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Old December 5th, 2008, 09:13 AM
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Newbie ?: Reliability of 94 D-90 with 30K miles?

Does a vehicle like this tend to require a lot of "care", or are these older rovers fairly reliable daily drivers? Thanks for your thoughts / input.

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Old December 5th, 2008, 09:19 AM
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I would say they are very reliable but they tend to need slightly more maintenance and small repairs than your typical modern 4x4 or car.

However I have never been stranded by a rover where other makes / models have stranded me.

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Old December 5th, 2008, 09:19 AM
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Under 30K is nice, but a lot of them have not had proper maintenance or storage... If the truck just sat for years, you will probably need to replace most or all of the seals in the drive train. Did you get the maintenance records with the truck?

Pick up a RAVE disc and learn to work on the truck yourself, it is more fun than what ever work you do for a living.

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Old December 5th, 2008, 09:58 AM
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It sounds like a great truck but... rovers are not reliable in the japanese sense. Reliable to many folks means that you can just drive the piss out of it and not do any maintenance and it keeps on going.

Rovers are not in this category. Rovers are like single malt scotch, they are an aquired taste. If you do the maintenance and have some mechanical aptitude then you can strike a deal with the devil and generally get where you need to be in one piece and on time.

That being said, I drive a rover everyday. I have several to choose from so I always have at least one rover to get me where I am going.

Mechanical sympathy is a great thing to have if you own a rover. Posessing it will save you a lot of money.

Once you get the issues sorted that the vehicle has when you buy it, then they can provide good dependable transportation.
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Old December 5th, 2008, 01:03 PM
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I agree with Scott, that using the term "reliable" can be confusing to a non-rover owner. I'd say you are fine if you are mechanically inclined and interested/willing to work on them yourself. If not, they are expensive to maintain and cannot be considered reliable in the Toyota/Honda sense of the word

You won't regret buying one though!
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Old December 5th, 2008, 01:18 PM
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94's had a few quirks that didn't exist in later trucks (ignition, rear lights, etc.) but overall they're all equally "reliable."
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Old December 5th, 2008, 04:33 PM
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I use my '94 as a daily driver. In the five years I've had it the only time I had a show-stopping problem was when the water pump went out around 50,000 miles. Of course this happened late Friday afternoon on a long holiday weekend....
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Old December 5th, 2008, 04:37 PM
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A land rover is almost always broken, but rarely broken down.

*not legal advice*
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