Looking for an add-on to my Land Rover family ( 99' DII SE7, 99' RR HSE, 95' LWB, 94' LWB, 66' LWB):
I am looking for either a 2002 or a 2004 DII, in stock configuration. I've had a great experience with my 99' DII with its 4.0L engine ( and 175K miles); not so good with my RR HSE with the 4.6L engine ( and only 75K miles).
From the obvious differences aside, what is the best engine, the 4.0 or the 4.6........?
Upon arriving back from Iraq in late 09', the wife was adamant about having a last-year DII with the newer front-end. I told her I'd let her have my 99' DII ( which was nearing 160K by then), but she was set on one with low miles.
I found a very clean 04' SE with 40K miles down in So Cal. Price was up there ( $14K), but I figured with the low miles, what could go wrong, right..?
One-owner car, owned by a somewhat famous "jazz musician" ( I will not mention names), out of Beverly Hills. Supposedly always maintained by LR of Encino ( never got the purported records, even after going to court), so all hunky-dory.
About 150 miles north of Santa Monica, around 150 after i had set the trip odometer to 0, all of a sudden ALL the warning lights light up, crank noise, lifter noise, etc, etc).
Well, figure out the rest.
10:30 at night with the wife in the car, and in the middle of nowhere.
99' Range Rover HSE, 68K orig. Babied, minimally driven. Put about 6K in three years. Head gasket pops. No problem. Get it fixed for $2K. Less than 1000 miles later, pops again ( it had blown hoses before, twice).
So much for my 4.6L experience.
Finally, My 99' DII with now 175K miles, with its 4.0L, has taken me to Ft Lewis in WA five times, three times to Ft Bragg, NC, once to Ft Campbell, four times to Los Alamitos. NOT a glitch.
So the million dollar question..........4.0 ( 2002 DII), or 4.6 ( 2004 DII)..?
ALL and ANY input would be most definitely and most seriously considered before I fork out the cash for another~!