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Old October 7th, 2013, 09:04 PM
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Where in CT are you? I'm in Norwich if you'd like to come over and talk.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 09:16 PM
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Where in CT are you? I'm in Norwich if you'd like to come over and talk.
This offer could save you thousands and probably save a marriage!
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Old October 7th, 2013, 09:52 PM
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lol. Y'all scared him off. I don't know if this is an advice or venting thread.

Really, he should buy that Tithonus for sale in Florida by Bobcat. Gem of a Defender for under $20k.
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Old October 7th, 2013, 10:15 PM
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lol. Y'all scared him off. I don't know if this is an advice or venting thread.

Really, he should buy that Tithonus for sale in Florida by Bobcat. Gem of a Defender for under $20k.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 03:21 AM
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lol. Y'all scared him off. I don't know if this is an advice or venting thread.
Any time anyone mentions defender and daily driver in the same sentence, a major red flag goes up

Same goes for people who want one as their only car.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 04:37 AM
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I have been daily driving my 110 for a couple of years.

I have a standard 1997 ROW 300tdi w/ 120,000kms.

As of two years ago my daily commute is around 35miles and because of our horrendous, 3rd world traffic it can take up to an 1-1.5 hours in each direction. Mostly highway driving.

Yes i have A/C but even that is not entirely necessary... the front ports do a great job, as tested last summer.

I have only been stuck once...battery finally gave out...and the starters solenoid
stayed engaged. Quick yank start and I was on my way home.


So can you DD a defender ?...SURE.. most defenders in the world are used everyday just like F150's back home. Remember though my truck is a 16 year old vehicle...and i spend alot of time and money maintaining it so it can be driven daily.

Bottom line... my 300tdi is adequate for day to day highway use.... anything less power wise, and I would not want to be on the highway. For city and around town...they all will work...In a Defender no expects you to be quick.

Anyway, I would heed the above advice and I have to admit,
a AAA Gold membership would be comforting to have.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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Agree with everything Yudda just said. I have DDed my 110 for years. But one other key thing to do to make the daily drive more enjoyable: swap out the 1.4 transfer gearbox for a 1.222 and the interior noise goes way down, so you can actually listen to the radio if fitted. This is assuming that you have, as Yudda and I do, a Tdi turbodiesel engine. I agree that for DDing a Tdi or Td5 is pretty much the only engine that will do, particularly at highway speeds or keeping up with traffic. I actually have always enjoyed my 110 as a DD.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 12:18 PM
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John,

The guys at work have told me they can tell when i drive the truck to work.

i asked how... they said because im smiling when i walk in.

The Subaru Forester doesnt really do it.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 01:31 PM
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Thanks everyone for all of your insight and expertise. All of your posts have been very helpful.
From reading your responses my biggest hurdle appears to be my wife. It may take a lot to get her on board w/ everything that goes along w/ owning a Defender. This would include me keeping my POS 2001 Tacoma, which she would like to see gone, as a backup vehicle.

Neil thanks for the generous offer. I live in Ridgefield, which is about 2hrs away. If I make it over to the casino any time soon I may take you up on your offer.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 01:39 PM
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This would include me keeping my POS 2001 Tacoma, which she would like to see gone, as a backup vehicle.
I don't think you are really listening to us....

Divorce is expensive.
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Old October 8th, 2013, 02:12 PM
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What is your budget range, if I may ask?
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Old October 9th, 2013, 02:02 AM
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Thanks everyone for all of your insight and expertise. All of your posts have been very helpful.
From reading your responses my biggest hurdle appears to be my wife. It may take a lot to get her on board w/ everything that goes along w/ owning a Defender. This would include me keeping my POS 2001 Tacoma, which she would like to see gone, as a backup vehicle.

Neil thanks for the generous offer. I live in Ridgefield, which is about 2hrs away. If I make it over to the casino any time soon I may take you up on your offer.
Wierd, i live in ridgefield, anyway i just helped a friend of mine find and buy a 90 200tdi for DD use, if you have any questions let me know, i live in town. But if you think the 01 Taco is a POS, you have another thing coming wanting a land rover, there is a reason i have a 99 4Runner and a Land Rover, and not just a Land Rover.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 09:09 AM
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Daddymow, budget is around $25k, looking for something that is in decent shape mechanically w/ no major rust problems. I do not care too much about cosmetic issues.
Johns90, I am quickly finding out that a backup vehicle is a must. I will take you up on your offer at some point. On a side note, I grew up in Ridgefield & graduated in 89, maybe we have some mutual friends.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 09:36 AM
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John wasn't even a thought in 1989. Look at Tithonus 110s - I think Daddymow is able to help you out there. The search function will help you find out more about what Tithonus are. Good luck.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 09:37 AM
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If that is your budget you can easily get into a 110 Thithonus and have money to put in a better motor. Mine had zero rust and excellent up grades like exmoor seats and sound matting. As Doug said I just drove mine 800 miles to MAR wheeled it all weekend then jumped in it and drove it 800 miles home. Getting ready to do the same next week with Uwharrie. Abe (Solarguy) daily drives his as well as taking it on extended camping across the country. I would seriously look at a thithonus. Just my 2 cents.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 09:49 AM
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Thithonus ... thithonus
Am I spelling it incorrectly or are you? I could have sworn it's spelled Tithonus? The spelling may help him when he's searching.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 10:02 AM
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Am I spelling it incorrectly or are you? I could have sworn it's spelled Tithonus? The spelling may help him when he's searching.
correctly spelling something on this site will hinder his ability to get results ...
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Old October 9th, 2013, 10:06 AM
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I drive mine every day. Just about every problem I have is related to the AC, as if my 110 keeps rejecting the transplant. If I lived in cooler New England & didn't have to drive freeways much, it would be even better. I finally killed the diesel smell by climbing in the motor area with that asphalt tape that roofer's use & taping up every hole I could find in the firewall. I've also had my bulkhead vents sealed closed, though I'm not sure if that contributed.
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Old October 9th, 2013, 10:19 AM
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I've also had my bulkhead vents sealed closed, though I'm not sure if that contributed.
I'm not sure how you can drive it with those sealed closed. Opening them makes it so much more comfortable to drive around town, especially if the weather doesn't permit opening the windows
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Old October 9th, 2013, 10:25 AM
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Am I spelling it incorrectly or are you? I could have sworn it's spelled Tithonus? The spelling may help him when he's searching.
I have no idea how to pronounce it and rarely spell it right But I think it is Tithonus. Sometimes I throw in another "h" or two to be safe.
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