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Old April 24th, 2015, 05:15 PM
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Gaz or diesel

I'm new to these trucks, but I'm currently on the hunt for a good candidate for import from central america.

I'm still not sure, should I bring back a diesel or a gazoline truck? Please help me decide

Here is cool pic from my hunt!

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Old April 24th, 2015, 06:37 PM
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Old April 24th, 2015, 06:45 PM
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That is a very wide ranging question. Defender? Series? RR? Disco? Lada? Budget?
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Old April 25th, 2015, 07:41 PM
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In CR petrol are 25% cheaper than diesel and have less wear and tear, but they all need a lot of love. I look at dozens each year there (but buy very few) and have imported both. I prefer Petrol.
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Old April 26th, 2015, 08:34 AM
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Diesel engines have generally better fuel economy and earlier ones are all mechanical making them theoretically more reliable. The downside is fewer experienced mechanics to work on them.
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Old April 26th, 2015, 09:39 AM
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It's a personal choice, I like diesel, it's more expensive, it smells, the engines cost more, they smoke like a chimney. Why would anyone go with petrol?
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Old April 26th, 2015, 09:59 AM
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X8, Personal perspective. There is no cost or power upside to diesel, IMO. A lot of folks have them...that just means it's right for them. Make a list of what's important in your operation...go from there.
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Old April 26th, 2015, 10:02 AM
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Thx guys!
I'm almost set on buying a nice petrol series IIA to import. Before I wanted to be sure I wasn't wrong by not choosing a diesel...

If all goes well, I'll show pics of my new truck this week
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Old April 26th, 2015, 10:11 AM
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REDrum, why don't you buy more in CR? Is it because most of them have questionnable modifications, like this one I saw...


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Why would anyone go with petrol?
Opinions are all based on personal perspective. Florida is a great place for an NA diesel. If I lived in Martin or St Lucie county, where the most elevation a vehicle is challenged by is a bridge over the intercoastal waterway, I may consider another 2.25NA diesel. (IIRC there is a decent sized hill on Rt 1 near JDSP too that may require grabbing a lower gear

Having owned 2.25L Landy diesels, in both Costa Rica and New England, my perspective is they are painful slow and down-right dangerous on hills over 100 meters in height. The 16HP performance advantage petrol have over diesel in 2.25L engines is significant. One of the scariest thing I’ve ever done behind the wheel of land rover is drive the Cerro de la muerte in the central highlands of Costa Rica (approx 3,000M); was praying a lot that afternoon….

Sure diesel gets better fuel economy, but down in the double digit hp range, speed has a lot of safety merit.
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Wow I've just done the Cerro de la muerte on a modern motorcycle...I can definitly see how scarry that must have been!
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REDrum, why don't you buy more in CR?
Because VERY VERY few meet my utility (usability) or resale-abilty requirements. Over the past 18 years my wife and I have been visiting and living there P/T, we have looked at hundreds of Land Cruisers and Land Rovers Se Vende, but only purchased 7.

Its not to hard to find series truck with a good (no/low) rust frame and good body panels to bring to the US for a personal project truck ($4 to 6 range). But its VERY hard to find one well "restored" that doesn't need $5K more in sorting and replacement of odd-ball parts. Most "restored" landys down there still have clapped-out engines are just get hit with fresh paint and upholstery, and they want $15K for'm. Every shop (taller) down there can wrench on and fix series trucks but very few repair anything correctly or come close to US quality standards. Caveat Emptor.
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REDrum, why don't you buy more in CR? Is it because most of them have questionnable modifications, like this one I saw...


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For some strange reason...I kinda like this...
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I will use caution!

After seeing more then 15, we started to only consider trucks with original paint and engine...but they are rare!
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I will use caution!

After seeing more then 15, we started to only consider trucks with original paint and engine...but they are rare!
Are you in Tico-stan right now? If so, my mechanic just looked at a tan S3 petrol for sale in Cartago, $4.3K US. Said it was a very good deal and we should buy it; but just paid my US taxes so play money is on fumes. PM me if you want more info.
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... your form is growing on me Luis, but it is missing this... Lol
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