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Looks good, doesn’t it. Still a handsome vehicle, even though it’s 17 years now since the Discovery 1 morphed subtly into the Discovery 2. Buy wisely and these offer a lot of practicality for the money. Buy foolishly and you’ll regret it.
With full service history, seven seats and a lowish mileage (148,000), this one ticks a lot of boxes. But so it should at this price, well above the recommended maximum in our Price Guide (which gives a detailed break-down of current market prices in every issue of LRO).
Corrosion to the bodywork, and rainwater leaks coming through the sunroofs are two of the biggest headaches with the Discovery 1. The ‘immaculate’ interior on this example could mean those sunroof seals are holding up well (a rare thing indeed…), and if it’s solid underneath, you could forgive the seller for being so optimistic with his price tag.
New tyres, a presentable engine bay, and a comprehensive range of pictures, are further clues that this Discovery comes from a good home, and the 300Tdi will be good for another 150k if properly maintained. But always inspect the vehicle before purchase, and look to LRO’s expert buying guide to get clued up beforehand.
Thing is, as a late model, a Discovery like this isn’t quite special enough to command the prices of the pre-facelift models, of which good examples are now very scarce. For not too much extra wonga you could land yourself a Td5 Discovery 2, with all the little extra refinements and power that comes with it. In fact for £2500 you can buy and modify a Discovery 2 for off-roading, as we prove in the current issue of LRO! (Digital editions are available for £3.99)
So if you want a Disco like this one (join the club), haggle. For more advice from Discovery owners, you could always join an actual club such as the Discovery Owners’ Club