Re: Disco TD5
I have just decided to go for a late Td5 Disco rather than a D3. I
currently own an early Td5 with 135K on the clock, I like the car but the
mileage is getting a bit high. That said, I have owned it for 5 years and
it has been remarkably reliable - I can count the number of things that have
broken on the fingers of one hand! I don't really like the D3 as much as
the Td5 as L/R seem to have removed several features that I like and moved
the whole package up-marked (this means much more expensive). A new D3 with
the spec I would like will set me back UKP 34K and, as a factory order, will
take up to 5 months to deliver. A Td5 that is a year or so old with 10-20K
on the clock will cost about UKP 20K.
"Richard Brookman" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> so Andrew Cooke was, like...
> > Just ordered a Disco TD5 ES to replace my Freelander TD4, was going
> > for a Discovery 3 TDV6S but the dealer backed down on a cracking deal
> > pushing the price out of reach so I have opted for the TD5 (53
> > Plate), question is am I going to regret it? Many people say that the
> > TD5 is sluggish, unreliable and dated, any comments or advice?
> Sluggish - only the early ones (pre-2002), and then only below 2000rpm.
> Unreliable - many who ought to know say it's the best engine LR ever made.
> No known "issues" (like the Tdi cambelt) and a good reliability record.
> Dated - compared with D3 engines, maybe, but perhaps that's not such a bad
> thing. Had a chat with Jeremy Fearn recently and he reckons the D3 diesel
> is no fireball.
> I reckon whoever you're talking to is talking bollocks. I had a Td5 Disco
> and apart from lack of power at low revs (corrected on later ECUs), it was
> storming engine. Strong at medium to high revs, great at towing, never
> me down. I'd have a Td5 Disco against one of the new ones any day of the
> week, but that's just personal, based on the look of the thing.
> Disco 300 Tdi auto
> S2a 88" SW
> Tiggrr (V8 trialler)