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Vehicle Name pain in the a**
Year 1989
Make Land Rover
Model defender 110
Color red
1989 Land Rover defender 110
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2.5td (looking for 200tdi swap)
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Old October 20th, 2014, 10:17 PM
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What's wrong with your truck?
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Old October 20th, 2014, 10:29 PM
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I can't really say any one thing is definitively wrong with her. She's a daily driver and i love i love her but boy does she have a temper. Starter problems one day ,smoking up the neighborhood the next. It's never the same two days in a row. I just brought her to the states with me from England. Let's just say the first year has been a hell of a learning curve.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 07:39 AM
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Color looks good! Is the headliner drooping loose?
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Old October 21st, 2014, 07:54 AM
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I can't really say any one thing is definitively wrong with her. She's a daily driver and i love i love her but boy does she have a temper. Starter problems one day ,smoking up the neighborhood the next. It's never the same two days in a row. I just brought her to the states with me from England. Let's just say the first year has been a hell of a learning curve.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 08:02 AM
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If you are used to Honda reliability, ain't gonna happen.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 09:42 AM
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Haha my project before this was an 86 mini.I don't know the meaning of reliability lol
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Old October 21st, 2014, 10:15 AM
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Since March of this year I have had numerous "encounters" with my truck. I didn't expect reliability but came to realize these trucks are a bucket of bolts. Everything about them should be in a book on how not to design a vehicle from the electrical system to the frame (rust attractor) etc.

But on the plus side when I take my truck out in public and park it people come up to me and comment on how much they like it. They ignore the dents and scratches and tell me it has character!

And it does offer some joy when I complete a repair and it solves a problem. Some have suggested replacing the 2.5TD engine I have to a 200TDI and I entertained that but then decided to see if I could "repair" my engine. It has been a challenge but slowly I have improved the performance and reduced some of the oil leaks. I learned a lot about diesel engines in the process and much more to learn. that has turned out to be fun as well.

However, I would never rely on this truck. I always expect it to break down, but so far its taken me there and back.
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Old October 21st, 2014, 10:58 AM
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Hang in there Dude. There's a direct correlation between how much these trucks have been worked on by backyard mechanics, how often they are driven and Joy. If you hang in there and work through all the shortcuts previous owners may have taken along the way your enjoyment will skyrocket.

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Old October 31st, 2014, 06:49 PM
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I like the name.
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Old October 31st, 2014, 07:43 PM
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Good luck.
In my opinion the 2.5 TD needs to go, ie be removed and replaced.
PIA = a lot of extra trouble and a thumbs up from anyone who has a clue.
But it's your ride and your deal, so enjoy what you have and long live (with much owner or shop wrenching) the Land Rover marque, Bru...
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Old October 31st, 2014, 07:50 PM
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Think on the positive side.
Each repair you learn something and if done by yourself you can share helping others.
I understand the frustration all too much.

& dump the 2.5, mine 2.5na was so reliable but not enough HP for DD use, go Om617 n you won't regret it
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