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Old January 12th, 2007, 02:37 PM
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So every time I walk in my garage I wonder why the hell do I have 4 vehicles when I'm the only one that drives, so I guess I can get rid of three and buy a 97 SW. My question is how many of you use your SW for a daily driver and trails? How reliable are they? I also have two kids 9, and 7 years old, and off course our Alaskan Malamute. We rarely go on long trips so that's not an issue. I need to hear some comments to help me decide if I really need to buy a SW or stick with what I have.

I know my 95 D90 was very reliable, but it was hell to drive it on the road.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 02:55 PM
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Yousef: I drive mine every day, 14 mile commute up and down the valley. NOT modified like your old one, but very comfortable to drive.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 03:13 PM
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I don't think you can do it Yousef. You will not be able to leave it alone enough to be a daily driver.

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Old January 12th, 2007, 03:14 PM
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Ya, maybe a 110 for you. Kids will not be happy in the jump seats.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 03:47 PM
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Yousef, I agree with JP's comments. I drive my SW everyday except in the winter. Love it, but I'm never going to be as modified as you might go, nor do I drive it as delicately as you . The ZF and electronics will be fine though. Maintenance is your friend.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 05:02 PM
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I'm not going that rout again. I mean I will modify it a little bit like ARB bumper, winch, lights, maybe rock sliders, and maybe lift, I mean while I'm there I might as well get some 33's, well with bigger tires I might go with 4.10's and while I'm at it I gotta put in some ARB's, but then my axles might not make it so I might go for a set of Keith's front and rear axles. Interior might get some goodies like ex-moore heated seat covers, power windows and locks. Ok so that's my dream D90 and that's what I'm looking for.

I also hear that if you hit a bump or pot hole your service engine light will come on, is that a common problem?

Anybody added a rear bench seat with 3-point seat belt? I have done it in the past but I just didn't feel comfortable on how I attached the seat belts.

I still have a couple of months to decide, but I do see a SW in my future.
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Old January 12th, 2007, 05:31 PM
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"I'm not going that rout again."

Ah huh... Sure ....
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Old January 12th, 2007, 06:44 PM
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Yousef - You are describing my truck (and no it's not for sale). It's not a daily driver for me, but would have no issue doing so. And it does what I need it to do on the trail - which is milder than your requirements. If I get a 110 in the near future, it will be my DD. Never experienced, or heard of, the check engine light coming on after hitting a hole, etc. Mine has yet to come on (knock on wood) and no reliability issues at all with this truck. If you are at the D90 meet this afternoon, we can talk more. Heading there now.

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Old January 12th, 2007, 07:50 PM
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Yousef,
JP, put disco II third row seats inplace of the rear bench seat. It was a good idea and fit.

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Old January 13th, 2007, 11:08 AM
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Ha, ha. Did you tie the 3rd row seats into the SW roll bar mounts (for seat belts) under the tub? This is the route I plan to go when the day comes.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 01:28 PM
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Exmoor has a new set of super-sturdy forward facing fold-up jump seats with integrated seatbelts. The other option would be to wait for some of the 2007 Defender FFJS's to become available - I'm sure they'll be expensive, but they look really good and also have integrated seat belts.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 03:56 PM
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So every time I walk in my garage I wonder why the hell do I have 4 vehicles when I'm the only one that drives, so I guess I can get rid of three and buy a 97 SW. My question is how many of you use your SW for a daily driver and trails? How reliable are they? I also have two kids 9, and 7 years old, and off course our Alaskan Malamute. We rarely go on long trips so that's not an issue. I need to hear some comments to help me decide if I really need to buy a SW or stick with what I have.

I know my 95 D90 was very reliable, but it was hell to drive it on the road.


You need to get back into a D at all cost. Those Discos are girls cars.
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Old January 13th, 2007, 11:06 PM
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Hey Yousef,

Our 97 SW sits in the garage most of the time. The Disco is far more pleasant to drive, kids can get in and out on their own, I can throw crap in it from the lumber yard, and not worry about it if I can't see it in the parking lot.

Remind me again why I own the Defender???

Damn, Jonas get it in a few years .... We'd better get the 109 done!!!
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Old January 15th, 2007, 09:21 PM
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Great, I will be in the market hopefully by March.

Randy, yes you are right. Disco's are a girly cars, especially the one that has the big axles, engine, and it's black.

David, I used the same seat belts and bench seat in my ST. I just drilled holes on the side panels and used grade 8 hardware. Not very safe, plus you can't do it on the SW unless you remove the side liners.

The only option I see right now is what Jim mentioned above. If however you could make an internal cage then adding a ST bench seat and seatbelts is very possible.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 08:25 AM
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Maybe I'm missing something. But, the cage extends on the inside of the SW for the seatbelt mounts for the 4 jump seats. Use those seatbelt mounts as the anchor for bench seat and new belts. Maybe a pic is in order!
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Old January 16th, 2007, 09:38 AM
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"especially the one that has the big axles, engine, and it's black"

Alright you!!! You better stop or you're gonna make me cry!!!!
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Old January 16th, 2007, 04:38 PM
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Nah, that's not what's going to make you cry. What you did New Years Eve will. However, I will not say anything about that night; your secret is safe unless someone is willing to pay me

David, yeah I suck at explaining things. I will try to find a picture and post it.
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Old January 16th, 2007, 05:11 PM
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Ahhh now "that other guy" was worse that I was.... At least I made it to the bathroom...

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Did I mention "Entertaining Company"?

You guys are hilarious
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