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Old October 25th, 2011, 12:56 PM
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Disco 1 Buying Help

So my younger brother caught the Rover bug and wants a Disco. His budget is $3k. I know nothing about Discos, but does anyone have any advice or leads on trucks? It will daily driver, so it has to be "reliable," but he also wants to wheel it.

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Old October 25th, 2011, 01:06 PM
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I'd go with a 97 to get the BMW ignition sys and say goodbye to distributors.
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Old October 25th, 2011, 01:12 PM
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I would say, buy a 1998 LSE and sell the boost wheels to buy more off-road parts.
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3k shall be able to get you something very nice from mid 1998 (last yr the d1's were made), it will have the 4.0 gems engine and inmobilizer/alarm (sometimes it can be a pita specially if you loose the remote with the system armed).
issues may include, leaky sunroof, inoperable rear windows due a window controller issue easily solved with a dab of solder.
look for rust around the rear wheel well as you open the rear door, this is the rear seat shoulder belt anchor.
Alpine window seals can be a leak source thus running into the cargo floorboard and rusting it.
same goes for the front floorboards.
if the winshield has been replaced or if it will be replaced, make sure it has been done properly or it will leak down the "A" pillar, the right side houses the ecu... needless to point out the outcome.
all other oddities and eccentricities found in early rovers apply to this rover as well, anti lock light will not go off until you beging rolling the trailer light will light up when you first turn on the turn signal etc.
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There is something to be said about OBDI ('94 or '95 for a NAS Disco) due to simpler emissions and electronics.
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Trevor @ RoverLab had one for sale in that price range
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Old October 25th, 2011, 01:41 PM
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x2 what Doug is saying. Trevor has gone through it and addressed the issues. Buying a Rover from Trevor is your best bet in that range. He also has an RRC with some off-road stuff in that range, but it needs a few things.
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Trevor @ RoverLab had one for sale in that price range
Thanks guys, I sent him an email
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i am selling mine, needs a little bit of work. comes with tons of spare parts. we can talk about a good price if you are interested. its a 1999 D1 SD
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i am selling mine, needs a little bit of work. comes with tons of spare parts. we can talk about a good price if you are interested. its a 1999 D1 SD
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Let me know if he starts looking at, or gets one and needs some help. I've owned 3 now (94, 98, & 96) and have dealt with many of the issues being discussed or what have you.

Trevor's current Disco is a good one, having seen it first hand, if you're looking for one that has had someone go through it and fix the big stuff. Not to mention its got cloth, etc.

There are a few on craigs that I'd be skeptical of but might be worth looking at depending on desired color and the aforementioned gap between the 94-95/96-99 (b/c there are some 99's floating around out there).
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