Are they good value for money?
Think on this: a Discovery 2 will cost you roughly half the price of a Defender of the same age and condition.
That’s despite the Disco having the same Td5 engine, better handling, more equipment, being more comfortable and less noisy, and despite costing more to buy than a Defender when new.
Don’t get me wrong – I adore the Defender more than fudge itself. (I really like fudge.) But Discos are a better bargain. That’s why the Discovery 2 made one of our Top 10 Buys for 2014, especially facelifted models with centre locking diff reinstated.
Aren't Disco 2s made of cheese?
Balderdash. Ok, so the sunroofs leak and play havoc with the electrics. When it's raining, my mum's Disco 2 only let's her listen to the radio when the window's open, which is just antisocial.
And yes, the Td5 engine ECU can go to pot when oil trickles into its circuits down the injector wiring. Other gremlins exist, but the number of high-mileage workhorses in the classifieds is testament to their strength and longevity. Make no mistake, these things work hard. And they're versatile, as we proved in our September 2014 issue with seven epic variations on the Disco 2 theme.
I bet they're pants off-road
This video says you’re a loon.
Yeah, but Discos look rubbish
Nope. They don’t. Sorry.
Ok, I would buy a Discovery 2, but all my worldly possessions are only worth approximately £4501
You're in luck. Here’s a Td5 Discovery 2 for sale in Scotland for £4500, leaving you a hundred pennies left over to spend on mods, or fudge. It's the posh ES spec with full tan leather interior and 12 months MoT. Waxoyled too. Luvverly.
For proper buying advice, not just me being a prat, make sure you check out LRO’s expert Buying Guides.