I found this place a few days ago while searching for info on Unimog expedition campers and I have to say that I'm quite impressed. I've pretty much spent all of my spare time here since Thursday evening. While there still might be a Unimog somewhere in my future, it's probably 5-10 years away at the earliest. I don't want to wait that long before heading out for some fun, so I've started looking at buying a used Discovery, most likely a 2004 model based on what I've been reading.
Based on what I'm seeing locally (Salt Lake City), the SE/SE-7 models appear to be the most popular, but I found one S model for sale. Since I like simplicity and don't care so much for gadgets in my vehicles, the S is appealing, plus it already comes with the 16" wheels. I've spent some time searching and was able to find one post on the Land Rover Forums that listed the main differences between the two models coming down to the S lacking dual moon roofs, air suspension, jump seats, and real leather seats, none of which I care much about. Can anyone verify this being correct for the 2004 model year? Other than those differences, are there any other major differences between the models that I should be aware of?
This will be my first off road vehicle. It will take over as my commuter during the winter when the weather is bad, but otherwise will be strictly a recreational vehicle and will be my off road and expedition training vehicle. While I might be safer going with something other than a Land Rover, I'm mechanically inclined and I have some good local resources (Great Basin Rovers, and a buddy who owned a modified 2004 SE-7), so I feel pretty comfortable going the Disco route. Famous last words? Maybe.