I have had the typical rover issues… and they never really have gotten out of hand. BUT over the last six or seven months, MAN the Rover gods must be mad at me. The list:
- Ontario’s safety inspection
- unecessary bushing replacement
- unecessary tire replacement (x5)
- steering knuckle issues
- pinion seal on rear differential
- rear main seal
- water ingress driver side
- MULTIPLE bad experiences with local body shop / mechanics (sad about this, because it caused more issues than fixed and COST $$$)
- if in Kingston DON’T EVER GO TO M.A.R.S. Autobody
- RECENTLY – significant oil leak
I have waffled on replacing my beloved Discovery for an upgrade to my ‘dream’ Land Rover – the Defender 110. Actually found a really nice one in Germany. BUT there are several factors that have come into play – first and most prohibitive is the cost. To get a nice Defender here in Canada will cost at least $25 – 30 K and that is a 15 – 20 year old vehicle. Other things that were considered – I love my Discovery. It is nice, clean and comfy. Despite the recent issues, I still enjoy it A LOT!
So with some prodding from the boss (aka wife), The decision was made to keep the Disco. Now this is not as simple as just continue to drive it till something goes wrong. I REALLY want to have that unicorn – a nice clean Discovery 2 with no issues, oil leaks etc…
OFF i go, to See the guys at Diesel Rovers: where it may cost some $$ but not the amount of the Defender and certainly not enough to discourage me from doing this. I have had good experience with Adam and his shop. Hoping that this will launch my Discovery 2 into years of trouble (ish) free enjoyment 😀
The Disco was dropped off this weekend (21 Feb, 2019) and I look forward to letting everyone know how the process is going. Stay tuned…
In the end, once the Rover is healthy again… it will be time to explore, on the books this summer are several adventures.
Plus whatever else I can find in the great Canadian Shield ;).