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    Default Advice: Buying a 2007 Disco 3

    Hi All

    I've been provided an opportunity to buy a LR Disco 3 TDV6 SE for what I think is a really good price (just under R100k). It has 186,000km with a full service history.

    What would I be getting myself into (from a reliability and maintenance perspective) should I purchase this vehicle?

    Is this a viable option or would I be stupid to buy this?

    Thanks!
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    How much is a really good price if I may ask?

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmccall View Post
    Hi All

    I've been provided an opportunity to buy a LR Disco 3 TDV6 SE for what I think is a really good price (just under R100k). It has 186,000km with a full service history.

    What would I be getting myself into (from a reliability and maintenance perspective) should I purchase this vehicle?

    Is this a viable option or would I be stupid to buy this?

    Thanks!
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    It might all be fine, or not. The thing is nobody can tell the future, there are no tests, no diagnostics.

    All depends on your apetite for risk, and how much you love gambling.

    (Just remember, IF it had to suffer engine failure, it will cost more than your purchase price, but also remember failure is not guaranteed, not even probable, but possible.)

    You will only know once the dice has rolled

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    You will read a lot of negative info here. Mine is a 2007 model and have over 300K kilos and still going strong. Maintenance is not cheap but for the quality you get its the best.
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    There is a possibility that the engine will go bang. Statistically probably a higher probability than on any other similar 4x4.

    If it does, you're in for over R100k in repairs.

    Thats before a myriad of other things go wrong which will cost you an arm and a leg.

    If you have enough spare cash lying around to repair it, you can probably afford to buy one that's still under full warranty and service plan. Go get one of those rather.
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    World War 3 will break loose soon...

    Some D3 diesels break their cranks and then it is a VERY expensive repair.

    The problem is there is no way of knowing when it might happen, and no way of preventing it, not even a FSH.

    They are brilliant to drive, very inexpensive for what you get and it all depends on your risk appetite.
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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmccall View Post
    Hi All

    I've been provided an opportunity to buy a LR Disco 3 TDV6 SE for what I think is a really good price (just under R100k). It has 186,000km with a full service history.

    What would I be getting myself into (from a reliability and maintenance perspective) should I purchase this vehicle?

    Is this a viable option or would I be stupid to buy this?

    Thanks!
    You'd be stupid. That's my opinion.

    Can you maintain a car that's currently valued at less than a Picanto but has items on it that cost more than a Picanto to replace?

    If you cannot maintain it, rather don't. You'll end up blaming the brand for things when it's not the brands fault (unless the crank goes, then it is definitely).
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyAndy View Post
    There is a possibility that the engine will go bang. Statistically probably a higher probability than on any other similar 4x4.
    The D3 had two petrol engines. Could he not look for the 4.0v6 or 4.4v8?

    I fathom those may present less risk, much as other stuff on an old car still remains the same irrespective of engine (suspension, electronics, hydraulics, etc)

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    A wise man once told me. If you buy a luxury car, expect to pay luxury prices to keep it going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyAndy View Post
    There is a possibility that the engine will go bang. Statistically probably a higher probability than on any other similar 4x4.

    If it does, you're in for over R100k in repairs.

    Thats before a myriad of other things go wrong which will cost you an arm and a leg.

    If you have enough spare cash lying around to repair it, you can probably afford to buy one that's still under full warranty and service plan. Go get one of those rather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lizardalpha View Post
    A wise man once told me. If you buy a luxury car, expect to pay luxury prices to keep it going.

    very wise..
    if you think about it, d3 hse v8 which is what i got, cost R547000 in 2005.
    adjust for inflation and its prob sitting at the same as a d5.

    i paid 100k for mine, bought 15k warranty of which 25k has been spent on repairs via warranty. (compressor, lower control arm bushes and front wheel assembly/bearing)
    this excludes the new tyres i put on (12k) and 2x services (6k) and brakes (5k) i did at indy because for an hour of labour it wasn't worth doing the oil change myself and then having to deal with oil disposal.

    so yes its still a million rand car and expect to pay million rand car maintenance on these.
    that saying i will never trade it in for anything other than a d4 v8. of which i would do except im prob emmigrating at end of the year and will buy the same car again overseas

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    Quote Originally Posted by justinmccall View Post
    Hi All

    I've been provided an opportunity to buy a LR Disco 3 TDV6 SE for what I think is a really good price (just under R100k). It has 186,000km with a full service history.

    What would I be getting myself into (from a reliability and maintenance perspective) should I purchase this vehicle?

    Is this a viable option or would I be stupid to buy this?

    Thanks!

    i think that's a very good price, but remember if its too good to be true it usually is.
    if the engine pops u are in for a lot of money to repair, rather find a v8, u can buy a lot of petrol for the monet u may have to spend on a new subassembly.

    that being said it may never blow and then you are in for a stellar deal. personally i wouldn't buy a d3 diesel except if its a 5a/6a vin number even then i would still be nervous. V8 is is bullet proof engine wise,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Masterzanshin View Post
    i think that's a very good price, but remember if its too good to be true it usually is.
    if the engine pops u are in for a lot of money to repair, rather find a v8, u can buy a lot of petrol for the monet u may have to spend on a new subassembly.

    that being said it may never blow and then you are in for a stellar deal. personally i wouldn't buy a d3 diesel except if its a 5a/6a vin number even then i would still be nervous. V8 is is bullet proof engine wise,
    see below thread as an eg

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...Engine-Failure

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    Had mine for 60000km now. Best decision to buy I ever made

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madota View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip72 View Post
    Had mine for 60000km now. Best decision to buy I ever made
    Indeed but you use 2SO and Prolong so you are okay
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Indeed but you use 2SO and Prolong so you are okay
    What can I say.. Blown water pump and all but still going strong😜

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madota View Post
    Heeltemal OT. my gebreek vir jou signature. Is die poepskuiter nog steeds in die rondte?

    Lanklaas jou naam gesien Corne ... hoop jy is terug vir n rukkie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philip72 View Post
    Had mine for 60000km now. Best decision to buy I ever made
    Hi Philip

    but yours is a 2006 model. 2005 and 2006 models are completely different animals.

    mainstream problems started with the 2007 model year (7A).
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