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JackNorris
 


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United Kingdom 2005 Discovery 3 4.4 V8 HSE Auto Keswick GreenDiscovery 3
The Story of the D3 purchased for a Toy...

So thought I would start a thread of the adventures with my D3.

All started when I purchased a D3, 2005 for £2,700 with a Clean last MOT but no Service history and 170,000 on the clock. Intended use is as a toy and our 4x4 response group.

Here on Ebay... Took a risk as the seller had no V5 so had to wait for that to come through.



First job was a good clean of all seats, floors and headlining. (poor pic)



Next the dash kept saying low coolant, not aware at this time of the level issue, it was time to investigate and see what was going on, at this point I realised that it was actually brimmed, and at a new expansion bottle to the list of 'to do...



Then, realised that there was quite some clonking coming from underneath so had a look under with a friend one night and noticed:


So that also joined the list.

More to come...
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MY2005 Discovery 3 V8 4.4 HSE
MY2019 Discovery 5 SE 3.0 - LR Replaced !
MY2005 Discovery 3 S 2.7 - SOLD
MY2016 Discovery 4 Graphite - SOLD
MY2015 Discovery 4 SE Tech - SOLD 


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JackNorris
 


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United Kingdom 2005 Discovery 3 4.4 V8 HSE Auto Keswick GreenDiscovery 3

Next job was to get some extra power in the cabin for ambers and other bits I wanted.

Back when I was younger I used to run a sub in the boot of a corsa... Embarassed

But did mean I already had some pretty heavy power cable left over.

Set off running this into the boot by taking the trim out down the drivers side and using the hole in the dash. From here I could put in a mini distribution board giving me plenty of options for power from the boot.



And at the battery end...




Being a basic spec I had no 12 V socket in the boot so that was next. I wanted one switchable and one permeant. I dont have any pictures but in the light unit in the front I have 4 switches, one for front ambers, one for rear ambers, one for lightbar and one for a switched 12v in the rear... This could be used for anything but mainly for when I stick an amber magnetic light on the roof, to be able to isolate it.

The switch you see in the image is to isolate the voltmeter.




This all got terminated in the fusebox, one feed permanent, one feed switched through a relay.



Having the power in the boot as I do, meant I could add the CTEK charging point here too, which is ideal for where I park.

 MY2020 Discovery 5 Landmark 3.0
MY2005 Discovery 3 V8 4.4 HSE
MY2019 Discovery 5 SE 3.0 - LR Replaced !
MY2005 Discovery 3 S 2.7 - SOLD
MY2016 Discovery 4 Graphite - SOLD
MY2015 Discovery 4 SE Tech - SOLD 


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JackNorris
 


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United Kingdom 2005 Discovery 3 4.4 V8 HSE Auto Keswick GreenDiscovery 3

Next up was one busy weekend,

On the Friday night I wanted to get the CB in, this was mainly for greenlaning as we run Zello for responding.

I didn't have the time to fabricate something like Nasher did, so I went for the wedge it in the gap option which does work well.



This also meant another line into my fuse board in the rear.



As I was driving the car more at this point, and not being too concerned about making holes, I added a breakout hammer for safety on the glovebox.



Saturday...
Saturday Flack made the trip down south for this and a friends D3 to do the cam belts, oil pump etc to give me a but of confidence in them, turns out they had never been done!

Sunday...

It was time to tackle the prop and cure the clanking...No photos in progress but a comparison of parts:



And thats about where we are today...
 MY2020 Discovery 5 Landmark 3.0
MY2005 Discovery 3 V8 4.4 HSE
MY2019 Discovery 5 SE 3.0 - LR Replaced !
MY2005 Discovery 3 S 2.7 - SOLD
MY2016 Discovery 4 Graphite - SOLD
MY2015 Discovery 4 SE Tech - SOLD 
 
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JackNorris
 


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United Kingdom 2005 Discovery 3 4.4 V8 HSE Auto Keswick GreenDiscovery 3

Jobs to do still:

Lower Arm Replacement
Expansion Bottle Replacement
Service Thumbs Up
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MY2005 Discovery 3 V8 4.4 HSE
MY2019 Discovery 5 SE 3.0 - LR Replaced !
MY2005 Discovery 3 S 2.7 - SOLD
MY2016 Discovery 4 Graphite - SOLD
MY2015 Discovery 4 SE Tech - SOLD 
 
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Dazz360
 


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United Kingdom 2005 Discovery 3 TDV6 HSE Auto Bonatti GreyDiscovery 3

