Thinking about buying either a Discovery or Range Rover Classic. Wondering if there is a more desirable year of Discovery over others? Im leaning towards Disco I just for simplicity but would love to hear from some of you on opinions?
Ok. So it sounds like i'm on the right track in choosing a D1. When going to look at one, what should I be on the look out for before buying? I have a few lined up that I want to see but just want to make sure I stay away from a bomb shell.
They hide rust issues rather well. Be sure to check for rot in the pillars, floors, and rocker panels.
It's a lot easier to fix mechanical issues than it is rust.
Besides all the normal mechanicals you'll check....some other issues head gaskets, check if the hi/lo range and diff lock lever is free and make sure the abs and srs lights illuminate and then turn off when it start it.
Sold my 2000 Disco and just picked up a 1995 D1 beater. Sometimes I make poor choices.
Our '96 D1 5 spd, bought new, has been pretty good. It leaks in the back area and on the passenger side front footwell. Rust is not bad even though the vehicle sits outside in our driveway. Only 50,000 miles so far - family toy.
Get the price as low as possible and expect to pay a fair yearly "maintenance fee".
If you can't do most of the repairs yourself expect to pay dearly.
Here's what we have done since new:
Replaced one broken exhaust valve - $750 home done
Replaced two electric window motor units (poor quality) - $800 dealer
Repainted roof (developed mange) - $350 body shop
Replaced all rear glass rubber gaskets - $750 - glass shop
Replaced viscous coupling radiator fan with electric units - $450 home done
Replaced rear calipers - $200 home done
Usual maintenance - mostly home done
www.landroverforums.com DI tech section.
99% of the time its the rollers that break, you can replace them with furniture drawer rollers from your local hardware store.
Mine was a rusted out window lift channel, $25 and half a days work.
I get lazy too, but for $400 I can get off my fat lazy ass. lol
2nd owner of a '97 Disco with a ARB winch bumper, SD roof rack, Rover Racks ladder, Cooper S/T's and 220,000 miles on the clock and still a daily driver.
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