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I'm considering adding AC in my Defender but wonder if its worth it ? I've heard mix opinions . Does anyone drive their defender regularly? I don't but worry about it loosing value if I start to. Heres an old off roading picture .
 

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if it is a NAS then yes mileage will effect value more than a row
I'm guessing these will always hold value or continue to climb with only limited NAS #s being produced . I watch the BAT auctions and prices are all over the board even with high milage trucks . Will they continue to climb regardless as fewer will come on the auction block as they are being bought up? Not that I ever plan to sell any time soon but want to drive it more .
 

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I'm going with that advice ! Lol Thank you! I do have a weird intermittent issue if anyone has experienced this. If I'm cruising along in 3rd or 4rth gear with traffic , every so often it will BUCK on me. Almost like it shuts down and regains power. In the 7 years I've owned it I've had this looked at and it seems as though temporary fixes such as cap and rotor fixed it but only for about 1000 miles or so. It happens intermittently but is scary when it does. Its a 3.9 manual . Anyone have any ideas?
 

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I'm going with that advice ! Lol Thank you! I do have a weird intermittent issue if anyone has experienced this. If I'm cruising along in 3rd or 4rth gear with traffic , every so often it will BUCK on me. Almost like it shuts down and regains power. In the 7 years I've owned it I've had this looked at and it seems as though temporary fixes such as cap and rotor fixed it but only for about 1000 miles or so. It happens intermittently but is scary when it does. Its a 3.9 manual . Anyone have any ideas?
Ignition components such as ignition control module and coil and their connections could cause bucking you describe.

personally I don’t think adding AC would devalue you truck.It was an option back in 94/95 I believe.
Thank you for the insight . I'll check it out .
 

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I’ve had my 90 for almost 20 years and it’s been a daily driver from the very beginning. I don’t use the AC very often, but there is a day or two each summer when it’s nice to have. She’s got just under 200k miles and I’m irresponsibly accountable for 170k of them. Do what floats your boat, but by no means wait to enjoy where these things can take you and the good company you’ll likely be with.

On the way back to Silverton from Ouray on the Alpine Loop, summer ‘22
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Is it the original 3.9 gas motor with that many miles or is it a diesel? Impressive. I just can't seem to get this intermittent bucking fixed on mine. Have you taken it on long trips? I get nervous going out of my zip code . Lol
 

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Is it the original 3.9 gas motor with that many miles or is it a diesel? Impressive. I just can't seem to get this intermittent bucking fixed on mine. Have you taken it on long trips? I get nervous going out of my zip code . Lol
If you live in Virginia did you trailer the Land Rover Defender 90 there? If you drove a D-90 from Virginia to Colorado you got guts or youre a Land Rover tech. I took mine to the beach once and was a nervous wreck. Lol Would love to see more pictures!
 

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I added AC to my NAS 94 and its definitely worth it in the summer - considering you have a SW it should be even more worth it.

Regarding mileage - if you have a truck with under say 50K miles then daily-ing it will cause it to lose value but if its got 100K+ on the clock just drive the hell out of it.
I'm going to . I just hope it always maintains some value if if I run it up to 200,000 miles. Its lots of fun. I think these need to be driven .
 

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Who did your Cummins swap? I'd love that . You'll never break down! Post a pic if you can! My daily work Truck is a 2018 Ram 2500 Cummins 6 speed Manual. I have 3 of them. I've always been a car and truck guy but love cars that are tempermental for some reason. I drove a H1 Hummer for years but when they stopped making them it got tough to maintain . I much prefer my Defender but it has this intermitten issue with loosing power for a second and catching itself. Its weird. My beach place is 3 hours away and I'm to nervous to take it. Lol I've done it once in the 7 years I've owned it. I'm going to drive it locally more now that I've found this site and support. Thank you for responding to me
 

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I have a 97 110 with 23,000 original miles. I bought it as a daily driver and that is how it is used. I just wish it was Me driving. It is my wife’s daily driver. If you enjoy driving it. Use it. You can always restore it one day and keep driving it. Not to mention that it will hold it value better then the new car you by and drive.
Your wife has the coolest ride in the school pick up line for sure! Lol I drove an H1 for years but that was a tempormental vehicle to say the least .
 

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I did the swap myself. It's gotten easier as more bits and bobs have become available. You can get the whole Defender-specific package now from Chad @ Quick Draw Brands.

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I have a whole album for the engine swap here: 300TDi to Cummins R2.8 Swap into RHD Defender 110

I did this when I had a garage in SC. Best I can figure, I was one of the first (if not the first) to actually do a long-bellhousing R380 install in the country, so I discovered numerous issues that are now more common knowledge.
Thats impressive! I do not have that ability to do an engine swap on my own .Lol I would have to pay someone . I saw how you took this 110 apart and it was pretty incredible . Not many could pull that off. Lol Is driving a right hand drive weird? I never have.
 

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I could care less about interior bling. I like the raw look of my Defender inside. I would love a level of reliability so daily driving wouldn't be as uncomfortable. If I could dump $40,000 to swap over to a Cummins or GM drive train and basic up grades as far as Mechanical I'd do it no questions asked. My interior is great . My mechanical ability is limited so for long term this would be the way to go.
 

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I have a Love Hate relationship with rigs that test me constantly. Lol! I owned a Hummer H1 for years and why we put our armed forces in something so unreliable I don't know. It was again a fun local truck to drive around but frightening for longer trips. I have tried sports cars but get bored quickly. I have a 2016 M3 in my garage I rarely drive, Its fun when I do but my heart lies with the Defender yet I can't trust her. Lol I should sell the M3 and do the motor swap for years of pleasurable reliable driving
 

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NAS value depends on mileage and originality. You want less of the former and more of the latter. Bolt on mods that are easily reversed don't hurt. Some permanent mods may increase the value for some people, but at a point it's better to use an ROW model. If you drive it, you get value out of it that way. If you don't, you'll get more appreciation in value when you sell. Either way you make out.
The type of under dash a/c widely available and retrofitted to Defs is the same as was optional on NAS 90's.
A/C is about $3k and outside installer about $2k. They work well, esp for front seat passengers. For the very rear of a 110, not so much.
Only you know if a/c is worth it. It should also add to your truck's market value.
I Appreciate your input ! I love driving it around town. Its so unique and different then anything else. I took it off road once but I don't want to kill it in the mud or on rocks. If I had your ability Id drop that motor in mine without a thought . So to pay someone to do it add about $10,000 to that bill? Now its finding someone to do it right ? Lol
 

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I've heard the AC doesn't work well in D-90s for the $5,000 it costs for the kit. Good to hear. Love your yellow Defender. My bucking issue feels like it starves fuel then chugs once and keeps going. Today it didn't do it at all. Very strange ! I need to run it more often as it sits for long periods of time. What size lift and tires are on yours? 4" lift with 35s ?
 
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