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Old May 6th, 2014, 07:41 AM
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At $50k it's a bargain at only $0.30 per mile driven. I've seen some NAS D90's for sale recently for $20+ per mile that the truck has been driven. Just think how much he'd be saving!
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Old May 6th, 2014, 08:55 AM
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I would prefer a 1997 or so 4L engined D90 hard top.
Don't know if its still on the market, but if I was looking for a 97 Station Wagon myself, I'd be considering this one. No affiliation with the seller but looks like a nice rust free LE.

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Old May 6th, 2014, 09:52 AM
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Don't know if its still on the market, but if I was looking for a 97 Station Wagon myself, I'd be considering this one. No affiliation with the seller but looks like a nice rust free LE.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...eferrerid=3607
Thanks. I saw that already and wish it was closer. Want to introduce myself to several local Defender mechanics so I can have a local car inspected should it become available. I'm beginning to think that getting a D90 from a local enthusiast is a good way to go.
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Old May 6th, 2014, 10:07 AM
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Since you have the money to source a nice one, I highly suggest grabbing one from a non-rustbelt area. NJ probably isn't THAT bad, but it's not as nice as an Arizona truck...
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Old May 6th, 2014, 10:11 AM
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Since you have the money to source a nice one, I highly suggest grabbing one from a non-rustbelt area. NJ probably isn't THAT bad, but it's not as nice as an Arizona truck...
If I go that route, how would I rust proof any car I eventually acquire?
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There are a few different ways. I had my D2 waxoyl'd and it looks amazing underneath still. I am biased though.

There's also POR-15, eastwood chassis, etc.
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If I go that route, how would I rust proof any car I eventually acquire?
You buy two cans of waxoyl from Rovers North and you use my guns to spray it on. It takes a little prep work but worth the effort.
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Old May 6th, 2014, 03:39 PM
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You buy two cans of waxoyl from Rovers North and you use my guns to spray it on. It takes a little prep work but worth the effort.
Thanks for the offer. I'll let you know when I get my D90.
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There is a nice 90 pickup for sale on the forum. Go find yourself a hardtop (or softtop) setup, buy one of the remanned 300 tdi's that has recently be advertised and drop another $5k in engine aux/fitting.

I think the 90 is for sale at 16K (repainted, looks clean, galvy chassis [worth $5K alone])
300 TDI plus trans plus fitting plus BS I would say 10-15K
hardtop (plus respray to match) or softtop, maybe 2500

35K for your d90 DD and your addiction begins.


Concerning mechanics... There is a gentleman in CT, south shore, also there is Richard Moody in Jamestown (my neighbor)

He has several defenders 'for sale' at all times on his lot. Give him a call, he's very knowledgeable but he knows what the trucks are worth. Rover Specialty vehicles I think is the name of Moody's shop
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There is a nice 90 pickup for sale on the forum. Go find yourself a hardtop (or softtop) setup, buy one of the remanned 300 tdi's that has recently be advertised and drop another $5k in engine aux/fitting.

I think the 90 is for sale at 16K (repainted, looks clean, galvy chassis [worth $5K alone])
300 TDI plus trans plus fitting plus BS I would say 10-15K
hardtop (plus respray to match) or softtop, maybe 2500

35K for your d90 DD and your addiction begins.

Concerning mechanics... There is a gentleman in CT, south shore, also there is Richard Moody in Jamestown (my neighbor)

He has several defenders 'for sale' at all times on his lot. Give him a call, he's very knowledgeable but he knows what the trucks are worth. Rover Specialty vehicles I think is the name of Moody's shop
Two sitting right out front at Richards. Chris's 97 D90 and a ROW RHD 110 soft-top.
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Spoke with a restoration outfit dedicated to Defenders. Very knowledgeable and stated that mileage is quite important. In considering acquiring a vehicle for a daily driver, any car over 100K in miles would have an engine that would last a few years before a completely new engine would be required. This seems a little extreme as there are many D90s out there that are high mileage and still running well, I assume.

Also, just quickly perusing through the forum pages here, I didn't see engine issues or any other issues that were major problems.

My plan is to keep any D90 I get at least an additional 10-15 years. Will the engine last, if well maintained, as long as a Toyota Landcruiser with 300K miles not uncommon.

Rather than a new (Corvette) engine as was what they used, are original D90 engines ever rebuilt in high mileage examples? What about the transmission?
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Mileage is much less important than condition IMO. Losing NLA parts to corrosion/damage is worse to me than having to put an LS or new engine in a truck.
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Spoke with a restoration outfit dedicated to Defenders. Very knowledgeable and stated that mileage is quite important. In considering acquiring a vehicle for a daily driver, any car over 100K in miles would have an engine that would last a few years before a completely new engine would be required. This seems a little extreme as there are many D90s out there that are high mileage and still running well, I assume. Also, just quickly perusing through the forum pages here, I didn't see engine issues or any other issues that were major problems. My plan is to keep any D90 I get at least an additional 10-15 years. Will the engine last, if well maintained, as long as a Toyota Landcruiser with 300K miles not uncommon. Rather than a new (Corvette) engine as was what they used, are original D90 engines ever rebuilt in high mileage examples? What about the transmission?
I'm with Zach; mileage is less important than corrosion. The $3500 used engine install won't bury you, the bulkhead, the doors and the frame absolutely will.
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Mileage is irrelevant on a 20 year old vehicle. I'd much rather have a vehicle that has been driven and maintained regularly than a vehicle that has been sitting for extended periods of time.
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"Also, just quickly perusing through the forum pages here, I didn't see engine issues or any other issues that were major problems."

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Mileage is irrelevant on a 20 year old vehicle. I'd much rather have a vehicle that has been driven and maintained regularly than a vehicle that has been sitting for extended periods of time.
Agreed. The 3.9 or 4.0 with 145k well maintained miles would be better than a 80k on its 4th oil change. Plus a 4.6 rebuild would be an option once the original went.
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Don't know if its still on the market, but if I was looking for a 97 Station Wagon myself, I'd be considering this one. No affiliation with the seller but looks like a nice rust free LE. http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...eferrerid=3607
It's pending sale. I'm probably gonna regret selling it but I really want a soft top. Joshua, I'll shoot you a PM when it sells.

I'll update the original post if it sells or not. Buyer is flying in in a week to check it out.
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Thanks for all of the responses regarding mileage. It confirms what I thought made most sense. Getting a rust free example will be top on my list.

Does a 4.6 rebuild mean getting your engine rebuilt by reboring the cylinders?
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Thanks for all of the responses regarding mileage. It confirms what I thought made most sense. Getting a rust free example will be top on my list.

Does a 4.6 rebuild mean getting your engine rebuilt by reboring the cylinders?
Land Rover had a 4.6 "twin" of your engine in a couple other vehicles, you just need to buy one and get it installed
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Spoke with a restoration outfit dedicated to Defenders. Very knowledgeable and stated that mileage is quite important. In considering acquiring a vehicle for a daily driver, any car over 100K in miles would have an engine that would last a few years before a completely new engine would be required.
Please tell us who this is.
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