After jet washing the entire vehicle and blasting off the mud that was left on the underside, I started to see which bits of the Disco are going to need some work.
If you are going to be spending £600 on a Land Rover Discovery, then its going to have some rusty bits! The chassis on my vehicle is is good, but the body is rusty in places, and it's these places that i will have to sort out first.
Let's take a closer look at the typical rust areas on a Land Rover Discovery, using my vehicle as an example!
Chassis/Rear Cross Member
Overall the chassis is in good condition, but the part behind the rear wheels, and the rear cross member has corroded. There is still plenty of good metal left, so with a good wire brushing, some rust treatment, and a lick of paint & waxoyl it should be fine.
Again, most of the rear bumper is good, it really needs to be treated to stop any more rust, but as i am planning on putting on a heavy duty replacement bumper, this is a lower priority for the moment.
Rear Door Pillar
Roof/Rear Door Pillar
Offside Sill/Wheel Arch
Nearside Sill/Wheel Arch
Nearside Wheel Arch
Probably the most common area for rust on any Land Rover Discovery. I have been told by the previous owner that the boot floor has been replaced, but i haven't lifted the carpet yet to check out how well it has been done.
Edit: Pic added - boot floor is ok, just needs painting to stop surface rust.
The inner wing areas also rust commonly on a Discovery. The wings on my Discovery do have rust, but it isn't something i am too worried about for the time being. Replacement inner wings are available cheaply from most Land Rover specialists.
So there you have it. The main areas of rust on my newly aquired Land Rover Discovery, and areas you should check out if you are looking to buy one.
The main rust area which worries me on my vehicle, is the rear door pillar/roof area. So i'm going to have a chat with a local Land Rover specialist to see what the best line of attack would be to sort it out.