Ok, here it is… I have been in Colorado for the last 3 years. It has been a great experience, but it does have to come to an end. I am a Canadian working here and have to go back shortly. The Land Rover has added to the experience AND frankly it is the embodiment of all the things that I love about Colorade! AND it also has facilitated the experience – it has take me to the mountain tops of the Rockies, to the historic towns tucked over a mountain pass and in those hard to get to places. It has taken me to the treasures of Utah… every awesome experience, there it is close by 😀
SO my delema, I want to keep the 2002 that I have, but it is long in the tooth and needs some TLC. Also, there are some rules about what I can bring back to Canada. So I embarked on a hunt for information – what do I need in order for the Land Rover to be imported to Canada. Let me tell you… this is not an easy task. BUT after some time (3 months) I had the major details.
The next step is to decide on fix the old or find a newer one. I flip flopped for a bit, trying to decide on:
- how much money to spend
- what options I would like
- what mods I wanted
- FINALLY – what would the budget be
Eventually I came to the decision to buy a new one. Now to find one that is in good shape (preferrably from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico.. someplace with no rust) and low miles. Easy right?? NOPE. There are a lot of these trucks around, but that met the criteria – not many. In the end I found this one:
A lonely 2003 SD Land Rover Discovery 2, bare bones with no options. No sunroofs to leak, no heated seats etc… BUT a new OME 2″ lift, cleaned up and looking for a home. The story was – driving and lots of noise, rattles etc. My thought – bad oil pump, maybe get lucky.
BUT not the case… failed main baring 😦