OK folks so here's the word on the street. I needed a seven seater vehicle but I like 'more power' and big metal things. Euro box style people carriers were out straight away and I would eat my own arm off before having a zafira. I can't get on with rice and BMW don't do one really, not in my price range anyway. Yanks are just that so they're out and owning a diesel doesn't compute in my brain. That left me with little choice.
Sensible Rude said Volvo XC90 which made me feel a little bit sick so the only other contender was... The Land Rover Discovery. TADAAAAA!
I had a good budget, I could almost reach a discovery 3 with a kazillion miles on it and that would have been the sensible choice... or would it? All those miles, everything had been replaced and there were still bits broken off and missing, plus I'd have no budget left for those silly little things like insurance and tax, making the hole in my bank account even bigger, and then, could I even sell it on? It's a lot of money to throw at a car which had ended it's life already. No, I took it on instinct alone and ventured into the world of the DISCOVERY 2. But not just any Discovery 2. No, this one has the fragile 4.0 V8, auto box and a complimentary rotten chassis. WHY? I guess I just decided it fits the gap in my life of 7 seat motoring.
Don't get me wrong, it's got it's good bits but I've just spent near on 2 hours going over this thing working out how much money I've got to throw at it, the seller went inside and had lunch. I very nearly walked away it was that close, but something drew me back, I have yet to work out what that something is. Probably because it is a gold coloured V8 discovery with 87,000 miles on it, or probably because I had driven nearly 2 hours to see it, and my arse hurt.
It came in the condition I like to see old cars in, well used, a bit dirty and unmolested. Things it needs straight away, The rad smells like it's bleeding from somewhere, the front panel has had a knock and the lights need straightening out and the rear chassis needs some attention as it's like just bare metal fighting the elements, it's not nice under there and as any discovery owner will tell you, that's pretty much normal.
Other things I think it'll eventually need are main bearings, probably will need tappets and cams, rocker cover gaskets and an oil pump at 90,000- 100,000 miles. Other than that at this moment in time, everything works, goes out when it should, doesn't come on when it shouldn't and doesn't leak to inside. (It was pouring down whilst I was in it )
So ladies and germs, here it is.... SALTY the LandRover...
Plans? None, just to try and get it sorted out so it's pukka. I haven't collected it yet as I had the other car and I have to go get it and drive it for 2 hours back to base.... so that's my mission tomorrow. Pray for me.