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Thread: Please talk me out of my irrational desire for a Disco

  1. #101
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    I’m sorry to see this, but glad you’re ok. Your thread is one of a few that pulled me into LR ownership. Hope you get back on the road soon...
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    Yeah, not even close to injuries- was only going 10 mph when it went over. But thanks nonetheless.

    I’ve got a line on a couple possibles. I might step up to the 4.6 this time, but still haven’t decided.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Longtallsally View Post
    Yeah, not even close to injuries- was only going 10 mph when it went over. But thanks nonetheless.

    Iíve got a line on a couple possibles. I might step up to the 4.6 this time, but still havenít decided.
    Glad you are OK. Always good to have a parts truck.
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    Well, my masochism seems to know no end. I fly to LA on Saturday to do yet another fly and drive. This one is an ‘00 SE with fewer miles a better body, but paint is about the same. I’ll post pictures once I get it.

    Issues I know of on this one are:
    - 3 amigos (OF COURSE- and oh the irony based on this thread)
    - Cracked windshield (it’s heated and I’m debating replacing with a heated one with the arctic freeze approaching)
    - sounded like a dodgy window regulator

    I still have to do a detailed inspection to confirm everything else, but now that I am MUCH better equipped to know what I’m getting into, I should be able to make it back OK. In terms of things unknown at this point are if the cruise control works, the CD changer under the seat, and just other sundry functions.

    I’m taking the iCarsoft code reader so I can figure out what is causing the Amigos (it’s P1590, so I’m guessing a WSS that I’ll already have) as well as a good number of tools and if I can fit it in a suitcase, the front driveshaft from the other one. I’m bringing the Ultragauge as well as the dongle for the phone application to confirm temps are in the safe zone before I take off.

    Otherwise, I’ve got a slew of parts to transfer over like brakes, the rack, stereo, etc. once I get it home. The only thing I’m bummed about is that it doesn’t have rear AC or jump seats, but obviously I have free versions of that sitting in my garage right now, so when I feel the need to wrench, I can do that stuff.

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    Happy New Year to all!

    So the adventure continues! The one described above ended up being a total bust and pretty bad. I offered him the appropriate price, but no dice. Thankfully, I had a couple back ups in the area and ended up with a real winner. BY FAR the nicest one I've looked at and the price was pretty fair. Ironically it was at a little used car lot in North Hollywood (usually the curse of death for a machine like this). The lot was linked to a BMW dealer, and think this was a satellite lot as a machine this old is generally not good for a high end dealer to have. My theory is that this was a trade in when someone finally grew weary of big repair bills.

    Along those lines, the thing absolutely was cared for. The paint is in darn nice shape and the leather is really in great shape too. But it must have been cared for as the tell tale sign of a Disco being owned by someone who either knew, or cared is by the cooling system. Going down the road, it actually runs cooler than the black one, so it most likely already has a 180F t stat. I'll probably still flush as I don't know if it has Dexcool or not (I'm on the side that stuff is a bad idea). Also, just the general care and condition of everything denotes it was probably garaged most of its life. The friggin frame doesn't even have any surface rust!

    And the coup de grace is that it has the most options I've ever seen on a Disco, and most all work, including the air bags!!!!! Heated windshield, Harmon Kardon stereo (changer isn't working, but don't care as I'll be putting in a head unit pretty much immediately), jump seats, rear AC, ACE, etc. Also, it's a non-SAI machine, so a bit more simple in that regard. For the ~800 mile drive home, it even got 17 mpg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I slept in it for a few hours and that wasn't even too horrible for my goony goo goo butt. It even came with 2 brand new, programmed keys! The sunroof shades are al functional as well. The headliner is sagging a scoshe, but that is almost to be expected.

    I'll have more pics later, but here are a few just after I pulled into the drive.











    Here was the only cosmetic bummer. The rack will cover this for the most part, so I'll take it given the condition of it otherwise.



    I think I pretty much hit a home run, but it still has a few minor things to resolve:
    - condenser fan is out (it's winter here, so I don't need to resolve for a couple months- and have the part anyway)
    - sunroofs are both basically inoperative (adjustments- I don't think they are broken)
    - both front door lock actuators are out
    - fan clutch (on the road, it's PERFECT, but climbs to 201 idling right away)
    - cruise control (ironically, I think it's the same issue as the last one, so I have a brand new actuator to install already)
    - tires (pretty badly dry rotted, so it won't be driven again until I get those)
    - a couple really minor interior things (a vent spring to hold it in place, clock LCD is wonky, driver's side illumination for the temp in the HVAC, bezel for heated seats and windows, e brake boot)
    - need to add some PS fluid I think, but need to learn more about the ACE system and what to expect

    Um, that's it. For an 18 year old machine from a little used car lot for less than I paid for the other one, I'd say winner winner chicken dinner.

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    Incredible story. Congrats & Happy New Year! When a brand or model gets in your blood, you’ll move Heaven & Earth to get the right one. Good for you Goony goo goo!
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    And here is the engine bay. I mean, I know the dealer cleaned it up, but wow.






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    As an aside, do you have Ridgebacks?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boss Hog View Post
    As an aside, do you have Ridgebacks?
    Yes we do. Wonderful mutts. Sadly the day after Christmas we has to put down out older one as the tumors were just making his quality of life really bad. Lots of tears and lots of memories. That’s all I have to say about that.

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    On a happier note- or funny at least- the Disco adventure continues to be par for my expectations. I think its absolutely hilarious.

    I was so excited for the airbags...



    And it gets better... My wife mentions to me, “hey I think there might be a leak under the Disco”. “Are you sure it’s not from the old one?”

    Ah but no, it is the first leak. The master cylinder has tanked. And I’ve not even driven it since getting back! Oh well, just adds to the list of stuff to do before I drive it. I did confirm it has Dexcool as well so that needs to be flushed too.

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