I'm new to the forum, to 'wheelin' and to Land Rovers in general. I've been reading a ton of posts on these forums the last few weeks and I feel i'm ready to dive into the LR community. While I understand the common repair issues I feel confident that I know what I'm getting into... a lot of fun, duh
I've done a little wrenching and it's been fun at times -and a headache at times, but I enjoy learning how it all works.
Anyway, I'm in the market for an '04 Disco II and am going to take a look at a base S model with 70K miles in a couple days that has some aftermarket features that I would want to add to any Disco, but the owner is asking 10,800 for it (seems high) so I want to get your opinions on it.
Its an '04 Disco II SD trim with 70K miles and from what I gather from the pictures it has an ARB aftermarket bumper/grill guard, winch (not sure what mfg), spotlights, roof rack and ladder, 16" wheels (not LR stock), and what looks like a 2" lift kit. The owner just had the valve gaskets replaced and rebuilt the front drivetrain when the u-joints failed at highway speed and tore up a bunch of stuff - I seem to read a lot about that on here
Owner said it hasn't actually been offroad and is very clean and mechanically, electronically sound.
SInce the repairs mentioned are so common on here i figure that is a bonus. He replaced the U-joints with a sealed and greaseable u-joint and had to replace the o-2 sensor and a few other things as well that were damaged during that process. I think he had it all repaired at the LR Dealer since the indy mechanic here in Santa fe went out of business. Is there anything I can check/listen for or ask about related to these issues that might creep in later down the road or a common oversight related to these repairs?
Now my questions:
What value would you give to the other upgrades -sorry can't provide mfg info on the upgrades at this time but it seems like I could find a base model without them for around 7K, right? What is a reasonable price for this with upgrades?
I know it doesn't have the ALS system (which everyone seems to say to just replace with springs anyway) and since it's the S trim it likely won't have some amenities like leather seats, sunroof, heated seats, upgraded stereo etc... not totally ideal but not a huge deal breaker either since it would be less to go wrong. However, what are the other useful features that would likely be excluded in the S model? Are the offroad features standard on all trim lines like the CDL, hill descent, TCS -anything else? someone mentioned in another thread no Sport mode on the S trim -if true how would this impact performance on and offroad?
I will have it checked by a mechanic to make sure everything is as the owner states, but the more I know before I drive the better I'll be able to evaluate whether it's worth taking to a mechanic in the first place.
Thanks for all your help...