I've not had much time behind the wheel of a disco 1, but had an 04 for a while and love how these trucks ride and look. I was in the same position as you, if you want comfort and features go disco 2, but from what I've found so far if you want less crap to deal with and more off road capability and still comfortable on the road find a good low mileage disco 1. I just bought a 1998 50 th anniversary edition with 75,000 miles on it for 1500.00, granted I think I stole it, but irregardless there out there if your patient. It has a few issues but it's drivable, the biggest problem is it needs paint work.
"you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could and should do for themselves"
2006 Range Rover Sport HSE 60,000 miles (wife's)
2004 Discovery SE7, 170,000 miles
Mods coming soon!!
2" Terrafima lift
Tactical Rover front and rear bumpers
Voyager rack (with tent modification)
1998 Discovery, sold but not forgotten