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    Default Discovery 4 tdv6 buying advice.

    Hello all,

    I currently drive a LR3 tdv6 and i love it! I will always miss my SWB Defender 2.8 but for Many practical reasons my discovery is awesome.

    My LR3 now has 200k on the clock and I am looking to upgrade to the LR4. I have found a 2012 model with 135k is very neat inside and out but there is no service info in the book since 2017. I have asked the salesperson to find out what was happening in this window and to check that all service intervals were met and hopefully it is all good....

    so my question for all the knowledgeable people out there, what are the specific D4 service milestones I should be checking have been done and what things will need to be done in the near future? And is there any general advice you can share with me about upgrading to the D4 from D3?

    I would also like to get some advice on how much I should be selling my D3 for?

    My D3 is spotless and I have done the following work:
    Major service and replaced disks and pads front and rear - yesterday
    new battery - last month
    Reconditioned fuel injectors - 5 months ago
    New air compressors and height sensors - less than a year ago
    Replaced steering rack (had a leak) 4 months ago.
    It has a full service history and has never been off road and will be for sale soon...

    Thanks for any input 😀
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    After spending all that money on repairs & maintenance to the D3, should you perhaps not consider keeping it? Better the devil you know...
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    Quote Originally Posted by KurtG View Post
    After spending all that money on repairs & maintenance to the D3, should you perhaps not consider keeping it? Better the devil you know...
    I couldn't agree more. Just keep the d3.

    You are trading (a bit of) certainty for total uncertainty... I don't know about you but I rather not

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    Why do you have a D3 or D4 if its never been off road?
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    Probably same reason why I will not buy a watch if it is not waterproof to minimum 20 bar (200 meters). I can never go there, but damn nice to know it can.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiksilver View Post
    Why do you have a D3 or D4 if its never been off road?
    That isnít answering any of my questions. But the reason is I do a lot of trips from Cape Town up to Jbay with lots of surfboards a wife and a huge dog. On the way I stop at the family farm which is an hour on dirt roads off the N2.

    here is a question for you, why are you so salty? Having a bad day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiksilver View Post
    Why do you have a D3 or D4 if its never been off road?
    Where did JLR document that those cars are only for off-road use?

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    keep the D3 and spend a few bucks on some upgrades to make it a bit more 2020, e.g., the infotainment, lights, etc.
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    With LR it's a bit of a gamble, that being said my D4 has been one of my most reliable I have ever owned, while my D3 must rate as on of the least reliable I have owned.

    At 180k km's it has only required a diesel filter housing and coolant bottle to be replaced due to sensor malfunction.

    Lower wishbone suspension bushes and brake discs were normal service items.

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    Yeah, my D4 has also been extremely reliable.

    I jumped from a D1 (owned it for 21 years) to a D4, the D1 was reliable but it was a 3.9 V8i, so the fuel cost was killing me. Also, the D4 is much bigger inside, and more comfortable.

    Never had a D3, so cannot comment on that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackbuilt76 View Post
    Hello all,

    but there is no service info in the book since 2017. I have asked the salesperson to find out what was happening in this window and to check that all service intervals were met and hopefully it is all good....

    so my question for all the knowledgeable people out there, what are the specific D4 service milestones I should be checking
    Cam belt, plastic water T piece, oil pump, water pump, gear box service.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orxy View Post
    keep the D3 and spend a few bucks on some upgrades to make it a bit more 2020, e.g., the infotainment, lights, etc.
    Can d3 infotainment be retrofitted with any aftermarket units

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cecilh View Post
    Cam belt, plastic water T piece, oil pump, water pump, gear box service.
    Just a comment. I am always suspicious about a gap like the OP says. I once bought a Caravelle like that and it turned out that the gap was much longer and the vehicle had been "combed" with the known service record being produced for effect ant misguided trust. Even the owner had lied. I was too green and did not check properly and should have walked.

    Mileage at services should stack up even if owners have changed, IMO

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackbuilt76 View Post
    Hello all,

    I currently drive a LR3 tdv6 and i love it! I will always miss my SWB Defender 2.8 but for Many practical reasons my discovery is awesome.

    My LR3 now has 200k on the clock and I am looking to upgrade to the LR4. I have found a 2012 model with 135k is very neat inside and out but there is no service info in the book since 2017. I have asked the salesperson to find out what was happening in this window and to check that all service intervals were met and hopefully it is all good....

    so my question for all the knowledgeable people out there, what are the specific D4 service milestones I should be checking have been done and what things will need to be done in the near future? And is there any general advice you can share with me about upgrading to the D4 from D3?

    I would also like to get some advice on how much I should be selling my D3 for?

    My D3 is spotless and I have done the following work:
    Major service and replaced disks and pads front and rear - yesterday
    new battery - last month
    Reconditioned fuel injectors - 5 months ago
    New air compressors and height sensors - less than a year ago
    Replaced steering rack (had a leak) 4 months ago.
    It has a full service history and has never been off road and will be for sale soon...

    Thanks for any input 😀
    A modern diesel without a full service history is a gamble.

    You do not state the model year of your D3, but R90k to R120k seems to be the price range.

    You should ask yourself whether the financial impact and swapping a known for an unknown entity is worth the perceived improvements of the upgrade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by byaru1 View Post
    Can d3 infotainment be retrofitted with any aftermarket units
    I think so, plenty of chinese & russian hackers out there
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    Quote Originally Posted by KurtG View Post
    After spending all that money on repairs & maintenance to the D3, should you perhaps not consider keeping it? Better the devil you know...
    With just about any other vehicle that would be true but the op may have decided that he doesn't want to push his luck in terms of getting sudden crank bomb syndrome. With these engines meticulous servicing etc doesn't seem to mitigate it, less risk perhaps but it can still just happen out of the blue.

    I would weigh the potential cost of a crank snapper happening Vs selling now and getting a D4, seeing his D3 is well maintained and spotless it may be worth hanging on to despite the risk, a risk which is also there on the D4.

    To the Op not a chance in hell would I get a D4 with a sketchy service record, that would be profoundly foolish.

    Diesel - check, Modern super complicated LR - check, Modern super complicated LR with an engine that is known to implode - check.

    Nevermind the motor those gearboxes appear to need fluid changes at regular intervals to keep them in good order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackbuilt76 View Post
    That isn’t answering any of my questions. But the reason is I do a lot of trips from Cape Town up to Jbay with lots of surfboards a wife and a huge dog. On the way I stop at the family farm which is an hour on dirt roads off the N2.

    here is a question for you, why are you so salty? Having a bad day?
    Then you have been offroad!

    And, also more importantly, answers my question and explains your usage. So it helps with giving feedback to your post. Wow, Landy types seem nervous on the forum these days. I don't drive a Toyota, don't stress. Not judging
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackbuilt76 View Post
    Hello all,

    I currently drive a LR3 tdv6 and i love it! I will always miss my SWB Defender 2.8 but for Many practical reasons my discovery is awesome.

    My LR3 now has 200k on the clock and I am looking to upgrade to the LR4. I have found a 2012 model with 135k is very neat inside and out but there is no service info in the book since 2017. I have asked the salesperson to find out what was happening in this window and to check that all service intervals were met and hopefully it is all good....

    so my question for all the knowledgeable people out there, what are the specific D4 service milestones I should be checking have been done and what things will need to be done in the near future? And is there any general advice you can share with me about upgrading to the D4 from D3?

    I would also like to get some advice on how much I should be selling my D3 for?

    My D3 is spotless and I have done the following work:
    Major service and replaced disks and pads front and rear - yesterday
    new battery - last month
    Reconditioned fuel injectors - 5 months ago
    New air compressors and height sensors - less than a year ago
    Replaced steering rack (had a leak) 4 months ago.
    It has a full service history and has never been off road and will be for sale soon...

    Thanks for any input 😀
    Hi, please email me your expected price and specs of your D3 if you don't mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rainier Vermaak View Post
    A modern diesel without a full service history is a gamble.

    You should ask yourself whether the financial impact and swapping a known for an unknown entity is worth the perceived improvements of the upgrade.
    this is good advice
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    Quote Originally Posted by faniedup View Post

    At 180k km's it has only required a diesel filter housing and coolant bottle to be replaced due to sensor malfunction.
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