Jason Miller’s Land Rover Collection
Welcome to my Land Rover collection page! In high school, my dream truck was a black on black, Land Rover Range Rover. I imagined driving through the forest, crossing water trails, and looking stellar when I’m just driving around town. One problem, my budget simply didn’t allow that dream to come true.
Instead, I turned into a GM Guy. I started GM Performance Tuning, semi-restored a 1964 Corvair (sold it a few years later), turned a 1993 Grand AM GT into a race car with an engine swap, supercharger, and tons of upgrades.
20 years later and what seems like decades of life later, my wife and I purchased a 2007 Land Rover Range Rover HSE (L322) with the Jaguar engine. I was hooked. This was the start of our little Land Rover collection.
Our Land Rover collection is considered a “driving collection”. Each of these rigs is used and driven. Mileage is high and each has some character to them. The collection is not a “showroom” garage kept collection, however, that is not the intent. They are incredibly well maintained, documented, and logs kept. The hope is this Land Rover collection will continue for many years, each of them putting miles on and building the unique story of each car!
I would also like to give a special shoutout to the Land Rover facebook groups, friends that have helped, Hunt Valley Eurocar, and British Boneyard, just to name a few, that help keep our collection on the road and the story going.
2016 Range Rover Sport
Current mileage: 28,xxx
Major repairs: None
This was the first brand new off the showroom floor Land Rover we ever purchased. It was purchased in 2017 and it’s my wife’s daily driver. It’s truly a pavement and shopping mall queen. The advanced technology in these new Rovers is very impressive.
Minor quirks so far included it reading low coolant, which it was. No leaks are present and the dealer told us some coolant can evaporate. I never heard of such a thing, so I am keeping a very close eye on it.
2007 Land Rover Range Rover HSE (L322)
Current mileage: 99,xxx
Major repairs: steering column replacement (2017), air compressor, and airbags.
We purchased our 2007 Land Rover Range Rover (L322) used. The major repairs of the air compressor and airbags were expected. The steering column replacement was a bit of a shock, but a known issue on these cars as I later discovered.
This is used as my primary daily driver with the family and our beach cruiser every other weekend in the summer, from our house to Ocean City Maryland.
1999 Land Rover Discovery 1
Current mileage: 180,xxx
This Rover was purchased in fairly rough shape for only $500. After about 4 years, I was able to really bring it back to life. The CDL was fused up, brakes shot, electronics cooked, leaky sunroofs. You will find many updates throughout this blog on the various projects and you can watch the video I took in October 2018 with the updates to that point, click here.
Here is a complete list of the work completed as of June 2019:
|12/12/2014||Fix Power steering leak|
|9/12/2017||Brakes and bearings|
|9/17/2017||Rear brakes and rotors|
|9/17/2017||Wheel bearings and Axle Seals|
|9/17/2017||Bleed cooling system|
|9/17/2017||Replace bleed plug|
|9/17/2017||Adjust steering box backlash|
|9/17/2017||Repair rear driver window regulator|
|9/17/2017||Reattach window switch|
|9/17/2017||Reset service reminder relay|
|9/17/2017||Headlight tilt hardware replacement|
|9/17/2017||Clean and paint brake calipers|
|10/2/2017||New Tires (General Grabbers)|
|9/28/2017||Inspection, Oil change, transfer case, and differential fluid exchange|
|10/11/2018||Fix windshield wiper fluid reservoir|
|10/11/2018||Investigate golf tee (was plugging windshield reservoir)|
|10/11/2018||Fix alarm so it works and doesn’t go off randomly|
|10/11/2018||Clean underbody and knock off the rust|
|10/11/2018||Replace all door seals|
|10/11/2018||Fix brake fluid leak|
|10/11/2018||Replace plastic over the license plate|
|10/11/2018||Fix drivers side door handle|
|10/11/2018||Replace inside drivers side door hinge|
|10/11/2018||Fix sunroofs, replace regulators, ensure they open/close|
|10/11/2018||Fix trunk handle|
|10/11/2018||Replace all audio speakers|
|10/11/2018||Replace all interior plastic trim that is cracked (Doors, boot door, etc)|
|10/11/2018||Replace dashboard clock|
|11/29/2018||Fluid Film unbody spray|
|4/12/2019||Replace tie rods with Terrafirma heavy duty|
|4/12/2019||Replace sunroof window seals|
|4/12/2019||Brake fluid leak – replace pads, calipers, and any faulty items|
1998 Land Rover Discovery 1
Current Mileage: 189,xxx
Major repairs since ownership (2019): Nothing major
Story coming soon!
1991 Land Rover Range Rover Classic
Current Mileage: 150,xxx
Major repairs since ownership (2018): Nothing major, see minor work below
I purchased this Range Rover Classic from a dealer near Raleigh North Carolina. The price was right and I bought it without visiting in person, which is always a huge gamble. I had it towed up to my house a week later. I was afraid looking for rust was going to be like a nightmare. Luckily, the seller was fairly honest and the rust wasn’t that bad. The driver’s side floor panel was replaced at some point and the rust in the trunk (boot) is minimal.
This car started its life in California. It lived in California until about 2004. I did a lot of research on it and found the business card from the car salesmen, in the booklet that came with the car. A sad story I learned when I did some Googling, he was murdered in the late ’90s. Evidently, his wife was having an affair with a cop. The cop showed up at his house and when he walked in on them, the cop shot the husband! This classic sure has some stories from the mid 90’s I bet!
Around 2004 it went to Utah. It lived in Utah from 2004 – 2014 when it made it’s the way to North Carolina. While in North Carolina a few more “overland” features were added, including the high lift jack mounted on the hood. Admittedly, I would not have put it on the hood, but it’s on the hood so I’m keeping it as is, given the holes have been drilled.
I have completed a bit of minor work, as noted below. Currently, I am trying to purchase replacement body panels, a backup hood, and other items, to store away to ensure I can keep this Range Rover Classic on the road for many more years.
|12/13/2018||Replaced battery as old battery had dead cells. Used a NAPA battery|
|12/26/2018||Replacement wood trim (not pleased, will do a full interior job in the future)|
|1/2/2019||Replaced dome light plastic covers|
|1/25/2019||Replace fog light button|
|3/10/2019||Install new hood latch and pull cable (cable snapped)|
|3/10/2019||Fix door latches so all doors open and latch|
|3/10/2019||FIx rear seat latch so it latches|
|3/10/2019||Fix fuel door so it shuts (adjust actuator)|
|3/10/2019||Lube transfer case|
|3/10/2019||Check charging system|
|3/10/2019||checked brakes for wear and bled master at abs pump and Master cyl. Didn’t see any air so I didn’t proceed. Brake pressure felt fine.|