2004 Discovery officially for sale and has to go

Blue

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OK, my D2 is officially up for sale. Someone take this before I drop a new engine in it and throw it in a storage unit. My wife wants to see it go, and now I do too.




For Sale: 2004 Land Rover Discovery

$4,500 OBO

About 170,500 on the odometer which is more like 180,000 because of the larger diameter tires.

The current engine is the second engine and it came from a rear-ended grocery getter that had 80k miles. It was installed in June 2013 by RovNTechs (formerly RoverTechs) in Scottsdale, Arizona with 112K on my D2’s odometer so the current engine has about 150k on it (80k miles in original truck plus about 70K in my truck as the second engine).



NOTICE – my 2004 Land Rover Discovery needs a new engine! It currently drives and I recently took it on a 250 mile work/off road/camping trip. Took the family on a 300+ mile camping trip over July 4th weekend. It has a slipped liner and/or cracked block and exhaust gasses are over-pressurizing the cooling system. About once a week I bleed and top off the expansion tank and I watch the coolant temp with a scan gauge. On June 30th (500 miles ago) I had an oil change and had my mechanic installed a new 180-degree genuine LR thermostat. This has helped dramatically with the engine temps, I haven't seen temps over 215 in the worst conditions (idling in traffic during 110+ degree day here in Scottsdale with the AC on full). Previously I'd get into the mid-220s while struggling to keep it at 65+ mph on the long uphills into the Arizona mountains. On this last trip I was in the low 200s on these climbs.

Now that it has been sitting for about a month it has misfired upon starting with a cylinder 2 misfire code. The misfire stops if you shut it off and then restart again and then it runs smoothly. My mechanic thinks that a bit of coolant is going the other way – coolant is getting into the cylinder and causing a misfire. I have had it misfire, shut down, restart with no misfire, clear the code, and drive all day with no issues. It is only after it has sat for at least a few days and then starts cold.

So, to be perfectly clear, this truck runs and drives, it is licensed and insured, but it will need a new engine.

I have extensive maintenance records and a full spreadsheet I can share. I've put $48,410 into this thing in maintenance and extras not including the purchase price in 2008 when it had 49K miles. Original 2008-2009 maintenance done at a couple import mechanics but all maintenance since September 2009 done at RovNTechs (formerly RoverTechs) here in Scottsdale, Arizona - over $29k at RoverTechs alone.

Some of the highlights that go with the Disco:

-Safari Gard front bumper and skid plate with Superwinch EP9.0 with Custom Splice Diamond Line 7/16" winch rope, Hawse fairlead, Expedition Exchange shackle mounting brackets with backing plates, and two Hella Rallye 4000 cornering beams.

-Greg Davis rear bumper

-RTE Welded-on diff guards front & rear

-Columbia Rovers fuel tank skid plate, stainless-steel rear door panel, and rock sliders

-An original Kyle Van Tassle (KVT) backpack roof rack.

-OEM roof rails & rack cross bars

-A complete extra set of stock front & rear axles and CV joints

-Roverbones D44 spare tire carrier

-OME shocks front & rear & OME steering damper installed 10/2017 about 20,000 miles ago

-OME HD springs installed a while back in 2009 with about 55,000 miles (I've since renewed the shocks as noted above)

-ARB on-board air compressor in rear passenger side cubby with the ARB orange hose for filling tires

-Tom Woods front drive shaft

-Mantec raised air intake purchased new from John Craddock UK December 2017, installed mid-2018

-Knightsbridge Overland black tactical front seat covers purchased & installed August 2019

-Carrs4x4 aluminum expansion tank, T-bleeder fitting, and 4-way connector January 2020

-Reconditioned headlights, no haze, look new, never installed, still in bubble wrap on a shelf in the garage

-RovNTechs replaced mounts for engine, transmission, and transfer case in February 2020, about 3,500 miles ago

-Five Cooper Discoverer STT Pro tires size 285/75/16 installed April 2019 or less than 10,000 miles ago

Also lots of little things like homelink rearview mirror, D1 wipers, the older solid red taillights with reverse lights (instead of the 2004 tails with orange blinkers and no reverse lights), LED interior lights, LED reverse bulbs, 2 fold-out rear tables on rear door, relocated washer fluid reservoir, etc.

My maintenance spreadsheet shows all the other stuff like radiators, plugs, water pumps, steering boxes, etc. All the fun stuff that adds up to $48K.

I'm hoping someone who has a rebuilt 4.6 Rover V8 ready to go might want it so it can live on. This has been our family vehicle since 2008 and we are sad to see it go but I'm not about to put a third engine in. I bought a 2013 LR4 as the family camping vehicle.

Asking $4,500 or best offer. With a little effort this thing could be parted out and earn $4,500 back quickly. Or put a new engine in it and have a very competent off-roader.

I have tons of photos on DropBox and I can share the folder with you if you send me your email address.
 

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Blue

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No, only the better parts of Bam Bam will live on. Don is going to transfer those parts to his 64,000 mile 2003 D2 that he just picked up.
 

Blue

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Columbia Rovers.

They are mysteriously hard to find on the interwebs.

I have (had) their rear gas skid, sliders, and stainless steel rear door skin. Top notch stuff.
 

Blue

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I’m excited to see all my parts on Don’s new D2. He picked up a very unusual find.
 

donniefitz2

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It's coming along. Got most of the bits on mine now, except the winch and '04 roof rack rails. I'm going to remote mount the solenoid for the winch so I don't have to cut my grill. I put the rock sliders and raised intake on yesterday (after this pic was taken.)IMG_0801.JPEG
 
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Blue

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Lookin good

Those are D1 windshield wiper arms on Bam Bam by the way....new wiper blades are much easier and cheaper with the D1 arms. (For the 1 or 2 times per year we use them here in AZ)
 

Blue

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After you buy and swap D2 blades you’ll be sold on the D1 wiper arms! The D2 arms were designed by a child.
 
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Blue

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Picked up my newly powder coated Compomotive wheels today, tires going on tomorrow. I have a feeling I’m going to miss those 33” Coopers.
 

donniefitz2

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Man, the 33's are nice. I wasn't going to go that big (before I bought Bam Bam), but I'm glad to have them and will be sticking to this size for sure. I'd love to see your new wheel and tire setup.
 

Blue

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Those are pretty much “go anywhere” tires. With a winch fitted they are definitely go anywhere tires.

How’d the raised air intake install go?
 

donniefitz2

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Man, that install sucked. The problem was trimming and refitting the fender over and over until it fit back on without a bind. Also, some guy loaded it up with silicone which turned to cement. Taking it off was a challenge ;)

It's on though and my air intake temps came way down, so that's a nice added bonus.
 

Blue

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I’m that guy. I was going for permanent install!

On some D2s the fender fits over the lateral hose just fine. On mine it was tight and my fender buldged a bit. You could see it in the panel gaps.

It’s a bitch but it’s nice to have. Definitely the best snorkel for the D2. Seal up all those potential air/water gaps with silicone like I did. Best part is Rolling down your window and putting your hand over the intake while driving. The sound right out your window is great too. You should chop in my Borla muffler and delete your rear resonator. I’m thinking of putting Borlas on my LR4, the sound is awesome.