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#2923 of 5002 Should I buy a Rental Land Rover?
Jun 08, 2003 (11:57 am)
I went buy Carmax yesterday, and found they had a nice 2003 Land Rover Discovery SE model (Dual SR, Xeon Headlamps, Heated Seats, Rear Air, Etc.) at a another Carmax dealership. It looks be be in great shape. It has 9000 miles.
I ran a carfax report on it, and I found it had been a Rental Car somewhere in NY. It was purchased in October 2003, and sold at auction in April 2003.
I have read mixed messages on these boards about buying a Rental. What should I do??
Jun 09, 2003 (1:39 pm)
Can you get the VIN to Tincup? He can tell you if they're dumping it due to chronic problems (doubtful). More likely they just don't want the slim profit margins for renting something that expensive.
If it's been well maintained, doesn't show signs of obvious abuse, and has plenty of warranty left, sure... I'd buy it for the right price. Look it over closely for offroading damage... sometimes people rent 4WDs and beat them offroad knowing they're not going to have to pay for it eventually. That abuse will show on the undercarriage.
Good luck, -Bob
Jun 09, 2003 (1:55 pm)
Land Rover has had agreements with Hertz and Enterprise for about 2 years. They tend to turn cars over with relatively low mileage on them as their customers do not want to rent cars with higher mileage. I can check the Warranty History but I see no issue with buying a rental Discovery.
#2926 of 5002 Take it from me......
Jun 09, 2003 (2:28 pm)
I bought my '96 with 9 months on the clock (for a VERY good price!) and now that I've taken her "over the hump" she's tough and reliable as an anvil.
I didn't know she was a rental before I bought her... I didn't know enough about the beasties to realize I should have asked. I had some major teeting pains (Tincup should be able to pull up PAGES of service work) but my svc manager went the distance with me and man am I pleased now. I can't say enough about the lads at Land Rover Anchorage.
For what it's worth, they basically turned my '96 into a '99 and all the things they did were on the TSB list. Subsequent Solihull creations addressed the TSBs with new designs, and the gremlins are banished. Forever? It appears so.
A couple of things were apparent on my Disco, evidence of abuse during the rental period. My rear bumper was bent down on the passenger side, and there were some impressive gouges on my frame rails. Knowing that, and anticipating what kind of mechanical havoc was probably raised inside my engine in the process, I still find her to be absolutely stone reliable.
And I'm not even going to close this with a Lord Lucas Disclaimer. HAH! How's THAT for feeling cocky?!
Jun 10, 2003 (10:54 am)
You are always quite entertaining to read. Is the list of things you had to do in the archive on this board?
#2928 of 5002 Hydraulic step
Jun 10, 2003 (10:56 am)
Can it be repaired if it wont go back up? I checked out a replacement step, $239.00. Surely you can just replace the cartridge? What is a good online dealer to buy disco parts from?
Jun 10, 2003 (10:58 am)
Try a "Discussion Search" for "Nanuq" and you'll find lots of posts to while away the hours with. There's probably a few messages with the "telephone pole buried up to the crossbars in snow" pic in there too
#2930 of 5002 Oh Lordy
Jun 10, 2003 (11:23 am)
If the search pulls up the erstwhile forgotten discussion about the.... um,
Jun 10, 2003 (11:40 am)
The replacement gas strut for the Discovery I step is part number RTC9593AA. The strut for a Discovery II step is part number KVL100040.
Jun 10, 2003 (6:14 pm)
I've yet to find the info on the repairs, except something about a roof rack, but I wont mention it
Also some interesting readings about some guitars and such...