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Old September 3rd, 2013, 06:56 PM
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Question Importing a Defender 90 into USA

Hello, I'm new to this forum and have a few questions I hope someone can answer. I owned a 90 about 15 years ago but sold it because it wasn't really a good city car for my purposes (stupid move). I now live in a rural area (north Oregon coast) and am thinking about importing a pre-88/89 90 diesel into the country. I have a friend in the UK who has owned Defenders and is looking for just the right one at the right price. Questions: Parts availability? Problems with cars of that vintage, besides the obvious rust issues? Is the engine difficult to work on for a very competent mechanic/garage? Any other questions I should be asking?
Thanks. This is a great forum and I look forward to hearing and participating.
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 07:05 PM
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The first question you should be asking (yourself) is, "Did I do a search on DefenderSource for these answers before posting something that's probably been posted 1,000 times already?"
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Old September 3rd, 2013, 07:08 PM
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Problems: at that age everything is suspect and will eventually rear its ugly head.

Very competent mechanics/ garages should be able to do anything right?

What's your budget? Have you looked for trucks in the US? Depending on your budget, importing versus what's already available here can be insignificant.

Good luck, the search function is your friend.

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Old September 3rd, 2013, 07:36 PM
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The first question you should be asking (yourself) is, "Did I do a search on DefenderSource for these answers before posting something that's probably been posted 1,000 times already?"
Actually I did. If you know a post that answers those questions specifically, I'd appreciate hearing from you. Many of the answers really aren't on point, though some are. And doing a search on, for example, "older diesel engine parts availability" yielded nothing though there should be enough key words there to bring up some thread.

------ Follow up post added September 3rd, 2013 04:41 PM ------

True enough. I could kick myself for parting with my 96. But my friend in the UK thinks he can find me a pretty servicable one for around 3-4k GBP. Shipping is about $2700. So a good bit less than what I'm seeing here in the States. (Unless someone would like to sell me something in the $9K range. I'm seeing 12 and up, or am I missing something? Or maybe I should be asking the question, "Is a 4000 GBP Defender going to be a heap or an expensive mistake?

Thanks for your considerate and thoughtful reply.

Peter

Problems: at that age everything is suspect and will eventually rear its ugly head.

Very competent mechanics/ garages should be able to do anything right?

What's your budget? Have you looked for trucks in the US? Depending on your budget, importing versus what's already available here can be insignificant.

Good luck, the search function is your friend.

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