Looking at buying a 2001 discovery...

Tonk4truck
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Looking at buying a 2001 discovery...

Unread post by Tonk4truck » March 25th, 2014, 4:02 pm

Hi all.

I am looking at a 2001 discovery diesel auto. With 200,000 kms on the clock
Is there any problems or common issues I should be looking for? It looks like it's been a soft roader all it's life.
Also I'm in adelaide, does anyone know a good mechanic that knows these vehicles like the back of his hand to look at it and give me his opinion???
Any help would be great..
Thanks

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Re: Looking at buying a 2001 discovery...

Unread post by 4wd Hobbit » March 25th, 2014, 5:52 pm

There have been a few threads on these recently so do a search and you should find information. Reliability is not a great issues - there were problems with oil in the ECU loom but that would have been fixed by now. You are buying a 13yo vehicle with 200,000km so you have to expect somethings to go wrong.

If you are wanting to go offroad check to see if it has had the center diff lock activated as the CDL was not activated from the factory in that year model.

Hobbit

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Re: Looking at buying a 2001 discovery...

Unread post by Aussie_Dan » March 25th, 2014, 6:45 pm

There are places like Lens Landrovers at Pooraka. Being a landrover specialist, I would hope that they know what they are doing and could do a pre-purchase inspection for you?
I think my neighbour uses them for his TDi disco......
Cheers, Dan.

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Re: Looking at buying a 2001 discovery...

Unread post by Ballas0 » March 25th, 2014, 9:41 pm

Hi mate.

I have a 99 Series 2 Disco. It's been a good car, has 262km on the clock now and I've had for over 100km. Engine is good, capability is also good in stock form. You can also fit decent size tyres and get lots of aftermarket parts for the car, so you can make it tougher easier.

In terms of issues:
-Make sure trans is good, can be over worked in auto. May need a trans cooler if tow a lot.
-check drive train - prop shaft and joints
-no faults on dash
-brakes well serviced
-rust around windows (mine has none, but I have read about people getting rust)

I have done lots of trips in my car. It has handled cape york, the Flinders Ranges, South East SA coast and a few other trips. Parts for land rovers are not as available as Toyota/ nissan parts in rural areas. I did do my radiator in cape york and it was actually as easy to get land rover parts up that way as any other. I ended up getting it sorted in Cairns, where there were a few Landy shops.

Let me know if you have any more questions. I hope another one joins the land rover crew in SA.

Ballas.

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Re: Looking at buying a 2001 discovery...

Unread post by Ballas0 » March 25th, 2014, 9:44 pm

Oh yeah, Sovereign Auto are decent. In the city.

Or pcb land rovers, in North Plympton.

I'd also check out the AULRO forum. Lots of info there.

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