it's catted) and free-flow have on consumption and power, if anything?
    My 1993 range rover classic is fitted with a power flow exhaust

    I do see some difference n the fuel consumption especially if your foot starts getting heavy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-Deon View Post
    I'm a pretty chilled driver and barely see 120Km/h. 110 - 110Km/h is my general highway speed, sometimes slower when really chilled.
    The only time the V8 has been asked to perform is to get into traffic.

    I used to run a V8 in my tow-truck way back when as well. There I quickly leaned the cost of the load pedal.


    What effect would a Power-Flo decat (if it's catted) and free-flow have on consumption and power, if anything?
    I had Viper replaced the exhaust on the D3 and it feels as if it is more responsive when you touch the loud pedal. Also, there is a slight uphill at my place where it is parked; in the past one had to prod the loud pedal for it to be able to go up the hill but since the exhaust was changed one doesn't have to touch the accelerator pedal.

    Fuel consumption - according to my sons it is improved marginally; however SWAMBO use the car on a daily basis and lets just say she doesn't wait around and obviously the fuel usage reflects that.

    The best is that it now sounds like a proper V8 at low revs whereas in the past it was very quiet.

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    My colleague was waiting for me at the the back of the building.
    He was standing there with one foot on the tyre of his new Isuzu double cab, cigarette in hand.
    As I arrived he muttered smugly, with a light foot I can get 10 kays to the litre.
    Pointing at my D4 V8 in the next parking bay - what's your consumption...
    He was annoyed when I answered "consumption...don't really care - Is that smoking habit still costing you R1200 a month"
    I guess the V8 is just my Chesterfield.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-Deon View Post
    Fortunately I don't start the engine before safety belts are done...
    The seat belt bing bing bing annoys and irritates the living daylights out of me....but, I now wear a seatbelt at all times!

    (And contrary to belief, it can be disabled, just don't know how.)

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