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Reliability

Discussion in 'Land Rover Discovery' started by janderson41, Oct 27, 2013.

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  1. janderson41

    janderson41 Active Member

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    Now I won,t sleep properly.
    Will be dreaming about gaskets, bearings etc instead of nubile young ladies (and me 72)
    Bought and paid for but with a 3 months warranty.
    I will have a full service done and start from scratch.

    Jim A
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    1996 300Tdi auto(gone)
     
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    Laughing me bollox off. You could try dreaming of grease nipples, at least your half way there.
     
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    I don't understand garages sometimes. You're obviously a new owner who may well give them some business, have made contact with them and this is how they make sure that you don't use them!
     
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    Hi mate, if you can - do the work yourself. I despair of how the UK motor trade far too often treats it's customers.

    Lies, miss-information, incompetence - and diagnosis by parts replacement. Just rubbish.


    Don't worry about TD5; it's a good motor and just needs looking after. When you're ready I'll give you a list of very simple-to-do jobs that will help to guarantee reliable, efficient running.

    Dave

    PS I've just bought a '98 TDI ES auto !!!
     
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    Thanks biglad, Have had many posts from you over the years with my 300Tdi auto.
    Car was in good order, no rust, well serviced BUT i just took a notion to change.
    Whoever gets my 300 will get a good car.
    Yes, I will do some jobs my self but have put the car in tomorrow to the garage who has helped me over the last years. THey will check and replace all oils & filters and that will give a startline. I am a great believer in preventative maintenance. And yes again I will be on about things as they happen.
    Thank you Biglad


    Jim A
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  6. elwood

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    Bought my 2003 td5 at 50k miles. Itis now at 174k miles.
    Regularly serviced
    2 x fuel regulator
    Starter motor twice
    air bags
    head gasket at 130k
    loom once
    assorted other stuff.
    still on same clutch....just

    I would have said reasonably reliable for a complicated car.
    But I cannot imagine what else I would want as an everyday car
     
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    discodrivercumbria Well-Known Member

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    on to my 4th now, love em!!!lol mrs wont have or drive a disco3/4 so its a 2 for me!
    changed all fluids,
    air filter
    belt
    maf
    o rings/seals
    fuel pump
    non return valve
    de Egr
    2 new air springs
    new slave cylinder
    new rad
    thermostat
    4 new shocks
    other small things
    waxoyled it, 2 gallon in and out
    should last me now
    all preventive maintainance
    1k spent since purchase,
     
  8. janderson41

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    Took car into my own garage 8am today.
    Open instruction to check all oils and change if necessary.
    Garage owner is very good. Collected car at 3pm today with a very good report all round, except steering.
    Report:- Car has been well looked after.
    All oils, engine, autobox, transfer box and diffs all filled with clean oil/.
    Probably cost me about 60/70 GBP in labour.
    Would rather pay that to my garage than the £60 demanded from previous service place.
    All i had asked for "was the last service an A or B service"
    Steering is heavy at low speeds but have soaked the joints in oil and see how that goes. Have a warranty if that does not clear up the heavy steering.
    Looking forward to many years in my Disco 2 Td5.
    cheers

    Jim A
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    Hi Jim, heavy steering can be caused by a number of things but here are two easily to rectify doodads:

    1. Low front tyre pressure, make sure you have at least 32psi in the front, irrespective of what the book says !!!!

    2. Stiffness in the small U/j's of the steering column accessible via the engine bay. Spray with liquid grease or oil and work it in.


    Dave
     
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    Tyres at 32 lbs. Knuckles on steering shaft leathered with WD40 to start, Grease spray and 3in 1 oil spray. Steering still heavy.
    Have come across this in search of possible cause. There is a filter at bottom of reservoir which can get choked up. With 100k on car is this wise to take apart and clean, or am I grasping at straws.:confused:
    Thoughts please gents.
    cheers

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    1996 300 Tdi auto--gone.
     
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    Hi Jim, I don't know of this filter you refer to, but I wonder if the actual pas pump is working? How heavy is the steering?

    Dave
     
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    when parking with tight turns, quite heavy and really have to pull the wheel round.
    Next step will probably be the PAS pump.
    Just trying everything before that I can. Found the info after i did a search on
    "Disco 2 heavy steering" and read down the articles. Have sent an email to the OP and waiting a reply back.

    cheers
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