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Old December 1st, 2011, 01:13 PM
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To buy a D-90 or not to buy that is my question

Hi gents
I am a land rover herd owner- some series vehicles, RRC and DD Disco- a Defender is the next herd member???
I am a kicking around the idea of a1994 D-90 here in the midwest 99K miles
It is a no rust example and only a few dings and scratches-real clean
5 speed manual , fiberglass top

Couple questions- It seems to not blow alot of heat/defrost- any experience to be shared on winter driving in cold weather- do you freeze out, windshield stay defrosted,etc?

The truck has an exhaust tick-looks like a gaskets needs replacing by the down pipe, a few weeps of oil out of the valve cover gaskets and a small dip from the Tcase...

The owner says the timing belt is a must do and he had a laundry list of maintenace items that "could be done totalling about $5K- flush the brake fluid, all fluids, change the oil cover gaskets, tcase gasket in order for it to be perfect...
I don't mind a ew leaks as long as it is not catastrophic (series vehicles leak a bunch)

Anyways- I know it is a brief description but in your opinion worth $20K? And any take on what has to be done/vs not?
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Old December 1st, 2011, 01:26 PM
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MAybe post some pictures so we have a better idea how the truck looks like. PS but it sounds like it needs a rebuilt to me. You fix on part ad the next one brakes down.

cheers jeroen
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Old December 1st, 2011, 05:14 PM
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This sounds like the $16k MN craigslist D90. You should read the threads (in the flea market section).
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Old December 1st, 2011, 06:17 PM
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Will check those threads out...
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Old December 1st, 2011, 07:35 PM
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Tim:

Where did you find this one? Is it listed at Top Gear automotive?

You should consider getting it inspected prior to purchase. Expedition Autoworks is a local shop that specializes in Land Rovers (owned by a LR enthusiast) and would be a great place to have it inspected.

They are really good at identifying everything wrong with the truck and then helping prioritize what needs to be fixed and what can wait...

PM me if you want any more info.

Also...you should consider joining our local land rover club: www.mnlandrovers.org

Dave
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Old December 1st, 2011, 07:43 PM
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Timing belt?
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Old December 1st, 2011, 07:49 PM
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Timing belt?
I was thinking the same thing
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:11 PM
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Timing chain..

------ Follow up post added December 1st, 2011 09:12 PM ------

Hey Dave
Thanks- yup it is the red one ...
I know the guys at Exp Auto- good guys...

How does your Defender heat up and defrost in the cold MN winter- Do you use yours as a DD for winter?
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:46 PM
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:49 PM
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I talked with them about it also. It has a Salvage title so it will never bring as much as a clean titled truck, if that makes any difference to you. The shop owner inspected the truck and said he couldn't find any repair damage to justify a salvage title. A good reason to have a shop, you pay, look at it for you, or you take a look yourself. The fiberglass top trucks are known for having a lot of cracking issues, with the tops, in the cold weather. I would also be careful about a rust issue, if any. Bottom line the maintenance issues seem normal and could be owner done instead of the shop. 16K isn't a bad price for the truck if the rust isn't an issue and the motor runs fine. 3K less and I think the truck would have been sold by now. The shop is telling the owner, and me, that they recommended the Owner not take less than the 16K.
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:51 PM
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Smart remark or serious?

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How many rovers did you say your owned?

Are you jumping on the timing belt /chain comment? Nice...

Look at your post buddy "your owned?" a slip can happen as evident by your post ....

Happy Holidays...
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Old December 1st, 2011, 08:56 PM
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Timing chain..

------ Follow up post added December 1st, 2011 09:12 PM ------

Hey Dave
Thanks- yup it is the red one ...
I know the guys at Exp Auto- good guys...

How does your Defender heat up and defrost in the cold MN winter- Do you use yours as a DD for winter?
My D is tucked away for a long winter's nap.

I did get quite a bit more heat out of the lower vents by taking off the vent over and pushing up on the foam that totally blocks the airflow (typical British engineering.)
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Old December 1st, 2011, 09:58 PM
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Sounds like the thermostat might have been pulled if the heat is that little. I've seen it done in the case of trying to limp along(mask) cooling issues when someone is trying to dump a rig before they have to do some costly repairs(head gaskets,radiator,screw'd block). Just when you think you've seen it all along comes another hack-job. Not trying to be a downer...just something I would investigate if I was going to throw coin @ something. Good luck with your shopping. Did I mention I have one posted for sale? (I had to throw it in there!)
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