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Old January 4th, 2005, 12:50 PM
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RR 4.6 -- What year is best?

I am wanting a Rangie. I currently have a 98 Disco and will be keeping it and using it as more a trail/tear up rig. I am after a RR 4.6. Do we have any preference on what year is best? 1999-2002? Light modifications might be made however this will be more of a DD when the Disco acts up or I am needing something to shuffle around clients. I have visited the Range Rover Net site and have found very informative information, nonetheless my main concern is reliability. As most of the newer trucks I have found are reaching the 50K+ mile mark. Any info is appreciated.
Pros/Cons? TIA.

FWIW: I am fairly competent mechanic things that I would not feel comfortable dealing with myself is the Air Height Suspension should it fail.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 12:56 PM
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Why not replace the air ride with springs if it breaks? If you do keep the air bags in it, and take it out on the trail every now and then, get some ratchet straps and a chunk of 4x4 about 12" long.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 01:04 PM
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I think they are all okay I think the later when BMW had some influence???

www.discoweb.org/p38coil.htm <--- there ya go.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 01:10 PM
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I would go with 00. It's exactly the same as 01 and 02 but much cheaper. If you want to save a little bit $$ go with 99. Same engine, same interior, but it does not have the clear turn signals, color matched air dam, or side view mirrors like 00+. The only problem with those trucks is air suspension but if you take care of it then you should be fine. Make sure to find one with service history and make sure it never had any air suspension problem.
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Old January 4th, 2005, 01:10 PM
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FYI, my father had a '98 4.6. Just traded for an '03, but he sold the '98 at 113k, never had a major problem...
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Old January 4th, 2005, 06:46 PM
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go for it, I will come help you do a coil swap.
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Great thanks for the info guys! My Ex has a RR 1996 4.0SE and it is so super sexy! I really dig the RR 1996-2002 Body Style too..I had heard rumors of blown head gaskets but as I have learned that is mostly apparent and seen more abundantly with the Disco's.

Ahh Shucks Phil -- You're too sweet !!! It sounds easy enough to swap and Alan Bates is a member of the local club I belong to...Alan B's RR is Crème de la Crème!!!
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Damn Phil,
I think she just turned ya down....But the coil swap was a nice touch....
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I like alans RR a lot and there is one locally around here that is seriously kitted out real nice too. those 2 RR's are one of the few non-defenders trucks I would consider a swap for my D90 for. Very nice rides.

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Phil.. where did that pic come from with the winch bumper done? Last I saw he was not finished it yet.
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Old January 5th, 2005, 10:17 AM
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Yes indeed, I would consider those for a swap. Chris the photo was from Rangerovers.net if my memory serves me correct, it was just something I had in the archive.
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I have ha d a 4.0 since 97 no engine problems. Mechanical problems I've had over the years,malfunctioning driver side window, and a butload of issues from tham air suspension may be partly because my wife can't take care of it. Definetly definetly get a spring conversion especially if it will not be wheeled tooo heavily
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