Looking for a vehicle that won't have any problems driving around the world... again? Check out this 2003 Land Rover Discovery that was used in the round-the-world Longitude Expedition sponsored by Land Rover. It's completely outfitted down to the shovel, and roof top tent. With only 87,500 miles, it's got plenty of life left in it to do the trip again, and with a buy-it-now of under $15,000 it's far cheaper than you could ever build yourself.
Here's what the seller had to say about this vehicle:
YES, this car drove around the world. Do a youtube (keywords: drive around the world) search and you will see hours of footage of this very car in remote parts of our world!
I bought this car from a 4x4 enthusiast who decided to sell the car and not use it for off-roading. He wanted to preserve this one of a kind vehicle. He bought it from a gentleman who acquired the vehicle at auction (proceeds to Parkinson's Disease Foundation).
The car has quite a history. This is vehicle #1, which was used by the expedition leader. The main purpose of this expedition was to raise awareness for Parkinson's disease. A total of 4 vehicles traveled around the world while a fifth vehicle toured the US. I know at least one vehicle was totaled in an accident and another one is or was in display at a museum. Don't know what happened to the remainder 3 landies.
Condition of the car. Please note I did not have time to detail the vehicle, just gave it a quick wash and removed some of my personal belongings for the pics.
1) Interior – The interior is in very good condition. All seats have the optional all weather covers (both front worn a little and passenger front with some stitching needed). Rear ones not installed, but go with the car. Leather upholstery in perfect condition. No cracks, rips, tears, etc. Dash is OK, no cracks. Sun visors in good condition. Headliner replaced 1 year ago to overcome typical sagging in these vehicles. Carpet is clean thanks to the protection provided by the all-weather rubber mats (front and rear, OEM). Cargo compartment is clean. OEM rubber mat also present here.
All 4 power windows work. Front passenger does a noticeable "clack" when you start to lower it, but works OK going down or up. Never bothered me to the extent of getting it fixed.
Car does NOT have sunroof(s) (fortunately!). No risk of leaks, etc. Plus would not work with full roof rack.
4 roof rack lights operate correctly. They have been properly wired with their respective relays in pairs with 2 independent switches in the cabin. These switches are/were a "temporary" solution about 5 years ago...I do have the original OEM panel switches, but have not installed them yet. The xenon driving lights are operated by the correct dash switch. 2 rear work lights operate with their built in switches.
Sound system is original. No custom systems or special upgrades. Bought less than 3 weeks ago the original CD changer (pretty expensive I should say), but have not installed it yet and don't know if I'll be able to get around this. Still in the box.
Handbrake boot replaced recently.
2) Exterior – Exterior is great. No bumps, scratches, etc. No corrosion. Only known issue is the rear bumper plastic cover is cracked is several places. This is very common in this car. OEM replacement is about $400; a good used one usually $150. All doors open and close as they should, hood closes with a nice fit. All seals are good.
3) Mechanical – Engine runs incredibly smooth. Leaks: yes like any other Land Rover or British car. Oil and tranny. I have to add about a quart of transmission fluid every 3 months, and ½ quart of oil between oil changes (6 months). Never concerned me, honestly. Engine does NOT burn oil. Again, it does NOT burn any oil. Temperature always stays right at the center of the gauge, even during stop and go traffic in south FL summers with full A/C on. Dual climate control units work fantastic. All vents working correctly.
Transmission shifts smoothly. Transfer case works as it should in H and L.
New Optima red top starting battery (5 months ago).
One front speed sensor is bad, which triggered the ABS light. In this car the ABS comes on with the TC (traction control) and the downhill control , together with the "brake" light. The car brakes perfectly well and straight!
New set of BF Goodrich All Terrain with less than 4K miles on and less than a year old. All 5 tires replaced. Spare never touched the ground. Suspension is Old Man EMU, not the original bladder suspension prone to failure.
4) Accessories – Quite a number of accessories to go over!
a) RoverRacks full roof rack new 1 year ago. Extremely heavy duty. Steel, powder coated. Mounting brackets for lights (front and rear), Hi-Lift, shovel, etc.
b) Original roof access ladder (paint peeling off).
c) ARB bull bar with XD9000 Warn self-recovery winch (works great, wired remote included).
d) ARB full length heavy duty side bars (side-steps).
e) 2 Hella xenon driving lamps.
f) 4 Hella Rally on roofrack
g) 2 Hella rear work lights.
h) Two Hella maplights (one for cockpit, one for cargo area. 1000 watt inverter.
i) Optima blue top auxiliary battery (10 months old). Battery isolator relay.
j) Land Rover dog guard (cargo area cage).
k) ARB Safari snorkel. K&N air filter.
l) NATO style steel rims made by PRO COMP with custom wide offset (16").
m) ARB Touring 2500 awning (1 year old, used twice).
n)ARB mosquito net enclosure for awning(3 months old, used once).
o) Tepui rooftop tent model "Autana" with vestibule. See all the details @ tepuitents dot com.
p) Land Rover Class III tow hitch receiver.
q) Old man EMU shock absorbers.
r) Old Man EMU springs.
s) Old Man EMU steering stabilizer.
t) Land Rover Accessories G4 style tail lamp guards.
I have been using this car as a daily driver, plus 3 few hundred camping trips. I have never had any issues with the car (breakdowns of any type). I have performed all scheduled maintenance using quality oil (Mobil 1), original filters, etc.
This is by no means a new car. It is clocking exactly 87100 miles (today when I parked) and has seen its share of adventure. Having said this the car drives great and has probably the most comfortable ride I've experienced in a car (I stand corrected...the 1990 Range Rover I owned was even more comfortable!). This is my 4th Land Rover. As they say Land Rover is a lifestyle, not just a car. My first one was the Range I just mentioned. Then I owned a fist edition Disco I Trek (the yellow one, with 5 speed tranny). The third was a 2000 edition Disco II Trek. Every time I sold one of these I regretted it dearly and I'm pretty sure this will happen again. The only reason I'm selling the car right now is I have to take care of some steep medical bills (dentist...). Otherwise I would be NOT selling the car. Yes, fuel economy is bad, about 11 mpg city and 13 mpg highway. This puppy has the 4.6 V8 (same used in the Range Rover).
All inspections, test drives, mechanical surveys, etc have to be performed BEFORE the auction ends. Once you bought it it's YOURS! The car can be seen/driven during workdays (MF 8-5) in Key Biscayne, FL, and weekends or after hours in Coconut Grove 33133. Call me to make arrangements 786-999-4811.
If you want to stay under the radar driving your car, then look at a different auction. This car will get you noticed. It is a magnet for meeting new people!
OK, disclaimers: There is no warranty, implied or expressed. The vehicle is sold AS-IS. Buyer is responsible for all local and state taxes related to ownership transfer, registration, tag, title, etc. All transport costs will be arranged and paid for by the buyer. The vehicle has a clean and clear FL title ready to be transferred.
A $500 deposit is due upon auction end, immediately via Paypal. The balance is due within 48 hours, not when you get your paycheck, you sell your other car or your friends pays you that money he owes you! No personal checks! Cashier's check, wire transfer (preferred!) and Paypal will be accepted (call me to make arrangements for full Paypal payments).
My contact # is 786-999-4811. Leo. Call me with any questions, comments or offers. ONLY trades accepted as part of payment: Mercedes Benz W123 diesel, Subaru Otuback SW manual transmission, Jeep Cherokee Sport. I'd rather not take trades. If you think I'm crazy about the asking price of this car wait until I make you an offer for yours! Don't bother with other cars, motorcycles, RV's etc. I need the money.
Thanks for looking and good luck bidding!