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Old January 3rd, 2017, 08:49 PM
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Not sure where to post this - I've owned series trucks, discovery's, and RRC's, but thinking about a 110 - would like the opportunity to drive both a 200tdi truck and a v8 truck - on the fence about which is the right powerplant for me. I've never had any trouble from the Rover V8's, and I've also never owned a diesel anything. Truck would likely be a daily, with some long trips, maybe expo set up. Even more specific, I'm on the fence between a 3 door and HiCap. If anyone has any input, or is willing to let me check out their rig, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks, Thom
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 08:57 PM
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Thom:
The reviews on TDI vs V8 are mixed, but I would not own a daily driver with a V8 under the hood, unless it was powered by natural gas or hydrogen.
My choice would be diesel otherwise.
I don't daily drive a Rover TDI if I can help it, but they will do if you keep up with the maintenance.
My engine choices are Isuzu 4JB1T, Iveco 2.8, or Mercedes OM617.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 09:42 PM
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I can let you drive everything, V8, 200 and 300tdi, only in Michigan though.

Also have a 1991 110 200tdi Hi-cap with only 8000 miles if you are interested.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 10:19 PM
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Ive driven all engine types even with a V8 on LPG . Hands down, the V8 wins. Its easily maintained and a solid workhorse. Quieter by a longshot as well. Best of all, if you have any problem, any mechanic worth his salt can address the issue.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 10:33 PM
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Our family friend dropped a 5.7l V8 crate motor in his 109". Better fuel economy, more horses, more torque, and more parts availability than any rover engine this side of the pond. Once my 3.9l motor in my 90 gives up its ghost, I'm doing the same without blinking.

But back to the original post...cannot help you with the 110 engine selection for driving, but I am from the Baltimore area as well.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:22 PM
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Thanks to everyone so far... I've been happy with the V8 in the Classic and disco, I imagine the mpg would be substantial with the TDI. My hang ups with the diesel are a few: not sure about sound levels, enough power for US highways/towing, and although I'm an experienced technician/fabricator, my experience with diesels is limited.
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Old January 3rd, 2017, 11:48 PM
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Thanks to everyone so far... I've been happy with the V8 in the Classic and disco, I imagine the mpg would be substantial with the TDI. My hang ups with the diesel are a few: not sure about sound levels, enough power for US highways/towing, and although I'm an experienced technician/fabricator, my experience with diesels is limited.

The difference is a 5mpg, from what I have observed. But frankly, this should not persuade any rover, and especially a defender owner as the savings are easily spent on rover troubles which are quite frequent on any rover, even more so on one that is 25+ year old. Also, you raise a good point as finding a decent diesel mechanic is tough especially here where diesel is not a popular fuel option. Towing-wise, a V8 does the job. Now it also depends on what you tow as well.
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Old January 4th, 2017, 03:07 PM
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Not sure where to post this - I've owned series trucks, discovery's, and RRC's, but thinking about a 110 - would like the opportunity to drive both a 200tdi truck and a v8 truck - on the fence about which is the right powerplant for me. I've never had any trouble from the Rover V8's, and I've also never owned a diesel anything. Truck would likely be a daily, with some long trips, maybe expo set up. Even more specific, I'm on the fence between a 3 door and HiCap. If anyone has any input, or is willing to let me check out their rig, I'd love to hear from you. Thanks, Thom
Thom I have a very well equipped and highly reliable 300TDi Expedition Truck in the for sale section, if you're interested?

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Old January 4th, 2017, 03:34 PM
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Looking forward to checking out some trucks - realistically, I want to make sure I'm up for a Defender in the first place. I don't have an issue adding sound deadening or working to get it water/wind proof, as long is it makes an improvement. I found the series III to be a lost cause in those respects. Whichever engine, I'll be doing all the work myself, I'm an ASE Master tech and quite capable, just not much hands on experience with diesels. I imagine at this point, parts for both engines are readily available, maybe a few less sources for the TDI. Fuel economy is appealing to me, however I want to be able to drive through the mountains at a reasonable speed, sound levels are something else to take into consideration. I'm a car guy, so also dragging home projects, it would be ideal to be able to tow a trailer with midsize car on it, I'm mostly into euro sporty cars, but may tow larger vehicles on occasion. Truck will also be used for home depot runs, so ability to carry lumber/plywood comes into consideration as well. Of course, I could always get a utility trailer. Currently using a Maggiolina RTT, ARB fridge, and Coleman camp stove with my FJ62, debating about going to a trailer setup, or possibly an ambulance style camper body on a 110 - though wondering if that would become annoying on a regular use truck. I'll be driving it often, but I also ride year round, and usually have other vehicles as back-ups. Also, to give an idea - my past daily's have been a Triumph TR7, 1964 Volvo 122s, 1978 Saab 99, 1974 Plymouth Trailduster, etc...
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Old January 6th, 2017, 06:44 AM
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search "3.5 v8 vs 200 tdi" - there is a decent thread on it.

i'm moving to annapolis in May and might have a 110 you can check out if you haven't found any others by then.
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Old January 6th, 2017, 07:58 AM
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Sorry, adding sound proofing to a tdi is not going to make much difference IMO. These things demand a certain ownership sacrifice and offer no apologies. As a mechanic willing to do your own work is a big plus though. This site can help guide you through the straight an narrow. There are a number of tdi' here in the NOVA area and we meet for beers on the third Thursday of each month at a hole in the wall called Kilroys.
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Old January 6th, 2017, 08:06 AM
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Don't buy a Rover if you plan to tow. The V8 runs out of HP on any hills and the diesel is not up to towing anything more than a very light small trailer. That said, with the Loob I have towed a 28 foot boat, a 10K trailer and pulled my 23 footer many many times. Every time I towed anything like that I was hating it cz the poor thing was constantly downshifting and I was rarely able to go much over 50 mph.
If you want to tow, get an F350 crew cab. I did.
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Old January 10th, 2017, 09:29 AM
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I'd let u drive mine around but right now the seats are out as I put in sound damping. But if willing to wait a couple weeks I should have it back together.
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Old January 10th, 2017, 10:39 AM
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Come on down to NOVA HH...not a long drive for you to hang with a bunch of folks and see a lot of trucks!
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