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Old October 17th, 2014, 03:27 PM
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So I got a 2000 Discovery II for free

For those that don't believe here is the post offering it up on another forum.

http://landroverforums.com/forum/pri...sco-2-a-69725/



OK so here is the story...

Left my house in the NW burbs of Chicago at 4am and drove to my Dad's house 2 hours away in NW Indiana. Met up with him loaded up some needed items, tools fluids, jump pack and a spare battery and set off for Ann Arbor MI. 3.5 hours of Father Son bonding time later we arrived.

I got to meet Pat's super nice wife, she went over a few issues she knew of with me and handed over the title and keys to my new to me Discovery.

My dad and I promptly got to work changing out the battery, and checking out the issue with the prop shaft hitting the exhaust. Didn't see anything amiss so I decided I'd take it for spin and see what I could figure out. After about 50 feet I knew the front prop shaft was the issue. So rather than get them in trouble with the apartment complex, I went a half mile down the road with my Dad following to Meijer's (midwest Walmart competition). Where I picked up some rubber gloves and we got to work dropping the shaft in the parking lot and locking the CDL. Then it was off to Costco for fuel and a hot dog lunch.

Then we turned west towards home. Got it out on the highway and it performed great, and it was just crazy. The first time I've traveled quite a way to pick up a Rover, and everything worked and it had a radio. I paid for the other ones and the free one doesn't have a single fault inside, aside from the seat heater on the drivers seat (who cares lol). The interior is immaculate and you can see the love the Discovery had with Pat and his family. It drives great and just has a few issues to take care of to make it damn near perfect.

It's need list so far has grown just a bit but all are minor issues. Needs a passenger side headlight rock hit put a hole in the glass. Needs front calipers as both are dragging my guess is from sitting. Needs a prop shaft for the front, already on it's way from lucky8. Other than that a good wax and a bit of rejuvenation of the flares to make her one extremely clean disco.

My wife and daughter already love the discovery, and we're looking forward to using it for family trips in the future! My favorite quote from my wife "You should stick to free Land Rovers this is much nicer than any of the ones you have bought!" My favorite daughter quote "Mom this is nicer than your truck"

I hate to say it as I love to modify cars but this one is just so nice and clean that I think I will endeavor to just make her as clean and stock as possible.


Once again a huge thank you to Pat and his wife for the wonderful gift of a great Land Rover.

------ Follow up post added October 17th, 2014 02:29 PM ------

When I picked her up.






After a quick wash at my dad's before the last 100 miles home.







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Old October 17th, 2014, 03:42 PM
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Old October 17th, 2014, 03:45 PM
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I couldn't do it, that would be wrong as hell lol.

Drove it 350 miles yesterday and 50 or so today. It's a smooth runner, all the electrical bits work and my wife likes it. It stays lol.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 04:01 PM
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Great find, congrats!
Rover peeps are the best! I've given parts away, and I had parts given to me...
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Old October 17th, 2014, 04:23 PM
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I couldn't do it, that would be wrong as hell lol.
Donate it to me!
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Old October 17th, 2014, 04:44 PM
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Old October 17th, 2014, 04:53 PM
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It's how the Rover community is I to have given away parts and gotten some but never a complete scary clean Disco II.

Love you to Zack

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Donate it to me!
I was surprised you didn't beat me to it lol

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Nice score. I got my D1 pretty much the same way (although it wasn't free).

Keep your eyes open for some 16" wheels so you dont have to get 18" tires when the time comes.

-Jeff
It has almost new nitto summer street sneakers on it so far finding decent AT type tires for 18's has been bleak.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 05:12 PM
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Congrats on the DII. You should look into Nitto Terra Grapplers if you are looking for 18"AT's. Aside from possible boost like stigma I found they handled well in all kinds of terrain including snow.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 06:12 PM
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Great story.
Who is Pat?
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Do yourself a favor. Look at the chassis. Last two D2 I've seen in my local shop had Swiss cheese instead of steel chassis....
One got a used unit the other went Galvy.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 07:07 PM
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Great story.
Who is Pat?
Pat is the gentleman who gave me his Discovery.


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Do yourself a favor. Look at the chassis. Last two D2 I've seen in my local shop had Swiss cheese instead of steel chassis....
One got a used unit the other went Galvy.
While I was under it pulling the prop shaft I crawled around a bit underneath and it looks a lot better than most I've seen.
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Old October 17th, 2014, 08:33 PM
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My wife and daughter already love the discovery, and we're looking forward to using it for family trips in the future! My favorite quote from my wife "You should stick to free Land Rovers this is much nicer than any of the ones you have bought!"
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Awesome story, Bill!

But of course, you know free is never free! ha ha


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Old October 17th, 2014, 08:54 PM
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Not with a Rover lol
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Old October 18th, 2014, 04:30 AM
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great story and a great looking truck, those plastic fender flares are easy to remove btw
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Old October 18th, 2014, 09:09 AM
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When you need new tyres you can pick up a set of the earlier 16 inch wheels real cheap, and then you have lots more options for tyres...or get a set and just keep real gnarly tyres on it for when you go wheeling... Those fender flares clean up real easy and nice if you use the bumper paint available from your local parts store.. Or mask up and paint them with truck bed liner, the textured one looks good and covers the blemishes..
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Good tip. I was thing about using plastic dip for the flares and maybe a hood black out.
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great story and a great looking truck, those plastic fender flares are easy to remove btw
And I think they look decent with or without them.
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TD5 thermostat asap ....
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Old October 18th, 2014, 02:05 PM
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What's this td5 thermostat you speak of...is it a mod..???
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