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Old November 20th, 2012, 04:24 PM
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Whats up guys new here and I do not own a d-90 yet however, I intend to soon. Ive been researching these vehicles for a couple weeks with mixed reviews most cons are related to comfort. I live in nyc, my commute is only 30 miles per day, I work off hours so traffic is very limited. I've narrowed my search down to a 97 st, auto trans is important because I live in the city and soft top because always wanted a convertable. I will not be using it for its intended purpose, I will be using it strictly for its "coolness/raw/beefy factor", I never drive boring new cars. I remember seeing these new in my early 20s and thinking how cool they were back then! Now I can afford one so Im on the hunt.

I have read how uncomfortable and noisey they can be, which brings me to ask if anyone here in or near nyc would be so kind to offer me a ride in theres so I can get a better idea of what they are like.

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Old November 20th, 2012, 04:40 PM
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Leo,

Welcome!

30 miles a day from staten island into the city might be rough in a D90, but good luck with the search. I commuted in a D90 30 miles a day and the gas price and the wear and tear on the truck (and ME!) was too much so I started commuting in some other vehicles (at that time I switched to a lotus so I am not a wuss with commuting vehicles). The New York guys have a happy hour from time to time and I am sure one of them can take you for a ride.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 04:41 PM
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I never found my 95 to be uncomfortable, there are plenty of NYC members that i am sure will pop in and maybe help you out with a ride. If you say you are off hours commuting you could open your range to all years and get a manual as they are cheaper than there automatic counterparts, just a thought. Good luck with the search.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 05:11 PM
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Josh has a rag top truck .... he'd be happy to take you for a drive!

I live in manhattan and don't have any issue with stick shift ... that being said the only slush boxes i've driven are rentals ...

Mine is the vastly superior hard top which you've rejected for a starbucks cruiser ... but I'm sure you'll be very happy owning a D90!

Are you looking to fix it yourself ( because they do break ) or have someone do it?
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Old November 20th, 2012, 06:24 PM
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I actually commute to bklyn everyday, I would consider a manual but my other car is a stick(911). Besides easy to sell the old lady if its an auto. Would I be wrenching? If I can get to it without breaking my back then I will fix it!

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Old November 20th, 2012, 06:40 PM
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everyone has 911 and defenders ... it's a curse!

anything can be done without breaking your back ... it will also save you enough money to pay the gas ...

Josh hasn't been on the board for a few days ... he'll be able to help locate a truck for you ... i'm suspecting something bad may have happened to him ... potentially serious ... like he dropped his iPhone!
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Old November 20th, 2012, 06:55 PM
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You guys know of Rolfs auto in summit nj? They seem to have a bunch in stock all the time but with crazy prices. However, they do seem very knowledgeable on d90s.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 07:53 PM
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everyone has 911 and defenders ... it's a curse!
911 and Defenders, you say?? I honestly can't imagine a 30-mile daily commute in a D90, though the auto transmission would certainly help. I also wanted one for ages and finally pulled the trigger a few months ago. No regrets. It works well as a "Starbucks cruiser" as someone called it, or for the Hamptons in the summer, comments for which I might get stoned by the people on this board who use them more as they were intended. Good luck with the search and enjoy it!
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Old November 20th, 2012, 08:02 PM
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911 and Defenders, you say?? I honestly can't imagine a 30-mile daily commute in a D90, though the auto transmission would certainly help. I also wanted one for ages and finally pulled the trigger a few months ago. No regrets. It works well as a "Starbucks cruiser" as someone called it, or for the Hamptons in the summer, comments for which I might get stoned by the people on this board who use them more as they were intended. Good luck with the search and enjoy it!

How about a 80 mile commute in a 83 110 Manual trans in Chicago? That's what I've been doing everyday since I got mine.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 08:18 PM
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How about a 80 mile commute in a 83 110 Manual trans in Chicago? That's what I've been doing everyday since I got mine.
Bonus points for that...yikes! I'm such a wuss and need my heated/cooled seats, satellite radio, etc. for the commuting car.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 11:15 PM
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Sounds like you "girls" should be driving Range Rover Sports !!
30 miles on pavement, each way, ya'll are a bunch of sissy's !!


I live 13 miles off the pavement, 26 mile round trip to the tarmac. Snow, mud, dry dusty stuff....nasty.... day in & out. Truck sees clean, maybe one week a year. In the winter I pack around at least 100 pounds of mud, wet or solid. When I get to the tarmac, I have to stop and clean the mud off the windows just to be street legal. I cry for you girls !

Come and get me you girly-men !!
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Be careful leaving valuables in the truck if you go the soft top route, all it takes is a razor to gain entry into one.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 04:30 PM
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Sounds like you "girls" should be driving Range Rover Sports !!
Been there, done that!
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Old November 21st, 2012, 04:36 PM
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I've got a 45 mile one way commute and had to get a second car to commute in if I wanted to have any kind of money. Filling up every other day sucks. Driving if for almost 10 years as a daily driver I've never found it uncomfortable. Well maybe in the summer with no AC.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 04:55 PM
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Be careful leaving valuables in the truck if you go the soft top route, all it takes is a razor to gain entry into one.
Razor?

Not needed...how about unziping the rear windows?
Or open the rear door that does not have a lock?
Or just jam you hand between the door and the top and open the door from the inside?



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Old November 21st, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Be careful leaving valuables in the truck if you go the soft top route, all it takes is a razor to gain entry into one.
And this is why you shouldn't lock a ST (or leave anything of value in there).
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Old November 21st, 2012, 05:09 PM
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Go 97 auto for sure if you commute 30 miles in NY. 97's are the LR4's of the 90s. if you want cool factor though, go 94 manual soft top.
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Old November 21st, 2012, 05:18 PM
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Go 97 auto for sure if you commute 30 miles in NY. 97's are the LR4's of the 90s. if you want cool factor though, go 94 manual soft top.
what is it with you people and slush boxes ...
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Old November 21st, 2012, 05:26 PM
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what is it with you people and slush boxes ...
hahaha. you are very correct with the slush box!
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what is it with you people and slush boxes ...

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.
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