Discovery II Buying Advice - Defender Source
Defender Source  

Go Back   Defender Source > Non-Technical Discussions > Misc. Chit-Chat


Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old December 11th, 2011, 02:04 PM
Hinckley423's Avatar
Hinckley423
Status: Offline
Charles Joerss
1995 D-90 #2812
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Westchester Co. NY
Posts: 204
Registry
Discovery II Buying Advice

I'm thinking about getting a Disco II as a truck to pull the boat and use to carry stuff. The Defender doesn't have the capacity to pull the boat and I wouldn't want to use it for that. Does anyone have and advice or experience regarding them? I'm guessing that going for a low mileage one would save me on repairs? Are they really expensive to maintain? Are they reliable? Any insight would be appreciated.

Thank you,
Charles
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old December 11th, 2011, 02:48 PM
Campbell's Avatar
Campbell
Status: Offline
Rich Campbell
06 LR3 01DII D90s sold
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: PA
Posts: 1,512
Registry
Personally I would avoid 2003 DII. Had one... POS engine.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old December 11th, 2011, 03:01 PM
Rugbier's Avatar
Rugbier
Status: Offline
Gustavo
110 Tdi - 110 N/A - D3 HSE - RRS SC
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Peoples Republic of Marylandistan
Posts: 5,884
Registry
not all 2003 had the engine trouble

VIN range to avoid 3A771801 to 3A8088362

Although there have been cases with the oil pump block issue in other outside that VIN range

If you find one documented that LRNA replaced the screwed up block, then go for it
__________________
NO SIGNATURE
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #4  
Old December 11th, 2011, 03:07 PM
specops1526's Avatar
specops1526
Status: Offline
Brian
Beluga '97 90
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Los Angeles
Posts: 1,565
I would get a 2004 (last year and came with CDL), but as much as I love both of mine, they are still Land Rovers and are basically shit...I wouldn't consider them cheap to maintain. One of mine needed an engine replacement at 50K miles due to a known issue with the 4.6 engines (slipped liners). As with most Rovers, you'll need new Head Gaskets at some point. I just did mine on one truck that has 88K miles. Make sure you get it checked out thoroughly by a good LR mechanic. But there's no way of telling when something will go wrong, even with the best inspection.

Also, most came with sunroofs, if I had a choice, I would probably find one without them. They are prone to issues like broken motors and water leaks. You'll have to get a base S model to avoid these. There are a host of other things you'll likely have to deal with like: headliner, front drive shaft replacement, window regulators, door locks, etc.

Try and get one cheap so if shit goes wrong you will have the extra cash and also won't regret your purchase. Good luck. As much as I hate them, I still love them...
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by rijosho
-I need to figure out a cooler-looking way of getting into the driver's seat

-->
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Beluga 97 D-90
Chawton 04 DII SE
Tangiers 04 DII G4
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old December 11th, 2011, 04:37 PM
61rover's Avatar
61rover
Status: Offline
John Crouse
'93 NAS D110 (#8) / '61 Series II
Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 1,116
Registry
If you can afford the premium for the 2004, that's the way to go. Otherwise, some of the 1999 and 2003 models had engine issues. I would avoid them. I speak from experience.....
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old December 11th, 2011, 05:01 PM
Hinckley423's Avatar
Hinckley423
Status: Offline
Charles Joerss
1995 D-90 #2812
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Westchester Co. NY
Posts: 204
Registry
Thank you for all of the advice. I was thinking about a Suburban just because its big but even used they are kind of pricey and I dont know the first thing about them. Plus, it isn't a Land Rover.
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old December 11th, 2011, 05:39 PM
evilfij's Avatar
evilfij
Status: Offline
evilfij
I have never seen a rover in person
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: on the internet
Posts: 14,688
Pass on it. Find a nice 94-99 DI for cheap and use that. DIIs are fundamentally flawed for various reasons IMHO>
__________________
*not legal advice*
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old December 11th, 2011, 06:55 PM
BOBCAT110's Avatar
BOBCAT110
Status: Offline
Ken Jagolta
94 d-90
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Nantucket /Boca
Posts: 1,278
2002 SD..the most reliable one they made. Somehow they managed to screw it up once they finally got them fairly squared away. So avoid 03-04. Just my 2cents after having dealt in them for the entire product run at a franchise store. My mom still has hers as well and it has been bullerproof. [for a Rover anyway]
__________________

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old December 11th, 2011, 07:38 PM
woldd90's Avatar
woldd90
Status: Offline
Scott
1997 D90 ST #1444
Site Team
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Georgia
Posts: 5,329
I have a 04 Yukon xl 2500, it has plenty of power and plenty of space. Parts are cheap and easy to find. Maintenance is pretty easy to do yourself. The brakes last forever, I have over 108k on the original set and I tow. Visability is poor, the truck is huge and your wife will hate driving it, atleast mine does. But, they are pretty cheap now.
__________________
Scott

Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old December 12th, 2011, 09:09 AM
sirjond's Avatar
sirjond
Status: Offline
Jonny
1995 D90 ST Alpine White
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: CT & VT
Posts: 560
I have a 2006 Tahoe Z71. Love it and would never get rid of it. Get the Chevy.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old December 12th, 2011, 09:34 AM
Abrooks's Avatar
Abrooks
Status: Offline
Tony Brooks
.
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Arlington, VA
Posts: 4,926
We have a late-model Land Cruiser for those sorts of needs -- fantastic truck.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Lower Navigation
Go Back   Defender Source > Non-Technical Discussions > Misc. Chit-Chat

Tags
advice, buying, cover, disco, disco ii, discovery

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Long distance buying advice Craigd Misc. Chit-Chat 6 March 4th, 2011 10:36 AM
Discovery II Stuff rvrnut110 For Sale - Parts 3 October 7th, 2009 12:43 AM
Advice on buying my first D90 mtbrooks Defender Technical Discussions 7 July 19th, 2005 07:48 PM
Discovery II rover4x4 Misc. Chit-Chat 14 July 15th, 2004 02:17 PM
1999 Discovery Series II for sale mgrgpg For Sale - Vehicles 1 May 21st, 2004 08:17 AM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:48 PM.


Copyright