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Old July 24th, 2014, 02:08 AM
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Best Disco year?

What's the best year for the discovery? Any notable bad years?
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Old July 24th, 2014, 03:43 AM
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Which series of Disco? I have a 98 Discovery 1 which was my first Rover. I bought it new from the dealer here in Austin. I like its more mechanical aspects compared to the Disco 2.
But if I had a Disco 2, I'd get the 2004.
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Old July 24th, 2014, 07:11 AM
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I also like the D1 mechanically, but the D2 drives a lot better. Personally, I like the 99-02 model, but I have both a 98 and 04, go figure.
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The early D1's are growing on me. Great trail trucks. Tall and skinny.
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Disco I 1999
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Old July 24th, 2014, 07:39 AM
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My 95 D1 was IMHO the best year. None of the OBD2 complexity of 96 and later. Who else recalls the problems with the heads on the 96 and later years?
My D1 lives in mechanically at least in my cooler conversion.
The next best year is 2004.
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Old July 24th, 2014, 07:40 AM
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My 95 D1 was IMHO the best year. None of the OBD2 complexity of 96 and later. Who else recalls the problems with the heads on the 96 and later years?
My D1 lives in mechanically at least in my cooler conversion.
The next best year is 2004.
I agree with the 2004. Never had a 94-95 so I cannot comment.

In 1999 they had all the DI issues fixed... Then came the 1999 DII.

The Disco 03-04 are still cool looking because of the round head lamps. The 04 came with CDL, the round roof bars, and no pump issues.
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Old July 24th, 2014, 07:57 AM
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There are so few differences over the years it really doesn't matter. Mechanically they are all simple, so its best to find one with a good body and interior. Mechanicals are cheap and easy to fix usually.
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Look for them in rust free states. I've seen 2004 with holes in chassis.
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Ohhh!!! One thing I forgot. The ZF tranny on the DI is hydraulic vs electric on the DII. I prefer the hydraulic one.
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Keep in mind the thinner frame on the Dii, anecdotal observation is that D1's-if maintained-seem to be aging better than Dii's. Along with the relative simplicity and such.

Pound for pound I would go 98-99 D1 with decent records and low rust.
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Look for them in rust free states.
^^ 10x ^^
Good advice that applies to all cars.
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Old July 24th, 2014, 09:24 AM
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Depends on your intentions... I had to get a 95 for the pre-obd2 aspect for the 300 swap. A lot of people would agree that the 99 D1s had most of the kinks worked out.

On the D2s, that is up to you. I would say the 03-04 look better, but in reality I get for more calls on engine failures with the later 4.6s. My 4.0 is running at 180k.
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DI 98 or 99

DII 2000 to early 2001 or a 2004

Having had a DI and and a DII I prefer the DII they are significantly more comfortable in the seating area and the windscreen is taller so you do not have to scrunch down at lights to see them.
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Get the one with boosts.
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DI 98 or 99

DII 2000 to early 2001 or a 2004

Having had a DI and and a DII I prefer the DII they are significantly more comfortable in the seating area and the windscreen is taller so you do not have to scrunch down at lights to see them.
I have an 02 D2 and have driven it 50k with only replacing rear pads and a seized rr caliper.
The truck I have doesn't have sas and its been awesome.
Having had a bunch of D1's I agree with Dave the 2 is a better on road truck.
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DII hit or miss, I like the 14CUX trucks. 96 had carbon fouling issues maybe Land Rover updated the valves. DI over a DII, the one with the least amount of rust is best. Some of the early SD's had manual cloth seats.
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Got my wife an O4 and she loves it. It really is a great road tripper. Very comfortable. And the power to weight ratior of the 4.6 is awesome. Which the reliabilty of that engine was better. We haven't had the failure, and have been proactive on maintenance of known issues, but the big issue is always out there like a shadow.

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Disco I 1999
Disco 2004

I concur. My first Disco was a '99 SD (a DI), got it in 2000; wish I hadn't let it go.

Had a '95 Disco; it was simpler, would have been a fine trail truck, but I let it go too.

If going w/ a DII, I'd want an '04, because of the return of the CDL.
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Old July 24th, 2014, 11:15 AM
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You'll get a lot of different opinions on this. There's all kinds of debates on the web about D1 vs D2 so I won't go into that, just search it.
I will speak to D1's. I'm seeing(on forums) a lot of 98's with all kinds of EVAP, misfire, and idling issues; and I have experienced it myself. Plainly put, I think the age of the vehicle, Advanced EVAP, OBDII status make these vehicles increasingly difficult and expensive to keep on the road legally. Couple that with the FACT that so many of the "OEM" replacement parts are absolute garbage and it becomes even harder to keep a later year compliant.
My '98 is dead. ECU is toast, EVAP and idle issues here and there.
My '96 daily driver is going strong so far. Been driven most of its life on Regular gas and it doesn't throw any codes.
I just bought a '95 to make my primary wheeling vehicle for a few reasons.
1) Its OBDI and NEVER has to be tested for emissions.
2) Its OBDI and since it never gets tested I can slap any engine I damned well please in there at any time.
3) The stock setup is simple, stupid simple. The ECU is INSIDE the truck away from water and salt. There's no Advanced EVAP to go haywire. Only two O2's to worry about.
4) I've seen many 94-95 D1's still running strong with 2-300K miles on them. They just seem to hold up.

So IMO a fairly well maintained 94/95 D1 that is fairly rust free is the way to go.
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