Thumbs Up nice job, must say even with the few issues you still got a lot for you money at that price
 Metal auto sump & fluid change (3 hrs)
LR door puddle projectors (10 mins)
Tinted Bonnet wind deflector (10 mins)
All Intercooler pipes and Tbolts (2hrs)
3 injectors replaced so far (30mins)
Sunroof drain pipes both sides 2.5 hrs)
Rear discs, shoes,pads,callipers,flexi hoses, rigid brake line, n/s upper hub carrier bush and rear n/s upper arm (13hrs over 2 days) 
 
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JackNorris
 


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Thanks, im happy with it, the only other thing is airbag light is on and I think that may need a new control module. Thumbs Up

Having Flack work his magic and at the same time not put anything out too scary was reassuring.
 MY2020 Discovery 5 Landmark 3.0
MY2005 Discovery 3 V8 4.4 HSE
MY2019 Discovery 5 SE 3.0 - LR Replaced !
MY2005 Discovery 3 S 2.7 - SOLD
MY2016 Discovery 4 Graphite - SOLD
MY2015 Discovery 4 SE Tech - SOLD 
 
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JackNorris
 


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Its been a while since any update...

Car has now had a quick service, changed the oil, oil filter, pollen filter and air filter. I don't think it had been done in a while!




Our response group works closely with the local lions club so December so many nights out towing Santa in his sleigh Thumbs Up



I also decided to fit a reverse camera for making hitching up easier. Located it just above the rear towing ring.




And then on my second to last night towing the clutch was floppy and I was having to lift it back up after pressing it down, had a look and noticed a hairline crack in the top of the pedal assembly.




Decided to take it to the local indie for a weld job and on the way it got worse.




First trip on a breakdown truck Thumbs Up

 MY2020 Discovery 5 Landmark 3.0
MY2005 Discovery 3 V8 4.4 HSE
MY2019 Discovery 5 SE 3.0 - LR Replaced !
MY2005 Discovery 3 S 2.7 - SOLD
MY2016 Discovery 4 Graphite - SOLD
MY2015 Discovery 4 SE Tech - SOLD 
 
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Sorry about the breakdown - hopefully it is, as you suggest, an easy fix.

What have you done about the belts, and oil pump, if there's no service history? I'd be inclined to change them?

Merry Christmas.

NJSS
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Don’t think of it as a breakdown truck, think of it as a fuel saving opertunity, assuming the truck is going in the right direction. Whistle
   
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JackNorris
 


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NJSS wrote:
Sorry about the breakdown - hopefully it is, as you suggest, an easy fix.

What have you done about the belts, and oil pump, if there's no service history? I'd be inclined to change them?

Merry Christmas.

NJSS


New Clutch Assembly ordered and should be fitted tomorrow Thumbs Up

I had the master that is Flack down one weekend, He saw to the belts and the oil pump/water pump. We dont think they have ever been done before hand.

And to you! Very Happy

Very true DSL - A friend broke down on the plain, got the 4 hour drive home covered of on the back of a recovery truck and fixed it himself for £1.75 Rolling with laughter
 MY2020 Discovery 5 Landmark 3.0
MY2005 Discovery 3 V8 4.4 HSE
MY2019 Discovery 5 SE 3.0 - LR Replaced !
MY2005 Discovery 3 S 2.7 - SOLD
MY2016 Discovery 4 Graphite - SOLD
MY2015 Discovery 4 SE Tech - SOLD 
 
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About the only time D3 = cheap motoring. Laughing Laughing Thumbs Up
   
Post #210803923rd Dec 2019 12:21 pm
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Moo
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Get some Xenons fitted. Thumbs Up
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05 S manual owned from March 2005
D4 Face lifted
Still original injectors and turbo
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BAS Remap, Allisport Intercooler and deCat
EGRs blanked
T-Max split charge
Hanibal Expeedition rack
Prospeed ladder
Duratrac tyres
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BAS FBH control 
 
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JackNorris
 


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You mean to replace the tealights? Rolling with laughter

Might go for a light bar...
 MY2020 Discovery 5 Landmark 3.0
MY2005 Discovery 3 V8 4.4 HSE
MY2019 Discovery 5 SE 3.0 - LR Replaced !
MY2005 Discovery 3 S 2.7 - SOLD
MY2016 Discovery 4 Graphite - SOLD
MY2015 Discovery 4 SE Tech - SOLD 
 
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Moo
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Do both Thumbs Up
 D4 HSE (Known as Gerty) Mods in progress

No longer the Old Buses original owner Sad
231,000 miles and counting
05 S manual owned from March 2005
D4 Face lifted
Still original injectors and turbo
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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JackNorris wrote:


I also decided to fit a reverse camera for making hitching up easier. Located it just above the rear towing ring.






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