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    Default 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    Having driven my Ranger 4 x 4 3l for 8 years , I came across a Discovery up for sale. One owner and I sort of know him, good service history , Cooper tyres, bodywork fine 200k on the clock, everything works. Asking R112k.
    Now, having never owned an LR in my long life I am very wary of disposing of a vehicle that has taken me all over South Africa and beyond and putting my trust in a vehicle that if it gives a serious problem I will need to go back to work to repair it.
    So what should I be looking out for apart from the normal. Suspension ect ?.
    The price looks good comparing with others on the market.
    Any insight from similar Landy owners will help me decide.
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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    I stand to be corrected here, but is the TDV6 engine not the one with the common crank issue? There are some horror stories on this forum and many others.

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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    They are fantastic cars. If you buy it replace the Oil pump immediately as a precaution. Service it every 10000kms with decent 5w30 oil. Enjoy driving it



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    Quote Originally Posted by irons View Post
    I stand to be corrected here, but is the TDV6 engine not the one with the common crank issue? There are some horror stories on this forum and many others.
    Correct.

    Lots of reading linked here across the web.
    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...ailure-Reports

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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    I had a 2010 D4 model. Lovely vehicle to drive. I think its more expensive to maintain than your average car or bakkie. As mentioned the crank snap is an issue as many on this forum have experienced. This will cost you about R150000. If you have that money for backup you will have piece of mind and a lovely car to drive. I sold mine because I can't afford that if it occurs. Hope this will help decide.
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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    As the above post,s advise, do your homework, read some of the post,s in the L/R section, then decide if its for you
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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeBob View Post
    They are fantastic cars. If you buy it replace the Oil pump immediately as a precaution. Service it every 10000kms with decent 5w30 oil. Enjoy driving it
    Hi lesmarch

    I second that!!!

    The sooner that pump is replaced, the longer the car will last.

    Those indies who realized this early on, have an enviable track record of very few engine failures with worn bearings, others paid the price and kept companies like CME's workshop full for months on end...............

    And also replace the plastic thermostat housing, that sits below the plastic part of the intake manifold.
    Other beneficiary mods are the blanking off of the EGR's and removal of the CAT, if not already done.

    Concerning the crank issue, there is no preventative maintenance and no early warning sign. But the bearing and thermostat housing issues are the #1 reasons for engine failure on the 2.7 TDV6's.

    Swambos TDV6 is now on its path to 250'000km with no issues major issues whatsoever, apart from the normal ones like lower control arm bushes etc.

    But before you buy keep in mind, that you will in actual fact buy a vehicle which cost in excess of 0.6 Million rand when new, so facture in repair and service costs in line with such a vehicle.

    On the upside you will NOT FIND another 4X4 SUV with 7 full seats, a very comfortable ride on and off tar and a huge boot space when configured as a 5-seater.

    We operate both a D3 and a Big Body Range Rover and the boot space on the Range is at least 1/3 smaller than in the Disco. But as far as riding comfort is concerned, the Range Rover is in a class of its own.
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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    Great comfortable vehicle...

    Get a good insurance with enough recovery cover and a good aftermarket warrantee.

    Have R150 000 spare that you will need later on.

    Do homework and keep your Ford
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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    Only buy if you can comfortably factor in a potential R150k repair. May never happen but if you would be near bankrupted by an engine rebuild then surely sticking with a vehicle that you know and has served you so well thus far would be a no brainer.

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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    An engine rebuild on a d3 is nowhere near 150k.



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    Sad to see the result of fear being spread in lieu of product sales. There's 1000s of Tdv6 running around for high mileages without having any sort of problem.

    But... prevention is better than cure, so look at the possibilities of breakages and mitigate the risk beforehand. Works like that with any vehicle. Have the vehicle fully assessed before buying and work the price of an oil pump into your offer.
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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    If you need to go back to work in case of major problems...if owning that car could negatively affect your quality of life then it can't be worth it.
    R150000 could buy a couple of ranger engines and body work
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Sad to see the result of fear being spread in lieu of product sales. There's 1000s of Tdv6 running around for high mileages without having any sort of problem.

    But... prevention is better than cure, so look at the possibilities of breakages and mitigate the risk beforehand. Works like that with any vehicle. Have the vehicle fully assessed before buying and work the price of an oil pump into your offer.
    yet...

    It is true though. Some have it lucky, some don't. Some don't mind the gambling risks, some do.

    It is all about what YOU are willing to risk.
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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    Quote Originally Posted by hgbosch View Post
    removal of the turbo, if not already done.
    Now even I'm confused, A TD and you remove the turbo
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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    Sad to see the result of fear being spread in lieu of product sales. There's 1000s of Tdv6 running around for high mileages without having any sort of problem.

    But... prevention is better than cure, so look at the possibilities of breakages and mitigate the risk beforehand. Works like that with any vehicle. Have the vehicle fully assessed before buying and work the price of an oil pump into your offer.
    Yip, but if you are asking for advice I appreciate that the forum is not shy to tell the truth. Wish I did research before buying mine, which I luckily do not have anymore.

    Like many here stated, if it works, it is a fantastic vehicle. However, maintenance on them is not for the feint of heart. How did one guy put it, if you wan't to drive luxury vehicles, be prepared to pay luxury prices.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeBob View Post
    An engine rebuild on a d3 is nowhere near 150k.
    How much for an end user paying a workshop?

    And if it's a relatively high mileage vehicle where it would be prudent or even necessary to do some other preventative maintenance if rebuilding the engine, more/less than R150k?

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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    Quote Originally Posted by Skylark View Post
    How much for an end user paying a workshop?
    R120k
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizardalpha View Post
    ... the forum is not shy to tell the truth...
    Very true, but keep in the back of your mind that the forum truth is only pertaining to individuals active on the forum, and their reasoning for being on the forum in the 1st place, and does in no way represent the wider world out there.

    I'm definitely not saying go out an buy any Tdv6 as it's all BS. I'd be cautious too. I'm just saying don't take the minority view as gospel. Do your own homework, evaluate the risk thoroughly and mitigate it accordingly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Disco-Deon View Post
    Now even I'm confused, A TD and you remove the turbo
    Must be the Gluvein for breakfast.
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    Default Re: 2007 Discovery TDV 6 S Guidance please

    Great car if it is running.

    Wish I did my research before buying mine. I do not have fond memories of my ownership experience.

    Ignore the replies on this thread and go do your reading in the LR section. Hones advise and if you were to buy one there will be a lot of advise on maintenance and repair work.
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