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Old January 11th, 2012, 09:02 PM
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One thing I have found with Rovers; you don't find them, they find you. Every one I have ever owned have been happened upon. I have never had to search. If it is meant to be, it will.
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Old January 11th, 2012, 09:38 PM
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One thing I have found with Rovers; you don't find them, they find you. Every one I have ever owned have been happened upon. I have never had to search. If it is meant to be, it will.
Bill:

I take it you're single (or a virgin) as well?

Just kidding buddy .
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Old January 11th, 2012, 10:27 PM
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Also - from what I've seen 15-18k can get you a decent ROW 80's defender usually with a 200 or 300tdi swap. expect some things needing repair, but the core should be good.

I picked up my 88 with a 2.5td in it for 9500, and quickly sank 4500 into it. Not that all of that $4500 was necessary, but it did go fast.

I'm happy with the truck and it is a reliable "toy". I was thinking about putting in a 200tdi, but honestly the 2.5td works very well, with no issues. I'll drive it till it fails and then worry about a swap.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 11:51 AM
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I thought this guy was a troll for a while, but I guess the ESL might have been the issue.

If you just want a cool truck, and you have workshop skills and/or inclination/time/tools, get a ROW on the 25 year exemption and put the time in. Get one already LHD. I don't know why more people don't do this, maybe language barrier, but if I was going to buy a 25yr old defender i'd go to germany. Granted I have extensive contacts who could help me out there, but just a few reasons: 1, they're LHD, 2, germany doesn't F-around with their transportation laws/enforcement. All of your equipment has to be functional and in good condition or you can't drive on the roads (headlights, tail-lights, glass, brakes, frame, body work, etc etc), and they strictly enforce it. I'd say easily 50% of the cars on the road in the US wouldn't be allowed to drive in germany.
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Germans use lots of salt on their roads. While what you say about TUV requirements etc is true, trucks from Southern France and Spain are far better lhd candidates. I'll take a sun faded rust free truck anyday over a dutch, swiss, or german truck thats been exposed to salt. Just my .02 having imported trucks from those countries.
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Old January 13th, 2012, 01:32 PM
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I thought this guy was a troll for a while, but I guess the ESL might have been the issue.

If you just want a cool truck, and you have workshop skills and/or inclination/time/tools, get a ROW on the 25 year exemption and put the time in. Get one already LHD. I don't know why more people don't do this, maybe language barrier, but if I was going to buy a 25yr old defender i'd go to germany. Granted I have extensive contacts who could help me out there, but just a few reasons: 1, they're LHD, 2, germany doesn't F-around with their transportation laws/enforcement. All of your equipment has to be functional and in good condition or you can't drive on the roads (headlights, tail-lights, glass, brakes, frame, body work, etc etc), and they strictly enforce it. I'd say easily 50% of the cars on the road in the US wouldn't be allowed to drive in germany.
It is not quite that easy. Availability and cost play into things. As Doug mentions you can look in the southern EU to get a nice truck but seems that the Russians are buying up everything possible. The money is good and they are paying top dollar. As you know in Spain they are not rovers but the Spanish version that you will find. (leaf sprung) Nothing wrong with that, just doesn't say Defender.
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It is not quite that easy. Availability and cost play into things. As Doug mentions you can look in the southern EU to get a nice truck but seems that the Russians are buying up everything possible. The money is good and they are paying top dollar. As you know in Spain they are not rovers but the Spanish version that you will find. (leaf sprung) Nothing wrong with that, just doesn't say Defender.
That's the Santana I believe...
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yes santana and they look completely different. outside and inside! The defender looks 100 times better!

the santana's are very cheap in Europe! defenders.......not.

if you want to see how they look like click on the link below. I know it is Dutch but the pics will tell the story.
Good quality defenders are getting hard to find! rust piles not so much.

http://auto.marktplaats.nl/land-rove...1#photoGallery
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