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Old June 21st, 2006, 10:49 PM
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Hey all. I've been a bit of a lurker for some time now. This is a great community and hopefully this post will break the ice for me.

My question is that I am currently in the market to buy a Defender. What I'm looking for is a 1995 Soft Top in Coniston Green. Preferrably with less than 100k on the clock.

Now I've been looking in a few different places: Ebay, Copley, Landroversforsale, BVLR. But nothing like what I'm looking for has popped up in awhile. A few 97's, but I don't want an auto. I'm wondering if there is anywhere else you guys could point me to look for the right one?

I plan on keeping this truck for quite some time and really would like to get as close to what I'm looking for as possible.

Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thanks guys!

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Old June 21st, 2006, 11:57 PM
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 03:14 AM
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95's are tough, when i was looking i didn't see any for sale at all, well there was one, but it was way over priced for it's condition, it seems that 94's popup left and right...
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Old June 22nd, 2006, 08:03 AM
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well then my next question is what are the real differences between a '94 and a '95. I want to go with a '95 because I know they cleaned a few things up like the soft top, lock tailgate from outside, door stops, R380 transmission.

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I have a very late 94 POE converted to a ST for sale. evilfij at yahoo dot com

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Old June 22nd, 2006, 03:21 PM
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I have a very late 94 POE converted to a ST for sale. evilfij at yahoo dot com

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Chris if you want any advice or need anything local send me a PM I would be more then happy to help ya out. Has the Rangy seen any offroading lately?
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well then my next question is what are the real differences between a '94 and a '95. I want to go with a '95 because I know they cleaned a few things up like the soft top, lock tailgate from outside, door stops, R380 transmission.

I'd like to hear more...
Lets see.... My 94 has the R380 (most of them probably do by now - dealer swap). Rear lock is easy - buy the pax door latch, drill a hole, done. Softtops on 95 were better??? Other than the rail system they sucked and fell to pieces pretty quick. My '94 Tickford (with snaps ) is still in excellent shape considering its over 10yo.
I went with a '94 coz I liked the rear square tail lights.
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There is a comprehensive list of the differences on the website somewhere.

The biggest are:
1. the top is different tickford v. bestop (both can update to badger etc.)
2. cage angeled peices have less angle on a 95
3. Better door stays on 95
4. Map pockets on 95
5. Different stereo on 95
6. Lt77 in 2/3rds of 94s (almost all replaced by now)
7. Plastic v. cloth air intake tube
8. Location of ECU
9. 95 lights are round and corrode wires
10. No blue 95 STs
11. More special edition 94s (100 black w/ leather, 40 POE, hella edition 4 unique colored trucks)

I like 94s better because of the light issue with the 95s and nothing else that differs has ever impacted my life.
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Old June 28th, 2006, 11:19 AM
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Thanks guys. I really appreciate it. I'm just stuck waiting now it seems. I'm checking around everyday trying to find one! Sounds like I shouldn't really worry about '94/'95, so I won't.

Thanks again for the info! I'll let you know when I find one!

Follow-up Post:

Hey what do you guys think about this one? http://bvlr.com/browse.php?page=os&car=2408&by=defen

I think I'd rather have one with a bit lower mileage (and no goofy white tire writing), but it does look very, very nice!
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6k overpriced, at least . . .

Mileage is not the killer of D90s, neither really is rust (5k buys you a new galvy frame, installed or 4k buys you a new bulkhead and frame DIY).

What is the killer of D90s is disuse and neglect. You can spend a fortune fixing wires and getting them running right.

Personally I would look for one with tons of miles and maybe even engine issues, but no rust and just swap in a 4.6 short block. 3.9 (and 4.0 too) are dogs.

If mine did not runs so well that is what I would do to it.

Even body work is not that expensive on these things. New fenders from george are about 300 a pop, tub is only $1800 new, one sat here forever for $500 used.

So what I am saying is, unless you plan to never drive in and store it in a garage, buy one that is not pristine/low miles and save your money to upgrade and make it perfect for you.
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