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Old February 5th, 2005, 05:57 PM
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Mileage and 1997 Defender 90

I would like to purchase a '97 Defender 90 and I am wondering how long most defenders last with no major engine problems
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Old February 5th, 2005, 06:07 PM
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Kurt, this question comes up ALOT! I did a quick search and this is what I came up with

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=4476
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=4348
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=4142
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=3980
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=3227
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=3164
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=2929
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=2690
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=2355
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=2240
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=1860
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...read.php?t=856

Use the search function, read, and then post questions if you have any.
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The more I research the Rover V8 engine, the more I like it. It's a lightweight, powerful little V8 with a LOT of potential. Early engines have their own quirks, but the 97 defenders corrected most of the design flaws of the 3.9 engines (which can also be mostly applied to 3.9's retroactively). The engine itself..... if well cared for is easily capable of 150-200k before needing a rebuild. The only ancillary of any concern is the radiator which does clog up internally sometimes due to the narrow tubing used in it, but even then it usually does well with a good cleanout by a radiator shop and is actually quite well built.

The downside is that when things DO fail, they ain't cheap and your local auto-parts place usually doesn't carry much. This can be offset in many cases by careful research into parts normally used in other applications. I've found full sets of 8 brand new, good brand injectors for the price that Land Rover charges for just one.

Just change the fluids regularly, change the belts and hoses when needed, and keep an eye on things.

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