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My great 2002 P38 "Westmonster" tragically gave up the ghost earlier this month on the I-10 freeway in New Mexico.

It's listed on eBay here: 2002 Land Rover Range Rover | eBay

Now I'm in the market for another of the same in excellent condition.

My wife says it's like replacing a child's dead goldfish with another living one and pretending it's the same.

I say it's like replacing an empty bottle of fine wine, with a full one.

Thanks for any thoughts or leads...

Paul


RIP Westmonster!

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it would be cheaper to buy another good engine and swap it into your truck
 

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it would be cheaper to buy another good engine and swap it into your truck
Thanks. You are right. However, I want to roll back the odometer, if possible. Mine's at 177k, which isn't bad, but it was at 60k when I bought it, and that was better!
 

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its not likely you will find one with low miles the upside to my suggestion is you now whats working on yours
 

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Too late, the auction us underway and it will sell to another lucky owner. Thanks for your thoughts!
 

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I have a 2002 Westminster with 87400 miles on the clock. Torn between keeping it till it disintegrates or getting it out of nyc before something bad happens. I’m the 3rd owner and bought it in autumn 2019 with 74k miles. This car shouldn’t be a daily driver and I’ve grudgingly put the 12000 miles I have on it.

  • airbags replaced about 6 months ago
  • new water pump
  • replaced 5 lug nuts
  • replaced some bulbs
  • oil service every 3k miles
  • new cabin air filter
  • new tires (Pirelli Scorpion all weather - wish I’d gone with something more rugged looking like the old ones…I absent-mindedly agreed with my mechanic’s suggestion on the phone while I was busy with something at work. Good tires though)

issues I know about -

  • ac doesn’t work properly
  • one or two of the solenoids on the compressor are malfunctioning
  • cable release on drivers side door latch needs to be replaced. Can only open door from outside handle
  • window switches likely need to be replaced
  • passenger side view mirror may need to be replaced. Seems like someone may have tried to adjust it by hand.
  • rear end passenger side bumper is cracked identically to yours. further the top of the bumper is slightly bowed upwards and impedes the liftgate from opening properly. Which then rubs off the paint. I typically push the bumper down and open the gate very carefully if I do open it, which is rarely. There’s a bump in the metal above the crack in the bumper too. I’m not sure what happened, previous owner did it.
The first two owners were friends. The second bought it from the first when it had around 68000 miles and put about 6000 on it in 10 years.

I’d like to keep the car for a long time and keep playing the game but the reality is in the hands of a competent and experienced owner this car will last another 100000 miles. In mine, with the city mileage and street parking it may go another 25000 before something really bad happens I don’t want to pay for. As far as I can tell there are no leaks and head gasket has not appeared to be an issue.

There are some electrical quirks like side view mirrors don’t always reset themselves after reversing. Maybe 3 times in my ownership I’ve had to jumpstart the car for no apparent reason, battery appears to be fine and has been the same battery since I got the car. No shop I’ve talked to has recommended replacing it. It was serviced by rover specialist in NJ - well known shop.

I recently sold a 2001 bmw 750il, my first ever car, that I really didn’t want or need to sell. So I feel you. enjoy this car, it’s useful for my needs…but I’m not sure I can justify what I’ll surely put it through for the remainder of its life. This car is an ideal candidate for restoration in my opinion. As far as I can tell nothing really bad has happened to it in its life. It was owned by a couple of guys who worked in finance and by me. I’m not rich but I have a decent income and unfazed by unexpected $5000 repairs after owning the bmw. But going forward it seems my only choices will be either becoming a better mechanic and taking care of everything on the car I can by myself. This afternoon I went to grab the car where it was parked and take it for an oil change to find that my front bumper corner had been scraped and there was red paint on it. The bumper is not damaged aside from having the paint from the other vehicle on it, but things like that really annoy me.

sorry if this is a tease - I’m not really looking to sell the car as such - I like it. But I don’t have the soulful and deep attachment to the marque some seem to have. Nor do I expect to turn into a DIY mechanic overnight. Just wanted you to know there is another one out there! And if this one is there are surely others too! It’s possible my car needs could be resolved by owning a ten year old Prius instead of a 20 year old Rover! Feel free to dm me if you like :)
 
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