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Old April 28th, 2007, 12:51 PM
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After owning a couple Discos, I decided I would be patient and wait for something unique. I enjoyed my white 04 S model, but after a while it just didn't do it for me anymore. I felt like there were two DIIs that were really unique and set up the way I prefer. My first preference was a 2004 DII Trek vehicle. The second an actual DII G4 team vehicle. When I was stationed at FT Meade, MD, I ran across a guy that had one of these G4 team/support vehicles and I was very impressed. Although they are 2003 models without CDL, they do come set up how I believe to be nearly ideal. It had been equipped by Land Rover Special Vehicles, or the like, with a Safety Devices Low Roof Rack and original flooring, LR tray/winch, Warn lights, Mantec raised air intake, LR fire extinguisher and so on. After the G4 competition, LR removed the snorkel (replacing fender) and a few other changes to "civilize" the original setup. Anyway, the team vehicles came with clear windows (no factory tint) and I have to admit that this is one of the things I dig the most.
I would be rather ignorant not to prefer the Trek with the CDL, Sliders and so on, but the LOW SD rack, clear windows and uniqueness of being an actual G4 challenge vehicle was very alluring.
So I set my sights on finding one of these eight DIIs. I already could account for one of them and figured another one would pop up someday.
And one did.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 02:35 PM
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man, gotta love the clear windows. and the rack with the offset light tabs!

CONGRATULATIONS!

as for the CDL, just find a lockable T-case later on.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 04:08 PM
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Yeah, I'm definitely going to do the CDL later, I got spoiled with it on my '04. About the rack-sometimes I just go outside and stand looking at it in disbelief, knowing how hard they are to come by and how much this one has been through.
The clear windows just make me smile every time I'm in it. So open.
I'm thinking of locating one of the original G4 Challenge plaques to go back between those sweet offset tabs.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 04:39 PM
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I will take clear windows over CDL any day of the week. Getting a CDL-capable transfer box is much easier than changing out all of the windows.

Congratulations.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 08:34 PM
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def... awesome acquisition. clear windows are very nice. congrats and enjoy!
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Old April 28th, 2007, 08:39 PM
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Daniel, you so scored.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 08:42 PM
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if we can only find a G4 Defender
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Old April 28th, 2007, 09:24 PM
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john, there's 7 more G4 MKIII's out there...
yeah won, there ain't no defender G4's out there in the US at least. sorry man.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 10:41 PM
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Cool to hear you guys like the clear glass also; I'm not alone. I was considering why I found the clear glass so attractive and the thought that came to mind was how it seemed to match the overall [historic] theme of Land Rover Vehicles: Utilitarian.

I enjoyed the comments.
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Old April 28th, 2007, 10:47 PM
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i'm sure you know this... but the reason for the clear glass was for the G4 vehicles and it's participants to be able to be photographed better. regardless, i dig the clear glass better. it's the land rover way.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 06:18 AM
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Originally Posted by hanchung
john, there's 7 more G4 MKIII's out there...
yeah won, there ain't no defender G4's out there in the US at least. sorry man.

John, I was showing photos of Han's truck to Pendy, he said there is/was one at the dealer in Tulsa, OK...
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Old April 29th, 2007, 07:17 AM
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Yeah Han, I read that somewhere too.

I emailed my VIN to a LR G4 guy in the UK and he wrote back that my vehicle was a Team Vehicle (as opposed to a support vehicle) from Fleet 80, whatever that means. The fact that it was a Team Vehicle (he didn't know which team) makes sense because Discos and Freeloaders where used in the US by Teams. The documentation that came with my Discovery states that Teams used MkIIIs in Australia and Defenders in Africa. We know they had several of each model here though, including Han's MkIII and this Defender:
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Old April 29th, 2007, 11:23 AM
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John, I was showing photos of Han's truck to Pendy, he said there is/was one at the dealer in Tulsa, OK...

I'm in Oklahoma City. Tulsa is about an hour and half away. The wife did say she would like a Range Rover (don't worry-I'm not that rich).

I'll have to call and see if they still have it. I might be able to check it out if someone is seriously interested.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 05:42 PM
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John, I was showing photos of Han's truck to Pendy, he said there is/was one at the dealer in Tulsa, OK...

David,

Get it.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 06:58 PM
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John, I was showing photos of Han's truck to Pendy, he said there is/was one at the dealer in Tulsa, OK...

David:

You could go pick up that MKIII and stop here for dinner on your way east.

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Old April 29th, 2007, 07:29 PM
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all right now... sheki... it's all you now. LOL

get it! you know you want one too.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 07:41 PM
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Yeah Han, I read that somewhere too.

I emailed my VIN to a LR G4 guy in the UK and he wrote back that my vehicle was a Team Vehicle (as opposed to a support vehicle) from Fleet 80, whatever that means. The fact that it was a Team Vehicle (he didn't know which team) makes sense because Discos and Freeloaders where used in the US by Teams. The documentation that came with my Discovery states that Teams used MkIIIs in Australia and Defenders in Africa. We know they had several of each model here though, including Han's MkIII and this Defender:

i know they used MKIII's in utah. when we did the winch install, there was a lot of red sand as we tore appart the bumper. very cool.
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Old April 29th, 2007, 09:41 PM
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talk about peer pressure.

I asked Pendy to call his guy over there and see if it's still around.

Thanks for the invite Bruno; however, I'm still waiting on you to come to NY.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 10:20 PM
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if we can only find a G4 Defender

http://www.neneoverland.co.uk/popups/lr110stock1.html

Scroll down...
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Old April 30th, 2007, 10:36 PM
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oh boy...


sheki, did you get it yet? mean green duo ain't complete w/o some orange.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 11:27 PM
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did they remove the snorkel?



or this one never had one? i dig that the mounting bolts on the roof rack are covered. and the park distance sensors on the back bumper.
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Old April 30th, 2007, 11:36 PM
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hmmm. no white roof. no love

wait! ABS-TC?
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Old May 1st, 2007, 08:59 AM
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They remove the snorkel after the event for some reason. Another '03 G4 DII that I had checked out had its snorkel removed also. It's the next thing I am going to add. I like how your RR still has the Goodyear MTRs, they change out the DIIs MTRs with Michelins for some reason.

The parking sensors are cool, especially for those seldom occurrences that I lend out the Rover.

Since I have always owned S or SD models I didn't think I would care for the HSE specs this G4 has, but au contraire. The Navigation is pretty nice (removable face too) and the Harmon Kardon system is amazing. As the noise on the rack gets louder (not too bad actually), the system volume goes up proportionally . I have to say that I would prefer the Mogul seats, but the leather is comfy.
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Old May 1st, 2007, 09:31 AM
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same for the G4 MKIII's, they mounted standard street tires on mine too after the even before it's "auctioned" or sold. just like yours, it had nothing. just roof rack and the lights. oh it had the rubbery A bar. that's it.

yeah luxury is indeed nice to have.
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Old May 2nd, 2007, 05:29 AM
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was looking at MKIII's online last night and saw this, thought it was interesting. Looks like a satellite radio install, but I thought of Han and his Ham radio.
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