Land Rover Discovery

Common Discovery Rust Areas

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

Land Rover Discovery Rear Cross Member RustOverall 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.

Rear Bumper

Land Rover Discovery Rear Bumper RustAgain, 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

Land Rover Discovery Rear Door Pillar RustThe rear door pillar is probably the worst patch of rust on the vehicle. It's going to be the first area i attack as it needs sorting soon rather than later.

Roof/Rear Door Pillar

Land Rover Discovery Roof RustThe rear roof rust is immediately adjacent to the rust on the rear door pillar. Again, it's pretty bad, and the whole area is going to have to be cut out and replaced.

Offside Sill/Wheel Arch

Land Rover Discovery Roof Offside Sill/Wheelarch RustSills are a typical rust area on older Discoveries. Replacement sills are available cheaply, so fixing this should be pretty straight forward.

Nearside Sill/Wheel Arch

Land Rover Discovery Roof Nearside Sill/Wheel Arch RustSame again on the other side, but this time with a big hole to the sill box section!

Nearside Wheel Arch

Land Rover Discovery Nearside Wheel Arch RustAnother typical place to rust on aging Disoveries, but the wheel arch isn't that bad, and once cut out and replaced it will be fine.

Boot Floor

Land Rover Discovery boot FloorProbably 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.

Inner Wings

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.

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