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Old November 21st, 2012, 06:17 PM
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Being able to work the throttle and brake at the same time is very useful in technical driving through obstacles.......I guess that's hard to come by in NYC excepting cabbie's.
Heel and toe... Very useful technique for keeping a car in balance through a corner ... The recommendation was to get a slush box for a commute into NYC ... Hardly technical obstacles!
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Old November 21st, 2012, 06:56 PM
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Anyone familiar with Rolfs auto in NJ? If so please advise.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 07:07 PM
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. I will not be using it for its intended purpose, I will be using it strictly for its "coolness/raw/beefy factor", , leo
You're timing couldn't be more perfect.
I was reading the RN catalogue today and in the "sightings" section they noted that Details magazine just did a page article one the top ten "status cars" you could own. Defender was number one on the list.
You can pretty much be assured that when Details, GQ et-al declare something is cool, it has a shelf-life of 6-months. You may want to rethink this endeavor.
-just sayin.

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Old November 21st, 2012, 09:25 PM
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Anyone familiar with Rolfs auto in NJ? If so please advise.
ask josh
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Old November 21st, 2012, 09:56 PM
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Where the hell has he been? Is he ok? Did he drop his iPhone & iPad in a toilet or something?
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Old November 21st, 2012, 10:22 PM
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Anyone familiar with Rolfs auto in NJ? If so please advise.
I bought my 90 from Rolfs. Straight forward deal - it was in 2008 so I paid a good bit but overall I think it was a good clean rig and a decent deal. What does Rolf have for sale that you are interested in?
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 08:41 AM
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I guess the internet is off in London to save money after the Olympics
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I guess the internet is off in London to save money after the Olympics
Or maybe Horsey dropped his phone in a British toilet. Is he coming home with a puma?
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Rolfs always seems to have between 5-7 d90s in stock and pretty close to my home which is very coonvenient. No auto soft tops at the moment which is what im looking for but just trying to get some feed back here. But like I said, prices are sky high.
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 03:44 PM
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Or maybe Horsey dropped his phone in a British toilet. Is he coming home with a puma?
Maybe a cougar ...
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Old November 22nd, 2012, 04:03 PM
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I guess the internet is off in London to save money after the Olympics



I think we made a profit.
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So, given a ~30 mi. Commute daily, what do you guys project maintenance costs to be (annually)? I'm in the same boat as the OP, but looking to unload a 2010 wrangler rubicon unlimited to make it happen. Am I bat-$#!t crazy?!?!
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So, given a ~30 mi. Commute daily, what do you guys project maintenance costs to be (annually)? I'm in the same boat as the OP, but looking to unload a 2010 wrangler rubicon unlimited to make it happen. Am I bat-$#!t crazy?!?!
If it has the V8, it will be fine for commuting, or at least a 200tdi, unless you care about loudness then maybe these aren't for you.
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Old November 24th, 2012, 10:35 PM
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Given that you'll get 150 miles per tank and will be screwed by every mechanic that works on it... You should budget a good few grand a year ...
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Old November 24th, 2012, 10:54 PM
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Given that you'll get 150 miles per tank and will be screwed by every mechanic that works on it... You should budget a good few grand a year ...
...and enough for a reliable daily driver
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Old November 24th, 2012, 11:23 PM
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Exactly. This will be a 15year old truck at minimum not a Honda civic.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 02:57 AM
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Once they're sorted they're pretty reliable in my experience. My old 90 always had problems while I was off-roading it (quite harshly) when it became my daily driver it became very much more reliable over the two years I used it daily to commute 10-15 miles each way. There was no off-roading during that period. What they don't like so much is standing about idle.
This was with an '84 truck with a 200 tdi retro fitted by myself.
My 110 is nudging 28 years old and is pretty good, the latest problem was a water pump failure but that was the first pump to fail since I've owned it (1998)
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Old November 25th, 2012, 06:27 AM
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A friend of mine runs a land rover / range rover specialty repair shop. Based on his experience, they are capable of stopping anywhere, anytime, at any cost.

I don't know about the brakes, only their unreliability.
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Old November 25th, 2012, 08:45 AM
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Mines reliable ... Never failed to start ...but it racked up a list of things in 4 years and I don't use it everyday. Most serious was resolving the over heating issues which culminated I'm a head gasket change which I did myself. In a shop that would be $2k. I've also had re-cored radiator, water pump, hoses, thermostat, heater matrix ..

Plus lots of cosmetic stuff ... New headlights, door hinges, windscreen ( after my brother In law bust it ), side window where someone broke in ...

Just about to change panhard bushes, steering arms, doors, rear door, repair my ac, fix footwells and seat box ... Install 300tdi, fix droopy headliner ... Etc etc
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Another place that has a bunch of (expensive) trucks is Copley Motorcars outside of Boston. If you are choosing a soft top because you want to use it with the top off, you should realize that it's a major job to remove and re-install the top. I have the original '94 top which is easier than the newer style. Even so, it comes off in May and stays off until November.
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