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Old October 15th, 2005, 02:44 PM
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Question What to buy???

I am desperatly looking for a '97 LE and was wondering if i'm just wasting my time and should just go for a regular SW. Any advice would be great. Also if anyone is near DFW I really want to get a look at a SW because all I have been able to look at are ST.

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Old October 15th, 2005, 03:44 PM
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They are available. You can have one RIGHT now if you want to deal with eBay or pay a premium through Copley. Otherwise, wait it out, there will be more available, probably cheaper too...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1997-...QQcmdZViewItem

http://www.copleymotorcars.com/land_...35.3vo778.html
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Old October 15th, 2005, 05:20 PM
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Thanks for the response. I've got my eye on one with 32K and hes asking 38 but im pretty sure I could get it for 35. It looks like it's been maintained well and would 35 be a deal. I'm assuming it is I just want some feedback.

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Old October 15th, 2005, 06:21 PM
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Personally, I wouldn`t pay $35k for a D90... I mean, you could just as easily find any other 97 SW for $20-30k (of course varying on condition), and I don`t know that the LE is quite worth the extra $10k....... just my opinion. But, if you really have your heart set on the LE, go for it
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Old October 15th, 2005, 07:29 PM
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thats not a bad price on an LE with that many miles, especially if it has been taken care of
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Old October 15th, 2005, 08:25 PM
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That's not a bad deal, but if you wait you never know what you can find.

I ended up stumbling on my LE when I bought it after putting a deposit on a white ST at Bear Valley. After I saw it I knew I wouldn't leave there without it...so I left the white ST instead.

When mine sold in '04 (with 48K if memory serves) they were asking less than $30K I think...at any rate...much less than I paid for it in '00 with only 12K miles and less than I got on trade for it a few months earlier.

If you "must" have one...then wait it out. I am not even looking at them this time - unwilling to pay the premium. I ended up stripping all that was "LE" (outside of the Willow Green paint) from mine anyway. I'm pretty partial to Arles Blue SWs right now...but it changes weekly

I'll probably end up with a white ST anyway

Until you find one...here's my favorite pic of mine...
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Old October 16th, 2005, 04:37 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. One thing I forgot to mention is that the one I'm looking at has an additional spare gas tank. I was wondering if this is a good thing or for some reason it would srew something up.

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Old October 16th, 2005, 05:19 PM
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That is a VERY good thing.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 09:31 PM
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yea nathaniel is right, that second tank is awesome. the stock tank will only get you 200 miles on a good day.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 10:19 PM
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It seems to me that an LE would be better if you don't plan to modifiy it. If you want something to wheel the tougher trails buy the SW and add some mods. IMHO

Do they still make pickles in Mansfield?

Oh almost forgot. I'd love to have the extra gas tank.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 10:34 PM
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It seems to me that an LE would be better if you don't plan to modifiy it. If you want something to wheel the tougher trails buy the SW and add some mods. IMHO

Do they still make pickles in Mansfield?

Oh almost forgot. I'd love to have the extra gas tank.
Not exactly sure I agree with that!

edit: I really need to get my pics resized and put a decent one up.
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Old October 16th, 2005, 10:49 PM
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Not exactly sure I agree with that!

edit: I really need to get my pics resized and put a decent one up.
What, that I'd love to have an extra gas tank?
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Old October 16th, 2005, 11:02 PM
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No, the part about the LE.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 08:30 AM
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Old October 17th, 2005, 11:36 AM
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I don't think you've said what you plan to do with the truck once you buy one...but...

If you plan to wheel it hard don't buy a SW. If you're going to be doing extreme stuff with it you don't want a vehicle with windows. Trust me...it's expensive to fix a SW if you roll it.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 01:53 PM
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nice cage
Yeah.
Just be careful where you park that thing. You wouldn't want to come back and find this:
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Old October 17th, 2005, 02:00 PM
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I like the cage. Function over form. Plus Buck's D-90 is one of the most unique and used out there.

What's really funny is the comment about the SW and offroading. I can see an arguement for weight but windows?

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Old October 17th, 2005, 02:54 PM
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More pics of the passenger seat David...lol

THe LE is just more bling. If you like all the 5 bar plating for the extra $$$ then go for it. I do Like the paint color but not all the other stuff.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 06:12 PM
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What's really funny is the comment about the SW and offroading. I can see an arguement for weight but windows?
Absolutely. If you plan to build some sort to rock crawling champion out of it...it would make more sense to start with a ST...just simpler.

Even for the moderate off roader - roll a ST on its side - not much damage...

roll a SW on its side...potentially lots more damage.

In the wreck my D90 was involved in the car flipped over on its side. Eleven months and nearly $20K later I got my D90 back.
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Old October 17th, 2005, 06:24 PM
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No, the part about the LE.

I knew what you meant, I was just jerking your chain.

The SW is not any better offroad, I just wouldn't spend the extra bucks on the LE if I were going to modifiy it for trail use.
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