Hi, I am considering purchasing a 1999 Land Rover Discovery Series II, Black, Tan leather interior, fully loaded including air suspension, heated seats, heated front windshield. Brand new brakes(rotors and pads) O2 sensors, headlights. Mint condition, meticulously maintained, never smoked in. Seats seven. 153000km. Cost: $8,500.00
- I am about to make my first vehicle purchase ever. I love the shape and seemingly versatile design of the vehicle. I am pretty much sold on it without even seeing it in person. picture the road trips, carrying a canoe.. installing a kick ass stereo and getting the windows tinted.. man I am loving the idea of having one of these.
I am wondering if this is something you might recommend and what sort of things I might look for when/if I test drive it. I live in smaller town, and there aren't any rover mechanics around here, I was told by a car salesman today that if I were to buy it and if it ever needed repairs I would need to take it to the city... which is about a 4 hr drive from here - which would be a giant pain in the ass if it were something so major I couldn't drive it and it had to be shipped. Another car salesman said that the rover is costly to repair in comparison to domestic models, and even then.. getting parts in can be a big hassle. Part of me wonders if the guy is just trying to make a sale.. or.. if this is in fact correct. I live in Canada. Is this vehicle something that really requires so much special attention to repair? In addition. I would almost consider buying a new engine for it if need be - I am really quite willing to sink a few bucks into it initially if needed. But, I don't want to have to continue doing this through it's lifetime. I don't want to buy a money pit/lemon. I have heard varying reviews of the rover good and bad. I am not a mechanical person, I look at the engine of a vehicle and really have no idea about them.
I would of course get an inspection done locally here... before buy... but again.. if the Rover is so specialized that I can't find a local mechanic to do it.. then perhaps .. it's not worth the risk?
If perhaps this model isn;t a good one.. is there a particular older model that is a worth while investment. My budget is low and this one that I am looking at fits my budget quite well.
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated/