Landy Discovery series 11

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 08:32
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Hi all

Looking at buying a new Disco TD5 auto, does any one own one/have experience with them? I am curious as to the longevity of them and any faults that they might have.


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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 13:16

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 13:16
I am on my second one. No major probs. On the first one they had to replace the alarm/immobilizer control unit and the CD player. One of the rear axle seals developed a leak and they replaced that well outside warranty time. On the second one the fuel pump was making a funny noise in subzero conditions (I think the distillate froze !). They replaced that. The first one was a manual, the second an auto. I like the auto a lot but feel its not as economical as the man.

I think the TD5 is a great touring car. I've covered a lot of remote country between here (SE NSW) and Boome and never regretted my choice.

I hear good reports about longevity although I only did 90k in my first one before being offered a deal I couldn't refuse. There are no reports of particular recurring faults, but I believe I am not alone in having had some minor electrical probs (better that than a dodgy front diff or engine (which bedevil the common jap brands).

I'd go for the SLS option or get polyairs fitted. If I could afford it I'd also get ACE, but at $4k I thought it was too much at the time.
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Follow Up By: Jac - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 17:30

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 17:30
have an 03 disco TD5 with 28,000 on the clock so far with only slight electrical malfunctions - resetting abs etc.

Has been an excellent touring vehicle and we tow a camper easily. Was wary at first because of stigma attached to the LR's but now am confident with the car. Picked it over the patrol or toyota due to asthetics for work etc.

I noticed you mentioned getting polyairs fitted. I am about to upgrade the springs (due to the camper). Are polyairs advantageous? The springs are a TJM progressive type with 25mm lift.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 18:23

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 18:23

What is the fuel capacity of the TD5. Did you need to fit an extra LR tank for outback distances or do you carry extra jerries?
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 12:05

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 12:05
the Polyairs cost $490 installed. They give about a 4" lift when fully inflated to 25 PSI. When you are unladn you let them down to 5 PSI and you are riding on your original susp. I like the adjustability.

95 L. Here to Broome without using a jerry. Even small communities have diesel. Range is about 900km travelling slowly. Worst is about 650km
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Reply By: Jac - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 17:51

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 17:51
sorry that should have been a 'reply'
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Reply By: oddy - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 19:21

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 19:21
95 lt for the td5. 2nd tank only 65lt and very costly to fit, carry 3 jerries.
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Reply By: Member - John - Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 21:40

Tuesday, Jul 06, 2004 at 21:40
Have an auto '91 TD5 now with 72K on clock.
10L/100Km country ; 11 - 12 L/100 Km City ; 15L/100 across Simpson, carried 2 jerries here & had ~ 20 lwhen I got to Birdsville.
Under warranty had water pump, airbag warning light problems due to "dry joints" ?? sump gasket & a few other minor things. Replaced fuel pump free when 2 months out of warranty.
It would seem that the glitches have been eliminated.
Paying the extra for dealer service seems to be rewarded with favourable consideration for repairs when warranty has expired.
Overall I'm a very happy camper with this unit. Great for touring & around town.
Can reccomend !
John Adamson
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Reply By: marcus - Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 17:05

Wednesday, Jul 07, 2004 at 17:05
Hi Ben,
I have a Disco TD5 and like others have said they are a great touring vehicle.I put this down to comfort,very good economy and if in a storm or bad roads constant 4x4 comes into its own.Mine is a manual which is very smooth as it has anti shunt control but may consider auto next time as have heard many good reports about them.After fitting a steel bull bar the weight affected the front end so went for Old Man Emu suspension which is the best money spent on the car.The ride now is superb with a longer travel firm ride.Would recommend.
Cheers Mark
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Reply By: old baz - Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 19:05

Thursday, Jul 08, 2004 at 19:05
I know im late with this reply,sorry.bought a td5 14mths ago,had done 105k,whilst had a few probs we are extremeley happy with it. probs were water pump ,dics,minor oil leaks. dealer did most under extended warranty.i also fitted under bonnet shower, made a set of rear drawers and fridge slide,installed twin battery in rear pocket,wired up for solar,fitted polyairs{unbelievable difference]and tow a CT.i have always had cruisers before and changed a while ago because of 1st one was a series 1 92,v/8 which my son still has. while i miss my cruisers this has more than replaced them and am sure i will stay with them,although i worry about going the next step with all the computerised gear.
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