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2000_328CI 01-06-2011 09:40 AM

My Green Machine Got A Big Brother. Autobot V. Decepticon
 
Over the past few years, the 3 has become more and more impractical. Having added the wheels and brakes, it's at the point where I no longer want to use it in inclement weather, yet alone snow and after snow conditions (salt). I have access to my sister's C-Class as she moved elsewhere for work but I have to relinquish that whenever she or my other siblings are in town. So I wanted a second car that I could call my own.

As I didn't mind tinkering on a vehicle and it would technically be a "third vehicle" for a good chunk of the year, reliability wasn't a huge concern. What I did want though was something that had character, was a little unique, and had the ability to go anywhere regardless of conditions.

After years of calling my 3 a Decepticon, it's only fitting that his rival be the Autobot. Just got to figure out where to place the sticker.


Vital statistics:

99 Range Rover
4.6 HSE
Sandstone Light Tan Leather
Epsom Green
Recently rebuilt compressor and rear air springs for electronic air suspension system
18" factory wheels

Mods already en route:
- Xenon headlight conversion kit for headlights and fog lights (6k)
- Clear front & rear turn signal housings along with clear side repeaters
- LED license plate lights
- Pioneer F-5000BT GPS, Bluetooth phone, Back Up camera, Ipod integration (video and audio) which will be mounted in the dash where you see the cubby

Exterior
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5162/...feb85096_b.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5124/...99e50dfc_b.jpg


Interior:
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5089/...26325139_b.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5044/...0a9e4ed0_b.jpg

Meeting of the two
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5241/...1771dc6a_b.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5163/...9754e2b4_b.jpg
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5163/...3b8a9ca4_b.jpg

Color looks mighty familiar
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5161/...52d19cc6_b.jpg

I'm liking it sans brush guard, running board, light covers, etc. Can't wait to throw on the first mods :)

SLVR JDM 01-06-2011 09:41 AM

Nice pickup, Chase....

Gucki83 01-06-2011 09:43 AM

Nice!! Congrats, it looks like a clean Rover. Green x 2 :rofl:

slo323ci 01-06-2011 09:44 AM

Bet you the Range will be in the shop more than your 3. Range looks nice though.

kaput 01-06-2011 09:45 AM

Someone is in the Green...

jmcdolej 01-06-2011 09:49 AM

Looks like big bro and little bro. Your 3 is so clean. You should make the Range a little meaner. Add some tough 20s with good rubber, a tint.

lmyamen 01-06-2011 09:50 AM

Nice, I really like the interior.

makecopies 01-06-2011 09:51 AM

Ahh..... yes very Nice!!:thumbsup:

VillanovaGrad 01-06-2011 09:54 AM

whats the reliability on the old ranges?
air suspension is a turn off on its own... MB and land rover never really mastered it
but it does look like a nice truck man. the interior looks pretty pristine
was it used as daily by the previous owner?

autothug 01-06-2011 09:54 AM

You are really a tru...
http://www.funfancydress.com/media/c...2/7291pimp.jpg

04yfz 01-06-2011 09:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VillanovaGrad (Post 12654363)
whats the reliability on the old ranges?
air suspension is a turn off on its own... MB and land rover never really mastered it
but it does look like a nice truck man. the interior looks pretty pristine
was it used as daily by the previous owner?

Air suspension is great, heave you driven or been in an S550? I agree that the S500 before it had a lot of issues with it, but the ride is unbelievable.

VillanovaGrad 01-06-2011 10:22 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 04yfz (Post 12654378)
Air suspension is great, heave you driven or been in an S550? I agree that the S500 before it had a lot of issues with it, but the ride is unbelievable.

ride is unreal when it actually works... but when it breaks... prepared to sell your kidney.
from reading mbforums and such, to get 1 air shock is like $5000-8000...
you can have half of las vegas hookers plus a bag of blow for that money!

DylloS 01-06-2011 10:28 AM

calling your cars transformers must do wonders for you love life.

trizzuth 01-06-2011 10:29 AM

nice pick up man!! i could use one of those myself! if you don't mind asking, what did you pay for it?

yousharenow 01-06-2011 10:30 AM

nice pickup, but I just can't get past those older body styles

evolved 01-06-2011 10:36 AM

I love the classic body style, Chase. Should handle any kind of terrain you throw its way.


Quote:

Originally Posted by DylloS (Post 12654460)
calling your cars transformers must do wonders for you love life.

:spit:

ZimZimma328Ci 01-06-2011 10:42 AM

Nice RR! My cousin has a special edition (can't remember what company- a gun company) that is that same style and color. Nice truck, but likes to spend a LOT of time in the shop. About two weeks ago the air suspension went out and the dealership told him that most people just replace it with a regular spring suspension, which would ONLY cost him $3500-4000!!!

DylloS 01-06-2011 10:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by evolved (Post 12654482)
I love the classic body style, Chase. Should handle any kind of terrain you throw its way.




:spit:

heyyy chaseee what are we takin' to the movies tonightttt "the autobot babe"

VillanovaGrad 01-06-2011 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ZimZimma328Ci (Post 12654505)
Nice RR! My cousin has a special edition (can't remember what company- a gun company) that is that same style and color. Nice truck, but likes to spend a LOT of time in the shop. About two weeks ago the air suspension went out and the dealership told him that most people just replace it with a regular spring suspension, which would ONLY cost him $3500-4000!!!

:censor: thats a lot for springs and shocks...

ZimZimma328Ci 01-06-2011 10:53 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VillanovaGrad (Post 12654517)
:censor: thats a lot for springs and shocks...

Yeah he took it somewhere else that said that it probably just needs a rebuilt compressor, like OP's has. But yeah they are nice, but expensive as holy hell to maintain. I would take a 4x4 Expedition anyday, especially as a beater.


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