RE: Shed of the Week: Land Rover Discovery V8

RE: Shed of the Week: Land Rover Discovery V8

Friday 3rd November 2017

Shed of the Week: Land Rover Discovery V8

Is Shed's Disco a super freak? Or will it have you waking up in a night fever?



The latest Government idea designed to protect us from ourselves is the potential restriction of stakes on fixed-odds betting terminals (or fruit machines, as Shed knows them) from the current £100 to a new limit of £2.

There are two surprises in this for Shed. One is finding out that you can drop a century on one button press - the last time Shed had a go on one of these things, it was sixpence a shot and there was a Jubbly machine next to it. He didn't win and has never been on one since.


The other surprise is that there are no Government plans to limit a much more dangerous gamble, namely the purchase of old Land Rover Discoveries.

Defenders, no problem. The risk factor there has been reduced to less than zero now that even the crumbliest, brush-daubed, moss-infested heap is apparently worth tens of thousands of pounds. Discoveries, however, are not yet hiding under the warm, cosy blanket of buyer madness. You buy one at your peril.

Luckily for Shed, he rarely has to dip his bunioned toe into the murky pond of Discovery because, as you know, he only deals in MOT'd motors, and MOT'd Discos are about as common as honest politicians.

Which makes this Shed of the Week a bit special. Not only is it an MOT'd Discovery that comes to us straight from the mystical land of Part Exchange, it's an apparently rust-free, top-o'-the-range ES one. And it's a V8.


Now, we all know it won't be rust-free. Shed doubts that there is any such thing outside a museum, and even then it would probably have to be a Land Rover-specific museum staffed by doddery but utterly dedicated greyhairs. But have a close look at the pics and see if you can spot any brown anywhere other than in the interior plastics. Shed can't. It's some kind of miracle.

The story is that this car has been in the same ownership for the last 15 years, and careful ownership too by the looks of it. The interior is remarkably clean, with nicely worn-in leather. As already noted, with appropriate amounts of incredulity, there's no obvious sign of rust.

Normally with these, the rust is very obvious indeed. You will usually encounter a lovely collection of it in the tailgate area - and by tailgate we mean the entire floor, starting at the back. For this we can thank the leaky sunroof and the clever-at-the-time-but-also-leaky 'Alpine' windows set into the angle of the roof.


The cautionary words being used by the garage in the ad, plus the tempting price, suggest that a leisurely scope under the carpets would be not only desirable but essential. The good thing about Discoveries is that they have a separate chassis, so a rusty floor might not be that worrisome. A rusty chassis would be though, as would rusty rear seat belt mounts. That's an MOT fail.

The other thing you might notice about the rear end of this motor is the absence of an LPG tank. That means you will be looking at hearty V8 mpg figures of 12-15mpg, and could explain why this Discovery has only covered 5,000 miles in the last five years. Oh, but who cares about that? It's a V8, for Exxon's sake. Even when the body panels turn to dust, any low-mileage Landie V8 motor that remains will have some value. You might struggle to believe the factory claim of 185hp though. It feels more like 85hp.

You might also question the wisdom of whoever designed the door handle, window and lock operating systems, and the parentage of the many other bits and bobs that will try your patience as a Disco owner. But you will be pleasantly surprised by the low cost of spare parts, set aside a nice corner of your garage for a ready supply of those.

Our Shed has five doors and a handy towbar, which all sounds good from a practicality point of view, but if you've ever tried to access the back seat of a five-door Disco you might wish that they'd carried on making a three-door version. This model of Discovery was not designed to have any more than three doors, you see, so when the Midlands engineers were told to 'give it foive' they probably retorted with something along the lines of 'where?'. Check the length of those back door bottoms and imagine getting your shoes in there. This is not a car for transporting clowns.

Here's the ad.

Straight from Part Exchange, the previous keeper has had the vehicle since 2002. In good condition with low mileage, only 105,000. Standard features including: Remote Central Locking, Alloy wheels, Tow Bar, Electric Mirrors, Sunroof, Front and Rear Electric Windows, Air Conditioning, Radio/CD and PAS. Test Drive Today!!    We are a Bosch Car Service Centre and this vehicle has MOT till 13th April 2018, Drive Away Today!!! This vehicle is sold as seen/trade sale, No warranty implied. Take a look at our online showroom at www.dwpcarsales.co.uk for many more great deals. *** Please make sure that if you are travelling a distance, to call ahead and check availability and to arrange a viewing to avoid disappointment *** Feel free to contact a member of our sales team for any further information. Air Conditioning, Remote Central Locking, Leather Upholstery, Towbar, Electric Windows,

 

 

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ES335

Original Poster:

101 posts

94 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Heaven must be missing an angle (grinder).

eltax91

7,528 posts

134 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Coming to a pay and play near you soon. Obviously once it’s been jacked up, over-tyred and a bit of old drainpipe snorkelled. Love it! hehe

Barchettaman

2,053 posts

60 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Blimey, Shed's gone live early this week!

can't remember

509 posts

56 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Not my taste in sheds but a welcome return to the quality of writing that has made shed a Friday morning staple.

