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Old February 18th, 2008, 09:12 PM
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Would the 4.6 V8 solve the reliability issue and be reasonably cost efficient? The biggest concern is getting it to start when I need it to and staying out of the shop as much as possible. Forgot about milage. Hows that? Tranny change needed or necessary? Could any old shop change it or is a specialist needed? Man, am I full of questions or what?
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Old February 18th, 2008, 09:18 PM
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If you are worried about reliability maybe a Jeep with a warranty is what you should consider. No offense meant. These are a hands on type vehicle to own. Reliability comes with excessive and compulsive maintenance.

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Old February 18th, 2008, 09:24 PM
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Diesel 90

FWIW - I love my 90 with the 2.8 conversion. Torque and acceleration are very good, especially around town. Cruises comfortably at 110-115 km/h on 33s. In fact, top end is limited by the RPM even though it feels like there is more power to tap into (might swap out the 4.11 back to stock diffs to try and help with this). However, the conversion is expensive and others have had issues with overheating. Engine is no longer in production - most parts are similar to the 300 TDI but there are some differences that could be an issue to sort out down the road.

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Old February 18th, 2008, 10:22 PM
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None taken, Pendy. However, the government classifies me as being "highly compensated," which means time spent working on the truck costs me a lot more than paying someone else to do it. I just want to be sure that when I drive to work, I can also drive home. Believe me, if these things came in a 2008 model, we ain't having this converstation. A Jeep is a poor substitute for a D 90 IMO. I'm still trying to get over the first one I ever saw.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 12:32 AM
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I splashed out for all new components when I did my conversion a few years ago, and have covered 60k miles with no hassles, perfect start every time. As a caveat, I got a rebuilt t-case and it went tits up, but thats a whole different story.
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Old February 19th, 2008, 09:27 AM
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I just want to be sure that when I drive to work, I can also drive home.
It helps to have a secondary vehicle. Preferably a 1-ton with a trailer so you can go pickup the rover where it started giving you attitude.

The only issue that has stranded me on the 300 was the fuel stop solenoid corroding a tad and she wouldn't start. Luckily I knew pendy at that point and he talked me through a roadside fix.

I have also spun a rod bearing which required an engine rebuild but that is more of a problem between the steering wheel and seat.

Echoing everyone else, be prepared to have downtime with it.

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I just read you DO have a tow vehicle. you're all set!
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