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Old October 14th, 2007, 08:24 AM
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Anyone own/owned a Lightweight?

Anyone have a Lightweight in VA? I'm thinking about getting one but would love to see one up close. Thanks. I'm in Newport News, but am willing to go whereever. Thanks again.

Any opinions of current/previous owners would be great too.

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Old October 14th, 2007, 08:30 AM
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The driving position in a Lightweight makes a 88" Series seem roomy and a D-90 feel like it has tons of leg room. All the lightweights I have driven have been VERY tight for the driver, I always feel that I am one with the steering wheel. Just my .2 cents.

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Old October 14th, 2007, 07:08 PM
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Neil,

Sorry, I sold my Lightweight early this year. I would have been more than happy to let you check it out.

Here's the link with pictures; http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=10216

What type of information are you seeking?

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Old October 14th, 2007, 07:36 PM
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They're just very cool. The perfect Rover is like pornography, hard to define but you know it when you see it. Lightweight = Porn...to me. Just want to see one up close, go for a ride.

Going through a Rover Crisis. I have a D90 as my daily driver and I travel up and down the East Coast about once a month. Gas prices are killing me. I love to wheel, when I can, but it just seems wrong to try and take the ninety through a mud hole, stream, etc when it's my DD. So I'm considering getting a small sports sedan and an older Rover. Just wanted to get some opinions. Another option is to look into a diesel conversion. The problem is that Rovers are like cats, if you don't have one before you get married, you're not gonna get one after you are.

It would sound stupid to anyone else, but I'm sure someone here can understand this; I'm aslo going through a tough time with my 11 year old dog: weight loss, mysterious lump on her back leg, hard time getting up. My wife and I are on the fence about having her put down. It's hard to think about. I feel the same way about the Rover. Okay, I just realized how bad that sounds. Yes, I care much more for my dog, but the feelings are somewhat similar.

Any thoughts are appreciated. Dog or Rover (no pun intended).

Thanks.

-Neil
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Old October 14th, 2007, 08:07 PM
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Why not just get an inexpensive daily driver? I am kind of a Bimmerphile too and I can tell you right now that you could get a very inexpensive and incredibly reliable older BMW that will give you good gas mileage and a respectable ride. If you like the body style (I personally love it) of the e30 3 series you can get a nice one for only a couple thousand and they are easier and cheaper to maintain than the D. If you are really interested I actually know of a great one that is half-heartedly up for sale right now. Also, if you are interested, there is a great board for them similar to this at BMWe30.net

Just a thought cuz I know how you feel about giving up the D.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Lightweight too!
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Old October 15th, 2007, 07:14 PM
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Neil,

I would follow Andrews advice.

I progressed from a 95 LWB, to a D90 HT, then a Lightweight, then back to a D90 ST.

Lightweights are extremely cool vehicles as not many were imported in to the States. Mine went as fast as I needed it to, it was a bit more noisy than the D90 ST, and leaked more oil(Nothing wrong for a Series Rover).

Space was tight, less arm room than a Defender, and more draft with the Series top, and no power steering. The lack of power steering didn't bother me much on the road, but in Corolla during peak summer soft sand, I missed having it.

I enjoyed the Lightweight while I had it, but I find the D90 more comfortable. I suggest you park the D90 as a DD and get a fairly inexpensive sedan for the week days.

I do regret selling the Lightweight, but(at the time) I could justify 3 vehicle sitting idle 5 days a week.

Sorry to hear about your dog, they are the best pets IMHO. My twin brother's a cat person, yet I just don't see fascination. Only time will absolve your anguish.

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Thanks Ed, that was just the advice I was looking for. My wife said to me today that she knows I wuold just be miserable if I got rid of it. Another reminder of why I married her.
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Noisy, cool and mostly just like a series 111 apart from the bodywork, Wish I'd kept mine
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