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Old November 23rd, 2010, 02:59 PM
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Moving to UK, selling US D90

I just took a job with an investment bank in London. Already looking at trucks for when i get there in March, but need to sell my Cali truck first

Beautiful inside and out. Actually had a Rover tech in Marin offer me high 30's before the economy crashed. NEVER offroaded in it's life. The first owner was an antique dealer who put 71K miles on it from 1997 to 2004. The second owner was a wealthy finance professional who put 3500 miles on it over four years and put $15000 into the truck to make it perfect. I bought it from him in 2008 with 74K miles.

Clean Carfax, never wrecked, and the only mechanical issue is that the odometer only displays the mileage about half the time, but this is common with d90s and it still keeps accurate miles. I can get it repaired if you like for $250. See http://www.eastcoastrover.com/speedo.html for more details

89K miles
Wet Okole seat covers
Tuffy toolboxes in the back (installed by prior owner)
rear bench seat with seatbelts
Upgraded stereo
Two badger coachworks tops: Khaki half cab and a full black top with gutter kit.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Pretty firm on the price, but somewhat flexible for a sale as i need to sell by January.


A few pics here, but can send more via email if you PM me your email address.
http://sfbay.craigslist.org/sfc/cto/2075766863.html
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 03:26 PM
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More pics here.

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Old November 23rd, 2010, 03:29 PM
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Thanks Josh
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 03:45 PM
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I'd concider bring it with you
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 03:48 PM
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i thought about it, but i don't plan on coming back anytime soon. I would like to outfit an older one (maybe an '89) with all current parts before the new defenders are released.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 06:14 PM
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How much?
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 06:15 PM
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 06:47 PM
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I'd concider bring it with you
Don't NAS trucks fetch a nice premium in the UK? Or is that just crazy speculation?
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:11 PM
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That's a smoking deal. Is this the same truck you were considering a sale on earlier in the year becuase of your fiancee hating it or something...?
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:25 PM
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Yeah, but F*** her

I wised up and kept it, but I cant afford to keep it if I'm not going to be in the states for a few years. I don't think ill be back for a couple of years, so i gotta let it go before I move.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 07:58 PM
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Very few NAS vehicles made it here, i only know of two, so i guess it would have a good value., also if it made it here he could rebuild it to SVX spec when its here and take it back when he goes.
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 08:02 PM
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is it even legal to bring over without switching headlamps/etc?
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is it even legal to bring over without switching headlamps/etc?
Haha, seriously? Look into what's needed for a Defender's headlamps to be changed. Of course it's legal. It's the same thing offered over here, just with better bits on it. That wasn't supposed to sound dickish. It's really easy to get a US spec Land Rover past the inspection here as long as you don't have janky shite with it like disabled ABS, etc. As long as vehicles are safe they'll pass inspection without any real issue.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 02:55 AM
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Of course it's doable Matt, but i wasn't sure if there were more requirements than just lighting. Given the complexity of importing vehicles newer than the 25 year cap into the US, i would assume there would be more to it than just a quick E-code swap.
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Of course it's doable Matt, but i wasn't sure if there were more requirements than just lighting. Given the complexity of importing vehicles newer than the 25 year cap into the US, i would assume there would be more to it than just a quick E-code swap.
Nope. It's fairly simple. I had my 98 Disco imported from the US. Had to get some brake work done but it passed without any problems. Advisories/comments due to the inspector's opinion regarding my RTE bumper and pedestrians, but still passable. The lights will just have to be re-aimed. You should already have the rear fog light, the rest of the inspection is just like most state inspections for general safety of the vehicle. From the looks of it, yours will sail through better than most. Since it was built here and is nearly identical to the local model it'll be a breeze. You'll probably also enjoy having LHD for traveling in Europe. All the NAS goodies plus auto box and V8 would certainly be popular.
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Old November 25th, 2010, 05:41 AM
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Not so fast, this isn't like the US 25 yr exemption rule where you get a free pass on DOT and EPA pretty much as long as its original. He's effectively permanently importing a truck (on paper at entry anyway) into the UK that must be complient with UK regs. You're importing a truck that has to conform to the UK legislation for the year it was built and this truck was built for and sold in the US market not the UK. US and UK Discos are more similar than US and UK Defenders. Most of it is the same but NAS trucks do have some US sourced parts fitted. It really depends on how much of an arse the inspector wants to be.

Off the top of my head, NAS D90s don't have a rear fog so that will need to be added along with the dash warning lamp being wired in. Front parking lights (side lamps) are orange not white so the lenses may need to be changed. May need to rewire the front marker lamps on the fenders to work with the turn signals as there are no side indicators and these may be required for the year. Tires will need to be checked to make sure they have E codes and are not US only DOT models. State inspections if they exist are nothing like an MOT typically so a number of surprises might come up like brake bias and effectiveness, handbrake operation and effectiveness, etc. Any penetrating rust within so many inches of body mounts, main structure points or seat belt anchor points, etc., etc. If the windscreen or any of the front glass has been changed it needs an E code. So do the wipers and mirrors (Windshield mounted mirror is a US part, that's why the mounts are different). Any extra lights or other US sourced add ons need an E code if fitted. Little stuff like TRE Boots and suspension bushes need to be checked.

Best option if you want to take the NAS is have one of the UK Forum members scan and send you over a copy of an MOT Pass/Fail Check Sheet and then go through it to make sure you don't get caught out by the little stuff.

Of course you might get a 'happy' inspector and sail right through but then again you might not if he wants to go by the book.

THEN you get the joy of finding out how much that Auto V8 costs to run in the UK AND how much Land Rovers really leak. But parts will be cheap (well the non-NAS ones anyway)....
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Ok. So you may have to add a fog light and re-wire lights. A maintained vehicle won't have any issues. But I doubt a $29k price tag vehicle will fail for any reason after the lights meet spec. http://www.motester.co.uk/CarOwnersG...tIsTested.aspx

I have not ever had any "extra" lights checked. Where are you getting your information?
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Old November 25th, 2010, 11:45 AM
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Pointless taking a NAS to the UK ... sell it here, use the money to buy something much newer and diesel ... running a V8 in Europe, even working for an investment bank won't be fun! LHD in the UK is impractical and for the occasions you go to Europe it's not worth the hassle.

If you get your asking ... (and I think the price is reasonable! ) you won't be far off a brand new 90 if that's what you want.

A NAS in the UK is no more than a curiosity for a very limited market.
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Ok. So you may have to add a fog light and re-wire lights. A maintained vehicle won't have any issues. But I doubt a $29k price tag vehicle will fail for any reason after the lights meet spec. http://www.motester.co.uk/CarOwnersG...tIsTested.aspx

I have not ever had any "extra" lights checked. Where are you getting your information?
You have to remember that this is a 13yr old vehicle. If you are used to putting cars through an MOT then its no big problem to check and take care of any small items. Not so easy when you have no experience of the test and what to watch out for.

I am not saying it is impossible or even that much hassle, just that the OP be aware before he sets out of exactly what he's getting into should he choose to export it. Not so much fun to get it over there then have it held up on some now expensive little technicality that he could have fixed easily before putting it on the boat.

Extra lights would be things like Spots, fog or other Aux lights. If they are fitted then they must have e codes. Most will, I just suggested he check.

As for my info, try 32 yrs in the UK before heading over here. I've put my share of vehicles through an MOT and met my share of snotty inspectors. I own a NAS defender and have owned UK ones previously. They may have originated in the same Solihull factory and be similar but they are not the same.
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x2 sell it here and get a brand new Defender in the UK with the $.
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