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Old November 27th, 2007, 12:28 PM
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Matthew Carey
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Please share your thoughts on D90 History

Looking for some advice on a 1995 Wagon I am interested on buying, itís a car which spent most of its life in MA. Here are a few excerpts from the dealers warrantee service history:

25,434 miles: Replaced R/H ball joint on drag link, due to squirrely feeling while driving

Rebuilt L/H joint in drag/drop arm, due to squirrely feeling while driving

Replaced gear box, fit new gears, due to excessive whine noise above 30mph.

Replace worn bolt on pan head rod bearing, due to excessive movement.

Replace F/R diff seals, due to leaks.

Replace F/R Stub axle seals, due to leaks.

Replace front crank seal, due to leaks.

Replaced rear end T box washer, due to leaks.

Replaced broken exhaust at manifold.

27,063 miles: Replaced front diff, due to hard shifting and excessive whine noise.

Replaced stub axle seals, due to leaks

Replaced connectors on rear stop lights due to corrosion.

Repaired LF Door jam, RF Door jam, rear body panel, RS & LS waist rail, LR & RR corner/ seams, Replaced RF & LF door hinges, Replaced and painted rear cargo door, due to corrosion.

28,248 miles: Replaced drive shaft, due to vibration between 55-70mph.

55,041 miles: Repaired LS & RS waist rail, LR & RR corner, windshield area, Replaced and painted both front doors, and cargo door, due to severe corrosion.

The car has 79,000 miles on it now and looks great; please share your thoughts on the dealerís repairs, particularly the corrosion repairs, and what I should look for before proceeding.

Thanks for your help Matthew

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Old November 27th, 2007, 01:01 PM
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any pictures??

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Old November 27th, 2007, 01:28 PM
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That is no surprise for a truck used as a daily driver here. We salt the crap out of the roads for no apparent reason.

I would be concerned about the bottom of the bulkhead and frame, depending on the price being asked for this truck.
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Old November 27th, 2007, 02:00 PM
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I'd think either two things... one, it had a lot of problems or two, the original owner complained about every little thing and got warranty to take care of it..
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Old November 27th, 2007, 02:59 PM
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Sounds like the service department is making up for a slow sales quarter. The owner might also be of the sort who prompted LR to switch the Mud Terrains for All Terrains.

Many of the issues with Defenders were attributable to owners who expected the refinement of a Range Rover.
"Uhh...I think they all leak like that."
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Old November 27th, 2007, 05:17 PM
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If the truck lived on the coast or an island, I would be extremely concerned about rust in the frame and bulkhead as well as the front two doors. Replacing fenders due to corrosion is a big red flag.

You need to look at it carefully. Mechanically, that is par for the course if not a little better than average.

*not legal advice*
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