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Ed’s Car History: 2003 Land Rover Discovery SE

I have always loved Land Rovers. It is a car that you always love in spite of its faults. This was a great looking white/tan 2003 SE. It had all of the options but it had some real quirks. I bought the car with about 60k miles and sold it about 18 months later with 90k miles on it. It was actually pretty inexpensive to own – about $.25 per mile all in. That being said, it liked to be a headache. It actually leaked one liter of oil per tank of gas. I had to mats down in my garage to keep it from staining the concrete. When I went to sell the car the dealer quoted my $5k to fix the oil leaks and CARMAX offered me $3k for the car. I ended up selling it on Craigslist for $8k (with full disclosure of the leaks and all of its issues). It also liked to leak coolant and it had a short in the driver’s side seat heater that would shock you whenever it was on. Interestingly, at the same time as I owned this car, my mother was driving another 03 Discovery that was almost perfectly reliable and had no issues whatsoever.

 

 

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    Steven Scott
    September 23rd, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Girlfriend not too long ago got a 2002 Discovery with 120k miles, a little beat up on the outside and lotsa wear on the inside, but really nothing bad for costing $5k. Only issue she’s had is the brake switch going out at a LLSE meeting, which had me crawling under her dash with a smartphone flashlight back / web browser front reading about the switch to pull and which leads to short out so we could get it out of park and back to her house.

    Oh, british engineering…

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      admin
      September 26th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

      It is very tough to argue with used Land Rovers for the money but it gets easier when you start talking about repairs. They are great looking, capable trucks but they don’t mind stranding you. You always say that you won’t have another one and then you see one listed somewhere and fall in love all over again.

      I think the next one will have to be 1980’s Defender 110 with a 300 TDI and the external roll cage.

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    Juan Cabrera
    February 10th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    About to buy this auto. salty16413a782077
    Is the description given above is refered to the vin# I have provided? If so, this vehicle is now located in Puerto Rico.

    The writer is not the current owner but just a friend who is transcribing hes words on his behalf.
    Cheers.

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      admin
      February 10th, 2012 at 6:53 pm

      That is the car. It is crazy to know that it made it all the way to Puerto Rico. I sold it sometime in late 2008. How many miles are on it now? Does it still leak a lot of oil? Thanks for getting in touch. Let me know if you have any other questions.

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    Juan Cabrera
    February 11th, 2012 at 8:38 am

    The future owner (Juan Cabrera) tells me it still has oil leak. He’s trading it for a Off Road Jeep Wrangler with every gadget and blings you can think of. Very heart breaking for him. He tells me it has aprox. 125,000 miles so far. A little concerned with what is the cars history so he will be contacting me once hes done reading the Carfax.
    If you can tell us anything else please let us know. Cheers.

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      admin
      February 11th, 2012 at 9:08 am

      I sold it at around 90k miles to a woman that lived near Savannah. I believe that she paid some independent mechanic quite a bit to address some of the oil (and coolant leaks). The car ran great. The driver’s side seat heater has a short so if you use it, it will shock you.

      I just pulled the CARFAX again. There was a minor accident in Florida in February of 2003 that involved the front of the car. I believe that the front bumper was replaced but the hood looked original as far as I remember. When I sold it, I do not believe the fog lights were working though. There is a slight crease in the rear cargo door behind the spare tire where someone rear ended me and just hit the spare tire about a week before I sold it. I replaced the mounting hardware for the spare and it was not noticeable. That is the accident reported in April of 2009.

      It was sold at an auction in April of last year in Florida with 123k miles. Someone must have purchased it and exported the car. Let me know if your friend ends up buying it.

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    Juan Cabrera
    February 11th, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Results based on Carfax: A+
    Small collisions on front and rear bumpers. Nothing big.
    He’s very happy now. Thanks so much for posting Vin # on the internet.

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      Ed
      February 11th, 2012 at 10:40 am

      My pleasure. Enjoy the car. Let me know where it ends up next!

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        Juan Cabrera
        December 27th, 2014 at 7:35 pm

        Hi Ed, Juan Cabrera again. Merry Christmas. I would like to share with you some photos how the Landrover looks now. Any email?

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          Vehicle Media
          January 4th, 2015 at 8:49 pm

          That would be great. ed at edbolian.com

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