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Old January 29th, 2017, 08:56 PM
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Newbie with some questions about an '88 110 for sale

Hello! Newbie here interested in buying a Defender!

I came across a local one and I'm curious as to why it may be so inexpensive? I was under the impression these were more expensive.

It's a 1988 RHD 110, 2.5L turbo diesel (19j), manual, 141k miles. He's asking $18.5k. He had it imported from the U.K. from a private seller. It's located in SC. He says he got a SC title but he didn't get tags yet.

The body is okay, some rust under the doors and surface rust on the undercarriage. It could use a paint job. Some dents and dings here and there.

I have the vin, I came across the decoder, but is there any sort of theft database for those vins? Or any other investigation I could do with that?

What are some red flags I could look for? He said it has dripped a few drops of oil out toward the rear of the engine, he says near where the engine and the tranny connect. I asked about white smoke and he said only a little when it first starts.

Any other big questions I could ask or main things to look for if I go for a test drive?

Thanks for the help! Love these and excited to see one for sale locally!
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Old January 29th, 2017, 09:11 PM
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Depends on how much cash you can spend without freaking! If you wanna make sure, have a diesel shop make an engine compression test + turbo visual. (Now you know about the state of the engine). The bodywork is usual. Check for rust. Tranny you can test. It's British not rocket science.

19J was not a robust engine.

Check over for other rover, finding one outta UK is not easy and good ones are rare.. take your time instead of going for passion.

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Old January 29th, 2017, 09:47 PM
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Depends on how much cash you can spend without freaking! If you wanna make sure, have a diesel shop make an engine compression test + turbo visual. (Now you know about the state of the engine). The bodywork is usual. Check for rust. Tranny you can test. It's British not rocket science.

19J was not a robust engine.

Check over for other rover, finding one outta UK is not easy and good ones are rare.. take your time instead of going for passion.

Hope this helps
Thank you for the advice!
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Old January 30th, 2017, 09:24 AM
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Actually it appears to have a 200tdi engine in it, not a 19j, from the engine photo I took:
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Old January 30th, 2017, 10:28 AM
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Show up unannounced and have them start it up early in the morning with the engine cold. Drive it. Put it on a lift and look for rusted out chassis. Spray it with a water hose and see if it leaks through the dash and bulkhead onto the floors.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 02:46 PM
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Show up unannounced and have them start it up early in the morning with the engine cold. Drive it. Put it on a lift and look for rusted out chassis. Spray it with a water hose and see if it leaks through the dash and bulkhead onto the floors.
Good idea.

Can anyone confirm that engine pic? It looks like a 200tdi but I'm pretty new to these.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 03:05 PM
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Good idea.

Can anyone confirm that engine pic? It looks like a 200tdi but I'm pretty new to these.
Yes. It is a Discovery 200TDI. Since it is a custom install, you will want to look at the quality of the customization work.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 03:09 PM
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One thing that catches my eye is I do not see an air filter anywhere.
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One thing that catches my eye is I do not see an air filter anywhere.
Isn't that the airbox on the top right? It has a snorkel intake.

Here's another photo:
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Old January 30th, 2017, 04:07 PM
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The thing in the upper right is the heater.

My worry is the engine intake is plumbed directly to the snorkel, which is what it looks like.
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Old January 30th, 2017, 10:26 PM
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Looks like a reasonable deal for an '88 with a 200tdi fitted. Some dents and dings but without any inside photos it looks good.
Check the bulkheads, door pillars (the vertical column to which door hinges are attached), and underside of doors as well as the drivers & passenger floorboards for evidence of serious corrosion. The other thing to do would be examine the frame underneath for evidence of significant corrosion that might compromise the integrity of the frame.
Honestly that looks like a solid buy to me. If it runs well and checks out with a diesel mechanic locally I'd be in.
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Old January 31st, 2017, 11:50 AM
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(I like how you blacked out the phone # though so you can't get scooped on this one, wise move)
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I got to questions about an 88 and thought SWB series......
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