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Land Rover Repair/Head gasket and dashboard lights


Mr. Robison,
Hope you don't mind me combining 2 different types of questions. So, here goes - I'm looking at buying a 2004 Land Rover Discovery (with @ 150,000 miles) from the current owner, however, there are 2 issues with the vehicle: 1) The head gasket is leaking and the owner has put some type of liquid sealant on it to stop the leak. 2) Dashboard light indicators - "Check Engine" light stays on and "Three Amigos" light comes on intermittently. He is asking less than $3000 for the vehicle so do you believe it would be worth the expense of fixing these problems to buy this Land Rover?

A proper repair to the engine will cost 13k in a shop like ours.  Google "Land Rover liner replacement" to learn more.

You should assume the three amigos is a $2k problem as well.

IN light of that, what's the truck worth to you?

We do get clients commissioning this kind of work on really clean trucks.  They often see this as an alternative to spending $100k on a Defender for a beach or summer car.  

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John Elder Robison


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, or my author website, Check out my autism and writing blog at or my photos on John Elder Robison


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