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Old December 6th, 2012, 03:45 PM
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Yeah, I kind of want a runner that I can maybe address (existing) things at my leisure. Obviously, I won't be able to leisurely address major items -- but I'd like to buy one from someone who's really put alot of energy into already, so I'm not buying a box of rotten surprises. Going in with eyes wide open, but would like to eliminate as much hassle as I can afford.
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My understanding is that what you've described is a "Jeep".
Nope, I'm looking for a defender 110. If I was looking for a jeep, I'd be on a jeep forum.

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Dear gomotomoto: Buy the truck Clay told you about. Even if you hate it you can sell it for what you paid, or more. I think though, that you will like it very very much. I would buy it myself but cannot have another vehicle in my life right now.
Seems solid enough, but it's not quite what i had in mind aesthetically.
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Nope, I'm looking for a defender 110. If I was looking for a jeep, I'd be on a jeep forum.
It must be full moon today...
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Old December 6th, 2012, 05:04 PM
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Just trying to learn so I can buy a good vehicle, perhaps someone's from here. No need to take the piss out of me and tell me I'm looking for a jeep.
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Nope, I'm looking for a defender 110. If I was looking for a jeep, I'd be on a jeep forum.
My friend, I was being facetious...as most Defenders are a "box of rotten surprises" and "eliminating hassles" doesn't really apply to them. I.e....you were describing a Jeep .
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Old December 6th, 2012, 05:13 PM
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my bad then Nathan -- my bad. Thought you was picking on me.
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my bad then Nathan -- my bad. Thought you was picking on me.
Negative my man...I'm the first one to encourage ownership, just as long as we can laugh at the perils of actually owning them! Heck, you're not far from us in Philly...come down for a NOVA happy hour sometime and we'll let you crawl through ours first hand!
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yup, then I'm an ass. I do that kind of stuff all the time BTW.
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If you are purchasing an imported truck that is already here then do yourself a favor and use any of the vin number decoding sites to make sure what the number says it should be is actually what you are looking at. For example a 110 or 130 should not have a vin number that belongs on a 90, nor should a pickup vin number be on a 5 door. There is a lot of that out there and that is when I would walk away, but some people do not care.
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but it's not quite what i had in mind aesthetically.
Unfortunately, you apparently don't know enough to know a beauty when one is presented to you.
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Adam, my name is Trevor Griffiths and my shop is British 4x4 Specialists, Elizabethtown, PA., about 11 miles from Harrisburg.
Myself and Keith Reiter specialise in Land Rover repair, renovation, and restoration. Feel free to give me a call to talk about Rovers!
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I can personally recommend Trevor and his shop!

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Regarding insurance there really isn't a clear answer but there are less grey answers. The most ideal way to insure/drive an imported vehicle is to get an agreed value policy, then next best would be stated value (both with a 3rd party appraisal couldn't hurt in the event of an accident) I may have those 2 reversed and if so somebody will chime in. It goes without saying that you want a vehicle imported with all documentation, duties paid, VIN matches what it claims to be, etc. One of the things that insurance companies (especially the big ones) try to do is say "we'll determine value at the time of a claim, using the NADA/blue book". Yeah flipping right. What happens when its not IN their bible? Here's where agreed/stated value has more utility.

Having said all that, if you can get USAA insurance, go for it.

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200 vs 300tdi, I've had 2 300tdi vehicles and I like them both but I have no reason to believe that a 200tdi isn't just as capable, economical or reliable. Both engines have their fans but IMO they seem pretty interchangeable. The ONLY thing is I've heard that some 200tdi parts are a bit harder to source stateside vs the 300tdi equivalents.

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I recommend Trevor as well.

He is great with these trucks.

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A little off subject but I've never understood the preference of the 200 over the 300tdi. I work on these every day (if I go to work lol) and see so many less issues with the 300's and can actually get parts for them. Never mind all the bizaar mileage claims, and the difference in economy between the motors ......something I have never been able to actually document in 18yrs of messing with them. I'd always suggest getting the most modern motor you can get within your legal comfort range.
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