Photo, I was just poking a little fun at our rover friends.  iscoweb actually has quite a few good points, as many of the members' interests are in expedition type wheeling. Heck, try to find a nice set of aluminum bridging ladders on a cruiser site....then go to Atlantic British...
The Discovery is generally a good rig: solid axles, four wheel disks, V8 (Buick Design), and full time 4wd; unfortunatly, the build quality is awful. (Not sure about the newer Series II). I looked at quite a few after selling my 60, and couldn't find any that were worth messing with.
I prefer landcruisers, but would gladly wheel with Rovers anytime.
(And any newbie who thinks our members are rough on 'em should take a load of what happens on Discoweb!)
Ok Rogue, I took your advice and surfed the discoweb techie forum.
I'm new to offroading and 4 wheeling so I really have no bias to anything. All I've ever surfed is TLC forums and can read the obvious bias against heeps and discos. I've also never seen a disco offroad... so I went in objectively.
I surfed only the Discovery techie forum. I saw a couple interesting things. For example: when you begin to oversize your tires, you have to start cutting the body because apparently the rear axle is not centered in the wheel well..? Further, even with a lift you can't put on 35's with any luck with out some serious modifications.
Most of the posts seemed to be about 'this da^* thing or that" needs to be fixed... or is under warranty. [I'm used to our posts all asking about how to get the most out of our rigs as opposed to figuring out how to make them work. For example, rather than fixing the transmission, everybody here wants to re-gear their transmission.
Finally, I saw somebody asking to price their '95 disco with ~90k miles and listed all the extras on it. [nicely fitted out, I was jealous]. The first posted response said he needed to include the recent maintenance of his vehicle because all the parts would be wearing out at that mileage.
Now, I said I was objective and unbiased... but I'm steadily building a bias...
CDN- Yes the crossmembers are conduit also. Put a hole saw in the drillpress to make your cuts or buy an Old Joint Jigger). It gives you a nice radius to weld up. The rear windows I made out of Oak and have no-see-um screen (very fine) so I can open the rear windows for cross ventilation to sleep.
Hltoppr - I tried out a Disco before I bought the cruiser but it didn't have much room to live in. Also, when I checked the web the talk was how to fix this and that common problem. You are dead on about the sand ladders and the bridging ladders.
CDan- become a Ballplayer and "grasp the stones"
Hill topper the buick v8 in a discovery is a small block that rover bought circa 1964 that the english have used in everything ever since. It is the most reliable thing on a discovery but it makes the 3fe look like modern technology.
Having said that, a used disco is in theory a very capable truck and a heck of a deal compared to anything else. if you get lucky, you will find yourself with a huge surplus #6 fund. However, judging by the topics of most disco website posts and the number of eager vendors trying to unload them, I would say buy a lottery ticket.