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Old July 17th, 2009, 11:51 AM
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1997 Defender LE

Hi all...my first post.

I am looking to purchase a low mileage (under 40K) 1997 Defender LE. It's strange because all the good ones seem to be in the hands of dealers who are asking exorbitant prices. I would imagine there might be a good principal to principal deal out there.

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Old July 17th, 2009, 01:19 PM
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its tough, there are only 300 of them so finding a nice one isn't going to be cheap no matter where you go.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 02:01 PM
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You Get What You Pay For. The Le Brings The Most Money. Wish I Still Had Mine. 5-6 Yrs Ago I Paid $31k For My Le, It Had 31k Miles On It. Now What Do You Think It's Worth? Those Aren't Going Down In Price Anytime Soon. Sure Wish I Still Had It.

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Old July 17th, 2009, 07:16 PM
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Thanks...

I see that #40 is listed on e-Bay for a Buy it now of $47,999 with 31k miles. Seems high.....I thought $42-44 sound more in line.

#40 has been on and off e-Bay first in Utah and now Alabama. As far as dealers go...does anyone have any experience with LandRoversForSale.com out of Alabama?
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Old July 17th, 2009, 07:25 PM
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COPLEY has #300/300 for a steal . . . . only 6,800 miles.

http://www.copleymotorcars.com/land_...5.3vo1639.html

$80k! Worth every penny!
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Old July 17th, 2009, 09:24 PM
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I saw #300. I saw an LE recently sell for $51 with 15K miles. I bet you that dealer didn't pay that. I know this is the 'last one', but $25-30K premium...!?!
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Old July 18th, 2009, 09:23 AM
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mark its worth every penny =)
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Old July 18th, 2009, 10:11 AM
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Thanks Keith.....

But here's my dilemma: I want a truck to drive and be proud of. But still drive. If I buy a D90 with 15K miles for $50K and drive it 15,000 or 20,000 miles over 3-5 years....I still have an LE with 30K miles which could fetch $42-45.....of course me being a skeptic....let's see how much you're willing to pay me for it when I go to sell it. :-)

If I buy #300 and put 15,000 to 20,000 miles it still remains the last LE but now with 25K miles. Not so special. We all know about number 1/300?

I am also hearing that LR may reconsider a US sepc Defender. What happend to the values of G-Wagons when Mercedes started importing them?
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Old July 18th, 2009, 12:41 PM
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thats the dilemma!!! "to drive or not to drive" is the question!
the only thing that de-vaule these things is driving them!! but, the only reason to buy on of these things is to drive it!
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Old July 18th, 2009, 01:13 PM
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Buy a high mile truck, work on it, fix it up and drive it... If you need to sell it, sell it. Try not to look at this as an investment. If you want an investment, talk to your broker, there are a few deals out there. Land Rovers are meant to be driven and driven hard.
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Old July 18th, 2009, 02:06 PM
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Not that it matters but my philosophy is to buy the lowest mileage/best condition that you can afford. Maintain it and keep it in good shape. Then you can always sell it for what you have in it since the value of the dollar is going to tank due to inflation.

Don't buy a beater since you will spend all of you time and a significant amount of $ keeping it running. You will hate it and always think about upgrading.

These trucks are for driving. Who wants a museum piece to pass on to the next generation. I say this as owner of the #1 1994 D90.
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Old July 18th, 2009, 06:29 PM
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....buy the lowest mileage/best condition that you can afford. Maintain it and keep it in good shape. Then you can always sell it for what you have in it.................who wants a museum piece to pass on to the next generation.
BINGO!!!! you describe my plan exactly.....300/ 300 is a museum piece - good luck with it. All the other low mileage Defenders have a more normal driving/value relationship. I hope I can find my 15-35K mile Defender 90 LE out there at a reasonable price. Perhaps in this economy....Time will tell....
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An LE in that shape with those miles, consider it a lifelong vehicle and don't think of it as an investment...buy to drive and enjoy for years
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Old July 19th, 2009, 06:23 PM
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I kind of want an LE now too. #60 is in santa monica with copley plates.
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Are you saying there is one for sale or...just one teasing you?
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Old July 20th, 2009, 01:18 AM
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In someone's driveway
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Old July 20th, 2009, 10:40 AM
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I thought there would be several D90 LE's in private hands that would be interested in exploring a sale.

What about if I didn't limit myself to just an LE, but would consider a very low mileage 1997 D-90 SW in Arles Blue. Would that open up my horizon? Anybody guess on the premium associated with an LE? If there were two mint condition well maintained '97 D90 SW's one was an LE and one not....what should be the price difference?
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Old July 20th, 2009, 11:21 AM
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If you really want an LE just be patient one will show up. There were a couple on ebay not to long ago and one of them went really cheap.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 12:00 PM
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Thanks...

I see that #40 is listed on e-Bay for a Buy it now of $47,999 with 31k miles. Seems high.....I thought $42-44 sound more in line.

#40 has been on and off e-Bay first in Utah and now Alabama.
This truck gets around.
It was in Germantown, TN listed in Auto Trader in Mar, 2007 for $59,900 and again in Jan, 2008 for $54,000.

In Apr, 2008 it was at a dealer in Birmingham, MI listed in Auto Trader for $56,000.

In Nov, 2008 that Park City 4x4 place in Utah had it listed on their site for $54,865.
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Old July 20th, 2009, 03:46 PM
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Not under 40K miles, but not a bad looking truck. Looks like it has power windows too.

1997 Defender 90 LE on Autotrader

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