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Old November 11th, 2013, 04:33 PM
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Hi, I am new here and looking to get a '97 Defender 90. Trying to decide between one that has ~ 75k miles and another that has 110k miles. Both seem to be well maintained and in good overall shape. The 110k one has been reconditioned. Does it make more sense to go w/ the 110k mile one since it's already passed the 100k maintenance? What is involved at 115k for maintenance?

I do not know how to fix a truck myself yet, but hoping to learn in time. Will a well maintained 115k mi D90 need a lot of work to keep going?

Thanks everyone.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 04:53 PM
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Neal, have you or someone you know take a look at the trucks.

As Loic so eloquently said... "Online speculation will not replace onsite inspection."
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Old November 12th, 2013, 12:21 PM
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My .02

A few years back I bought a pristine 97 D90 SW and paid top dollar at the time from a dealer. it had very low miles (~ 65k) and while I liked it, I felt that the diffderence between a high mileage, well cared for example and the low mileage wouldn't be too much of a difference.

Fast forward to this year and I bought a 95 Soft Top D90 with 100K miles and paid a fair price. I couldnt be happier. Its drive great, I have some records, and it also had recent maintenance done.

My old defender is currently on ebay for $80,000 from a local dealer. what a joke.

Buy whichever you will like and be happy with. If you can have someone inspect it, even better. And be sure to ask for any pictures that you would like to see.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 12:29 PM
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Hi Neal, we are both in the same neighborhood. Check out my website and the services I can offer for helping you buy a Defender.

www.overhillanddale.com
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Old November 12th, 2013, 12:33 PM
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My old defender is currently on ebay for $80,000 from a local dealer. what a joke.
Haha. Is your old one this red truck? If so, yes that dealer is on crack!

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Old November 12th, 2013, 12:52 PM
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There are plenty of us in the area that would be happy to lend a hand checking a truck out. If you're buying in the northeast, rust is of the utmost concern.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 01:01 PM
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I do not know how to fix a truck myself yet, but hoping to learn in time. Will a well maintained 115k mi D90 need a lot of work to keep going?

Thanks everyone.
I don't mean to be negative, but this is a recipe for disaster if you don't have at least a baseline of automotive mechanical knowledge or a LOT of money and the comfort of paying a lot of labor. Get someone VERY knowledgeable to look it over and test drive it, and spend the money upfront-no holding back, on all the ankle biter issues. Have someone replace every hose and ignition component so you have a baseline maintenance routine set (aka, get rid of the unknowns). And get that sucker waxoiled after you take possession of it.

Also come to grips with the fact that a 10+ year old truck will have issues, and don't be the guy that buys a 4wd that old and expecting it to behave like a certified used 2 year old vehicle.

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Old November 12th, 2013, 03:31 PM
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RiJosho, yes that is my old D90. I sold it and delivered it to a very nice buyer in Malibu back in 08 or 09 and have seen it on the local Autotrader before. I was very surprised to see it pop up on Ebay with such a crazy price.
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