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Old September 12th, 2016, 07:27 PM
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Red face To make a 15 year old TD5 110 reliable again?

In regards to using a ~2000 TD5 Defender 110 with over 150,000km strictly as a camper in the BC backcountry, where reliability is priority; what would you recommend replacing? Such as new Alternator, starter and solinoid, having two batteries etc...
The goal here is to have reliable, off-road camper converted Defenders available for rental.

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Old September 12th, 2016, 07:35 PM
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Brand new genuine parts can fail without warning. The type of reliability you are asking for means you carry spare parts, tools and manuals.

And someone who knows how to use them.

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In regards to using a ~2000 TD5 Defender 110 with over 150,000km strictly as a camper in the BC backcountry, where reliability is priority; what would you recommend replacing? Such as new Alternator, starter and solinoid, having two batteries etc...
The goal here is to have reliable, off-road camper converted Defenders available for rental.

Looking forward to hearing your response
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Old September 12th, 2016, 07:56 PM
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Swap the Td5 for a 3.9L V8...
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Old September 13th, 2016, 05:37 AM
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Fluids and all rubber hoses and seals. A leak free truck will keep going forever. My 2000 td5 still going strong after 200k and won't complain banging it in 50c ambient with ac on.


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Old September 13th, 2016, 07:55 AM
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Well I do not know what has been changed so here is my short list.

1. Has the head gasket been done? The dowels on the early Td5 had plastic alignment pins. At some point these should be upgraded
2. Has the fuel pressure regulator been changed? I would keep one around if not.
3. Ensure the fuel pump is a genuine not a Britpart, if unsure keep a spare around
4. MAKE SURE THAT YOU CHECK THE TIMING EVERY OIL CHANGE. IF THE TIMING SLIGHTLY GOES OFF THE NUMBER 1,2,or 3 fuel port can develop a crack.
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Old September 13th, 2016, 08:20 AM
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If you can verify the history of the service done you won't need to do much. The big stuff has already been mentioned and changing 15 year old rubber hoses and all fluids is a must for preventative maintenance. Remove the EGR and blank it off, the motir will breath easier.

My 110 Td5 is now 16 years old and is going strong. FPR changed, starter solenoid rebuilt and nothing else has been done. Carry sensible spares, like alternator brush kit, clutch and brake seal kits, ijector seals and (genuine) copper washers, stuff like that. The fuel pump issue is a wild card. Some go for 250K others seem to die at 150??? Keep a spare or change it your call make sure you use genuine VDO though, do not get anything else. Once sorted and common issues repaired the TD5 is as very reliable motor just as much as the 300 Tdi (when properly sorted).

Don't thrash it and it'll be nice to you.
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Swap the Td5 for a 3.9L V8...
Swap it for a real motor... LS all the way
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