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Old September 22nd, 2010, 09:59 AM
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I might have a Rover addiction

So it's been almost a year since I bought my 110 and I have really enjoyed it. I am already considering the shift to an all Rover fleet.

Yesterday I stopped to look at an early 90 but was totally distracted by this Disco. Today I stopped to look at it again! It is all kitted out with sliders, winch, roof rack, leather, lights etc. As I was driving away from it I was contemplating selling my Titan and replacing it with the Disco. I could convert my 110 into a pickup so I can move firewood and whatever other junk a pickup is useful for. Am I crazy to replace my trusty Titan with a Disco for 100% reliable transportation? I don't know anything about these vehicles except that many people have opinions about good and bad years etc so I am open to advice on reliability, value, practicality and whatever else.

I will get more info on the vehicle in question like asking price and year and history soon.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 10:34 AM
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It's a 99-02 ... the biggest problems with D2s are A) head gaskets needing to be replaced and B) front driveshaft needs to be rebuilt w/ greaseable ujoints and maintained... the stock ones are 'sealed for life' and eventually dry out and can break apart, causing more damage... so check those. C) Three Amigos... ABS/TC/HDC lights come on whenever there is a problem with the ABS... search around for more info on fixing them and what not..

Other than that, you will want to make sure that you have CDL in there.. the D2s did not come with CDL, but 99-00 and some 01's had a lockable transfer case, so you could just add the lever from a D1 to fix it.. '04 D2 had CDL factory.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 10:59 AM
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It's a 2001 that has just been fitted with a new engine that has 24,000 miles on it and three year warranty. Forgot to ask how many miles on drivetrain, chassis etc. He's not sure of three amigos issues as he is helping someone else sell it.
Asking $12,500. Seems high to me
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 11:50 AM
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Way too high $$ Half of that would be still a bit high...
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:08 PM
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If you want a built D2 that is super clean, I'll sell you mine for 5K. Winch, detroit in the rear, CDL ,34" swampers, 4.43 gears...

However, I do not have any off that "bolt on" garbage that seems to be the rage. I don't have 25 Hella lights, or "level o gauge " stuff. But it works very well off road. It does have custom doors, one off fenders, and a properly built bumper that actually can hit trees with and it doesn't move, etc...

And yes, you're crazy for getting rid of a reliable truck for a Land Rover.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:17 PM
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So it's been almost a year since I bought my 110 and I have really enjoyed it. I am already considering the shift to an all Rover fleet.

Yesterday I stopped to look at an early 90 but was totally distracted by this Disco. Today I stopped to look at it again! It is all kitted out with sliders, winch, roof rack, leather, lights etc. As I was driving away from it I was contemplating selling my Titan and replacing it with the Disco. I could convert my 110 into a pickup so I can move firewood and whatever other junk a pickup is useful for. Am I crazy to replace my trusty Titan with a Disco for 100% reliable transportation? I don't know anything about these vehicles except that many people have opinions about good and bad years etc so I am open to advice on reliability, value, practicality and whatever else.

I will get more info on the vehicle in question like asking price and year and history soon.

There are lotso folks who can sympathize with your 'addiction'!

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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:30 PM
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Ha! It actually does have a level o gauge.

I think I just needed one person to say I was crazy and that will settle it. I can drive by it and look.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:42 PM
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Ha! It actually does have a level o gauge.

I think I just needed one person to say I was crazy and that will settle it. I can drive by it and look.

I don't think you're crazy.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:57 PM
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We hava an all Rover fleet. And looking for a good disco in a few years to set-up for my daughter.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 12:57 PM
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It's a 2001 that has just been fitted with a new engine that has 24,000 miles on it and three year warranty. Forgot to ask how many miles on drivetrain, chassis etc. He's not sure of three amigos issues as he is helping someone else sell it.
Asking $12,500. Seems high to me
For that kinda money buy an '04. Looks like it has a RoverRack and not a true SD rack, if that matters to you.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 01:31 PM
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I think you're crazy...but then aren't most of us here?

I just recently replaced my Mini Cooper with a D90 :-)
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 01:55 PM
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looking for sanity or common sense/practical advise here has self fullfilling results- to say unbiased is an untruth. As many Rovers as come and go here, there is always one Ford to jump, push, tow, etc the Rovers... but the ratio is ahh, biased
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 02:00 PM
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looking for sanity or common sense/practical advise here has self fullfilling results- to say unbiased is an untruth. As many Rovers as come and go here, there is always one Ford to jump, push, tow, etc the Rovers... but the ratio is ahh, biased

I just use one Rover to jump, tow, push or pull the not-working one... Out of the bunch, there's usually at least two working at any given time!

For reference, the most reliable has been the LR3 and the Defender 90... The older series trucks can get into some issues every once in a while... The LR3 is a tank, and the D90 keeps pluggin away and costing me money every time something breaks... The last break was the U-Joints going after pulling on the e-brake too hard to decelerate... sheared a pin on one of the ujoints! Nobody told me you were only supposed to use it to park! LOL

UJoints are normally easy to replace, but every bolt had rusted solid and had to be burned/cut off of 4 ujoints... HUGE job. Eventually, every little piece on the D90 will be gradually replaced and then I start all over again with the first things I fixed...

So for now, an all-Rover stable.
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 04:25 PM
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LOL, reading between the lines, what he is saying is the doors have been customised by hitting trees and rocks, and one of the fenders is off. Oh and it doesn't move.

Carey you should work in sales...






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It does have custom doors, one off fenders, and a properly built bumper that actually can hit trees with and it doesn't move, etc...
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 06:39 PM
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LOL, reading between the lines, what he is saying is the doors have been customised by hitting trees and rocks, and one of the fenders is off. Oh and it doesn't move.

Carey you should work in sales...

Dave, let me set you straight. BOTH fenders are off, and it does run just fine. I took Jeff Aronson wheeling today....
For reference to the doors, my D2 is actually 7 inches narrower than a standard D2, so yes, it's custom.

Funny, you're not the first person to tell me I should be in sales.... see you at the Romp!
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Old September 22nd, 2010, 07:11 PM
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I keep 2 Rovers at all times so I can still drive one while the other is in the shop.
$12k is laughable for 2001 Disco - try $4k. Max.
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Old September 23rd, 2010, 02:46 PM
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To be fair, I have some non-rovers, but the only one I drive is the lotus. See below.

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Old September 24th, 2010, 08:26 PM
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Years ago I bought a '96 Disco to put in the garage next to the 90. I had quite the love hate relationship with that SOB. Alot like the new dog we recently got Like others have said, it will NOT be your Titan. But then again, it WILL not be your Titan.....
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Old September 24th, 2010, 08:36 PM
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I keep 2 Rovers at all times so I can still drive one while the other is in the shop.
$12k is laughable for 2001 Disco - try $4k. Max.
Not sure if it makes you feel any better, but just picked up a 2003 Disco for 4100$ with 120k miles. Probably needs a new timing cover and chain/belt.. otherwise, seems okay.

I've never had a Disco before - are they chains or belts? I guess I'll find out over the next few weeks.
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Old September 24th, 2010, 09:22 PM
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Well I guess I'm kinda over this disco. I can't justify swapping my truck for this and I don't exactly have clearance to bring another vehicle home. If i could get it for $4100 I might push the issue a bit.

Ultimately I do like all the bolt on crap and would like that stuff on my 110, plus the Upgraded suspension, AC, sunroof...
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