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    I was thinking about buying one of the older discovery 3, diesel version, what’s everyones thoughts on them? Ok or to much hassle? I know some of the older rangies are fraught with problems wonders if these were the same? 

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    Don't do it!  Disco 3s are probably worse than the earlier ones with added electrics to also go wrong. 

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    If you are going to work on it yourself and are clever with the newfangled electrical systems they are probably ok. 

     

    Im not that good so won’t go newer than disco one. 

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    I've had two following on from a D2 TD5. The first was taken back by the LR specialist I bought it from because of an expensive gearbox fault within a couple of weeks of ownership.

    The next one they replaced it with I had for 3 years and did 40k miles in it. However, it was a money pit and eventually it had to go, the straw that broke the camel's back was brake failure caused by oil seepage into the brake servo, a very common problem.

    It's a great shame because I thoroughly enjoyed driving it, it was extremely versatile the second row of seats dropped flat making into virtually a van. I've had a tonne of pheasant feed bags in it and it also assisted the house move when the removal company cocked up their van size. I've been a member of breakdown recovery companies for 40 odd years. In all that time I've only ever had to call them out to attend roadside breakdowns for my Discoverys.

    I now own a Honda CRV and can't fault it.

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    The disco 3 was the best looking of the bunch but of the half dozen or so people I know to have had one, none of them would get another one.

    The best disco motoring ended with the facelift 2 td5 manual - nothing fancy or expensive to break / go wrong, good looking enough to go anywhere.

     

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    Had3 D3’s and must have been lucky as they were superb cars and now on my 2nd D4 which is superb. No more spent on them than anything else I have had. The worse thing I had expense wise was a full service with the cam belts which was about £800 at the Landrover indie garage I use. Superbly cabable cars and if it’s the HSE model it’s get all the bits. Superbly comfortable and great to drive. With decent tyres on them they are great off road too. Make sure they have been serviced looked after and sure you won’t have too much trouble. 

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    For certain jobs the body has to come off the chassis, who ever thought that was a good design should be shot.

    Go buy a Toyota or Honda Volvo anything but a old disco 3.

    There is a reason they oy come with a three year warranty, jaguar land rover would go bust repairing them.

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    Air suspension 🤮🤢 

    when Your driving your jap truck and turn a corner to see a 2005 Range Rover or disco 2 or  3 that looks like it’s either cocking it’s rear leg like a dog ..or totally sat on its a**e having a number 2 because the air bag has split 😂😂 makes me smile ...  I no it should but it does 

     theres So much potential to get a pin hole puncture in the airbags then all that happens from there is the compressor works overtime and eventually burns out costing a small fortune to replace 

    if you buy one convert it to springs but then you may aswell but something different .

    I nearly bought a 2004 Range Rover until I went to see my local specialist talked me right out of it .

    went and brought a 2006 ford ranger ..to be honest I wasn’t very happy with that . sucked like a goodn very very low geared when you was doing 60 engine was high up the revs and the truckman back !! What a nightmare ... the Mises has coulinders that are more watertight !!!

     

    SS

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    Mrs Edd drives a d3 that's been to the moon and back and apart from the suspension compressor (around £300 iirc) it's no more expensive to maintain  than anything else we own, cheaper and easier than some.

    Had a remap which was well worth the £200 as it drives very differently and I'm told fuel economy is vastly improved.

    But I can only speak for the one that we have, heard plenty of horror stories.

     

    Edd

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    There used to be a lot on big shoot and BIG shoot, but most have changed to the newer Disco's now. The only horror story I know of when they were new, was a bloke who dropped his missus at the shops and decided to have a snooze while he waited, so wound the seat down as far as it would go. Had to drive home hanging off the steering wheel as it wouldn't come back up! 😃

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    Mate of mine has had one of the first Disco 5. Its just been swapped by agreement for a Range Rover due to the continuous faults. My wifes new Disco Sport went back this week after a year with a warning light fault. I was thinking here we go with LR reliability but it turned out to be a wiring harness chewed by mice whilst we left it for three weeks at the airport car park. £350 😞 

    Why not look a a Freelander 2 cheap and get good reliability reports. 

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    23 hours ago, figgy said:

    For certain jobs the body has to come off the chassis, who ever thought that was a good design should be shot.

    My mate runs an indie landy garage and everytime i go see him there is always at least one with the body up on the lift and the chassis on the deck. Normally its for a turbo change, there is now a way of doing it without removing the body but its about as short as it is long for them.

    You may be lucky and get a decent one but they were known for reliability issues at a few years old let alone 10-15 as they are now, 

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    secret squirrel - LR suspension compressors are under £300 and generally last 80k miles + the air bags can be picked up for around £60 - gives you luxury handling and adjustable road height for years as well as self levelling.

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    Be very careful.

    I had a 57 plate that I had to scrap after 5 months of ownership, due to the oil pump housing shearing off, knocking the timing belt and knackering the engine. It just wasn’t economical to get the engine replaced. Was quoted between 6 and 12k to repair.

    Whatever you buy get it checked to over as I was told that the oil pump had been changed when it hadn’t.

    Saying all this, if my wife would let me, I’d get another one! They are huge inside, and are very practical, loads of room for kids and dogs.

    Good luck with whatever you decide.

    Hayden

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