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Old August 12th, 2007, 03:17 PM
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D-90 Purchase Advice

Great site with a ton of information!
I am in the market for a D-90 myself and would like some feedback on
pros and cons on the auto tranny vs. manual? I will spend 80% of the time on the pavement and balance
on the trail. I see that there are more 1994's for sale any issue with this year besides the 3.9 liter motor.
Thanks for any information, hope to contribute in the near future.
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Old August 12th, 2007, 04:12 PM
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Hey Rubicon,
I'm a new owner myself and have been loving the auto.
The guys at ECR were wonderful and answered all of my ?'s regarding the auto vs manual and they even recommended the manual...but in the end I wanted a 97, and the auto has not been an issue.
Surprising quick from the stop, I cruise around on our local freeways 405/55/5 etc. at 70-85 all day long.
No matter how hard or soft I drive, I still return 13.6-14mpg.
Mine is solely for cruising around on the street.

You are more than welcome to come take her for a spin. I"m in Newport Bch.

Best,


Mike
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Old August 12th, 2007, 04:43 PM
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As to the transmission, a lot of it is personal preference... I am pretty sold on the 97's, but every 90 needs to be looked at individually. Inspect the truck inside and out, pay attention to RUST and past maitenance. Try and find one from someone who has all the records and can show you around the truck.

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Old August 13th, 2007, 02:03 AM
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Some common problems:

- Rust (check the frame, the bottoms of the doors, the hinges, rear tire carrier)

- Overheating (run the truck up to temperature at highway speeds and then stop and let it idle and make sure that it stays within the normal range). Check the coolant level and you might even test the coolant to make sure that the head gasket isn't leaking, just to be sure.

- Oil cooler lines (These hoses are susceptible to failure as they get old. If they haven't been replaced on your vehicle, replace them ASAP. An original hose is a ticking time bomb and a failed hose will burn your truck up. Not very hard to replace.

- Some very early 94's (like mine) have the LT77 manual gearbox, which has some issues. I ended up replacing mine with the R380 manual transmission, which works nicely.

- Beware of trucks with electronic things (lights, radios, switches, etc.) that look like they were not installed in the most professional manner.

- If you buy a truck with a soft top, inspect the zippers and snaps if it has them. If you find a truck with a Badger Coachworks top, you're in good shape.

There's nothing necessarily wrong with the 1994 trucks. The 97's are considered to be more sought-after because of the AT and some interior upgrades.

I wouldn't obsess over maintenance records. I bought my truck off of my uncle, who kept every scrap of paper that was ever associated with the truck. I still had problems. Instead, I'd try to find an owner who seems really into the truck and knows a lot about it. Dirty interior and frame rust may be a clue that the owner probably doesn't take very good care of it. I live in a ski town but I obsess over cleanliness and wash it thoroughly once a week in the wintertime, so I have almost no rust.

have fun!

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Old August 13th, 2007, 08:57 AM
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- Some very early 94's (like mine) have the LT77 manual gearbox, which has some issues. I ended up replacing mine with the R380 manual transmission, which works nicely.
I'm about to hit 90K on my LT77 and it's just fine -- my understanding is that, much like the swivel pin grease, rover switch out to the R380 due to customer complaints. The LT needs to be shifted more slowly than other gearboxes and coplaints flowed in. I wouldn't kick one out of contention because it had an LT77. Though I'm not sure how many are left out there at this point.
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Old August 13th, 2007, 12:23 PM
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I love manuals but I wouldn't think of driving one around in the South Florida traffic, so I went with a 97 automatic
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Old August 13th, 2007, 01:41 PM
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I'm about to hit 90K on my LT77 and it's just fine -- my understanding is that, much like the swivel pin grease, rover switch out to the R380 due to customer complaints. The LT needs to be shifted more slowly than other gearboxes and coplaints flowed in. I wouldn't kick one out of contention because it had an LT77. Though I'm not sure how many are left out there at this point.
Same here. My LT77 is about to flip 130,000 miles, nary a problem with it.
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Old August 13th, 2007, 07:08 PM
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I always thought I would rather a manual. But when I had to commute 60 miles a day in my 90 for a while I was glad I ended up with a '97. When I bought mine they were still all pretty new and under warranty so I never worried about what to look for now. I have a '92 Range Rover with an auto I've never had an issue with (69K miles), a '95 Range Rover with an auto I've never had an issue with (150K miles) and a '00 Range Rover with an auto with no problems (102K miles).

I think that the guy who ended up with my 90 ended up doing some work on it though if memory serves. I didn't have any problems the first 47K miles.

The only recommendation I would make is to find a good well maintained truck instead of looking for an extremely low mileage creampuff. They are just too old now to only have a few thousand miles on them.
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Old August 13th, 2007, 08:00 PM
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Thanks for all the feedback and opinions, I will look for an auto due the majority of pavement use. I am trying to locate a western truck with minimal rust and overall well maintaned. Any issue with the 3.9 motor vs. 4.0 beside being a newer motor and displacement? I have seen several in great condition running around San Diego, rarely any for sale at a fair price.
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Old August 14th, 2007, 12:48 AM
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I've had both....never had any serious problems with either.
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