DIS­COV­ERY

Land Rover Monthly - - [£10k Buyers Gukle] -

WHAT’S AVAIL­ABLE?

There have been five gen­er­a­tions of Dis­cov­ery and for £10,000 you can in­vest in all but the very lat­est model, which was only launched last year.

Of the rest, the Tdi-en­gined orig­i­nal Dis­cov­ery is the cheap­est. You could buy two of the very best for £10k and still have enough change to treat them to a full ser­vice. Like the Range Rover Clas­sic, with which they share the same 100 inch lad­der chas­sis and un­der­pin­nings, they suf­fer from body rust, but the chas­sis tend to last.

Good Dis­cov­ery 2s also come cheap and few if any will have an ask­ing price of £10,000. That’s be­cause un­like the Dis­cov­ery 1s, they have chas­sis that rust very badly in­deed. But the body pan­els are usu­ally cor­ro­sion-free and the Td5 en­gine is very re­li­able.

But most pun­ters clutch­ing a £10k bun­dle of notes will be look­ing for a good Dis­cov­ery 3 or 4. I’m lump­ing them to­gether for the pur­poses of this ar­ti­cle be­cause they are very sim­i­lar ve­hi­cles (at least out­wardly). Early Disco 3s had a rep­u­ta­tion for un­re­li­able electrics, largely be­cause some of those electrics were placed in lo­ca­tions where wa­ter could get in and wreak havoc. But Land Rover soon put that right and we have no hes­i­ta­tion in rec­om­mend­ing both mod­els. The big V6 diesel en­gines are re­li­able, pow­er­ful and rea­son­ably eco­nom­i­cal. The V8 petrols less so.

Rust isn’t an is­sue on these well-made cars and, be­cause they only went out of pro­duc­tion ear­lier this year, they look as mod­ern and stylish as ever. They are prob­a­bly the most ver­sa­tile Land Rover ever built, con­vert­ing eas­ily from a seven-seat peo­ple car­rier to a ca­pa­cious van, as the seats fold flat into the floor. As an added bonus, they’re un­ri­valled as tow cars.

PRICES

The op­tions for £10,000 are a brace of his-and­hers Dis­cov­ery 1s, or maybe £5000 for a very low-mileage Disco 2, plus £5000 to have it re­built on a gal­vanised chas­sis. That would be £10,000 well spent, as the D2 is an ex­cel­lent car let down only by its rust-prone frame.

But you’re re­ally look­ing for a Disco 3 or 4, aren’t you? In which case you’re in luck, and can ex­pect ei­ther a very good Dis­cov­ery 3 or an av­er­age-to-good D4. And what a wise in­vest­ment ei­ther would be.

“Most pun­ters clutch­ing a £10k bun­dle of notes will be look­ing for a good Dis­cov­ery 3 or 4”

Above: Ei­ther a very good Disco 3 or an av­er­age-to-good D4 would be wise in­vest­ments in­deed

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