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Old 11-14-2017, 10:26 AM   #26
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230K on my 02 Kalahari & it's original engine. All depends on maintenance.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:13 PM   #27
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Don't 2003 and 2004 D2s have frames made out steel about 30% thinner than earlier D2s? That would be a deciding factor by itself.
To top it off, in 2003 LR reportedly implemented some serious cost-saving measures in the corrosion protection department.
I'd be very interested to see a credible source on this. I've heard these before, but it seems to be 100% internet rumor from what I've seen.
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:36 PM   #28
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I'd be very interested to see a credible source on this. I've heard these before, but it seems to be 100% internet rumor from what I've seen.
I'd trust John Robison on that.
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Old 11-15-2017, 12:41 AM   #29
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230K on my 02 Kalahari & it's original engine. All depends on maintenance.
Well, I wouldn't say it *all* depends on maintenance. . . .
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:40 AM   #30
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I'd trust John Robison on that.
To quote John Robison:

"Now we get to the hidden part of the problem . . . I took this situation to our Land Rover tech support contacts, who told me something pretty surprising. It turns out Land Rover reduced the frame thickness of Discovery II models by more than 30% as compared to the Defender and earlier models. So the frame in these vehicles is significantly lighter than the frames of earlier Rovers, which were themselves no paragons of corrosion resistance. This was done to save weight and gas but it has had the result of making them weaker and less durable."

So even your source does not say the 03-04 frame is reduced by 30% from the previous 99-02 D2 but does say it is reduced from the Defender and earlier models. With earlier models meaning D1.
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Old 11-15-2017, 10:47 AM   #31
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Here is another direct quote from John as a response to a question about 99-02 vs. 03-04. And notice the second part of the response is an assumption or observation and not necessarily fact.

"Hendrik, I was told all the DII models have the thinner frames. But something changed for the worse in 2003, both with respect to frames and engines - both suffered a marked drop in quality/durability. At least that's what we see in our service dept."
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Old 11-15-2017, 08:43 PM   #32
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Reliability, is directly related to your patience and cash you are willing to give it and of course love, but what has love got to do with it anyway you should be getting dirty anyhow.
I would look for that rust free d2 unicorn, or a d1 with minimall rust is tolerable

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