1996 Land Rover Discovery 300 TDi 2.5L turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand
Great reliable 4x4!
Most of the issues were self provoked from bush bashing every weekend.
Replaced the A/C pulley, water pump pulley, and adjustable tensioner (about $150 for all pulleys).
Front brake hose split, leaving me without any compression for the brakes (new hose cost about $30).
Needed new clutch (parts and labour, $1100).
Roof lining is sagging.
Unlike the later TD5, the 300tdi is easier to service and fix as it has less electrical faults.
Great economy!! $100 for a full tank would get me about 850km, until I put bigger tyres on and only get about 650km and lost torque due to the upgrade. However power can be gained again, by bypassing the EGR valve and replacing the catalytic converter with a straight pipe.
It is a very sluggish car, but makes up for it with reliability, fuel efficiency, and its 4.5T towing capacity.
Its capabilities offroad are under rated, and it gets over any obstacle the bush throws at it (not the comp truck tracks). My dad, having owned the auto 300tdi, tends to be more capable on dunes and out bush, due to not losing momentum during gear changes.
This car has served me greatly, travelling, commuting, bush bashing and dune driving, and as my every day car. Built with a strong reliable motor, I recommend this vehicle to anyone in the market for an economical and spacious 4x4. Just like any car, a well maintained car with more km is better than a car with less km and thrashed about.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th August, 2015