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Rjf1990
 


Member Since: 17 Jun 2024
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Disco3 predicament - help!

Hello, this is my first post and a very long story short I own a ford focus diesel 1.8, manual (OV08BHU) I use it to go Sainsbury's and every now and then to caversham from Banbury once a month, tax is 17 quid a month and is pretty cheap to run, but sills got flagged in last MOT, this was gifted to me by my stepfather in law, so has sentimental value.
Fast forward 1 year my father in law has passed and owned a disco3, automatic, 104 on the clock and whenever there has been a problem he has got it fixed, haven't seen an 18 year old car in such good nick (EY06OJN).
My predicament is do I keep the disco3, I know they cost a lot to maintain but I won't use it loads, only 3000 miles a year, good repair history and obviously again, sentimental value. How much are we actually talking when people say these are expensive to run, will it help that I won't use it much, or will that hinder it?

Any help to make my decision of which one to keep would be great as I'm struggling here!
  
Post #237131417th Jun 2024 3:47 pm
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Pete K
 


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England 2005 Discovery 3 TDV6 HSE Auto Rimini RedDiscovery 3

If you have no need for a big car, off road etc. I’d say pass on it !

Tax is pricy too
  
Post #237132517th Jun 2024 6:26 pm
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Carabraxis
 


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If it was me I'd keep both at this point. Park the Focus up and run the Disco for 6 months and see how you go and then you'll know.

If you find the Disco too expensive or you don't like it sell it then.

I've had 2 x series 3 and 2 x series 4 Discos - best cars I've had.
  
Post #237141219th Jun 2024 10:36 am
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jaqoda
 


Member Since: 23 Jan 2019
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United Kingdom 2008 Discovery 3 TDV6 GS Manual Tonga GreenDiscovery 3

I used to only run mine 3-5k miles a year and I assure you the running costs don't go down Laughing
  
Post #237141419th Jun 2024 10:58 am
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disco chris
 


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I'd personally definitely run the Disco, agree with the above that you could keep the Focus parked up while you see how you find the Disco.

They're fantastic cars, best car I've ever had in its capabilities. Yes ok not the cheapest to run although mine has had a couple of cheap years recently despite being a 2005 with 255k on the clock. (I've said it now haven't I... Rolling Eyes )

Completely different league to a Focus in terms of comfort, presence, driving position, capabilities etc.

Free shot at experiencing Disco life. Thumbs Up
  
Post #237141719th Jun 2024 11:26 am
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disco chris
 


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In terms of costs...

I'd say around £1000 per year would be on the higher side of what you could expect it to cost to maintain and repair depending on what troublesome parts have been dealt with already by your FIL. Could be a lot less than that on a good year. Or worse if it needed a gearbox or torque convertor etc.
  
Post #237141919th Jun 2024 11:31 am
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jaqoda
 


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To give an indication of cost, I never had a job done at the (LR indy specialist) garage that didn't cost at least £500.

If you're handy with spanners then that obviously comes down.
  
Post #237142419th Jun 2024 12:03 pm
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Moo
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These beasties prefer to be used. They aren't great at being left sitting around.

On 3000 miles a year with the costs associated with them, I'd sell it. Sadly you won't get much but it will save you a whole host of potential pain.
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HairyFool
 


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I have to agree with Moo, the "pence per mile " is only going to be bigger the less you use it.

As suggested give it a try as a straight replacement for the Focus for a month to see if you like driving it, it is a different mindset. I miss the visibility and height when not in it, something else could be your "key" or there isn't one.

I actually bought my 1st LR for towing the tin tent but that bird has long gone.
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Post #237142919th Jun 2024 1:56 pm
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Rjf1990
 


Member Since: 17 Jun 2024
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Thank you all for your responses, been very busy lately and have made the decision to stick with the D3 for a year, see what the costs are and if I have an absolute stinker with it, I'll repair it and sell it to recoup my money.

It's a brilliant drive and I love being higher up (I'm short!), the focus has gone to a lad in the village down the road as his first car so all's well ends well, I do have a few concerns already with the LR after driving it down to Totnes but going to make a separate post for that.
  
Post #237327615th Jul 2024 10:16 am
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Rjf1990
 


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disco chris wrote:
I'd personally definitely run the Disco, agree with the above that you could keep the Focus parked up while you see how you find the Disco.

They're fantastic cars, best car I've ever had in its capabilities. Yes ok not the cheapest to run although mine has had a couple of cheap years recently despite being a 2005 with 255k on the clock. (I've said it now haven't I... Rolling Eyes )

Completely different league to a Focus in terms of comfort, presence, driving position, capabilities etc.

Free shot at experiencing Disco life. Thumbs Up


Thanks Chris, yes this will be my take on it I think, I've always driven around old hatchback bangers until they blow so will be nice to travel in slightly more luxury, even the automatic is new to me!
  
Post #237327915th Jul 2024 10:34 am
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Icarus
 


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Re: Disco3 predicament - help!

Rjf1990 wrote:
Hello, this is my first post and a very long story short I own a ford focus diesel 1.8, manual (OV08BHU) I use it to go Sainsbury's and every now and then to caversham from Banbury once a month, tax is 17 quid a month and is pretty cheap to run, but sills got flagged in last MOT, this was gifted to me by my stepfather in law, so has sentimental value.
Fast forward 1 year my father in law has passed and owned a disco3, automatic, 104 on the clock and whenever there has been a problem he has got it fixed, haven't seen an 18 year old car in such good nick (EY06OJN).
My predicament is do I keep the disco3, I know they cost a lot to maintain but I won't use it loads, only 3000 miles a year, good repair history and obviously again, sentimental value. How much are we actually talking when people say these are expensive to run, will it help that I won't use it much, or will that hinder it?

Any help to make my decision of which one to keep would be great as I'm struggling here!


It may be helpful to have some actual figures. These are my current annual "Standing Costs" alone for my Disco 4.
VED £710
Insurance £820
Fuel £1020 (based on 3600 miles per year)
MOT & a Simple Service £200
That's a total of £2,750 - around £230 a month.

More comprehensive servicing, tyres, and any serious faults will very quickly increase that sum.
You need fairly deep pockets to run these cars properly, unless you are a very competent home mechanic, and are prepared and able to devote the time required to keep them in safe running order.
Even if you are fortunate enough to have a very good LR Independent, these are expensive and complicated luxury 4X4 cars, but they are also terrific at what they were designed to do. Which is just about any possible task you could expect of a vehicle......
 I’m a Disco 4 believer. What a vehicle!  
Post #237328315th Jul 2024 10:50 am
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Rjf1990
 


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Thanks @Icarus, that is roughly what I calculated as well so good to know were in the same boat.

I've already had the boot stuck while travelling down to Totnes 2 weeks ago, makes a sound when the boot button is pressed on the key, on the tailgate and also pressing unlock/lock inside, but no movement, booked in to a garage on 24th.
A tyre will need changing in the next 6 months as well, low tread.

Noticed it smokes hell of a lot when accelerating as well despite passing MOT and emissions etc last month, I know it's a diesel but I fully couldn't see a car behind me due to a plume of black smoke. I am an absolute novice when it comes to cars, I can just about change a wiper blade Embarassed so will get the garage to check that out at the same time.
  
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