There comes a time in life when you must search for random, and let me tell you, the joy you get when you mix your life with random is always worth it.
So this time I came up with the idea of setting up an Off-Road vehicle. I wanted something that will make me exercise my old profession (auto mechanic), and if you wanna play mechanic there's nothing better than a Land Rover… Well, in spite of some jokes from friends... Still I cannot get any happier with my P38.
At first I was looking for a 96-97 Toyota Land Cruiser but after three months of "craigslisting nights" I haven't found anything with less than 200.000 miles, let alone how much money they were asking for. It was insane, so then I started looking for Land Rovers.
In my 21 years of experience as a mechanic, many of them with Mercedes Benz, I've learned to stay away from Rovers, on many occasions I've found myself fixing things that comparing to other cars (same year) will never break down, especially when it comes to the electrical. "BUT", when everything runs well… what a car! Who wouldn't like it?
I wanted to learn more about these cars so what better than ask the one that knows who knows it? So there I was asking Google, in my case I was looking for Range Rovers (P38). I've fixed a lot of Discos so I've decided to leave Discoveries on the side and dive into the Range Rover world... As many claimed, they were the inventors of the SUVs.
Thanks to John Brabyn, the founder of rangerover.net forum I've found a lot of info about these cars, in the forum I learned what are the things that usually go bad in these P38s, then with this information and Kevin Kelly's history of Range Rovers I knew what year to look for.
The Range Rover (P38) was made from 95 to 2002 and the ones that are worth owning to customize for Off Road, are from 99 to 2002, in those years is when BMW (BMW bought Land Rover in 1994) installed the Bosh fuel injection system, the same engine management as the BMW 7 Series.
So then, one night searching in Craigslist I found my P38. The fun just began…