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Old October 10th, 2012, 03:55 PM
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Advice: sell Disco or 90

Sadly, the time has come to sell one of the Land Rovers. New baby's daycare bills are chiseling away at our savings and the final nail is news of a pay cut at the end of the year.
So, which to sell?
1984 90, 200 tdi, no faults, installed rear bench for baby seat. Loves the vibraty diesel.
2004 Disco, stock with no faults
Factors to consider:
-Which would be more reliable? It needs to transport baby and be least susceptible to stranding. Conventional wisdom would say the Disco because it is newer, but that hasn't been the case with our new "reliable" Mini Countryman. (another story)
- Needs to be able to bash through snow banks and down a 1/2 mile un-plowed driveway that has been accumulating snow all day while at work. (up to 2') Does traction control really have a big factor in this?
-more modern safety features like airbags, abs, etc in the Disco
-twice the mileage in the tdi 90
-Anything else?
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Old October 10th, 2012, 03:58 PM
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Sadly, the time has come to sell one of the Land Rovers. New baby's daycare bills are chiseling away at our savings and the final nail is news of a pay cut at the end of the year.
So, which to sell?
1984 90, 200 tdi, no faults, installed rear bench for baby seat. Loves the vibraty diesel.
2004 Disco, stock with no faults
Factors to consider:
-Which would be more reliable? It needs to transport baby and be least susceptible to stranding. Conventional wisdom would say the Disco because it is newer, but that hasn't been the case with our new "reliable" Mini Countryman. (another story)
- Needs to be able to bash through snow banks and down a 1/2 mile un-plowed driveway that has been accumulating snow all day while at work. (up to 2') Does traction control really have a big factor in this?
-more modern safety features like airbags, abs, etc in the Disco
-twice the mileage in the tdi 90
-Anything else?
If you sell the Disco let me know! That being said, I can't advise you on which to get rid of or you will think I am telling you what I would want to hear
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Old October 10th, 2012, 04:01 PM
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The Disco will be more comfortable for your family. And it is insane how much crap you have to take with you anywhere with infants/toddlers. That said, the D90 will not depreciate a single penny between now and end of eternity...Plus, it is much, much easier to work on yourself for the DIY mechanic.

All that said, you coudn't ask a more biased crowd this question.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Sell the Disco. I just sold mine to get my 90 and have not looked back. Just so basic and far less things to go wrong than a DII
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Old October 10th, 2012, 04:38 PM
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Won't your child freeze in the back of the D90?
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Old October 10th, 2012, 05:22 PM
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I would agree that it may be cold in the back of the 90 for a small child. The disco is a much better family car and can be set up easily to go thru lots of snow with a couple inches of lift and 32/33" tires. I did not get my 90 until the kids were much older. Since a little one is involved I would say keep the disco.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 05:29 PM
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Comfort, Convenience and Safety - Disco wins when a baby is involved.
Plus the Disco can handle a NH winter on road just as well or better than a D90.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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The Disco will continue to drop in value... The 90 will stay constant... Keep the 90 and get an auxiliary heater and ac, and you will be fine. Plus, your kid will hate you when he finds out you sold the 90 and kept the Disco.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 06:00 PM
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Actually the heat is not too bad in the diesel.
Forgot to say 68k on the disco.

Thanks for the input, keep it coming!
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Old October 10th, 2012, 06:04 PM
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Sell the Disco... They suck as family vehicle. Ask me how I know.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 06:35 PM
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I see conflicting reports above, BUT I recently sold the wifes' Audi and gave her the LR3 - I daily the 110 or 90. Kid hates the LR3, but loves the 90/110 (me too!)....so we end up taking them everywhere. LR3 is pretty much for the wife to get her nails done or go grocery shopping.

Ditch the Disco, they're a dime a dozen. And oh yeah, like you I love getting 25+ mpg in the Tdi!
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Old October 10th, 2012, 06:39 PM
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PS - for those that say the 90 does not offer much "space", I submit Exhibit A (that's 200lbs of German Shepherds...two in total if you look there's one on the floor, the kid, our gear, and the pregnant wife in the front seat):
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Old October 10th, 2012, 07:45 PM
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Seven seats in many D90's so there is one more left.
Though I would recommend a Sankey or m416
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Old October 10th, 2012, 07:51 PM
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I voted for the defender but on second thought, if you have kids, the disco is probably safer.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 08:23 PM
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PS - for those that say the 90 does not offer much "space", I submit Exhibit A (that's 200lbs of German Shepherds...two in total if you look there's one on the floor, the kid, our gear, and the pregnant wife in the front seat):
It is amazing how much these things can carry when they really need to. 5 wheels/tires, 2 fender skins, 4 eyebrows, toolbox, book bag, 30 lb dog food, and dog. Oh and me - just barely.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 08:40 PM
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Choice of the brain: disco
Choice of the heart: defender

Basically, that's it.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:01 PM
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Sell me the 90 and keep the.disco
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:16 PM
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It is amazing how much these things can carry when they really need to. 5 wheels/tires, 2 fender skins, 4 eyebrows, toolbox, book bag, 30 lb dog food, and dog. Oh and me - just barely.
We call that "Exhibit B".
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:27 PM
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LR3 is pretty much for the wife to get her nails done or go grocery shopping.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:30 PM
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Well let the defense enter its own exhibit...
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Several day's worth of camping gear, a discreet range of long guns, two daughters...(add in a fiancee if you want to cube out a little more but nothing too significant)

...A radio you can hear, 75mph cruising, bluetooth and the D2 is has even more cargo room and is more comfortable.

Keep the Disco, or sell both and get a 110.
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