Bought it new in 2000; 15 years later....
By LandRoverLassie on Saturday, October 3, 2015
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 150,000
overall rating 9 of 10rating details
- Overall Rating
Pros: "Reliable; excellent in adverse driving conditions"
Cons: "Sunroof leaks; some parts may become hard to get"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Bought it new in 2000; 15 years later it is still going strong! It really is the best 4 x 4 by far.
It's true, and perhaps I have been fortunate, but I have taken relatively good care of my Disco and it has never let me down. I do not baby it and it has been kept outside (not garaged) for the past 10 years of its life. Still, it is the strongest and most reliable vehicle I have ever had, and it is the only vehicle I will drive in in severe weather and snow.
My friends bought a 2002 Disco, but they had many electrical problems with it (but, keep in mind, that my friend's husband thought he was clever enough to try to modify things himself and the poor car was never the same). I have had plenty of routine/expected maintenance work done to it over the years - and, yes, that can add up - but it is certainly not as much as buying a newer vehicle and maintaining it. The most expnsive service was recently when I had the valve seals redone. The worst thing about the car is that (now that it has been left outside for so long in the rainy Pacific Northwest), it leaks a bit after sitting (not when driving). That will be a $400 fix, but it will be worth it. Another annoying thing is that the new dreaded uber-owner of Land Rover, Tata (India), is no longer manufacturing some of the parts. So, for me to get a new sunroof motor, it's time to shop Ebay or junk yards (that is until some wonderful after-market company picks up on this fantastic opportunity).
I can't imagine ever willingly parting with my Disco. It goes when and where it needs to and has been borh a source of many wonderful back- and off-road adventures as well as being a life saver in severe storms. During a very severe winter storm, my Disco was the one and only vehicle that could make it up a steep snow and ice covered road over fallen tree limbs, in and out of a neighborhood. Other neighbor's vehicles could not - a Suburban, Toyota Tacoma, Jeep, BMW X5.
If you buy a Disco like mine, take good care of the basics, and get out there and use that thing the way it was meant to be used - go explore, see our beautiful and, and make memories that last a lifetime."
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