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Old June 5th, 2016, 04:04 PM
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WTB: 80's Defender 90

New Member but long time sight viewer.

I recently got to experience the Land Rover Defender 90 on a weekend adventure and I have the bug I need one in my life! Such a do anything go anywhere vehicle which would be great to have as a photographer. The college car can barely get over a speed bump.

I’m looking to purchase an 80’s Defender 90. It must be running well and drivable. It needs to have good bones that I can build up over time, minimal rust. I really don’t care about the paint and minor dents. I want to get out and explore, I have a budget of $7,000 with an absolute max of $9,000.

Thank you for your time.
Michael

P.S. Currently interning in Califonia but in August will be back in Kentucky.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 04:23 PM
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7k will buy you a basket case... need to up your budget for a solid driver.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 04:26 PM
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I'll look at my finance I might be about to move that up 9K MAX.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 04:32 PM
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Sadly still not enough, unless you plan to go to Europe & buy one yourself.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 04:42 PM
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private message this guy... He consistently brings in very well priced solid drivers but I can't say that I've seen a solid runner listed under 10k for a long time. and don't buy a Santana thinking its a Defender.

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Old June 5th, 2016, 04:47 PM
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Paul & John are right. A 90 at that price range is nothing anyone would want.

Look for an 87-88 range rover... it should fit your budget nicely. Lot's of similarities between the two. You'll learn about Rovers & when your budget fits a Defender you'll be more experienced.
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Old June 5th, 2016, 04:49 PM
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110 pick up?
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Old June 5th, 2016, 05:06 PM
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Agree..9k will get you a 90 that you won't be able to enjoy because you'll be working on it more than enjoying it. Put some $ aside, save, and wait for the right one. Use the search function here and see what your budget buys and what to look for. Good luck
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Old June 6th, 2016, 11:11 AM
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I think your budget needs to be $15k+. If the truck cost less you will need to make up the difference in parts.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 11:45 AM
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Your budget will bring you heartache, disappointment and endless repairs.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 12:08 PM
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I've seen a few good drivers at that price point, but they generally are not well advertised, so that means you need to be on the constant lookout and willing to pull the trigger quickly.

You could just import an MOD 90 and come in at budget.

The real problem here is even when you get one within budget you still need money put aside for spare parts, sometimes you win and you can put off the problems, other times you don't win and you have to pay $1000-$2000 for parts on something that is required to drive it. Even good rust free, well maintained trucks need parts.

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private message this guy... He consistently brings in very well priced solid drivers but I can't say that I've seen a solid runner listed under 10k for a long time. and don't buy a Santana thinking its a Defender.
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The white 90 Johan had for sale for $8k was a very solid truck that needed a few bulkhead patches, it is a very good solid driver (I see it all the time).

That Hi-cap for $8k that the forum member in texas bought that was clean but a little rough body.

The $9k Hi-cap on ebay with 4bj1-t motor with a little rough body for sale by a dealer.

The Red 90 that sold last week for like $9k looked a little ugly.

Those are the ones off the top my head, and I'm not actively searching for Defenders.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 12:27 PM
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PM Johan for sure. He's got one of everything at his house. You'll learn a lot about the different engine/trans combos and he his prices are very fair.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 12:41 PM
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i think we may have sufficiently burst his bubble...
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Old June 6th, 2016, 12:45 PM
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If going places is the primary need over the look of a 90 then there is a nice Disco with a 300tdi for sale here. Seller is motivated and it never hurts to ask.
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Old June 6th, 2016, 11:54 PM
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Thank you all for your input and help. You have shown me different routes to take. I'll keep my eyes open and hopes high.
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Old June 7th, 2016, 06:43 AM
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I have a 90 available its a rhd 2.5 d, in good daily driver condition, bulkhead is rust free, chassis has only minor corrosion. for more info visit www.facebook.com/globallandrovers
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Old June 7th, 2016, 04:18 PM
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Here you go http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...lhd-71160.html
Have to still import but the seller is solid.

Maybe get a Series 88 they are all over the place for that kind of money in pretty good shape.
I loved my 1970 88 and wished I never sold it now.
Good luck with your search!
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Old June 7th, 2016, 04:24 PM
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Maybe get a Series 88 they are all over the place for that kind of money in pretty good shape.
I loved my 1970 88 and wished I never sold it now.
Good luck with your search!
Yes, this is the best advice. The series will do everything that a 2.5d 90 will do, but you will have way more fun in the Series truck, not to mention you get can get a better condition series in that price range.
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