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Old July 14th, 2015, 06:48 PM
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Decent Classic SWB or post 2000 p38

I am looking for a Classic SWB is reasonably good shape or a 2000+ P38. If anyone has any leads, please let me know.

pdolan1@verizon.net.

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Old July 15th, 2015, 07:53 AM
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Patrick, there's a guy in my neighborhood that has a 2000 P38, with recent new head gasket service, he needs/wants to sell. I don't know him real well but I'm happy to put eyes in it, check out anything you want and grab pics if you have interest.
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Old July 15th, 2015, 08:01 AM
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Contact BDR AUTO in Holliston mass. They have a clean classic or did last time I was there.
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Old July 15th, 2015, 01:47 PM
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Good luck with your search. Grab a classic! They're sooooo gentry! ;-) Regarding the P38, I'm just curious as to why you are searching for the Bosch as opposed to the simpler pre-'99 gems. I have a '98 hse and a '95 LWB and prefer the simplicity and classic lines of the '95!
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Thanks for your input. I have had 2 LWBs and liked them more than the 1 P38 I had. I have been looking for a 2000+ P38, rather than the pre-2000, as it was my understanding that the later years were better sorted. Am I wrong about that? Thanks again.
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Thanks for your input. I have had 2 LWBs and liked them more than the 1 P38 I had. I have been looking for a 2000+ P38, rather than the pre-2000, as it was my understanding that the later years were better sorted. Am I wrong about that? Thanks again.
You are definitely wrong. ;-) Ha! Just kidding. It's just my opinion. But the older blocks were arguably better and the Gems and Lucas ran cooler. I'd steer clear of the plumber's nightmare Bosch motronic. Stay with the Gems pre '99! Unless you find a Callaway which is still Gems, but a '99 (for all intents a one of a kind/one year only blown Gems!) otherwise it's a '98.
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Old July 15th, 2015, 06:58 PM
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I've owned both, but aside from Gems vs Bosch & 4.2 vs 4.6, etc, it really depends on what you want it for. Offroad? Daily driver in town? Or...???
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Old July 16th, 2015, 08:04 AM
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Thanks for the input. It's helpful. I had an 01 4.6 se (not HSE) and I bought it at 40k miles. within 10K miles I had to do the head gaskets. Once I got that sorted out, I had no problems with the engine (can't say the same for the rest of it) through 125k miles. I used that Rover for a good deal of off roading, but now that I am on the sunny side of 50, I suspect I will be using the truck for more driving around town and getting through the New England winter.
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Take a L322. Prices are getting low on these and just any L322 is better then the best P38.
Within a year you will have spend more money on a P38 anyway.
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Take a L322. Prices are getting low on these and just any L322 is better then the best P38.
Within a year you will have spend more money on a P38 anyway.
The L322 have aged IMO and just seem soft and too forgiving. They're like a hot blonde that just lays there. For me a clean original Classic or a P38 has 100x more character and more fun to ride.
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I will be using the truck for more driving around town and getting through the New England winter.
Hmmm, a SWB classic is great for around town, but I find the fan noise for the ac/heat very annoying in weather severe enough to require a fan speed above the "1" setting. Fan noise is vastly improved with the major changes the last classic year or two ("Gems"?). Lots of extras on the interior that break...no source that I can find for even so much as replacing the seat covers. If the cruise control is fried, you may have a hard time replacing. Boost wheels make a nice upgrade: Land Rover Specialist RR CLASSIC - Project Range Rover Classic

You might want to get into the habit of shifting into 1st at red lights. A 4.6 swap won't do much for freeway power... mods to 300hp could be the ticket, if that is really even possible.
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