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Nasher
 


Member Since: 07 Mar 2009
Location: North of Pompey - UK
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England 2005 Discovery 3 TDV6 HSE Auto Zambezi SilverDiscovery 3
Amazing.

My 55 plate D3HSE:

I’ve had it since March 2010, and it came to me with 87K on the milometer.
I’ve now got that up to 205K miles.

It leads a really hard life towing 3tns of boat and trailer around, travelling up and down to Devon and Cornwall from Hampshire, and the odd green lane.
I drive it daily to work and for work related trips.
It’s used as a Van at least once a month.
I even sleep in the back of it at the beach sometimes.

With the help of this forum I have spent a lot of time on it doing all the usual stuff as and when required, but the only times it’s been near anyone else’s workshop in the last 7 years is for a ‘megaflush’, then to have the Torque Converter changed, and to have some accident repairs carried out when an Ambulance rammed the back end.

Today, for the 5th year in a row it passed it’s MOT at the first attempt with just an advisory about a rear control arm. Very Happy

At the moment the only other thing that I know needs doing to it is the FBH cleaned out as it’s a little intermittent.

Obviously I’ll also be sticking to my strict service routine, although I never thought when I did the belts last time that I’d be doing them again on the same D3.

Sorry, just needed to shout about it, but have made sure I’ve been in contact with my wooden desk the whole time I typed this.

It will only go when I can work out how to finance a D4 HSE.

Nasher
 Heaven doesn't want me, and hell is afraid I'll take over.  
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Skynet
 


Member Since: 23 Jul 2014
Location: Melksham, Wiltshire
Posts: 682

United Kingdom 2006 Discovery 3 TDV6 HSE Auto Cairns BlueDiscovery 3

Don't forget the idler pulley change with the belt Thumbs Up
 Dave
D3 2006 HSE, Cairns Blue

Wessex 4x4 Response
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Post #187255226th Oct 2017 10:22 am
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Nasher
 


Member Since: 07 Mar 2009
Location: North of Pompey - UK
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England 2005 Discovery 3 TDV6 HSE Auto Zambezi SilverDiscovery 3

It comes as part of the kit.
 Heaven doesn't want me, and hell is afraid I'll take over.  
Post #187256226th Oct 2017 10:33 am
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Gazellio @ Prestige Cars
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United Kingdom 2012 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 HSE Auto Firenze RedDiscovery 4

I think they they like being used to tow or being driven on long journeys, I think its the ones that sit around for too long that go pop.
 
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Post #187256326th Oct 2017 10:35 am
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DSL
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Member Since: 11 May 2006
Location: Somewhere.
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United Kingdom 2011 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 HSE Auto Zermatt SilverDiscovery 4

Flip side, I can think of a good few members on here that have used their D3/4 regularly for work and towed and engines have still gone bang. One chap (who shall remain nameless) for the second time and that's car was being used daily for work. AFAIC it's a lottery and when yer number's up, it's up. Regardless of how the car has been used. Whistle
 

11 D4 HSE - just Dee, no more Double Disco. Sad 
 
Post #187256726th Oct 2017 10:49 am
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RRSTDV8
 


Member Since: 07 Apr 2014
Location: Here
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United Kingdom 

Was chatting to my indie about the 3.0 crankshaft snapping issues. His view was it's basically luck of the draw. Nowt you can do to prevent it, likewise the bearing issue. Just keep it properly serviced and hope for the best.
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2008 RRS TDV8 
 
Post #187273426th Oct 2017 6:13 pm
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sputnixb51
 


Member Since: 23 Apr 2013
Location: Morayshire
Posts: 667

Scotland 2006 Discovery 3 TDV6 SE Auto Zermatt SilverDiscovery 3

Well done and hope the wooden desk continues to help you and me, I bought mine at 80,000 now at 140,000 and a bit I also do everything myself apart from a flush by DM.
  
