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Old April 1st, 2013, 03:00 PM
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WTB 1997 D90 - NAS or other

I am very interested in buying a soft top, bikini top or even a hard top D90 in good shape. I live in central Florida and own a safari business in Africa, so I am familiar with the 110's. I am looking for a car here to serve as a "billboard" for our safari business and to use a daily driver. Prefer "safari" colors which would include British Racing Green, Conniston Green or Willow Green (2nd choice would be Beluga Black or Alpine white). I would consider 94/95 models if they had been converted to automatic transmission (most of my staff here cannot drive a stick shift). I plan on holding on to this car for a while, so looking for a well taken care of example. I have looked on Ebay, autotrader, LRX, CL etc and see lots of high mileage vehicles. I am new at buying this type of car in the USA, so any guidance, tips would be greatly appreciated.
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Check out both links - they both have them ready to go.
http://www.adventuremotorcars.com

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http://www.greatbritishmotors.com
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Old April 1st, 2013, 05:49 PM
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thank you. saw the Adventure Motor Cars website.... $55K is too high. I am looking for something in the mid 30's
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Not the right color but this would be a cool configuration to use for Safari ads. It's for sale if interested. It has a strong v8 and could be converted to automatic easily IMO.

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How about this one?
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 01:06 PM
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Not the right color but this would be a cool configuration to use for Safari ads. It's for sale if interested. It has a strong v8 and could be converted to automatic easily IMO.

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That thing is awesome
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 01:32 PM
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That thing is awesome
Thanks. I have a full safety cage for it and two brand new exmoor forward facing and folding rear seats. Will make an awesome rig. I've had thoughts of keeping it and selling my 97NAS SW. Too many Rovers and not enough f'n space/time.

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Old April 2nd, 2013, 02:38 PM
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looks good... can you give me some details?
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 03:04 PM
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it is awesome, but I need an automatic
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 03:27 PM
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Hi, Sunit-

If 1of40's doesn't fit the bill, my NAS 97 might. I hadn't planned to sell mine for a few months closer to my transfer overseas this summer, and mine isn't one of the colors you mentioned, but it will be listed in your price range, I do get lots of "going on safari?" comments, and it has a South African flag on the window currently. (The GF is from SA.)

At some point here soon I need to put together a post with all it offers and a bunch of new photos. This one was taken this past weekend by the aforementioned girlfriend while we were out riding the Zero electric dirtbikes with her kids.

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Old April 2nd, 2013, 03:28 PM
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The automatics go for way more money - get the manual and take a day and teach your staff how to drive it. You'll save money and you'll feel all good inside knowing you taught your employees something they can use for the rest of their lives.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 03:32 PM
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The automatics go for way more money - get the manual and take a day and teach your staff how to drive it. You'll save money and you'll feel all good inside knowing you taught your employees something they can use for the rest of their lives.
what he said
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Just realized that there are two of these threads now going, and I posted in the other one, but I'd add comments in concurrance with the gents above.

I'm going to end up selling my automatic 97 and keep my manual 94 when I move to Japan. Partly because I dig driving the manual, but also because the auto 97s go for a bit more when sold.

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That's a nice looking car! can you provide me with some details? Mileage? History and what you are asking for it? Thanks
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 04:08 PM
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I know the autos go for more and I personally love the manuals... I grew up driving them. I must have something that is easy for my staff to drive. Most of the time it will be urban driving (stop/start). I would love to buy an older 110 and spend time fixing it, but I unfortunately don't have the time...this truck has to look good, drive easily and not be a project.
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Then looking for one with low to really low miles is most likely not what you're looking for. Yes, there are well-maintained low mile trucks, but higher miles can be a great indicator of how well it was maintained, as it takes work to keep them going, and little to no effort to just let a truck sit.

-Are your staff prepared to look at the temp indicator and investigate the cause/causes when the needle hits the red?
-Will they know what to look for the first time you have a torrential downpour and the next morning it won't start?
-Will they be prepared for when they can't remove the key from the ignition when they can't figure out why the truck won't go into park?
-Will they know what to do when the truck won't start and someone points out to them that the rear brake lights aren't working either?

I'm just wondering if your staff are actually ready for ownership, if you think you are. Looking for a low miles cream puff and having a ton of random staff who don't even know how to drive stick driving a 15 year old truck around seem counter-intuitive to me.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 04:41 PM
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I merged the two threads, just FYI
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 05:01 PM
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Thanks for the advice. I know land rovers and I know its 15 years old. They are still the best looking truck out there and what true Safari enthusiasts and purists use in Africa. We are doing a proto-type test for LR where we (my partners in Africa) converted an existing LR into an electric zero emission vehicle. I understand that if I want a truck that does not need occasional fixes, I should buy a Toyota. I have realistic expectations. What I am not looking for: A project; a 500,000 mile truck that has been molested and abused;a mechanically modified mongrel truck which may have superior off road performance; or a vehicle that has spent most of its days going off-road; or a truck that has extensive rust damage; or major accidents that could have damaged the frame. What I AM looking for is: A well maintained automatic truck that has been taken care off by an enthusiast (or several previous owners) with a clear title; no rust, no stories etc. The Truck will drive less than 500 miles per month.... it will be used for photo-ops, events, trade shows etc. I have done a fair amount of research and I zoned into the 1997 Defender 90 as the ideal truck for this purpose. It has to look pretty and not be a major headache.

------ Follow up post added April 2nd, 2013 05:02 PM ------

thanks. Sorry for the duplicate post.
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Old April 2nd, 2013, 05:26 PM
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Sunit, my Defender has been my daily driver for over eight years and has been maintained such that I can use it to commute and trust it to get me home from the 4-5 off road events I do a year. It has always been reliable and has never left me stranded. It is easy to drive. My tennage daughter steals it every time she gets the chance. I trust it with her and would hesitate climbing in it and taking it anywhere/anytime. With that said, I'm not emotionally in the mid-$30's. Good Luck finding the right truck for your business, I think you're on the right track and what you are doing sounds fun.

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Old April 2nd, 2013, 05:38 PM
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great mine is ready
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