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Old April 11th, 2005, 03:54 PM
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Adam Salnick
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This is a question that goes out to all of you Seattle D90 owners. I am really looking pretty heavily at at getting myself a 90 as a "practical" car. For some reason I have never owned a car made in the last 30 years, but lack of time to work on a car is driving me that direction. Right now my two main drivers are a 1969 Triumpg TR6 and a Series 3 SWB land rover. Anyway, I have never driven a 90 before and I sure would like to try it out before I empty my savings account. There are a couple for sale locally but I am not sure that I am interested in them, so I feel a bit bad about taking them out for a joy drive. Anyway, if any of you guys would let me take it around the block I would much appreciate it! I am just trying to get a feel for how it feels underway. I love my series rover to death, but it is a lot of work to drive in traffic. Anyway, please drop me a line if you can help me out. Thanks for your time.

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Old April 11th, 2005, 05:37 PM
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As a former TR3 owner, I would say that if you can handle the NVH levels of the triumph, you will enjoy the D90. I've never owned a series, but the D has power brakes, steering, etc and is really quite pleant to handle in and around. The D90 is actually a parking machine since visibility is excellent and you can easily feel where all four corners are at.

I'm from Seattle, but I'm not there now, so I cant offer much except words of encouragement. If you are still wondering this summer, shoot me an email - I'll be around Seattle through most of July and August.
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Old April 11th, 2005, 06:49 PM
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Compared to a 90, driving my Series IIa with parabolic springs was like driving a tractor while being hit in the back with a shovel. The D90 is a much more civilized truck. Noise levels with the fiberglass/soft/no top are lower than the Safari top was, too.
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Old April 13th, 2005, 08:46 PM
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I've got a stock '95 SW that should serve your purposes. I'd be happy to drive around the block with you. I'm in Magnolia. I'll send an e-mail to your address and we can coordinate something./RFA
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Old April 14th, 2005, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by asalnick
There are a couple for sale locally but I am not sure that I am interested in them, so I feel a bit bad about taking them out for a joy drive.
If you're seriously considering a D90, it wouldn't be a joy drive, now would it ? Don't be scared or feel bad, just go drive it.

Speaking from many years (regretfully) in the car business, just go take it for a test drive... like we used to say: "...The feel of the wheel, is half the deal..."


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Old April 14th, 2005, 11:31 AM
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When I was looking, I went and just drove a number of them that were on the market (in the Seattle area). Besides, they were all different too.
Just go do it. Besides, you *might* become interested in one of them. Just maybe.
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