Post #187273626th Oct 2017 6:21 pm
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Moo
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Member Since: 13 Aug 2010
Location: Wiltshire
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United Kingdom 2005 Discovery 3 TDV6 S Manual Zambezi SilverDiscovery 3

I bought mine new in 2005. It has now got 215,000 on the clock and has been used as it was designed to be used: Family wagon, van and tow truck. It is teh most stupidly reliable car ever, although I do look after it mechanically. Until something eles worthy enough to replace it comes along then i see no reason to get rid of it.
 Original Owner
200,000 miles and counting
05 S manual owned from March 2005
D4 Face lifted
V8 Front brakes
BAS Remap, Allisport Intercooler and deCat
EGRs blanked
T-Max split charge
Hanibal Expeedition rack
Prospeed ladder
Duratrac tyres
IID BT
BAS FBH control 
 
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sputnixb51
 


Member Since: 23 Apr 2013
Location: Morayshire
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Scotland 2006 Discovery 3 TDV6 SE Auto Zermatt SilverDiscovery 3

Moo, positive stories are good news. Thanks
  
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John C
 


Member Since: 28 Aug 2007
Location: East Yorkshire
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United Kingdom 2006 Discovery 3 TDV6 SE Auto Cairns BlueDiscovery 3

Moo wrote:
I bought mine new in 2005. It has now got 215,000 on the clock and has been used as it was designed to be used: Family wagon, van and tow truck. It is teh most stupidly reliable car ever, although I do look after it mechanically. Until something eles worthy enough to replace it comes along then i see no reason to get rid of it.


Same here and similar mileage Thumbs Up although I got mine in 2007 and it’s had a new gearbox and engine during that time. Until mine rusts to pieces or something better comes along I’ll keep it going and still keep putting money into it that others would say makes no sense. I can afford a D4 or XC90 but genuinely think my money’s better keeping the D3 going. Best car ever.
 TDV6 SE Auto, Cairns Blue,
Club 200K
Club AT2, Club Lenser, Club Trangia, Club Labrador, Club Chainsaw, Club Yorkshire Wink
...and club Replacement Engine 
 
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Moo
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Member Since: 13 Aug 2010
Location: Wiltshire
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United Kingdom 2005 Discovery 3 TDV6 S Manual Zambezi SilverDiscovery 3

Its interesting, I'm also fortunate enough to be able to afford what I want but see no value in changing. Besides, my kids have grown up with the old bus and they see it as part of the family.

Sadly I think emission legislation will be the death of the old bus long before she's ready to go. Sad
 Original Owner
200,000 miles and counting
05 S manual owned from March 2005
D4 Face lifted
V8 Front brakes
BAS Remap, Allisport Intercooler and deCat
EGRs blanked
T-Max split charge
Hanibal Expeedition rack
Prospeed ladder
Duratrac tyres
IID BT
BAS FBH control 
 
Post #187279426th Oct 2017 9:34 pm
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sputnixb51
 


Member Since: 23 Apr 2013
Location: Morayshire
Posts: 667

Scotland 2006 Discovery 3 TDV6 SE Auto Zermatt SilverDiscovery 3

John C , I agree I fact I am collecting the big bits that might be needed, a wonderful all around vehicle I have the SE didn’t fancy the glass roof of an HSE with having my doggo.
  
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bobupndown
 


Member Since: 05 Sep 2015
Location: stuck in the 1980's
Posts: 39

Northern Ireland 

Nice to hear of positive ownership experiences, rather than problems. Its the same with most vehicles, owners moan about the problems but dont sing the positive praises enough Thumbs Up
 2004 Discovery 2 Td5 Landmark
2013 VW Tiguan Tdi 4motion
1963 Morris Mini Minor Superdeluxe 
 
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Washwipe
 


Member Since: 19 Apr 2013
Location: Bucks Oxon Herts Border
Posts: 1963

England 2016 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 Landmark LE Auto Waitomo GreyDiscovery 4

RRSTDV8 wrote:
Was chatting to my indie about the 3.0 crankshaft snapping issues. His view was it's basically luck of the draw. Nowt you can do to prevent it, likewise the bearing issue. Just keep it properly serviced and hope for the best.



Wish you lot would’t keep posting about the Crank failures, I bought mine last year to be a keeper, now I’m thinking March 2019 and it goes.
  
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Hardware17
 


Member Since: 28 Jun 2016
Location: Manchester
Posts: 1684

England 2011 Discovery 4 3.0 SDV6 XS Auto Sumatra BlackDiscovery 4

me too ... keeper.

if it hadn't been for having a bit of a health blip I'd have kept my 300tdi forever too, just pass it on to one of the lads. sadly it rusted in parts I couldn't sort out myself and I was let down by the guys that "fixed" it so couldn't justify throwing another £800 at it to "bodge it through the MoT".

The D4 is a stupendous beast. not going to let it go the same way.
  
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