'94 Land Rover Discovery purchase

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 21:28
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I have the opportunity to purchase a '94 Land Rover Discovery V8i Auto with 170k on the clock for $6000. Was wondering if anyone has any experience with a beast of this vintage and if it was a disaster waiting to happen or if there'd be some worth while millage left in her. She hasn't had much off road usage and has had a gas conversion installed.

Having previously only owned Cruzers I don't have much experience with the Discovery's and would appreciate any feedback

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Reply By: On Patrol & TONI - Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 21:45

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 21:45
At that mileage most of the inherent probs would have been and gone I would imagine, and what is the absolute worst, you lose $6k!!!!!!
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Reply By: Member - Paul W- Esq (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 21:57

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 21:57
I looked at a 93 V8 5 speed , 173k on it, fairly standard, had new springs and shocks, rear end had been rebuilt and new screen. 6 months reg and roady for $3500. me thinks 6k is a bit rich!
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Reply By: Bytemrk - Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 23:17

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 23:17

Pop over to www.aulro.com Nothing the guys over there don't know about Land Rovers and sure to be some good advice.

I agree with a few comments above though... does sound a bit pricey for a 94. For that sort of money it would certainly want to be in perfect condition and have an immaculate dealer service history.

Cheers, Mark
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Reply By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 23:39

Saturday, Mar 14, 2009 at 23:39
I don't know much about Discos but a friend warned me that if I ever decided to get one, get an after 94 because the pre 94 where supposed to be riddled with faults, and the post 94 had something like 130 "improvements" without changing the model.
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Follow Up By: disco driver - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 01:13

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 01:13
I'm glad you admit you don't know much about Disco's, but there is no need to tell everyone.

Not a lot of point in believing everything a friend tells you either.

I had a friend who advised me that a particularToyota FJ55 was a good buy. Foolishly I took his advice, and believe me, I couldn't wait to say goodbye to the most expensive to run POS I ever owned.

I think you will find that the so-called "130 improvements" referred to the changes made in the Discovery 2, which first came out here in 1999.

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Follow Up By: Member - Shane D (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:49

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:49
Thanks for your "valued" input and the backhanded remark.(get stuffed)
Are you going to offer anything else?

I am certain that around 93-94, landrover did some sort of revision and made many alterations and I was prompting Alex to perhaps look around to see if the one he was looking at was before or after the change, or even if he was aware that there was a change around that time.

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Reply By: Ozrover - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:15

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 09:15
Hi Alex.

I had a 94 Disco for a couple of years & it was like owning a Harley.
Everyone has an opinion on how bad they are!
Mine had a 3.9V8i & a lot of work done to it for outback travel & had had a hard life. Watch out for the obvious oil leaks from everywhere, blown head gaskets, broken exhaust manifold studs, dodgy 2nd gear, broken body & engine mounts, worn uni joints etc.

I think $6000 is a bit much I'd only pay $3000 tops for one of these in good nick, then turn it into a rock crawling monster, & don't stray far from someone who knows how to fix it when it breaks down - it will!

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Reply By: Member - Axle - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 11:39

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 11:39

I own a defender so have been through the landrover mill.

Try and find a 98 mod for that price or close.

in either diesel or v8 they where a good thing.

Cheers Axle.
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Reply By: MartyB - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 13:22

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 13:22
Hi Alex,
I sold my 94 Disco September last year. Mine was a V8 manual with 204K and I sold it for $3000. There was a model change in 94, the early ones are called pre MA and can be identified by they don't have a glove box or lights in the rear bumper bar. Mine was the early model and I owned it for 5 years and had a good run out of it. I replaced mine with a TD5 Disco and am happy with it.
from Marty.
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Reply By: Steve - Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 13:36

Sunday, Mar 15, 2009 at 13:36
Hi Alex,

I had a 98 Mk I V8 by which time the faults had been dealt with. Not sure when the dodgy ones were dealt with. Maybe 94? but is this before or after? Anyway, mine was a lovely car. Very capable and I had no probs at all other than it's thirst.

btw, agree $6000 sounds a bit steep. I'd've thought you could get a 98 model for that.Have a Google for Car Point or Car Sales and that will give you a good idea of values.
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