Well, I love my 94 D90 five speed...
Alot more fun than my 200 BMW.528I
with its stupid " steptronic" transmission my husband upsolutly
had 2 have and doesnt even know how to use
kinda like me and that dif-lock
ALSO " it depents a great deal on how someone took care of the vehicle!!!!
A 94 may last you alot longer if it has been properly maintained and keept, unlike
an 97 thats been trashed and run in the ground!!!!!
Every Defender, Disco or freelander is unique there are ALOT of things that
could go wrong on ANY OF THEM reguardless of year.
You do the math...use your'e OWN judgemant!
Best of luck