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Old February 2nd, 2011, 07:47 PM
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Opinion on driveability

I have a depsit on a clean '97 SW Limited Edition with 60K miles on it in Denver. I had inspected today at a LR dealer and have several small problems but also, the rear main seal is leaking and the head gaskets are leaking oil. The leaks are supposed to be small. The 60K service has not been done on it. I was planning on flying out from Tennessee and driving it the 1300 miles home.
I know there are alot of variables, but would these problems scare anybody away from making the trip?

Maybe we could get a pool going on how far I make it.

Anybody have any estimate on these repairs from a non LR dealer mechanic?

Thanks for your help.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 07:50 PM
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The real question is, how are the oil lines?

If those or the Auto Trans cooler lines are junk, you won't make it anywhere before an inferno.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 07:54 PM
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What should I look for the oil and trans lines? Would that have been something that the dealer inspection may have caught?
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 08:02 PM
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What should I look for the oil and trans lines? Would that have been something that the dealer inspection may have caught?
probably not, I never knew heads to leak oil. You best bet is to have an owner look it over, Im sure someone on this site or Solihull Society would be glad too, hopefully.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 08:04 PM
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Are the auto trans lines a fire risk?
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 08:18 PM
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my thoughts on this.

I bought my 95 with 85k on it (last 5 years lightly driven and mostly sat) for the first 3K miles i did a lot of maintiance on it (stalling, o2 sensors, major tune up, etc) it wook about that long to get it reliable. If you have the 60k done & change the oil lines at this time you should be fine with only minor roadside adventures.

ECR has the line kits and just have them shipped to the service appt and drive home.

my ST is my daily driver
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 08:19 PM
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Are the auto trans lines a fire risk?
IMO the engine oil cooler lines are a greater risk since they are close to the exhaust manifold - search the threads here for more info.

X2 Robert's advice

Depending where its at, I'm up for checking it out for you at the weekend. PM or email me if you are interested.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 08:26 PM
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I know the oil cooler lines are I just never heard of an auto trans line problem.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 08:55 PM
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Thanks for all of the useful information. I'm getting a little more timid about drivimg it now. The truck is located in Englewood, CO. I would love to have someone look at it, but my schedule dictates that I need to pick it up this Saturday so I doubt that anyone would have time prior to that. Here is a picture if it helps at all.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 08:57 PM
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If you need to get the oil cooler lines replaced prior to your trip check with JC's Rover

http://www.jcrover4x4.com/
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 09:00 PM
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i didn't change out my oil line for 5k miles after i bought it - have them check it for cracks or check it yourself, carry a fire extinguisher and have fun on the drive.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 09:20 PM
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dude... just drive it and have fun...
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 09:21 PM
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Don't drive it home. With out knowing the full history, it is a long drive. With only 60K on the clock it is probably not use to driving long distances. You are probably spending a lot of money so it deserves a piggyback.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 09:40 PM
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dude... just drive it and have fun...
x2. If you have the chance to, DO IT. You'll learn more about the truck in 2 days than you will in 2 months. Sure there's a chance it could break down...that can happen pretty much any time. Have someone local check it out for you, bring it for a drive...I doubt it needs THAT much (but hey I know nothing about it). The 60k service is something you should consider having done though...that should get rid of at least a few headaches, and will bring it up to a starting point/"standard" you'll be able to start from.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 09:44 PM
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Thanks for the tip about JC's Rover Dave. I'll definately be checking with them tomorrow.

Price on the truck is $29,000. Seems like a fair price but I'll have to put some money into it. No corrosion in photos and seems very clean.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 09:45 PM
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drive it home but make sure you have your Triple A card.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 10:01 PM
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Yes, $29k on an LE with 60k miles is lower than a bunch of LE's I've seen lately.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 10:20 PM
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AAA, a tool kit, a few of our numbers, and a fire extinguisher or two and you'll be fine.

Chances are.. you'll have no problem at all... but in the 1 in 1000 chance that your oil lines rupture, you'll be happy you have a fire extinguisher within reach to save your truck.
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Old February 2nd, 2011, 11:32 PM
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I agree with them all... i have 135k on my d-90 with stock oil lines... no fires yet!
if you need anything around st. louis- let me know. always open to LR owners!

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Old February 2nd, 2011, 11:37 PM
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I agree with them all... i have 135k on my d-90 with stock oil lines... no fires yet!
Yeah... you need to fix that. AT LEAST remove your sandwich plate.
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