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Old July 12th, 2012, 08:39 AM
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What to expect for 30k

So I'm finally going to pull the trigger on a D90 and sorry if this is in the wrong spot. Been lurking here for a long time and had a question with regard to rust.
I went to look at a 94 ST yesterday and it had rusted door bottoms, a rusted rear cross member, failed emissions report, and a bum odometer(97k when stopped). Needless to say I was disappointed but got to thinking is that what you get for 30 large these days?
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Old July 12th, 2012, 08:43 AM
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30K will get you a nicer truck than that.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 08:52 AM
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I know this is a ways away from you, but to give you an idea...
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Old July 12th, 2012, 09:07 AM
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One of the other D-90 members just bought a really nice 1997 D-90 soft top with some very nice upgrades for just under 30K. He had to fetch it home from San Diego (a 2700 mile test drive) but it's rust free and in excellent condition. 30K should buy a pretty nice truck.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 09:11 AM
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$30k gets you a hell of a truck. $20k usually gets you a truck needing a little work in the 150k miles area, and $25 is basically the sweet spot.

Keep looking - don't jump the gun. Find a truck, post it up for us to look at and give you an honest opinion, and buy the best one your money can buy.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 09:25 AM
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The truck you described sounds more like a 20K truck... Go look a bunch more, and if you can, have a forum member go with you when you narrow your search to one or two.

There is a really nice 95 Green SW with a Galvy frame for 27K, and it was converted to Auto, looks like a 97. It is not too far away in MI.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 09:36 AM
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I'm assuming you're talking about this green one.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/cto/3106138713.html

Sure this one doesn't have a rear cage, but it looks nice. 1997 under $30k.

http://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/ctd/3131635752.html

I say be willing to expand your search further away than 20 miles from your current location. There are lots of nice trucks out there.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 09:53 AM
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If it's that 1994 one in green that I linked, I'd pass. He Line-X'd the cappings which just shows stupidity - who knows where else he did stupid crap like that. No way he spent $4k on that audio system - also, 2 12s is way to much bass (I have a JL 10 and that's too much even), and that was a hack job at best. If you buy a rear tonneau cover, you'll have to remove the sub boxes, as they made those boxes so tall that they're higher than the rear tub. Also, the rear tailgate clips were removed (may have had a fiberglass top at one time - is that included?), and it doesn't look like it has A/C either.

I'll bet it was owned by a teenager.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 10:08 AM
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Yes 30K buys one hell of a truck. It's a buyers market and there is alot to choose from. Most anyone here will help!! Good Luck!
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Old July 12th, 2012, 11:17 AM
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thank you all for confirming that this was not what to expect for 3 stacks of high society. i was hoping this would be the case. I'm in no hurry to buy. Am looking at looking at a 94ST in MN this weekend. will post picks and ask further questions.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 12:29 PM
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thank you all for confirming that this was not what to expect for 3 stacks of high society. i was hoping this would be the case. I'm in no hurry to buy. Am looking at looking at a 94ST in MN this weekend. will post picks and ask further questions.
well dont forget there are most likley D90 owners on this site that will/may go along with you to check out a vehicle...you'd be surprised. Just a thought...
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Old July 12th, 2012, 12:39 PM
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My $0.02 - in the past year, i got a rust free '95 with 53k miles on it for sub $30k from a fellow board member. i looked for 9 months and bid on 7 or 8 trucks. the members on this board were really helpful - even offering to look at trucks for me in their neck of the woods. takes a lot of patience and digging around, but stay firm on price and you'll be happy you did.
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You need to treat it like a transaction until you are driving home in it. Buy the best truck you can afford, and be ready to put money into it once she is home. These trucks are 15-19 years old. This is an emotional purchase for most of us, the trucks conjure up adventurous feelings. It becomes a lifestyle, and you will find yourself spending more time on the Forum than working. Be prepared to have ump-teen people approach, stop, talk, stare and touch your truck. There was a thread about a couple guys here that came out of a store, to find people sitting in their trucks.
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30k should equal ZERO RUST

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Old July 12th, 2012, 02:36 PM
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Have you considered importing? You could get one hell of a truck for that kind of money
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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:28 PM
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Have you considered importing? You could get one hell of a truck for that kind of money
If I had $30k I would definitely be looking in the UK, possibly even an ExMod. Meticulously maintained, and you would have tons of cash left over to start customizing... Thats my .02
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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:42 PM
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If I had $30k I would definitely be looking in the UK, possibly even an ExMod. Meticulously maintained, and you would have tons of cash left over to start customizing... Thats my .02
So where do you look for a 25 year old import? I don't know much about foreign vendors.
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Old July 13th, 2012, 01:08 AM
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So where do you look for a 25 year old import? I don't know much about foreign vendors.
http://gmr4x4.com/

http://www.landroverimport.com/index.html

http://www.dividingcreekimports.com/index.html

Thats just a few. Im sure the more veteran members of this forum know of plenty others as well.

Found this site not long ago:

http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehi...and_Rovers.htm

Then, of course there are guys in the States that specialize in selling trucks that have already crossed the pond. I bought my truck from DrAaron:

http://www.gb4x4.com/Current_Vehicles.html
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Old July 13th, 2012, 07:06 AM
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So where do you look for a 25 year old import? I don't know much about foreign vendors.
Be careful when dealing with Dealers or individuals out side of the States or Canada. I have seen many people loose money completely or get a truck that is much less than described and paperwork that takes ages to receive. We have some good vendors here on the board that can help you if you want a ROW truck. Also remember that a 25 year old truck in a high rust zone is going to need work. You get what you pay for.
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