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Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by stinkyboy, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. stinkyboy

    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    Sadly Defenders are still pricey, but older Discoverys are cheap and I've never owned one.

    Will something like this turn into a money pit?
     

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  2. downhilldemon

    downhilldemon Monkey

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    oh yeah.... horrible expenditure
     
  3. downhilldemon

    downhilldemon Monkey

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    to add to that to make me a somewhat viable source.....

    My aunt owned one for a few years and it was always in the shop
     
  4. blue

    blue boob hater

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    Take whatever bad stuff you've heard about German cars, multiply it by 12, and you have English automobiles.

    Run. Away. Fast.

    On a more factual level...reliability on them is extremely hit and miss (mostly miss?). It seems like it depends on who was working that day at the LR factory. If you can find one without a lot of miles (but not too low, either) and full maintenance records, you might get off easy. Your best bet is probably from a LR enthusiast of some sort - they're not the kind of car I'd buy used from the general public.
     
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  5. Westy

    Westy the teste

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    From what I have heard from a friend who has one if you don't mind fixing your own oil leaks and electrical problems it isn't that bad.
     
  6. DirtMcGirk

    DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    I had one. My trailing arm disconnected at around 45.
    Flippidity flip flip.

    Wasn't much fun.
     
  7. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    Just say no to their automatic transmission....

    I'd reduce/gut the electricals to headlights/turn signals/ bare necessities...painless wiring kit

    Basically a 4WD to beat the sh*t out of.
     
  8. Damo

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    I had a Defender identical to this one:



    In a word, 'spartan'. Great for a farm vehicle, not so good as a normal vehicle. As big as it looks, I had to take the front wheels off the bikes to fit them in.

    Then I got a Discovery like this:



    Nice vehicle. It took 3 dh bikes standing up, both wheels still on. It drove nicely, was good on fuel and could be taken anywhere. Good offroader.
    But yeah, it had a few mechanical problems. When I got rid of it, it was stuck in dif-lock, the drivers side door could only be opened from the inside and the passenger door could only be opened from the outside.
    It was till a cool vehicle though and I still see it being driven around locally.
     
  9. chuffer

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    Defenders are used a lot as farm / vineyard vehicles in Germany. Spartan and tight inside were my first two impressions. Unstoppable was my third.
     
  10. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    In some countries (I forget if it was in Africa or South America) there are companies that combine LR chassis with toyota drivetrains - seems like a good combo.

    don on the forums has a D90.
     
  11. stevew

    stevew unique white person

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    A Toyota Land Cruiser FJ80/100 would be a more reliable alternative.

    My younger brother loves his.
     
  12. syadasti

    syadasti i heart mac

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    True.

    It is strange in those countries since you can just get a Land Cruiser instead but used cars don't lose much value, parts are harder to get, and labor is dirt cheap so I guess that's why they do the conversions.
     
  13. Haitiracers

    Haitiracers Chimp

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    I had one of those. Not too many problems, but the 4.0L engine is a massive turd.
     
  14. dexter

    dexter Turbo Monkey

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    lived with a kid who had a fully loaded brand new disco that was constantly in the shop and the engine seized after a few months (engine block cracked or something along those lines and when he started it up, boom)

    another roommate 2 years ago bought a used disco with high mileage (double idiot move, he wanted it for the status symbol it provided, thing was ugly as ****, dented, beat up, and didnt work from the start) over the course of its life, he still has it btw, it only the drivers door and passengers rear door open, the window is permanently stuck down on the drivers door, the lights randomly turn into disco balls. also the engine went through oil like it was nothing, a quart every 2 days or so.


    i say run.

    if i had a bunch of money, 4 nice nice cars, and one suv and a pick up i might get a range rover just b/c they are so nice when they are running, but worthless to have as your only car
     
  15. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I doubt it will TURN into a money pit. I'd bet dollars to donuts it already IS a money pit.

    :D
     
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    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    Shouldn't you be out in your hippy shed looking for old parts?

    :biggrin: :cheers:
     
  17. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Ahhhhhhh fark. I'll send you what I've got. :o:
     
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    stinkyboy Plastic Santa

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    I owe ya beers! :monkeydance:
     
  19. Toshi

    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    don't do it, sb.
     
  20. Konabumm

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    Stinky - I has a 2002 Disco and it was without question the worse vehicle I've ever owned. Bad on gas - thing would go wrong left and right - parts are expensive. I HATED IT!
     
  21. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    And he owned a Hummer... so that's SAYING something. :D
     
  22. jdcamb

    jdcamb Tool Time!

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    they are very capable 4wd vehicles. not as good as my old toyota but better then the jeep.
     
  23. MikeD

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    Much as I think Discoveries and Defenders are cool, I'd definitely get a 'yota land cruiser instead...
     
  24. Haitiracers

    Haitiracers Chimp

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    Here's my old Cruiser. This had three times as many miles on it (210,000) than my old discovery, and it had less minor problems than it too. I still have this but unfortunately like so many old 'yotas its frame is rusted pretty much beyond repair and it won't pass inspection. One more year and it's and antique and it won't have to anymore though.

    Great vehicles if you can find one with a solid frame.The six cylinder in this actually had more power than that underpowered 4.0 in the LR.

     
  25. Wumpus

    Wumpus makes avatars better

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    Quit listening to all the haters...you should get it.
     
  26. Damo

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    I love those old shape cruisers^^
    Nice.
     
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    My neighbor has the first defender as his everyday car, its pretty sweet.
     
  28. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Yeah... Land Rovers are actually really nice cars for someone ELSE to own. :D
     
  29. primo661

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    Amen. While the Land Rovers are good, there's a reason the "cruiser", as it is affectionately known, has been the choice vehicle in Africa since the mid 70's. It is amazing, we on our second and know many farmers who run 8 land cruisers and change them out every two years and wont switch to anything else. My Dads first cruiser hauled 1 ton in the bin and 2 tons on the trailer for 400 000km over 3 years and never faultered. The new ones are built for work with very hard suspension but if you put softer springs in along with "old man emu" shocks and air bag springs(same as the ones lorrys or what ever you guys call em use they are much better:thumb: Nothing better than a "bakkie"(pick up) with a twin turbo v8 4.5 liter diesel that pushes 600nm of torque and 250kw.

    I've got a power point slide I think you guys might find interesting, anyone know how i can post it up?
     
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  30. MikeD

    MikeD Leader and Demogogue of the Ridemonkey Satinists

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    I drive an LC at work these days, but I've been getting to use the boss's Prado model lately. As wussified as I first thought it was, it's growing on me. Maybe that's why I drove it to have the tips of my hair frosted the other day while I sucked down a latte.
     
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    nothing is as cool as a subaru on this board...not knocking subaru but man this is the wrong place to look for car advice go to www.vortex.com and ask the community
     
  32. syadasti

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    What does Subaru have to do with this thread, nobody mentioned them :huh:
     
  33. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Somebody mentioned them. :busted:
     
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    Nothing beats a Subaru Brat!!!
     
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    Curb Hucker I am an idiot

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    Dont buy a Land Rover. I bought a Disco II, swapped Dana 60s onto it and 4-linked it front and rear. Spent around 20K ****ing around with the 4 wheeling hobby only to realize that riding is more fun. If you want a good SUV buy a Land Cruiser. If you want an addiction worse than crack get a Rover.
     
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    stevew unique white person

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    pictures please.
     
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    Curb Hucker I am an idiot

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    D60 Front End


    As it sits today, raped of parts waiting for a buyer


    Sorry but I dont have any good pics of it on this computer and thats all i've got on photobucket
     
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    Welcome home, Violent Volante.