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Old July 20th, 2010, 02:54 PM
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Richmond VA 1997 D90 Owners

I am seriously replacing my daily driver with a 1997 D90...my problem is i have never stood within 10 feet of one but I really like the body style! I once owned an eighty something Montero that I loved. I cant find any 97's for sale within 100 miles...so my thought is if someone wants to show off their pride and joy I would appreciate checking one out!!
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Old July 20th, 2010, 03:00 PM
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Do you have your eyes on a particular 1997 that is currently for sale?
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Old July 20th, 2010, 03:31 PM
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Im up in Alexandria, not sure if you ever get up this way, but if so, you are more than welcome to look at mine.

As a side note....as much as I love my Defender....I dont think I would ever want it to be a daily driver.

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I am seriously replacing my daily driver with a 1997 D90...my problem is i have never stood within 10 feet of one but I really like the body style! I once owned an eighty something Montero that I loved. I cant find any 97's for sale within 100 miles...so my thought is if someone wants to show off their pride and joy I would appreciate checking one out!!
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Old July 20th, 2010, 06:56 PM
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As a side note....as much as I love my Defender....I dont think I would ever want it to be a daily driver.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 08:50 PM
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I am looking at the green 90 on britrover.com for 39990.00 it has 71,000 miles on it. It looks great. I spoke with Paul.
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Old July 20th, 2010, 09:12 PM
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I spoke with Paul as well when looking for my truck and he definitely has some nice rigs. That being said, I am sure you can find a number of trucks and would recommend driving as many as possible before locking in. Any reason you have narrowed down to the '97?
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Old July 20th, 2010, 09:31 PM
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Christina is in the Fan, not sure if hers is a 95 or 97, what is the difference between those years?
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Old July 21st, 2010, 06:43 AM
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the 97 is the newest...or lastest and greatest you can get state side. aside from that no real reason but if I'm going to drop 40k+ on a used truck I'm going to want it to be as new as I can get it! I have owned a dozen or so trucks and they are all about the same...
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Old July 21st, 2010, 07:14 AM
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Bill the 97s will all be auto. The 94/95s will all be manual unless otherwise converted to auto aftermarket. The interior could be argued to be "cleaner" in the 97s, particularly because of the auto console.

If you don't care about auto vs. Manual, go more for a well maintained, , serviced, driven, stock truck over just a newer truck.

Additionally, you don't need to drop $40k on a great truck.
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Old July 21st, 2010, 08:16 AM
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I second Josh's statements...I would concentrate more on a well maintained truck with no rust before getting hung up on the latest and greatest. Also read through the forums so you understand the differences between the years
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Old July 21st, 2010, 08:38 AM
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I looked for months...and finally found one I was happy with...regardless as to what the market did a week, a month or a year from now.

I would rather buy a Defender from the individual that maintained it- than from a dealer that can not give you the in-depth history of the vehicle that the owner/driver/enthusiast can.

No matter how you look at it- dealerships are in the business to make money- and have a business to run and overhead to pay for.

Some dealers specialize in Land Rovers, like britrover.com- and have full time staff that go out looking for the best Defenders on the market-which wont sell cheap. Others find lesser examples...armorall the tires, spray paint the undercarriage, put on seat covers, toss in new floor mats and tell you it is a "clean low mileage rover" - and still sell it for prices that reach the ionosphere.

There are a few exceptions, ie DAP, ECR for instance- that do amazing work--but I wouldnt lump them in with traditional "dealers" since they are more in the restoration side of the house. The vehicles that drive away from there shops are better overall vehicles than when the originally came off the production line.
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Old July 21st, 2010, 08:47 AM
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yes the auto will do better than the manual for now...I am continuing my education and know just enough to be a danger to my bank account at this point- the reason I am looking at the 97 verse the 95 is...all things being equal unless you know the guy selling the truck I'm going with the newer one...It's all a flip of the coin so....go with your gut! I have seen some 90's for less but they are all pretty close to that price for a clean no rust truck...

------ Follow up post added July 21st, 2010 08:52 AM ------

ECR is great I have watched their site for the past few years...I have also checked out Copley Motorcars (in the same area). The end game would be to get ECR to work their magic for me but as I'm a green in this area I'm going slow!
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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:03 AM
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I have seen some 90's for less but they are all pretty close to that price for a clean no rust truck...
If you don't jump on the first one you see, you'll find that many well maintained 97s with fewer than 80k miles come up for sale in the $28-32k range. If you're looking at ST's, when you buy from an individual you'll often find that the seller will include all of the tops that were purchased for the truck. And most will include all of the "spare parts" accumulated over the years.

Not a huge deal for many, but one of those things to consider. My truck came with 4 different Badger tops and I use all of them.

Most important thing to drive home here is that paying more in this case doesn't always mean getting more. Often times the same truck can be had for $30-32k as $40k.

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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:04 PM
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Old July 21st, 2010, 09:10 PM
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As a side note....as much as I love my Defender....I dont think I would ever want it to be a daily driver.
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ha- if you want to drive the beltway every day in yours bro- you are more than welcome to do so!


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Old July 22nd, 2010, 08:10 AM
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I would be happy to let you check out/ test drive my stock 97 ST, on Saturday, so you have an idea what you might be buying. I live south of Richmond and could drive up in the morning. Just let me know.
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Old July 24th, 2010, 11:39 AM
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Old July 24th, 2010, 09:59 PM
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I appreciate that! I met with Ed this morning...His D90 was what I expected!! Thanks.
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Old July 26th, 2010, 11:27 AM
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Driving a 90 is not a bad DD if your not commuting more than 30 miles...

After that it really gets annoying, the drone and hard ride... I guess if your 18 years old and still have good kidneys its not that's not a big a concern...

My commute is for the last 5 years has been In heavy traffic around the Boston Metro area ... In New England no one generally understands the rules of the road or gives right of way to anybody... And most drive totally clueless until they get there Dunkin Doughnut coffee.. IMO very poor driving skills seem be proper form for native born New Englanders...

Not bragging but my 90 is by no means stock and is in great condition... most notable I'm a SW and lifted with 305's and a winch and ARB bull bar lights and jack stuck up front... My custom made Diff cover looks really cool in a Prious rear view.... And what i think is the best are the rock sliders... They sit about mid window for most cars seem to work great at stopping people them from wandering into my lane...

I guess the Para Military look and my personalized additions and easy going driving style seems to be the right combination to subdue the over aggressive mass-hole drivers, It also scares the crap out of the sensitive VT Volvo/Subaru Tourists... And God love them the guys from Maine love the thing i guess there too busy wondering why it isn't all rusted up and not dragging a muffler to be concerned about cutting me off...

ITS TRUE... When i commute with my older 300D sedan or my 99 Ranger or my ML500 I get no respect. When i drive the 90 the seas part and I have a clear path...

I for one love driving it...

So IMO I its a cool commuter but not the most comfortable..


PS Mass D-90 and driver do not apply to my comments your cool and will most likely agree to my observations....
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