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Old 05-08-2005, 00:01   #1 (permalink)
Michael White
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Used 90

Hi all,

I'm considering buying a Defender 90, but I have no experience with Land
Rovers (just Jeeps). Since I'm in Texas, it seems the only option to buy
an over-priced used one from the mid-90s :(. Anyway, given that, I do have
a few questions:

1) Of the years available (94, 95, and 97), are there any I need to watch
out for? And is there anything in general I should watch for on these
models?

2) Is the towing capacity correct with "over-run" brakes on trailers, i.e.
3500 kgs?

3) How reliable are the diesels versus the V8s?

4) Has anyone had any experience in somehow getting a newer model in the
states (e.g. through Canada)?

5) How easy are they to maintain? Do you need lots of special tools? I've
replaced about everything on Jeeps (engine, transmission, etc...), so I'm
an experienced shade-tree mechanic if nothing else.

Sorry if there's a URL or web page devoted to this. A quick Google search
didn't turn up much other than parts and dealer web pages, at least not
much directly pertinent to the 90s.

Thanks in advance.
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fill the world with fools." -Herbert Spencer
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Old 05-08-2005, 01:01   #2 (permalink)
Michael White
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Re: Used 90

Michael White (michael12@mindspring.com) wrote on Sunday 08 May 2005 12:48
am:

> Hi all,
>
> I'm considering buying a Defender 90, but I have no experience with Land
> Rovers (just Jeeps). Since I'm in Texas, it seems the only option to buy
> an over-priced used one from the mid-90s :(. Anyway, given that, I do
> have a few questions:
>
> 1) Of the years available (94, 95, and 97), are there any I need to watch
> out for? And is there anything in general I should watch for on these
> models?
>
> 2) Is the towing capacity correct with "over-run" brakes on trailers,
> i.e. 3500 kgs?
>
> 3) How reliable are the diesels versus the V8s?
>
> 4) Has anyone had any experience in somehow getting a newer model in the
> states (e.g. through Canada)?
>
> 5) How easy are they to maintain? Do you need lots of special tools?
> I've replaced about everything on Jeeps (engine, transmission, etc...), so
> I'm an experienced shade-tree mechanic if nothing else.
>
> Sorry if there's a URL or web page devoted to this. A quick Google search
> didn't turn up much other than parts and dealer web pages, at least not
> much directly pertinent to the 90s.
>
> Thanks in advance.


Sorry for the follow-up to my own post, but one other question: can you
remove the top and doors on all of the Defender 90 series? Or are some
fixed in place, like all of the other Land Rovers here?

Thanks.
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Old 05-08-2005, 01:01   #3 (permalink)
Richard Brookman
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Re: Used 90

so Michael White was, like...
> Michael White (michael12@mindspring.com) wrote on Sunday 08 May 2005
> 12:48 am:
>
>> Hi all,
>>
>> I'm considering buying a Defender 90, but I have no experience with
>> Land Rovers (just Jeeps). Since I'm in Texas, it seems the only
>> option to buy an over-priced used one from the mid-90s :(. Anyway,
>> given that, I do have a few questions:


I would guess that in a free market economy such as the US, Defenders are
overpriced for a reason, ie people think they are worth the money. Don't
just consider it, do it. And welcome to the group.

>> 1) Of the years available (94, 95, and 97), are there any I need to
>> watch out for? And is there anything in general I should watch for
>> on these models?


AFAIK there isn't much to choose between these years - an expert will be
along any minute now.

>> 2) Is the towing capacity correct with "over-run" brakes on
>> trailers, i.e. 3500 kgs?


Yes.

>> 3) How reliable are the diesels versus the V8s?


As with all vehicles, a lot depends on the way it's been treated. Both
diesels and V8s will go on for ever if properly looked after. A full
history will give you peace of mind.

>> 5) How easy are they to maintain?


Easier than most.

>> Do you need lots of special tools?


No - a standard tookit will do just about everything, and most of the
special tools needed can be made up in some way. You will find a lot of
help on this NG.

>> I've replaced about everything on Jeeps (engine,
>> transmission, etc...), so I'm an experienced shade-tree mechanic if
>> nothing else.


You sound well-qualified.

> Sorry for the follow-up to my own post, but one other question: can
> you remove the top and doors on all of the Defender 90 series? Or
> are some fixed in place, like all of the other Land Rovers here?


It all bolts together, so you can remove what you like. You'll need a
couple of big buddies to help with lifting off the hardtop, otherwise it's
just a big Meccano set (UK kids' construction toy, don't know what you have
in Texas - Erectaset?)

BTW, your sig line puts you right in the spirit of this group already.

>> "To protect people from the effects of folly is to fill the world with
>> fools." -Herbert Spencer


Indeed.

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