I need to unsubscribe to this thread. Every time it pops up I weigh the possibility of getting rid of my Tacoma for a Discovery I/II
i needed new ones because the rear two on this thing had cracks that were getting bigger in the side wall.
highly recommend them
My Toyota is nice but it is boring and it rides like crap (who knew? A pickup that isn't comfortable?!). I don't use it enough to justify having a pickup either.
So long as I can somehow get my kayak on top of a Disco...
Heading up for a two week trip to northern California around Lassen Volcanic N.P. and then down the back side of the sierras with stops near Yosemite/Sonora Pass and Bishop. Test fitted all the gear on the roof rack last night, everything fit like a glove. 3 jerry cans, cooler, tent, 4 chairs, 24 gallon action packer, two Pelican 1780's for clothes and sleeping gear and a Pelican 15XX for some spare parts.
No room in the back because we're taking the dogs with us. Going to build a small raised platform in the back for storage of flat things. Dog guard will keep the puppies in their place. Gotta finish fabbing up my shovel and axe mounts tonight as well as mount a tube on the side to hold the fishing poles.
I really like everything I read in here! sold my 03 Jeep Liberty this AM and movin to a 96 Disco with 113K on it. Has all the original manuals and service records. Owned by a Shriner, I think its duty was to pull the clown ATVs to the local parades. Well wish me luck..its all mine for better or worse as of Tuesday!
I owned 2 spitfires and used to fix them myself years back. It has been Jeeps ever since..time to go home . Any advice would be appreciated!
and a couple of pics from our trip..
first up on the south side of Lassen Volcanic NP, in lassen national forest.
Campsite between a spring fed creek and the north fork of the feather river.
On a ridge above Feather River Meadows looking back towards Mt. Harkness.
Then our campsite in Stanislaus National Forest about 3 miles east of Yosemite NP.
Had a good time, but had to cut the trip short. Was due to go to Bishop on Sunday to meet up with some rover guys but managed to snap an axle following my dad's Scout Terra up a chossy steep hillside on Friday. Gassed it to get over a rock, wheel spun and then stuck quite abruptly. Pulled the axles and rear driveshaft and locked the TC and limped home in FWD on Saturday.
Just picked up a 91 classic great divide edition, 117k miles, pretty good shape for $850. Came with brand new tires, two extra fuel tanks and a few other miscellaneous parts. Needs minor work like a new drivers door window and wiper motor but seems pretty solid otherwise. Made the 120 mile drive back home fine.
Does anyone have a source or substitute for the fresh air intake filters located under the front deck lid (in front of the blower fan)? When I removed mine to get to the wiper motor the original ones were in pieces and had allowed all sorts of debris into that area.
I have wanted a Discovery 1 or 2 since I was looking for my first car!
Where should I look for good info, DIYs and general maintenance that should be done type stuff?
Also, how are these compared to Wranglers? Easy to work on? Parts availability, anything else that matters.... Jeeps break down more than anyone will admit from my experience, but the initial purchase price of a used Jeep is kind of crazy high. There are a few 95-98 Discos for sale in my local CL for under $1,600.
They D1's are easy to work on if you do your own wrenching. It's an old low tech push rod V8 so its painfully simple. As far as parts availability, its got the same drive train as a defender 90 and a range rover classic (save for the crappy borg warner transfer case the classics have) There's tons out there. I looked for YEARS before i finally found my rover. Find one with the best maintenance history you can afford. Documentation of work done is KEY. Rovers in general dont take well to deferred maintenance, and overheating a rover is a real big no no.. That being said I love my truck. Even in stock trim i was surprised how well it did off road. Keep your eye out for an SD, no sunroofs to fail and no rear ac or jump seats.
I was set on an SE7 with the jump seats. I have used the jump seats exactly 0 times.. I took the drivers side out since it intruded on the rear cargo space a bit. I kept the rear ac in and functional as the kids and the dogs appreciate it on long road trips. D2's are about 6" longer in the back and the. More updated interior, and more electrical stuff to go wrong. 03's and 04's have the 4.6 motor which is more prone to bad head gaskets and slipped liners. also on mid 01 to 03 they removed the difflock from the transfer case, the linkage is there on 99-mid 01's but there is no lever for it. Lots of ways to retro fit that though.
Lastly, search a lot on discoweb before asking questions. People there put the mkIV forum to shame in the sheer amount of asshatery, search nazi's and general douchebagery that goes on. http://www.landroverforums.com and http://www.lrrforums.com are also good resources.