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Old October 31st, 2009, 04:06 PM
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Wife's truck, LR3 or Disco II?

Happy Halloween everyone. We are replacing my wifes car and we are looking at a used LR3 or Disco II. We had a disco and loved it before purchasing this crappy volve xc 70. Anyhow I talked to Allen at North Texas Rovers and he mentioned that he like the Disco as far as servicability. He was not so high on the LR3. We like the idea as well that the disco will be more reasonably priced and in my opinion is still a true off road capable truck. What do you guys recommend? Should I have any concerns about purchasing a 04 disco for the long run. We do intend to take it to Allen and have him give it a total overhaul to make sure it is ready to be used as the family truckster.

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Old October 31st, 2009, 06:11 PM
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'04 should be cheaper now and to maintain in the next few years. I however bought my wife and baby a rust free '97 Toyota Land Cruiser from New Mexico.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 06:51 PM
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LR3 VS DII

I would go with the 04 DII
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Old October 31st, 2009, 08:29 PM
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My vote is for the DII.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 09:32 PM
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If given the choice between an 02 with the sames miles as an 04, which one would you choose?
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Old October 31st, 2009, 10:07 PM
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We have an 05 LR3 and my wife loves it! Shes driven my d1, but loves the lr3
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Old October 31st, 2009, 10:18 PM
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04 over 02 because of CDL. 04 DII over LR3. Way more electronics to go wrong in the LR3, I presume. I still want a tangiers LR3 though.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 10:20 PM
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Old October 31st, 2009, 11:28 PM
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D2 or LR3 is a good choice. don't be afraid of the LR3 service. The engine is much better and has far fewer issues than d2's. They don't leak oil and coolant. head gaskets don't go. liners don't slip, valves don't stick. EAS can now be cheaply modified for off road and an LR3 with factory rear locker and mud tires will out wheel a D2 any day. the LR3 is much more comfortable on the road and has much better cargo and people space. of course an 06 LR3 is about $12k more expensive.
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Old October 31st, 2009, 11:33 PM
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I have an 04 D2 and i love it, i got the trail edition and its really nice. The problem i have had with it was the 3 amigos and that was like a broken ABS sensor. Buy the 04 D2 you wont regret it. Plus the headlights are way better on the 04 than the 02.
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If you are going to spend that much money, why not pick up an 03 or 04 Range Rover? We love ours.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 12:56 PM
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Not to down discos, but what makes your XC 70 so crappy? We just bought one for my wife and we love it.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 07:15 PM
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04 D II, just make sure the truck had/has good maintenance history. I had a brand new DII and had the engine replaced at 8k from there the truck was always in and out of the shop up to 70k...finally sold it and moved on.... One of my favorite trucks but always had some kind of issue.
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Old November 1st, 2009, 08:12 PM
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Thanks for the responses. Here is my issue with the Volvo. Got the car new and the allignment was off as we drove it off the lot. Took it in 4 times and was told I was crazy only to drive down the road and have to pay close attention as the car would wander. I called Volvo NA and they said the car was designed that way so if I fell asleep driving it would not go into oncoming traffic!!!!!! I finally got a service rep at a different service department to drive the car with me and him in it, and he finally caved and realized I was not stoned. Also the most the Volvo has seen off road is a gravel parking lot and the plastic skid plate underneath fell off!!!!!!!! The quality that is so highly touted was nothing but marketing crap. As far as the RR verses a LR. My wife, in an attempt to not want to look to stuffy does not want the Range Rover. I would be trying like crazy to talk her out of that logic if we did not live in Dallas! Not to offend those with the RR.
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Like Dallas, Atlanta is a pretty plastic town, so I understand what your wife is saying.

We looked at the LR3 and liked it, one really nice thing about the LR3 is the seating for 7, and they fold flat.
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For us it was a matter of access to the rear two seats is much nicer in the disco (rear door vs. climb over)
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Not what you're asking really, but if you got her a D1 the entire driveline and suspension is nearly interchangeable with your D90. Reduces parts inventory and in a pinch things can be swapped if must drive one vehicle or the other somewhere.
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 08:12 AM
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Thanks for the responses. Here is my issue with the Volvo. Got the car new and the allignment was off as we drove it off the lot. Took it in 4 times and was told I was crazy only to drive down the road and have to pay close attention as the car would wander. I called Volvo NA and they said the car was designed that way so if I fell asleep driving it would not go into oncoming traffic!!!!!! I finally got a service rep at a different service department to drive the car with me and him in it, and he finally caved and realized I was not stoned. Also the most the Volvo has seen off road is a gravel parking lot and the plastic skid plate underneath fell off!!!!!!!! The quality that is so highly touted was nothing but marketing crap. As far as the RR verses a LR. My wife, in an attempt to not want to look to stuffy does not want the Range Rover. I would be trying like crazy to talk her out of that logic if we did not live in Dallas! Not to offend those with the RR.
My wife said the same thing about the RR! I really wanted a Rangie because they are very cool looking. Well when she first saw the LR3 she wasnt a huge fan until we drove it, then she fell in love. the 300 HP jag V8 will kick the shit out of a d2 any day, it gets out of its way easy. The air bags are another huge plus, when she gets home she puts in itn access/ lowered mode, gets out and gets the baby! very convienent.. The room is amazing compared to a d2 as well.

She ran in a 7 mile race up over the wasatch mountains saturday, and when i went and picked her up, there were a bunch of people that needed rides up and over the mountain back to there cars, well I put 6 people in the car and a baby, do that in a d2, the jump seats have tons of room, and noone was cramped. Then i had to drive over the pass, Ive driven a 4.6 d2 with 4 people and it can be sluggish over hills, the lr3 didnt miss a beat. We love it, its been great.. so thats just my .02

I got a 05 with all the goodies, HD kit, tow, locker, navi, cold weather.. 20k wiht 48k on the clock
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Old November 2nd, 2009, 08:58 AM
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For the woods a D2, for the wife a D3 , or save your cash and buy a D1 for the woods , there real cheap now.
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