: My Miami adventure with a Land Rover Discovery...



96Fleetwood
10-24-08, 09:06 PM
Been down in Miami since the beginning of the month.. I am actually getting tired of it and am ready to head back to Chicago.

I will be here till the 1st of November, then back to the cold weather (or so I have heard).

It has been constantly in the mid 80s here with sporadic freak rain showers.

A good friend is letting me borrow his 1997 Land Rover Discovery. It is not as bad as I thought it would be. It only has 50K miles on it and was only used to pull his dual jet-ski trailer. Runs pretty good and seems tough... but gets 13.8 mpg in the city with Premium fuel... ouch, but it is a free ride!

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa306/96fleetwood/IMG_0169.jpg
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I then looked on eBay and Craigslist and saw that these are selling for $2-10K! The 2003-2004 body style looks the best. I would never buy one, but I was amazed to see the prices. This '97 I am driving seems to be pretty reliable. I am in 80 degree weather daily and stuck in traffic with the a/c on full blast and it doesn't even flinch... no wonder these are used in the desert!

When I get back I have to get working on the '96 Fleetwood to get it ready for Chevy Vette Fest. I am going for trophy number 3 this season!

Take care!
-Elias

Destroyer
10-24-08, 09:40 PM
Been down in Miami since the beginning of the month.. I am actually getting tired of it and am ready to head back to Chicago.

The hot weather does get old after awhile.

96Fleetwood
10-25-08, 08:38 AM
I lived here almost 3 years ago and I used to want to move back... not anymore. I don't want to live in Chicago either because the snow & cold weather... It really makes me appreciate growing up in Virginia Beach.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-25-08, 10:29 AM
What's that got for a motor? Isn't it a relatively huge six cylinder?

96Fleetwood
10-25-08, 10:32 AM
What's that got for a motor? Isn't it a relatively huge six cylinder?

Small 8 cylinder, 4.0 liter

Destroyer
10-25-08, 05:45 PM
I lived here almost 3 years ago and I used to want to move back... not anymore. I don't want to live in Chicago either because the snow & cold weather... It really makes me appreciate growing up in Virginia Beach.
Now that real estate has come down I'm thinking California. :thumbsup:

MauiV
10-25-08, 06:14 PM
Ill take 80* with the trades in Maui all day everyday.

People say dumb shit like "I like the seasons". Me too, thats why I like living somewhere that doesnt have the shitty ones. Its a warm Spring all the time and if you live Leeward you may only get 4" of rain a year or you can live windward and get 300"+.

People shouldnt live anywhere snow can be found outside your door and I cant wait to get the hell away from it. The reason it so expensive to live there is basically because its worth it!!

Jesda
10-25-08, 07:32 PM
An old Buick V8 powers that Discovery. The engines seem to be the most reliable thing on those trucks.

caddycruiser
10-25-08, 09:02 PM
I've been wondering what you've been doing lately down there...or, more importantly, driving:thumbsup:

Unique choice, and decently fun. Not efficient, but that's not its mission in life.

96Fleetwood
10-27-08, 02:45 PM
I've been wondering what you've been doing lately down there...or, more importantly, driving:thumbsup:

Unique choice, and decently fun. Not efficient, but that's not its mission in life.

I have been meaning to email you but it has been hectic here. The Land Rover and I travel between South Miami Hospital to Mercy Hospital to Coral Gables Hospital and then clinic.

So far I have logged 970 miles on the Land Rover. Besides a faulty window regulator on the driver's side rear window, all has been good & dandy. The gas mileage is horrid, my Father's 2007 ESV makes 12 mpg in the city. I thought the 4.0 would do a tad better, but I guess not.

My friend offered me the Land Rover for $3,800... I passed. :)

I have four more days down here, I just hope it keeps going till then!

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-27-08, 02:50 PM
I wonder how it stacks up against a G Class?

Jesda
10-27-08, 09:47 PM
3800... hmmm... I'd take it for 3000. Its still nice even though its British-built.

hueterm
10-27-08, 10:04 PM
Man...I was thinking the same thing. No idea those had dropped so much.

When did the Series II come out?

96Fleetwood
10-27-08, 11:03 PM
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/NEW-INFO-READ-DESCRIPTIOLand-Rover-Discovery-NO-RESERVE_W0QQitemZ120318539578QQihZ002QQcategoryZ62 94QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem


Series II came out in 1999, but the updated headlights came out in 2003.

hueterm
10-27-08, 11:37 PM
Love that color combo -- in and out....

Even an '04 in warranty isn't bad.........

The revised headlights make a huge difference.

96Fleetwood
10-28-08, 10:26 PM
I wonder how it stacks up against a G Class?

Not sure, but I can tell you that the G class, Discovery, and Commander all have that "I was beaten with the ugly stick" look. You should see this Discovery at 80mph & on a windy day....

hueterm
10-28-08, 11:17 PM
It's probably hard to see with it bobbing around so much...

I~LUV~Caddys8792
10-29-08, 12:45 AM
Not sure, but I can tell you that the G class, Discovery, and Commander all have that "I was beaten with the ugly stick" look. You should see this Discovery at 80mph & on a windy day....

I respectfully disagree about the G Class. The overly tall, square design only adds to the masculinity and overall "iron fist in a velvet glove" feel.

96Fleetwood
10-30-08, 10:16 PM
My adventure with the Land Rover ends tomorrow night...

I decided to give it a farewell gift for giving me a month of trouble free (literally free) service. I detailed it in/out and then snapped some pics:

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I logged over 1,100 miles with it. Despite getting ~13 mpg, it wasn't bad. Not the most powerful or most reliable.. but definately a workhorse.


Hopefully my next encouter with a Land Rover/Range Rover product will be a 2006+ Supercharged HSE after we get tired of the M45 :thumbsup: