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Defender or Discovery? Can't decide!!

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by MikeV8SE, Feb 9, 2011.

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  1. MikeV8SE

    MikeV8SE New Member

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    OK, bit of a dilemma! Having had my first proper go at greenlaning last weekend (and really enjoying it!), I&#8217;ve decided the Range Rover is in too good condition and, frankly, too thirsty for that lark! Plus they&#8217;re no good in deep water ;-)

    So, I&#8217;m gonna sell it and replace it with a diesel and that&#8217;s where my dilemma starts &#8211; Discovery or Defender? Both are available with the same engines &#8211; 200Tdi/300Tdi/Td5 &#8211; depending on my budget (between £1,500 and £4,000).

    With the Discovery, I get more for my money &#8211; a newer car (although not necessarily lower mileage!) and I imagine a better road car too. They&#8217;re better equipped, the heaters work (I think) and they&#8217;re pretty robust. Also there&#8217;s the option of an automatic which I quite fancy &#8211; I think auto&#8217;s suit bigger cars like these, and probably easier offroad too!

    However, the Defender is legendary and seems to be the vehicle of choice for overlanders and greenlaners alike! Given we may be doing our first mini &#8216;expedition&#8217; later this year (possibly across the Pyrennes, or down to Morocco) I need to consider this too. Why are they so popular? Are they any better than the Disco offroad or for greenlaning?

    Running costs are likely to be the same, although I guess insurance on the Defender will be more given they seem to be nicked a lot?

    The car will be used on the road, I&#8217;ll probably commute in it sometimes for a change but it&#8217;s not my main car. Will also be used at Pay & Play days, greenlaning and in the snow/floods we get round here from time to time!

    Anyway, would welcome some opinions and if there&#8217;s any glaringly obvious reasons why I should pick one over the other that I haven&#8217;t yet thought of!

    Cheers :)
     
  2. krsmayo

    krsmayo Active Member

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    the only good part about defenders is that you can change the body parts when they get damaged at pay and play sites.
     
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    The only good part?
     
  4. ForestofDoom

    ForestofDoom Discovery TD5

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    Depends solely on what level of comfort you want!

    TD5 discos are comfy, warm and great on or off road.

    Defenders have a kind of "raw" appeal...I love em but they are not for everyone.

    Why dont you test drive both and see which you like best?
     
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    666 george Well-Known Member

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    I have both.
    Like the Disco for long trips cos of the comfort & noise.
    90 for off road & pay & plays, cos it drys out quicker & better to drive.
    The list could go on & on, so it's up to you.
     
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    Drive both then decide.
     
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    I agree!

    Id never swap my defender with a disco. Its loud, uncomfortable and slow but i loves it! :D Their not for everyone...
     
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    storm99 Spreading Joy & Harmony

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    Stop fannying about and get a defender man.
     
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    he's right :D
     
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    Similar to you, mine is a second car. I have a disco, mainly cos of the rear seats. If I didn't need forward facing seats in the rear I'd have bought a defender.
     
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    I know test driving both would be ideal, but I really dont wanna go waste peoples time and there's not many old Tdi Disco's or Defenders in car dealers!!

    Why are Defenders so much more expensive than the Discovery? Other than the 'legend' behind them, what is better about the Defender than the Discovery?
     
  12. buckshot

    buckshot Well-Known Member

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    have to say storms right :rolleyes:
    another thing if you want the disco look to say good by to it after a year or 2 of abuse (rust etc) , the fender hand it down to yer kids ;)
    need i say more?
     
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    Because they last. You still get alot of series landys around and with the defender being based on them, they are expected to last 50+ years. Doubt you'll ever see a 50 year old disco, (that ain't like triggers brush, 2 new handles and 4 new brushes)
     
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    Women prefer Disco's. Need I say more?
     
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    buckshot Well-Known Member

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    ****in good reason to get a fender that! :rolleyes:
     
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    I recently had a similar dilemma, but as I already have a "sensible every day car" I went for defender, and if the family thinks it's noisy they can go in the eurobox.

    I think the reason old Defender's cost more is one has got to be really bad for it to be terminal, but take a look at how many Discos are sent to the crusher because of underbody rust. Outwardly they look OK, but beneath that shiny surface? Whereas with a Defender all you need is a spanner and a blow torch (Oh, and of course a hammer) and you've got another two years motoring. :D

    Tazz
     
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    Tazz070299 New Member

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    There is if you know where to look. Living where you do, there are probably 5 or 6 4x4 or non-franchise Land Rover specialists within 35 miles. Take a trip out, and have a fun afternoon test driving,that's what I did.

    tazz
     
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    I've had both defenders and discos and a series's I personally think the disco and defender are as good as each other off road disco more comfortable and far better driving position! But harder to keep clean inside as you can hose a defender out lol disco1 chassis are great never had one with a spot of rust but boot inner arches and sills can corrode, more probs with defender chassis but depending on what year plus bulkhead rust is very bad and common so take a magnet when looking at one for suspect filler etc td5 discos are great when they work properly lol big overhang on bact etc etc both fantastic cars!! Defender stole the looks and disco for doing everything ......:)
     
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    both are brilliant vehicles, both give you the Land Rover experience; unreliability, replacing **** all the time, great off road capability etc.

    The defender is a buy and keep forever kind of vehicle though....its amazing how attached i am to mine...although i love the disco too, so I'd say drive both and go from there.
     
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    One of the best things about the defender is that you can fill it with whatever **** you like and abuse it as much as you want and it will be ready to be used sensibly the next morning. Having said that, I'm now looking for a td5 disco, as my defender's engine blew up and the vehicle is now in storage until I can save up enough for a new engine :D

    Problem is though, if you get a discovery instead of a defender, you'll be haunted forever until you finally buy one
     
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