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Greetings all! I currently drive an 03 disco which has the death tick... told I need a new motor and from what I have read, sounds like the slipping sleeve issue.... My issue is, Do I put the cash into a new motor or buy an 02 with 130k (available locally, 1 owner, claims no problems and had the valley pan replaced.) miles on it and hope for the best?! Does the 02 have the same issues as the 03? What is a fair price for the 02? If this is not the right thread, I apologize! Thank you in advance!!
 

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Hi and welcome to the forum
It awfully hard for anyone to tell you what to do
Yes 2002 has the same issue
So do pretty much all 4.0l and 4.6l engines in these trucks
Of course the seller is going to tell you he has "no problems" he wants to sell it;) 15 year old vehicle with no problems???? Doubtful.
You are currently a Land Rover owner you should know that as well as anyone
You have numerous options none cheap

1 fix your truck count on at least $5000 if you do it ... $10,000 or more if someone else does it for you

2 find a decent used engine and install it / reseal it before you put it in would be my recommendation but your choice

3 give up on your truck and buy another. Keep in mind that you could have the same issue with another truck plus ????

You may be better off with the devil you know than the devil you don't .. if you know what I mean

Most on here would recommend having any new purchase thoroughly inspected by a trusted specialist and complete service records on the vehicle .. Always good advice

As for fair price there are numerous variables good condition? Well maintained? Local market value? And on and on and on
 

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Maybe not what you think it is.

Lots of components can make all sorts of scary noises, from the water pump to an idler to whatever.

And if not, if it runs, keep driving it. It will either get worse or it won't.



Some claim that the low-temp t-stat will "help" the problem.
 

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The 02 has a 4.0L whereas your 03 has a 4.6L. Not a deal breaker but you'll notice it has a little less get up and go.

Are you a confident wrench or do you need a mechanic to work on your vehicles?

As far as fair price it really has more to do with what Rovers are going for in your area than anything else. Tough to pin down without a location.

Folks have had the liners replaced with top hat liners, the major gotcha is if the block has a cooling leak directly behind the liner then the block is junk and that is usually the reason for a slipped liner. To test for leakage behind a liner prior to having them removed the block must be pressure tested first and that's an expensive foray right off the get go.
 
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