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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 3rd, 2015, 10:38 PM
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Do you trust your Rover and your upkeep

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.
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 10:44 PM
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I would, most of the crap that breaks isn't needed anyways.

Of course I'm the guy that flys to VA and MD to buy a Rover I've never seen before in person and drive it back to Chicago.

Edit:

Forgot MI to pick up a free one and drive it home.
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 10:52 PM
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I would.....what do have to lose and when faced with a decision choose the option that will give the best story!
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 10:55 PM
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Adventure begins when the unexpected happens...
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 11:01 PM
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Why the hell not? That's what I got if for.
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 11:05 PM
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Last year I flew up to NYC to buy a 2002 Range Rover I'd never seen and drive it 1900 miles back to Texas in the dead of winter and racing ahead of a snow storm.

Three months later I drove it to Omaha and back.

I'd get in it any day and drive it almost anywhere. So yeah I guess I would trust it.

I also wouldn't hesitate to take my 98 Disco to Big Bend breaking rule number one; never go alone. Just be prepared.
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 11:08 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.
Whats your position? And goal of your question?
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 11:15 PM
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Whats your position? And goal of your question?
I'd go. Take some oil, washer fluid, coolant, diesel additive and a bag of shitty tools. Just want to see if everybody else would do the same. I doubt anybody will vote no but if they expect it to break or not I think is the more interesting angle.

I can't stop myself from reading your post in a robot voice. I have no idea why.
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 11:24 PM
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I would.....what do have to lose and when faced with a decision choose the option that will give the best story!
That's pretty ballsy Chris..... I've seen your truck....ROTFPML.....

------ Follow up post added January 3rd, 2015 11:25 PM ------

In my rear view mirror..lol...
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 11:28 PM
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All true Shayne but it was ALWAYS in your review, couldn't shake me. It was ugly, smokey, running hot with the heater on in Death Valley, etc but it made it! And now she runs much much better!
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 11:34 PM
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I will answer "no". Just because I have it half torn apart for some winter repairs.

Ask again just before Presidents Day weekend ( Winter Romp time).....
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Sure. Between the spares I carry, 17 or so years of experience, and the friendly people on this board I am sure it will be fine.
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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.
Absolutely. But alone, unless someone knew what they may be getting themselves into and were ok with it.
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It's in pieces right now but heck yeah, and it has!
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Old January 4th, 2015, 02:44 AM
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I would, what can you lose, right?
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Can, will, and do. I'm owner #6, and like a rescue dog, my truck tries it's darnedest to please. With a little love, full syn, and the promise to keep upgrading bit by bit, I have never been actually, or in fear of being, stranded. I drive the piss out of her and have been from B.C. to San Diego, Phoenix, and back again a number of times. Then again, I don't wheel major nor live above 3k rpm's! ;-) So if I gotta go, we go.
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I would. There's guys all over the country in our club. I feel safe.

Like another member once said, you're in the company of guys who would do a u-turn in four lanes of traffic to help.
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Of course, been all over the northeast with my D1. Typically to tow home a new project.
No tools or fluids, just making sure everything is good to go before hand.
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Old January 4th, 2015, 08:28 AM
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Sure why not…. that's what AAA+ and Birmabright are there for.

When I bought this RRC from Mudsux 2 yrs ago, I flew to Florida with a small peli of spares and then stopped at LowesDepot to pick up a basic tool kit and drove home to Maine. Maybe not the smartest move but a great way to start a new year & bond with the Rover.
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My 90 and I just recently passed our 10 year/100k mile Anniversary. If I don't know her by now I never will. Sometimes it's a curse because I notice subtle changes nobody else can detect. The only thing I would change if I had time would be my muffler. Daily driving is no problem but long stretches at 2500rpm is tough on the ears. I built her to take me to work, raise a family and to/from the trail but only with the help of this forum has it been a successful experience. Clay
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