Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Vancouver, Canada
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Yes, Badger said it right: these are not 'appliance vehicles' that you just drive around town. You need to ask yourself if the extra attention to the truck is really part of your current world. Please don't misunderstand me, my wife loves her Disco (named Stumpy) but I play with it every week and do most of the servicing myself. For example, new oxygen sensors (Part # ERR 1834) are $625 Cdn each and you need to replace all 4 of them every 30 to 50,000 miles. This kind of expense can kill a family that is not swimming in disposable income. Now if you buy the parts on the 'net for $120 US each and spend the hour installing them yourself, life with a LandRover isn't bad at all. Is there a mechanic in the family?
If you bought the truck used and are already questioning your wisdom, think it over carefully again. Is this your primary vehicle or can you allow the Disco to be laid up from time to time? Time has been the most important asset for happiness with a Land Rover for us - if you need it to run everyday with no problems indefinitely, get an appliance vehicle. Of the 5 or so families we know that bought these trucks between '94 and '98, we are the only ones that have enjoyed the wonderful off-road performance and enjoy the vehicle's personality. The other families bought Volvo, Mercedes or Toyota/Lexus as replacements (the Mercedes buyers were very unhappy and dumped the vehicle back on the dealership lot - endless problems - they then also bought a Volvo AWD wagon)
So, at the risk of being considered a forum heretic, be honest with yourself as you think over whether or not to keep the Disco.