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Old August 26th, 2009, 09:18 PM
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I am new here and wondering how to actually get my hands on a Land Rover. I have been wanting one ever since the D90 started showing up on our shores. Now I'm wondering what is more valuable in the experience of ownership of one of these legendary vehicles. Would it be mechanical experience, expendable money, or the conquer anything attitude. Just getting into one of these vehicles is a bit pricey and you are still likely to get a high mileage truck with significant rust. I'm not sure how to start out in this realm. Maybe an old Series that I can get into cheaper and learn how to fix it... or waiting for a d90 that won't break the bank... Any advice on how to scratch that itch would be appreciated. Thanks.

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Old August 26th, 2009, 09:30 PM
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An older series, while very appealing can sometimes end becoming expensive as well. That vehicle is the epitome of the " Domino effect". Just my thoughts,...
I do happen to like series trucks better than Defenders though. Good Luck with the journey!
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Old August 26th, 2009, 09:57 PM
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All of the above. I know Old English Cars has some vehicles for sale from time to time. Mileage is not the enemy, only rust IMO. There are some trucks for sale here that may be worth considering. Youve at least got the best Rover mechanic in the state close by so your already ahead of the game.
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Old August 26th, 2009, 10:16 PM
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They do have some pretty decent 83 RHD 110's from time to time. It's good to hear your opinion of his capabilities. When I went over there and kicked some tires he seemed like a very nice chap. The prices here for D90's definitely seem more approachable than the average ebay price. So many different ways to go...
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Old August 26th, 2009, 11:27 PM
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They do have some pretty decent 83 RHD 110's from time to time. It's good to hear your opinion of his capabilities. When I went over there and kicked some tires he seemed like a very nice chap. The prices here for D90's definitely seem more approachable than the average ebay price. So many different ways to go...
Buy an import, i know someone who got 2 import 83/84 110's that were already here for under $10k each.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 01:49 AM
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Old August 27th, 2009, 03:03 AM
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Old August 27th, 2009, 04:16 AM
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Buy an import, i know someone who got 2 import 83/84 110's that were already here for under $10k each.
I did some caluculations at current prices

3000 for a nice clean rust free v8 or 2.25 original 110
300-500 to transport to docks depending on where it is.
1000 shipping
= 4500.00 which is $7650.00 @1.7$/ which is a safe rate.
allow $600 approx for duties and fees
= $8250 landed.
If you want a tdi or later pannels stephen peter can provide you with these parts and once you built your later looking vehicle I doubt you'll have much change from $20,000

Or you could buy one from a dealer ready done with prices rangeing from $22,000 upwards depending on who you go to.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 04:46 AM
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Ron beat me to it- the black NM truck is a perfect starter IMHO.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 09:08 AM
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The one in NM has definitely caught my eye. I was born and raised there, lots of rust free classics rolling around those roads. By the time I get an import and do anything to it, it will be close to the price of that ST.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 09:38 AM
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The key attribute is to have a few screws loose. Just wanting a rover qualifies you, so you are all set.

Get the black D90 in NM and join the fray!
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Old August 27th, 2009, 12:49 PM
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+++ on the NM truck.

If you are OK with oil drips, power steering fluid drips, wind noise, water leaks and other trivial issues you'll be fine. Having cash or learning to be mechanical will help alot.

You will also have to get used to people staring on the road, answering questions about your ride where ever you go, and being asked if you want to sell it.

I don't plan on ever selling mine.
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When I'm traveling w/ the rover I do a little dance when I get within 100 miles of home b/c I know that I can make it back with AAA.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 02:03 PM
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When I'm traveling w/ the rover I do a little dance when I get within 100 miles of home b/c I know that I can make it back with AAA.

I am glad to know I am not the only one.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 03:04 PM
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Buy the NM truck before I do!!!!!!!! Please!!!!!!!!!!
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Old August 27th, 2009, 03:04 PM
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If you buy a used Land Rover allow a realistic annual budget for scheduled maintenance and the usually minor but often expensive things that have a habit of needing to be fixed.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 03:23 PM
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If I were in a different situation, my Disco would be gone, my Subaru would be gone, and that NM truck would be my new DD.... but with some of those balla' status black pro-comp alloys.... gotta keep it gangsta.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 04:10 PM
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drop me $35,000 and we'll build you a '25 yrs old' 110 doublecab with a tdi and lhd.
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Old August 27th, 2009, 06:02 PM
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I did some caluculations at current prices

3000 for a nice clean rust free v8 or 2.25 original 110
300-500 to transport to docks depending on where it is.
1000 shipping
= 4500.00 which is $7650.00 @1.7$/ which is a safe rate.
allow $600 approx for duties and fees
= $8250 landed.
If you want a tdi or later pannels stephen peter can provide you with these parts and once you built your later looking vehicle I doubt you'll have much change from $20,000

Or you could buy one from a dealer ready done with prices rangeing from $22,000 upwards depending on who you go to.
one was a 200tdi but i dont know the condition of the vehicles, but the prices are getting better.
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