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View Poll Results: Take it cross country as it sits right now?
Yes. I trust its abilities to get me there in one piece. 51 78.46%
Yes. I would because I like adventure, but it is so going to break somewhere along the way. 13 20.00%
No. It ain't making in and I am quite possibly a fraud and it's there to make me look cool. 1 1.54%
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Old January 4th, 2015, 10:42 PM
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Trust is a relative term.
Made 7 trips @ 10+ hrs each way this past year and other than running out of gas, had no issues.
I just give the truck a once over before I go and don't expect anything to go wrong, but would not be surprised if just about anything did.
14hrs each way in a 90st towing a trailer for a weekend is my new limit.

I was amazed after those two trips you made to Vermont!

The amount you trust your rover increases with the amount of knowledge and tools you have to fix it in case something does happen.
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Old January 4th, 2015, 11:20 PM
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Ed, you need some floor mats dude. I drive my rig 10+ hours no problem.
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Ed, you need some floor mats dude. I drive my rig 10+ hours no problem.
Sounds like we might need to pass the boot at the next HH.
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Old January 5th, 2015, 08:23 AM
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if anyone has floor mats i will take them!
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Old January 5th, 2015, 09:55 AM
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..I had a good TPS in my '95 RRC LWB that I swapped. She seems much happier now, but who knows what else may go wrong. That said, I'm up for adventure, and if I had the time to do a cross-country trip, I'd be game. However, I'm pretty certain something would happen along the way...


I knew I shouldn't have posted this...My RRC died on me as it struggled up a slight uphill on the Beltway. I was able to pull off the highway and into a residential area, but I just couldn't get her to start. AAA bailed me out. Now, I just need to sort out her issues...IAM is most likely candidate, but I think I want to get the relocation kit to move it away from engine heat...Love my Rover...
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Old January 5th, 2015, 10:37 AM
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I was amazed after those two trips you made to Vermont!

The amount you trust your rover increases with the amount of knowledge and tools you have to fix it in case something does happen.
I'd add that having the right spares on board in the event of a failure increases the chances of making it to your destination without problems.
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Old January 5th, 2015, 10:43 AM
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I'd add that having the right spares on board in the event of a failure increases the chances of making it to your destination without problems.
X2...hence the support team that follows me around! lol...
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I just picked up my first defender and the wife and I drove it 650 miles home over the course of the weekend... Interstates, state highways, and backroads through the Blue Ridge mountains.

Defender ran flawlessly.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 02:50 PM
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Old January 19th, 2015, 03:16 PM
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I did 2000 miles in my 110 a few months back. No problems at all. I had every imaginable part in the back, and had enrolled in AAA before the trip just in case. But she made it with no issues whatsoever - other than a gurgling gas tank on the last leg of the trip, which I think might be injector seals ? Or clogged breather, but I let the pressure off and it was fine for the last 11 hours back home - and I kept it pegged around 75-80 mph that last 10 or 11 hours in the highway, I was a little stiff when I finally crawled out of the truck, but happy I was returning on my own and not on a flatbed
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Old January 19th, 2015, 11:37 PM
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I would go pretty much anywhere with my landy.
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Old January 19th, 2015, 11:49 PM
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I daily drive my old 83' 110. Here's the thing about defenders (at least from my experience), they're like dogs. Lots of personality and they love to be walked. If you don't walk them, they misbehave.
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The amount you trust your rover increases with the amount of knowledge and tools you have to fix it in case something does happen.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 07:25 AM
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I daily drive my old 83' 110. Here's the thing about defenders (at least from my experience), they're like dogs. Lots of personality and they love to be walked. If you don't walk them, they misbehave.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 08:52 AM
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Its taken a lot of time and money, but I can confidently say, Yes.
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Old January 20th, 2015, 11:23 PM
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Greenspan, I dont trust the Rover to get me to and from the local grocery store on a regular basis.
If I make a run to the store, I always tell my wife...keep your phone handy...


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HaHa This made me laugh out loud. I have experienced this situation a couple of times!
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Old January 22nd, 2015, 10:39 AM
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I would with any rover we have, as long as it's not one Cvc is responsible for the upkeep on. I always have fluids and tools in mine, and my Disco just drove in Oct. from TX to VA pulling a loaded u-haul trailer with nary a problem. I also have AAA, just in case.
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Old January 23rd, 2015, 04:41 PM
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Would you get in your Rover and drive cross country in it as it sits without any prep aside from normal fluids and tools for road trips?

No excuses.
No, absoluely not. But that has nothing to do with the vehicle brand or my maintenance regime. I wouldn't embark on any major cross country vehicle excursion without doing a thorough once-over of the vehicle. Its just a matter of good preparation and a whole lot of self preservation.
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-5 here this morning and I drove D90 to work today because my buddy w/ dread's needed to borrow my air compressor to air up a tire. My heat works great w/out a curtain. I don't normally drive d90 when below zero unless there is a big dump or trying to make first tracks on a big pow day.

I regularly drive my truck on 500 mile trips in the summer w/ top off, no cats, and 35's. I am deaf when I get there but trust the reliability. I put around 5,000 miles on my truck last summer most of which was to HITR, UT and Colorado. If you ever go to HITR you have to trust your truck; middle of nowhere.

Hopefully it gets me home tonight........
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