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WHAT'S THE BEST YEAR FOR Discovery?

Hi, I'm a newby and am looking into getting an older LR Discovery. Was wondering what year was the best for fewer breakdowns and good reliability? I will primarily use it for fishing, camping & Mt. biking and an occasional 4 wheeling and towing my Teardrop camp trailer. I live in southern Idaho so off the road is a given. I'm a careful driver, but I don't baby my cars. They are to be driven. I'm pretty mechanically inclined. I've restored several cars over the years and am familiar with getting some grease under my nails, but I don't know a lot about Land Rovers yet, other than I think they are the best 4x4 out there. So if anyone wants to comment on what to look for and maybe more importantly what to lookout for when buying an older Landy, feel free to comment. Any and all comments are welcome.
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Welcome. My preference would be a pre 1996, primarily because I prefer the Lucase 14CUX injection system over GEMS, and having a distributor puts back some control into your hands. Problem with them when they get that old is rot (not just rust) in sills, front door posts and rear wheel arches. However, they can be found cheaper than dirt.
I have a friend who bought a teardrop made by the Amish, and I was SO impressed. I'm still a tent man, but love the efficiency of the teardrop.
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What are you looking to use a Discovery for, this makes a difference?

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99 DII's Rule

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An 04 for the locking Diff and upgrades.


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I am in full agree with her. I have a 99 D2, rides well on the road and climbs like a mountain goat and the 04 had about the best of all Disco features including a to die for ride, bigger engine and the CDL t/case.

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What are you looking to use a Discovery for, this makes a difference?
Primarily fishing, camping & Mt. biking in the Idaho terrain and an occasional 4 wheeling and towing my Teardrop camp trailer. Some highway driving too, as I go to New Mexico a lot.
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Welcome. My preference would be a pre 1996, primarily because I prefer the Lucase 14CUX injection system over GEMS, and having a distributor puts back some control into your hands. Problem with them when they get that old is rot (not just rust) in sills, front door posts and rear wheel arches. However, they can be found cheaper than dirt.
I have a friend who bought a teardrop made by the Amish, and I was SO impressed. I'm still a tent man, but love the efficiency of the teardrop.
Where does the "rot" usually occur? I thought LRs had aluminum bodies.
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As already mentioned, I would suggest you look at a 99 D2 or newer, they can be found in the $3000 to $4000 range and will make a fun camp and daily driver if needed.

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Primarily fishing, camping & Mt. biking in the Idaho terrain and an occasional 4 wheeling and towing my Teardrop camp trailer. Some highway driving too, as I go to New Mexico a lot.
If you want to see a lot of Land Rovers in action, buy your Disco and plan on making the National Land Rover rally at Moab, UT 10/19-10/23. Plenty of others from S.Idaho are going and I am sure we will have caravans heading down.

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'94/'95. Least electronically dependent. Bullet-proof engine if you change the oil and don't overheat it. Aftermarket parts are cheap as chips.

That said, I prefer the '87/'88 Range Rovers myself, don't discount them.

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'94/'95. Least electronically dependent. Bullet-proof engine if you change the oil and don't overheat it. Aftermarket parts are cheap as chips.

That said, I prefer the '87/'88 Range Rovers myself, don't discount them.

PDX Craiglist is ALWAYS full of cheap Rovers.
PT, are you talking 94-95 Range Rover ? Not the Disco, right ?
Was there a P38 Rover and a Classic in 95 ? I thought I saw both in that year and if so, I assume you are talking about the Classic. I am thinking of exactly that range of rigs to try and find for my second born son, soon to join the world of new drivers (excluding 10 years of driving experience on various video games...mostly running over pimps and terrorists...)

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PT, are you talking 94-95 Range Rover ? Not the Disco, right ?
Was there a P38 Rover and a Classic in 95 ? I thought I saw both in that year and if so, I assume you are talking about the Classic. I am thinking of exactly that range of rigs to try and find for my second born son, soon to join the world of new drivers (excluding 10 years of driving experience on various video games...mostly running over pimps and terrorists...)
Nope, Discos '94/'95. I'm not fond of the later Rangies for off-roading due to the B-W transfer case and the '95s I hate to see torn up as there were so few to begin with.

I have yet to see a DII with as many miles as either my '94 LWB, nor my '95 Disco.

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Studebiker, that is a sweet looking ride in your avatar !

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'94/'95. Least electronically dependent. Bullet-proof engine if you change the oil and don't overheat it. Aftermarket parts are cheap as chips.

That said, I prefer the '87/'88 Range Rovers myself, don't discount them.

PDX Craiglist is ALWAYS full of cheap Rovers.

How would you say the 4.0 liter engine compares to the 4.6? (assuming regular oil changes between 3,000 and 8,000 miles)


(I'm actually in a similar situation to studebiker and might be able to piggyback on this thread a bit.)

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How would you say the 4.0 liter engine compares to the 4.6? (assuming regular oil changes between 3,000 and 8,000 miles)


(I'm actually in a similar situation to studebiker and might be able to piggyback on this thread a bit.)
Don't let it overheat and it should last damned near forever.

Each year, things get electronically more complex.

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