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    Question To be reliable, or not to be reliable! That is the question!

    Hi gents!

    This may sound weird but due to the Discovery 1 & 2's poor reselling value, I've decided to investigate whether or not this would be my next 4x4! Now my true love is and will always be a Defender, but I'd like to at least try out the Disco and see what it's like as I've already owned a Defender (and lost it due to my own stupidity and ignorance (lang storie! ) ) in the past.

    My question is which one!? I have to no clue where to start or what to look for! Which is the most reliable and economical in the long run, and which should I stay away from? Please take into account that I will be modifying the suspension for more wheel travel and ground clearance as we enjoy driving trails!

    Any help would be absolutely great! Thanks!

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    Just out of interest, why did you sell your XJ?

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    Take a Disco 1. Cheap to buy and a lot cheaper to keep going.

    Reliable? For sure. But just remember that they are pretty high milers by now so keep R 30 000 one side to rebuild a motor or something.
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    the Disco 1 V8i is a good buy.
    pretty cheap to buy, maintain and repair and the fuel is the only thing that may be an issue.
    having said that, compared with a lot of other vehicles, consumption is on par.
    good articulation, damn good offroad ability and good highway ability
    versatile, spacious, reasonably safe and generally i found that insurance is low as it is not seen as a high risk vehicle.
    very good towing vehicle.
    quality is generally good and a 15 year old Disco normally looks better than most 5 year old tupperware models.
    seating generally comfortable and the "fear factor" quite high.
    taxis think twice before taking on a Disco.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Landyluvver View Post
    very good towing vehicle.
    quality is generally good and a 15 year old Disco normally looks better than most 5 year old tupperware models.
    Hahahaha!! Tupperwear! My dad had the D1 V8 for years, lovely car. Really simple and practical. And CHEAP to buy.

    To me it had enough power and a very nice ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MudboY View Post
    This may sound weird but due to the Discovery 1 & 2's poor reselling value, I've decided to investigate whether or not this would be my next 4x4!
    Now what is weird about that

    There are many of us who swear by our Discovery's
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    My vote goes for the bottom of the range (Don't know the model numbers) Disco 2 V8
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    Quote Originally Posted by bvandyk View Post
    My vote goes for the bottom of the range (Don't know the model numbers) Disco 2 V8
    from bottom to top
    GS
    XS
    ES

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    Hmmm, For me in order (and this depends on my mood)

    Disco 1 300Tdi
    Disco 2 V8
    Disco 1 V8
    Disco 2 TD5

    It's a matter of preference and depends what you going to do with it..
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    D2 all the way, dump the idea of ever owning a TD5.....they're that bad I have the last one in the workshop now and thats it, the repair costs are a joke and they make enemies.

    If it were me I wouldnt think twice about buying another P38.....hang on I did...
    Lets try again....
    Ok lets imagine I wanted to buy a LR 4x4 I wouldnt hesitate to buy a P38.
    A well maintained P38 with a 4,6 does me 12 to 12.5 litres per 100 at..yipe 130kph (on cruise control) but cranks up to average of 15 to 18 in town.

    If you can grab a D2 for a good price nab it and as with any vehicle lets hope its well maintained
    30 years experience and knowledge certainly out weighs a 5min keyboard bashing on google
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ Junkie View Post
    Just out of interest, why did you sell your XJ?
    Hi XJ Junkie!

    I absolutely loved my XJ! I still miss it today! She was awesome off-road no doubt! But at that stage I had just started a new job and needed something a bit more economical unfortunately. I loved that jeep and she never missed a beat! But nou ja, I'm more of a landy man unfortunately and when I was growing up, I always had a thing for the camel trophy! Especially the vehicles that were in them! ha ha Now, I've already owned 2 legends (Series IIa 2.25 and Defender 110 2.8) so naturally I have to now look at the Disco!

    I must admit I'm not one for fancy electrics so I think I will most probably be looking at a Disco 1. And I'm more fond of a petrol as I hate repair costs on a diesel, especially if the diesel is a bit of a "donkey". I LOVE POWER! ha ha

    But with this said, I also know that the Tdi 300 motors are one of the best motors a Landy can have when it comes to reliability. SO.... If I may ask, is there anyone that can give me some more info on the Tdi 300 Disco 1? For example part availability, reliability, fuel consumption etc?

    By the way, gents! Thank you so much for everyone's input!! I love reading about everyone's experiences with these lovely vehicles! And please feel free to share some pics of your Disco's please? Would love to see your rigs! I love this forum! Such a great way to find out from others' first hand experiences!
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    Heres a few muddy ones of The Bobster- Mudboy
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    Quote Originally Posted by incrediblebob View Post
    Heres a few muddy ones of The Bobster- Mudboy
    OH! MY! SOUL!!!!! Is there anything cooler than that!!! She looks stunning incrediblebob!!!! Awesome job on making her look the part!!! Shite.... now I'm starting to fall in love!! NOT GOOD!!!! ha ha
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    Thanks Mudboy, are you coming on the River Trip,I'm sure its up your way?
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    River trip? What River trip? Sjo that sounds like fun! Thanks but even if I wanted to join, at this point I just have this weird suspicion that my Corsa bakkie won't be able to keep up with the big boys! ha ha I'm without a 4x4 at the moment but as you might guess, I'm working hard to rectify that problem! ha ha But please be sure to upload the pics! Sound like a lot of fun! Would love to see the Bobster in action!
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    You have time for one of them.....
    Happy reading,check out the previous years as well
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    200 and 300 TDi are Perkins engines thats why they are reliable
    30 years experience and knowledge certainly out weighs a 5min keyboard bashing on google
    Love's electrickery stuff and problems related to it as long as it dont go bang cos then its f......
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    Hi Mudboy
    Bought a D1 300tdi couple off weeks ago with a overheated motor had to replace the pistons went oversized. Had no problem in finding spares and the enginge rebuild with engineering without labour put me back about R 8000 rest of Disco was in a very good condition. Bought with 202000km on done about 3000 so far unfortuntly my wifes but absolutly a joy to drive just after engine rebuild didn't even have 20km on engine and had to tow a 4ton truck without any problem.

    P.S payed under R30 000 for it but the Guy I bought it from kept it in a good condition
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    so which one would you guys get? the v8 or the 300 tdi? my mom is looking for a vehicle to tow her little caravan, sometimes wonder if the diesel is worth the extra worry. she doesnt drive fast-around 110km/hr and slower when towing. where do you find a really good 300tdi or will the v8's consumption be worthwhile considering the reliability?

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    hi Billyjoe
    the 300Tdi is not feeble as a tow vehicle and as long as you are not in a hurry, she is cheap enough to run, cheap enough to repair and reliable enough. you yourself have a 300Tdi other side of 300k km.
    for your mom the 300 Tdi should be fine.
    the V8 is great but the fuel bill can be an issue.

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