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Old January 11th, 2014, 02:06 PM
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Whats my defender worth?

Hello all, I have a 1997 NAS AA Yellow Defender 90 w/factory Safari pkg and a genuine snorkel. It's been in our family since new in 1997. In 1999 it had a fire and was totaled according to the insurance Co. We bought it back let it sit for a couple years in our garage and then had the interior restored professionally. See pics. She has a salvage title, passes inspections, and only has 68,000 miles on her. The motor was replaced buy a LR dealership in Detroit around 2002 at around 44,000 miles (they said it had sand in it, but it ran fine? Whatever) my question is; How much is it worth? I'll never ever ever sell it but I'm curious as it is hard to find any places that put values on this thing. She's nice check out the pics. I need a top, cargo mat and a new brush guard btw. ;-)
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Old January 11th, 2014, 02:17 PM
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Something like this. http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=50675 But the enjoyment of owning it since new - priceless.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 02:26 PM
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Old January 11th, 2014, 02:57 PM
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94 v 97? are we comparing apples2apples?
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Old January 11th, 2014, 03:57 PM
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yes when you are dealing with a salvaged title.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 04:41 PM
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Good looking 90. Looks like you have enjoyed it. If you have no plans to sell don't worry about value, most insurance companies won't tell you a "value" to replace anyway. Years from now when many more NAS 90's are gone a salvaged title will mean less (not less value) in consideration of value.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 04:53 PM
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I have to disagree a 97 will always be worth more than a 94 or 95 if the condition is the same between them.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 06:24 PM
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Thanks for the feedback.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 06:57 PM
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Is there really a big price difference between 94 and 97? And if so why? Automatic, later year, slightly better engine, or is there something else substantially different?
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Old January 11th, 2014, 07:11 PM
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auto, 4.0 v8, factory air.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 07:39 PM
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auto, 4.0 v8, factory air.
Who says the automatic is an asset and should be worth more? And the 4.0 versus the 3.9 is insignificant when it comes to power output.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 07:46 PM
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The market. Typical of any last model in a geographic location. Doesn't make sense but reality. 1999 disco SD, 95 range rover, 97 defender, 97 993 porsches etc, fill in the blank etc.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 07:59 PM
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I get the last year made issue, but never will get the automatic in a Defender. Just my opinion, but it just doesn't add up.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 08:08 PM
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Who says the automatic is an asset and should be worth more? And the 4.0 versus the 3.9 is insignificant when it comes to power output.
By and large the ZF is a very good automatic transmission, particularly for off road application where many don't want to be thinking about clutch, brake, and gas (I'm not making a judgment there mind you as I have wheeled both 5 speeds and auto Rovers and currently own...well actually both).

Likewise the 4.0 to 3.9 is insignificant; but the GEMS vs 14CUX difference is a difference. While many like the relative simplicity of the OBD I Rovers I would say the GEMS is a rather reliable engine management system and doesn't come with quite the fickle nature of the 14CUX-but that's just my opinion (from having had both).

Add all that with being the last year imported, etc...
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Old January 11th, 2014, 08:45 PM
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I was thinking about getting a hard top, getting some new BFG MTs and driving her as my everyday vehicle. What do you guys say to depending on this thing for my DD?
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Old January 11th, 2014, 08:50 PM
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I was thinking about getting a hard top, getting some new BFG MTs and driving her as my everyday vehicle. What do you guys say to depending on this thing for my DD?
Seems like you would have a pretty good idea of how reliable and comfortable it would be as a DD, having owned it so long?
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I was thinking about getting a hard top, getting some new BFG MTs and driving her as my everyday vehicle. What do you guys say to depending on this thing for my DD?
Daily drove an '83 110 for a year and a half, and depend on the '94 90 and my '72 Volvo P1800 on a regular basis to get me places. I've never been let down yet...and makes getting there part of the adventure. I'd say do it...as long as you don't need to speak with anyone on the phone or have A/C that works you'll be pleased.
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Old January 11th, 2014, 09:03 PM
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Yeah, I think I'm going to give it a shot this summer. I'll keep my XJ as a back up vehicle .
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Old January 11th, 2014, 09:04 PM
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I ditched my MTs for ATs when I started using her as a DD. Good for your sanity and a bit of fuel and wear and tear savings. I fill up every 3.5 days I drive to work, but its worth it.
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