Land Rover Discovery 1: cost of ownership + documentation

As you know, I’m slowly building a small collection of Land Rovers with hopes my son and I can have a museum of sorts, years down the road, showcasing our “working collection” of Land Rovers. Recently I had an opportunity to purchase a 1 owner 1998 Land Rover Discovery 1 and I was thrilled to snag it up. The owner was a true Rover fan and had a love for his Rover, much like I do with my collection. After lots of chatting and getting to know each other, we made a deal and I welcomed it into the collection.

Being a 1 owner Discovery 1 I was thrilled to get a pile of documentation with it. This enabled me to run an analysis and determine how it racked up the 180,000 miles on the clock! Upon my analysis, I could tell it got most of its mileage very quickly, judging by the 30k and 45k, and 75k service. It had a pretty easy life the past 10 years, enjoying sitting in a nice garage in Maine, only being used to go on fly fishing expeditions. Another super cool thing I got was the window sticker when it was purchased! Every collector loves having this!

I took all the documentation, scanned every single paper, and put every single dollar spent in a spreadsheet. In total, from 1998 – 2019, over $27,000 was spent on this vehicle!  Below is a snapshot of the work.

 

Date Service Comments Mileage Cost
4/22/1998 7,500 mile service 7,991 $0.00
8/11/1998 15,000 mile service 15,550 $0.00
3/24/1999 30,000 mile service 30,869 $0.00
11/4/1999 45,000 mile service 45,769 $0.00
12/4/1999 New tires and alignment 7,972 $794.59
7/15/2000 Oil Change 64,136 $36.45
10/23/2000 60k service, replace read brake pads, replace headlight bulbs, replace battery 70,348 $1,396.11
1/20/2001 Jiffy Lube, oil change 75,726 $133.64
8/9/2001 Oil Change 87,222 $58.71
10/30/2001 Rotate tires, replace wiper blades, checked brakes 91,309 $103.85
12/12/2001 Replace #3 and #4 plug wires, replaced catalytic converter, oil change 94,502 $1,867.53
9/25/2002 Oil Change 112,672 $60.85
4/7/2003 120k service, fix coolant leak, renew front and rear brake pads 124,534 $1,139.77
7/18/2003 Oil change 130,743 $157.23
9/19/2003 Replaced fuel rail and injectors, oil change, replace left mirror glass 133,905 $2,624.19
12/12/2003 Oil change, lights, replace intake manifold 137,998 $101.84
10/30/2004 Oil Change 147,637 $65.98
3/18/2005 150k service, replace headlights and foglights, install front plate bracket 149,697 $1,570.36
8/9/2005 Oil Change 152,962 $67.17
12/28/2005 New tires, oil change, wheel alignment 156,186 $1,293.39
9/7/2006 Oil change, flush coolant system, rotate tires, replaced valve cover gaskets, resealed oil pan, replaced serpentine belt, replaced rear wiper motor 160,349 $1,362.04
8/27/2007 Oil Change 163,426 $60.15
9/17/2007 Check brakes, replace bulbs 164,328 $278.48
5/8/2008 Replace filters, change oil, plug wires 166,566 $564.29
7/1/2008 Replace crank sensor 161,849 $415.25
7/24/2009 Windshield, tie rods, oil change, replace burnt bulbs, wheel alignment 170,543 $1,952.89
7/21/2010 Lube sunroof, new battery, flush coolant system, alignment, rotate tires, replace blown bulbs, replace left front light assembly, replaced brakes, new diff gaskets 175,658 $2,310.69
9/13/2011 Shocks 179,205 $1,491.75
11/24/2012 New battery $115.79
1/24/2013 Fuel filter, spark plugs, wheel alignment, battery hold down – some oil leaks noted 180,579 $830.54
10/3/2014 Right rear window regulator replaced, oil change, wheel alignment 186,454 $475.71
4/4/2015 New battery from napa $113.41
6/12/2015 New fuel pump, battery hold downs, new mis lugnuts, reseal instake manifold, alignment, new tires, replaced leaking oil cooler lines, new water pump, 186,581 $3,986.42
10/20/2015 New battery, new muffler and tailpipe, multi-point inspection 187,862 $1,096.58
7/21/2017 Replacement lamp guards $254
6/6/2018 Oil change 195,263 $117.91
5/17/2019 New battery 196,339 $248.06
6/7/2019 Prior to buying had codes scanned due to engine light. Cat converter and sensors are faults. $0
Grand total: $27,145.85

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Jason Miller

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