so Michael White was, like...
> Michael White (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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?
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?
>> 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
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