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I am thinking about buying a 2003 Land Rover Discovery SE7 with 99k miles.  It is being sold for $5,000 because it has "crankshaft slack".  I wanted to know if you felt is was worth it to buy and repair.  About how much would this cost to fix?  Is it something I might be able to do myself?

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By "crankshaft slack" I assume the seller was told it needs a new engine.  Given the 10k cost of a motor, and the $5-6k selling price of a typical used truck today, I would say that broken truck is worth at most $1,000 as it is.  But that's just my opinion.  You may value it higher for reasons I can't see.

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I own J E Robison Service in Springfield, MA. We are Bosch Car Service for Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes, and other European lines. I can answer most questions about Land Rover service or repair. I'm known as a car enthusiast, machine aficianado, photographer, writer, and speaker. I've been around Land Rovers and British cars most of my life. Visit me at my car business, www.robisonservice.com or my author website, www.johnrobison.com. Check out my autism and writing blog at jerobison.blogspot.com or my photos on www.pbase.com/robisonphoto John Elder Robison

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I have been a Land Rover service manager since Land Rover returned to North America in 1987. My company is a four-star Bosch Car Service facility, known nationwide for Land Rover service, overhaul, customization, and restoration. In addition to Land Rover our company services BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls_Royce, and Bentley motorcars. We have factory-plus-level service capability for all makes. Visit my company online at www.robisonservice.com > service > land rover Also visit my blog at robisonservice.blogspot.com

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