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Old August 29th, 2008, 03:39 PM
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Purchasing my first D-90

I'm new on this site as a member(been viewing it for 2 years) and need some advice.
I'm in the process of buying a 1994 d-90. She has 81,000 miles,seems to be in great shape and the dealer is asking $29,000 for her. They will throw in a used forward facing rear bench with 3 pt belts, which is a must( i've got two small children). I've only seen pix but it is coming from a well known dealer. The rover is 900 miles away so I will have to fly out and drive it home. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 03:43 PM
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Go look at it or have someone do it for you (no matter how good the dealer is).

Nothing worse than buying something you thought you were getting and getting something different.

....any work or mods? How many owners?

Make sure to run a Carfax.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 03:48 PM
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I dont see it at Copley, Park City or LR4x4forsale.com - who is it coming from? Thats tip-top-dollar for a 94, so it better be one damned fine machine. Ideally with roof rack, perfect top, AC, and no rust.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 03:57 PM
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I thought Park City since is roughly 950 miles away. So if if not there, where?
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Old August 29th, 2008, 04:09 PM
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I would have a one of the guys on this site check it out for you... Do a quick search and have a list of things to investigate. First on your list is the Oil cooler lines. Too many 90's have meet their firey end because of these. BTW, a pristine 94 should be no more then low to mid 20's.

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Old August 29th, 2008, 04:10 PM
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I dont see it at Copley, Park City or LR4x4forsale.com - who is it coming from? Thats tip-top-dollar for a 94, so it better be one damned fine machine. Ideally with roof rack, perfect top, AC, and no rust.
Good job Jim....Nothing like giving the guy "buyers remorse" before the purchase.....
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Old August 29th, 2008, 04:23 PM
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Better than buyers remorse after! I'm not telling him to back out, but he was soliciting comments...
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Old August 29th, 2008, 04:28 PM
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The rovers at Bear Valley in Georgia. I'd love it if someone I could trust with some knowledge would look at it for me. I know very little about the d-90 but have wanted a rover for about as long as I can remember. 35 years maybe. I did buy a series guide from British Northwest Rovers and found it to be very helpful but my wife has talked me into buying something a little newer. By the way, the rover in my avatar is the one I'm looking at.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 04:58 PM
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If its the green one - then I expect a truck to have a complete safari cage for 29k. This poor guy is going to have to splash out 1500-2k just to get a cage he can put a soft top on. The seller will be only too happy to throw in a jump seat on that truck. It may be clean, but its no bargain at 29k.

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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:07 PM
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I think you should move on. The lack of the full cage makes it a deal breaker. Sure some people don''t run the full cage but try to find one if you want it. Never going to happen.
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Lindy- Sent you an e-mail regarding your questions.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:18 PM
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Thanks for all you're help!
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:33 PM
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Eric,

I can go check it out early next week... I would be more than happy too. If you are interested, send me a PM and or an email to swold at pbcx dot com
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NOOOO! DON'T DO IT!!!!

Ehem... just kidding......

Seriously, it does sound a little high compared to what trucks are fetching lately.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 08:31 PM
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I've bought two Rovers from Bear Valley - a '97 Defender 90 LE with 12K miles and a '95 Range Rover Classic with 54K miles. Both were top notch condition and top notch pricing at the time. I would buy a car from them without inspecting it first again...but I wouldn't pay anywhere near $29K for the green D90. The yellow '95 is a decent asking price with at least what is visibly needed in the photos.

Unless their policy has changed you can lay down your $1K deposit on whatever you want at the dealer. If you get there and don't like it - it will go toward something else on the lot or towards anything you have them locate within a year.

When I got mine from them I had a deposit on a '97 white ST and when I got there it was like Defender heaven (more than what Copley stocks). I decided on the LE instead after looking at all of them. I also had a deposit on a P38 RR that only had a few thousand miles and was less than a year old. Once I got there I decided I liked the '95 Classics better (there were 4 of them) and went with one of those instead. The D90 is gone now - went to a good home in Colorado at 47K miles and recently showed up on the Denver Craigslist (so I don't know if it sold or not or if it is still there). I still have the Range Rover - with 157K miles now.
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Old August 29th, 2008, 11:10 PM
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Thanks for all your help guys.I think I'm going to keep looking. If anyone knows of any, I'd love to hear from you.
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fyi...

It's not a good idea to run any back seat in a D90 ST without the rear cage...
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Look Closely

Wow, you really need to look closely at those photos! With the fiberglass top it is not immediately apparent that it does not have a full cage. Am I seeing what everyone else is talking about?

You wonder why they removed it or why it is gone?
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fyi...

It's not a good idea to run any back seat in a D90 ST without the rear cage...
Or even possible? The Rear Shoulder belts upper mount is attached the rear upper corner of the cage. And x2, You won't want your kids back there with lap belts and no cage..
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This one seems like a decent deal and seems nicer than the one with less miles:

http://www.bvlr.com/browse.php?page=os&car=3172

I would focus on the following (in order):

1. No rust
2. Equipment you want
3. No prior accident damage
4. Mechanical condition
5. Miles

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