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Old February 23rd, 2018, 06:01 PM
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Santana’s never built w heat?

Been looking at a ‘79 Santana 109- just discovered it doesn’t have heat? Seller says this is how they were made back then- no heat- but that ambient engine heat warms up interior enough to drive in snow comfortably? Can anyone confirm Santana’s never had heat? Anyone have experience w ambient heat in cold weather- I live in CT- gets cold here
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Old February 23rd, 2018, 06:16 PM
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In 79 most Santana's had heat.
Engine warming up interior is BS.
Don't buy a Santana.
It's not a real Land Rover, but we already gave you advice on why not to buy a Santana.
Why are you still checking out Santanas?

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Old February 23rd, 2018, 07:05 PM
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Did you really need to create a new thread for this? See your original thread where I pointed out you had no heater in post 14.
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Old February 23rd, 2018, 07:52 PM
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No heater is the very least of your problems. Starting with being the kind of guy who's game to pay 150-200% the going rate for a white elephant...
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Old February 24th, 2018, 09:23 AM
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no factory heat issue could be real as it was made for a hot weather market hence no need for heat.
heed the warning, something simple as brake parts can be a very difficult to procure in the US and if you don't have connections in spain, you may as well do an axle swap from a us model.

at that cost, better off with a vintage benz g-wagen 4 speed, 5 cdl non turbo diesel, factory locking diffs and capable of keeping up in traffic are but a few perks over a rover
the truck ran like a "raped ape"
A fussy warm weather creature...
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Old February 24th, 2018, 09:49 AM
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--these kind of questions should be asked on


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Old February 24th, 2018, 09:58 AM
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My 1976 109 Santana has heat and defrost.

Don’t believe the hate and BS spewed on here about Santana’s. Most have no personal experience. After 1978, maybe, but 1978 and earlier S3 were better built, 99% of the parts interchange, and many S3 parts are upgraded and more robust than those built in the UK (rear door hinges are a great example).

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Old February 24th, 2018, 10:25 AM
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As already pointed out several markets had Land Rovers with no heat installed like Central and South America. Several regions in Spain are warm year round but heaters are common in Spain so not sure if what you're being told is true for the country.
I would also stop looking at Santana truck they will be nothing but a future headache. You can find genuine Series trucks in the USA.
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Old February 24th, 2018, 10:25 AM
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--these kind of questions should be asked on

Or just call up Zack at RoversNorth he is quite the expert on the Santana.
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