Tim16V

349 posts

110 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Great Friday morning reading.
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Peppka

62 posts

118 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Shed returns to top form really enjoyed my morning read.

W124

1,335 posts

66 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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The world has gone insane recently. Politics and society in general have become a Kafka-esque circus of nightmare proportions.

But nothing, nothing, suggests the slow communal descent into the void better than looking at a cheap, V8, Disco on a Friday morning and thinking ‘Yeah, quite like that, makes a strange kind of sense.’

Absolutely toppermost shed.

jason61c

2,778 posts

102 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Worse shed ever. Really.

Gtom

644 posts

60 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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I had a v8 discovery 10 years ago. I threw most of the off road stuff I could at it - massive tyres, winch, snorkel (pointless on a v8, they hate water) heavy duty bumpers and loads of underbody protection.

It also had a cat back straight through exhaust that woke the dead.

One weekend it would be off roaded, the next it was fixed, this went on and on until one weekend I had water over the bonnet and it did the release bearing on the clutch. That, 1mpg while off roading and the 2008 recession put pay to my off roading so the engine went to a friend with a kit car, the off road parts to various people and the rest got weighed in for pence.

The most expensive car/hobby I have had but I would do it all again tomorrow.

In a defender.

Bill

36,990 posts

183 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Barchettaman said:
Blimey, Shed's gone live early this week!
He's just trying to give himself time to get to his bunker before the the complaints start. hehe

Top shed.

ballans

6 posts

33 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Proper risky shed - Marvelous stuff!
Been a lot of worthy but ultimately sensible sheds recently so this has cheered me right up. Surely paving the way for another LDV van or Metro Chairman??

I had one of these about 10 years ago. A Cypriot import so really was rust free.The only problem was the amount sand embedded on the underside. I remember digging bucket loads of beach out of the wheel arches so an introduction to British weather would have dissolved it in record time. A good clean up and off loaded quickly, made £1500 so will always have fond memories.


J4CKO

23,950 posts

128 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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A great SOTW, if you enjoy welding....

ZOLLAR

19,143 posts

101 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Lovely, had a D1 V8 ES a few years prior to my current D2 ES, sadly not a V8 though.

The only vehicle's that can make you angry and happy at the same time.

Lotusgone

81 posts

55 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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A friend has held on to a low-mileage Disco V8 as an investment, and also has a scruffy 70s Landie that gets used for collecting firewood. It's amusing to think that the Landie has appreciated more.

ManOpener

3,796 posts

97 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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This takes me back to my sixth form days. One of the other guys in my year had one of these- in fact, spitting image of this shed, an N-reg green Disco V8 with brown leather, as his first car. Well, I say "his", but pretty sure it was one of his parents fairly sizable fleet of vehicles he was just a second driver on.

It sounded better than anything else in the car park, but aside from that was objectively pretty terrible. Doesn't stop me looking at this one slightly wistfully and thinking "you know, that doesn't look that bad".

piecost76

215 posts

102 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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"...no Government plans to limit a much more dangerous gamble, namely the purchase of old Land Rover Discoveries."

laughlaugh

sgtBerbatov

674 posts

9 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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I bought a welder about 12 months ago with the intention of building a barbeque with it. That hasn't happened yet, so I might as well buy this Disco and practice my welding on that instead.

rastapasta

278 posts

66 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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My old man has a diesel one of these for the farm in commercial form. Its a bit of a money pit to the point that my mam reckons he drives the tractor to the shop/mart now as its much more comfortable and reliable and probably costs less in parts.

RicksAlfas

8,532 posts

172 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Looks in good nick. Lift the boot carpet before buying.
Standard wheelbase Range Rover Classic has similar size rear doors. Same car really!

mgv8

1,269 posts

199 months

Friday 3rd November 2017
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Base car can be good (had a two door TDi), but V8 - 12mpg!