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I've basically been looking for a disco for about a month and so far mostly junk with a couple of decent buys but no deals to be found.

Anyway I found a 2003 Disco with 165k for 3,000.

I know the asking price is a bit high but this one has not one single issue and the previous owner has owned a couple discoveries over the years. It doesn't hurt that the interior looks new and the guy seems trustworthy(vs all the riff raff in south florida who are selling rebuilt titles without notice).

That being said I only want a 03-04 and would like to spend under 5k. My thinking being that with the 03 for 3k that gives me 2k for a terrafirma bumper,2004 Transfer case and cdl lever, and to do any preventative maintenance(priority 1).

I would prefer a 2004 but finding one under 5k has proven almost impossible.

This will be a car I drive 3-5 days a week moving into a 3rd car in the next year or so. Used as an off roader,camping,hunting,beach days and so on.

I am very mechanical with lots of tools I also just ordered a PC based scan tool to clear abs codes and so forth. I could do a head gasket and have free time.

I come from a WJ V8 4x4 Grand cherokee so I am familiar with 4wd systems,maintaining them and failure points.

So does a discovery with 165k have enough life left to even bother?
 

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Not sure what scan tool you bought, but there are only a few specialized ones that can read all the codes in a Disco. I use the Hawkeye scan tool and I am pretty happy with it, but there are others and I'll let people who have them comment on them. I have a 2003 and just did the CDL retrofit on it. Pretty easy to do if you find the right parts. I went with a used front output housing from Paul Grant (highly recommend) and ended up using the lever from Ashcroft transmissions in the UK.

Make sure you find someone trustworthy to perform a thorough pre-purchase inspection. And in my opinion don't count on buying a Disco without issues. The idea here is to understand clearly what you are getting into beforehand.
 

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Hello Mr wesson.. lol. I figured you would have pulled the trigger on that 03 by now.. have made your offer to the guy?

Lowest bidder is correct.. no such thing as a disco without any issues. Something is always in need of attention. It's a 4wd princess that drinks like a viking.

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excellent description zero!
they can last for ever, but you are always in the garage tinkering.

i'm a stickler for maintenance and i still i don't get more than a couple months before something needs service.

i think i went an entire summer once w/o repairing something, but i remember paying for it the next winter ;)
 

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It's a 4wd princess that drinks like a viking.
Perfect!
:clap::lol:

Everything has enough life left as long as you are willing to spend the money. I would drop 10k into my 04 if the need arose. Good thing I've been working on cars since 93 and know a thing or two.
If you buy it, drive it, you will love it.
 

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I love tinkering with my rover. It's a weekly event. The gas door needs tinkering just close it after the glutton has had her royal fill.

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Ive been looking to replace my 2002 167k lately but just decided to keep it. I've been with the same independent LR specialists for twenty years and seems daft not to rely on them to keep the old girl on the road indefinitely. Headgasket failure on TD5s are rare so I am told. Far bigger issue is chassis rot. Mine's good for its age so its getting a small area welded and then a waxoyling. There's few out there any good at £3000. I hesitated and missed out on a fabulous 01 recently so they are out there. But rare. And few are as good as mine. And there's nothing else out there that can do work and leisure as well as it does.

Spyed a rough looking Disco 1 near where I was working recently. Plenty of peeling bonnet laquer and interior rough as hell. Had a nose and spotted 322k on the clock !! How about that for value ??

But at this level you just dont know what you're buying anyway. Do you ? What do others think ?
 

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I read there are more problems with the 03-04 due to worn out tooling and other issues. I was told the 1999 is superior. The 4.6 liter engine on the 03-04 does not match the radiator so the car is even more prone to overheating than the 4.0.

I am told you need to buy 100% aluminum rad to replace factory, get an inline theromostat or grey high temp T stat and never use Orange dex. Only Green. And try to use distilled water. I live in FL and CA I so use Distilled water + 2 bottles of purple ice. if I was up north I would increase the anti-freeze only as much as needed.

I have been told all these things while having things go wrong with my car. the 03-04 looks way coooler than the 99 with more features but ...I read the molds and tooling used at the UK factory were worn out but LR kept using them anyways
 

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If finding an 04 under 5k has proven impossible for him ... it could indicate prices are going up due to supply/demand ..

At some point even the worst car increases in value soley because of supply and demand . .


As I told everyone on this website .. I was at the local junkyard and they had 5 discoveries on the lot ..... all were smashed and sold for scrap after only a few months .. low income people buy them to pose .. then can't afford the posing costs..

The lot guy said one of the discoveries was in perfect working condition except for the tranny when it rolled in. I was told everything was in perfect running condition - except the tranny - and you could buy a tranny off one of the other ones ... stick it on that one .. and it would drive. The person could not afford a new tranny and had it towed from the dealers lot. Someone got the engine in that car before it went to get smashed.

I have been scouring these junkyards and if you talk to the lot guys you will hear a similar theme - the driver could not afford to get it fixed or had no mechanic skills and gave up.
 

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If you get an 04 you wont need to do the cdl.
I bought my 04 with 339,000 kms for 1000 bucks. It has the 3 amigos and a bit of rust above the windshield, the front sunroof doesnt work, i had to replace the window mechanism and the headliner is starting to sag but i wouldnt trade it. I love that truck, although its giving me a starter issue right now its still my favourite truck ive ever owned and i enjoy driving it.

Dont buy an older LR with plans of making money on resale youll only be dissapointed....these trucks are for enthusiasts, if you want something reliable with decent resale, buy a vw.

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Well said. I think the lines of my '99 DII are classic, much better looking than the new ones (in my view at least - do not like the squashed down rear end lines of the new ones) and today I believe I will never get rid of it. However it has had its share of problems and I know the more I drive it the closer I get to the next problem.

169K miles and I am just not worried about wearing it out. 11mpg - just live with it.

Love it today. Check back with me next week.
 
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