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Old March 5th, 2004, 01:49 AM
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Hello all,
I am taking my 97 Defender to Daytona for my spring break monday and was wondering if I should worry about the long drive...My defender is top notch and everything is running perfect on it. The thing that i am worried about besides gas mileage is the fact that 80 mph for 9 hours with as minimal stops as possible. I am wondering how it will hold up at the speed for that amount of time and back....Is there certain precautions i should take before setting out...The obvious thing i have heard is AAA (the first thing for a rover owner) I used to have AAA but never used it so i did not sign up with them again....I am leaving monday so rapid replys would be great....

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Old March 5th, 2004, 03:19 AM
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Personally, I would change the fluids in my diffs (about 15 minutes), my Transfer case (add 10 minutes) my transmission (might be a bit longer for a 97 than my 94, but no more than 30 minutes), my oil/filter (15 minutes), check my tire pressues including the spare, quick belt check, remove top, pack cooler, get music selection organized and handy and you should be all set. If you have a lot of miles on your rig, I might jack up the front tires and check the wheel bearings by seeing if there is any wear (grabbing the top and bottom of the tire and push/pull and see if it feels loose). I might even drain the radiator fluid.

This might sound hard any "normal" trucks/cars, but on a D90, you should know how to do all this--it is ridiculously easy--I do this before any major trip anyways.

Realistically, you should be fine right from the words "top notch".
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Old March 5th, 2004, 07:37 AM
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Jason, we moved from Jacksonville, FL to Charlotte a couple of years ago and I had to make two trips up and down in my '94 soft top. You will be fine. 90s are not the choice highway vehicle for sure, but they will get you there. On my excursion I had 2 dogs, a cat, a full Rover, my hard top on, and it was 104 through GA (I have no AC)!!!! I survived, but I couldn't wait for that first cold beer! Have a good trip!
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Old March 5th, 2004, 09:22 AM
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12 hours to MAR nonstop 70 to 80 mph the all the way, if you keep up with your routine maintenance you will be fine.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 09:31 AM
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I concur with Hippert. the mileage and long driving is no prblem if you do regular maintenance and the truck is running well. I did 24 hours of driving in a 48 hour weekend to get to MAR and back, mostly in the dead of night. My truck ran awesome, even on the way back covered in thick VA mud.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 09:48 AM
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Awesome,
Thanks for the info and the quick responces....Can't wait to get down there and show off the 90....

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Old March 5th, 2004, 09:58 AM
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Jason, are your traveling with other vehicles? No big deal if you aren't. I found it comical on long trips with other non '97 D90's, having to pull over for gas every 1.5-2 hours. When every other car, even the R380 D90's still has at least a quarter of a tank more than you.

On a long trip, you'll become the butt of all road stop jokes.

Or maybe that's just me....

Remember, their is no warning light for low gas either...
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We did 2.5 days of 75mph highway driving cross the US and then back again in our D90. Just watch your temp, and I checked the oil every other gas stop, but had no issues other than wind noise.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 10:22 AM
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Remember, their is no warning light for low gas either... [/B][/QUOTE]

Do we really have no warning light??? I have been thinking mine has been broken for 10 years now!
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Old March 5th, 2004, 10:28 AM
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Pop the two screws off on that light panel and look behind the amber "Low Fuel" warning light. No connections to it.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 10:36 AM
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I agree with Dave. He is the BUTT of all road stop jokes and for that matter road speed.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 10:44 AM
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Sounds like a good opportunity to burn out some of the carbon build up in the heads.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 10:46 AM
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He is the BUTT of all road stop jokes and for that matter road speed.

Thanks Kearney. I can count on you to keep it real.

You finally wake up after your long winter snooze or something? It's about time you got that thing back on the trail!
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Old March 5th, 2004, 10:55 AM
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I have two weeks off starting the 15th. Where and when do you want to go? Or are you currently relagated to the Su Bar Ru (said in the snootiest Wellesley lock-jaw accent you can think.)

The reality is I am hung over, my kids are taking a test, and I am trying to get lost in cyber space. I think I have quadrupled my post count this morning.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 11:00 AM
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Subaru for now. I'll have to borrow Jesse's truck if I want to do anything....

We should take a trip up north to the shop. Check things out.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 11:12 AM
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Well that sounds good....Can't wait for my gas bill for the month after this trip and back.....lol....Thanks guys,

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Old March 5th, 2004, 11:14 AM
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I would be up for that. Have we successfully hijacked this thread? Boy is Chris V going to be pissed. Send me an e-mail and we can figure out a day. I sold the Vette so I am about to tear into my project.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 11:15 AM
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That is sweet news. Check your email....I sent you a good link.
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Old March 5th, 2004, 11:41 AM
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Jason,
I am headed to Ft Lauderdale this afternoon for my spring break. Maybe I'll see you down the road somewhere. Good Luck with the Drive!

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Don't stop at Ft. Lauderdale, keep giong and spend the week in the keys
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