Disco 2000TD5

Submitted: Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 09:07
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Hi All.

Just a honest opinion on the LR Discovery II 2000 TD5.

My son-in-law is considering one with 180000K ($ 12000) on it and has had a chip change, looks good, and runs very well.

The problem is he has come to me for advice, and I don't have much to say apart from they do have electrical problems when new, but I assume they will have all been sorted out by now.

With this I don't want to open a can of worms, but I don't want him to get stuck.

Thanks in advance
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Reply By: Shaker - Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 09:36

Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 09:36
I had the same model for quite a while, I now have a 2006 Prado GXL 120 series & to be honest, I still miss the Disco every day!
$12,000.00 sounds to be a very good price if it is a good vehicle.
My only real advice prior to purchase is to make sure that you have a reliable & knowledgable service workshop, as that was the only reason that I sold mine.
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 09:42

Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 09:42
I forgot to mention that this forum is not really a good place for an unbiased opinion as most are only interested in Nissan/Toyota.
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Follow Up By: Steve M1 (NSW) - Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 12:16

Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 12:16
agree with every word, shaker.

You'll need to make sure you find a mechanic that can cope with something beyond Toyota/Nissan - check it out before you buy.

I did exactly the same and went to a Prado because I had to do a 4 hour return journey every time it needed work doing. The alternative was listening to krapp mechanics and their excuses for doing nothing more than changing oil and filters
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Reply By: Smudger - Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 11:19

Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 11:19
I've owned a Rangie and 2 Disco's, both series 1. My son bought the last one from me, just drove it through the outback Darwin and it didn't miss a beat. No experience with Disco II's
HOWEVER I found that the more remote I went, the more difficult it was to source parts. Last time we were in Darwin there was no Landrover Parts supplier - all parts had to come from i/state. Same in the SA outback.
Now, the worst that's ever meant to us was that we once had a 24 hour wait for a new water pump to be flown in. I always made sure we carried spare filters and hoses, because they simply are not easily available in the bush.
PS. A great Landy parts supplier - Karcraft Aust, Silverwater Syd. They will o/nite parts everywhere and are by far the cheapest I've ever come across.
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Reply By: escapesilv - Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 11:37

Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 11:37
Thanks Guys.

Probably he has got a good deal, we will get a NRMA inspection and go from there.

Thanks again

Cheers Robert
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Reply By: "Semi" Grey Nomads - Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 12:31

Saturday, Jul 09, 2011 at 12:31
GDay I had a 2004 Disco 2 TD5 chipped and bigger intercooler. Mine was a manual had 180k on it when I sold it. I didn't have any issues with mine electrically. Just oil leaks which drove me insane. And I had to reseal the rear top windows & replace the rear carg windows. Apart from that Great car. Excellent on diesel. A very capable 4WD. I wood have brought a new D4. but the price tag put them out of my reach.
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Reply By: Echucan Bob - Sunday, Jul 10, 2011 at 19:52

Sunday, Jul 10, 2011 at 19:52
I had a 2001 manual, and then changed to an 03 auto which I still have.

Very comfortable and capable car.

I'd replace all hoses - cooling, power steering, auto transmission before going on a remote trip. I just had some fluid leaks fixed - transfer case, rocker cover.

Mine has 165,000 kms and still feels solid. I don't know how long the engine lasts though. It has been given a real hammering. The strength of the drive train and suspension isn't bettered by any of the common offerings.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 08:46

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 08:46
Hi Escapesilv

Our experience has been quite negative from friends and club members with them.

Just lots of constant annoying problems - towed 2 of them home.

That was the series that prompted the statement from Birdsville garage in a 2003 4wd mag which went something like this , 45% of cars needing repairs in Birdsville were Landrovers , but only 5% of cars travelling thru were Landrovers".
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 09:17

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 09:17
Don't lose perspective, many Patrols have also been towed home, with both gearbox & engine issues.
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Follow Up By: garrycol - Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 12:24

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 12:24
Robin - just the facts please - you don't have experience with them - as you acknowledge just hearsay from others.

I have recovered a number of makes - some landies included - they all breakdown. Both my brothers have new 2010 model Toyotas and they both have major issues.

Landies are not perfect but no better or worse than any other make. - the TD5 Disco has proven to be exceptionally reliable as long as it is maintained properly
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Follow Up By: Robin Miller - Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 13:02

Monday, Jul 11, 2011 at 13:02
Wrong call Garry , but its not about my work on some of there electronic sub system issues.

As you say, any car can have issues, and you can find an example on almost any side of any arguement on the net.

The real skill is is going further and seeing if such an issue is genuinely wide spread on not.

Otherwise we would all give our kids cigarettes as one smoker once lived to 110.

Hence I reffered to a magazine note quoting those most in a position to know.
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