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Old December 4th, 2010, 06:08 PM
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Newbie here with a couple questions. I did search and couldn't find what I was looking for with this question.
I am in the market for a D90 and I know someone who is selling theirs. It has been in the family since new and from what I know has been taken care of. They gave it to me to let me drive for a week or so. I know that people who are not Defender people are blown away by how much they go for as I was a number of years ago when I wanted to buy one. Now the time is right for me. So here is my question. When paying around 40 should I expect to have a D90 that is near perfect? I know this is a loaded question and I am sure someone will want to know what these imperfections are that I am seeing, what year it is and what miles it has on it. I understand it is old, but I was just looking for any thoughts on how "perfect" it should be for the price.

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Old December 4th, 2010, 06:19 PM
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Need more info. Year, mileage etc but Id go out on a limb and say in this market it would need to be pretty damn nice to fetch 40k.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 08:26 PM
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It is a 94 with 40,000 mls. Here is what I am seeing are little things like the handle on the drivers door is really loose. You can see the bolts, maybe an easy tighten but I didn't look that close yet. There is one area of cracking/small hole in the fiberglass of the top. The original soft top isn't any good. The glass windows are loose, and aren't tight up against the frame. Maybe this is normal? Rust on the underside of the rear break light above the tire. It appears the plate is starting to peal away. The rear bumper has a light coating of rust on the entire surface alone with rust on the rear tire mount and hinges. There are other things, maybe I will take photos tomorrow and post them as well. I think mechanically they are thinking this is as good as it gets and that is why they are pricing it as such.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 08:34 PM
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that sounds like a low $20s tops. There are some really good deals out there. I just sold a 42k zero rust like new truck for $30k, with a very good orig top as a point of reference.
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Old December 4th, 2010, 09:20 PM
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yeah unless there is something you aren't telling us it is not worth 40k but say it is blue or black, it sounds like all minor things that can be fixed easily with a good round of PC. If that is the case those colors are worth 30k at least with that mileage and one owner.
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Search the for sale section. There is a great Search feature on the menu at the top of the page. Its a good way to get a feel for value. Low miles are good but i would rather have a truck with more miles that was well maintained. You can get a hell of of truck for $40k. Thats the top of the market. For that you can get a really great truck........ with a badger top and a rust free frame.
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Newbie here with a couple questions. I did search and couldn't find what I was looking for with this question.
I am in the market for a D90 and I know someone who is selling theirs. It has been in the family since new and from what I know has been taken care of. They gave it to me to let me drive for a week or so. I know that people who are not Defender people are blown away by how much they go for as I was a number of years ago when I wanted to buy one. Now the time is right for me. So here is my question. When paying around 40 should I expect to have a D90 that is near perfect? I know this is a loaded question and I am sure someone will want to know what these imperfections are that I am seeing, what year it is and what miles it has on it. I understand it is old, but I was just looking for any thoughts on how "perfect" it should be for the price.

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You are starting in the right place. This board is rich in information and I doubt anyone on this site would steer you wrong. Speaking from the perspective of someone who hasnt been at this long but has dreamed from afar, 40 K is high end.

Someone will pay it most likley, someone with disposable cash. Without photos its most likley 25 to 28K. It sounds like a 90 that wasnt maintained by a typical 90 owner. I have bought two 90's in the last four months and both of the po's have taken exceptional care of the trucks!

In the end it always comes down to- whats it worth to you! Is it stock? what are the maint records like, if it has mods what are they...do you like them? In any event this board is the best place to start and you wont go wrong...everyone here is a great contributor to the knowledge base!!!
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Thanks everyone. Here are some photos. It is all stock as far as I know. I think the things I am pointing out are minor, but I was thinking for 40K I wouldn't have any minor things to fix.
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40k is about 2x too much for a '94 conniston green d90 ... the only thing that truck has going for it is low miles... that doesn't add a 20k premium though. For a lot less, you can find one with more miles, but that has been thoroughly gone through and upgraded in the right places (suspension, badger top, etc..) .. go through the for sale section here and see what has sold for what.
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and another, will try two this time
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seems like it will only take two at a time. this one is of the crack and the whole in the top.

------ Follow up post added December 5th, 2010 02:08 PM ------

sorry, the last couple of pics will not load. I think there is enough and I have a good idea from the responses I have gotten.
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Bulkhead rust = pass for me unless this thing was under 20k.

I know I am going against the norm but for me with a 94, at 40k it would have to be bone stock meaning still have a tickford. As for price and originalty it is the only way I would spend that on a 94.

Yes my 94 has gutter kit badger but when I got it, it had a belt rail kit already so originality was gone
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Old December 5th, 2010, 02:29 PM
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25k tops based on those pics and that maybe generous.
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not to be the bad guy, but $20k is doubtful given the other options available these days.
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Regardless of what we think, some only see miles. If it's a well documented 40k mile truck, I don't see it unlikely that people on eBay or the like will pay $30k or more. I started off as a newb looking for a low miles truck. As I learned more and more, met with owners, searched current stock for sale, etc. and generally took my sweet ass time to buy a truck, I heard over and over that I should look for a higher miles (read DRIVEN) rust free example. There were a few of those, but fewer of those in the color I wanted.

Those bumpers and tire carriers rust from the inside out, so along with a few other things, that tire carrier will eventually need some loving.

Long story short, look elsewhere for that price. You can get a way nicer example at $40k (if that's what you're liking to spend) at Copley.
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If they're asking 40k for that, I need to raise my price a few grand.

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