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Old 20 June 2006, 11:01   #1
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I've decided to take the plunge and buy a Defender 90 for mucking around in. I don't want a newish vehicle but something costing up to £3000.
I am having trouble finding dealerships that trade in the older landies in Hampshire. Anybody give me any pointers.
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Old 20 June 2006, 11:04   #2
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Have not used them myself by have a good reputation through various 4x4 clubs:

http://www.brooklyn4x4.co.uk/
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i would seriously consider buying private for that age of car if i was you as the landy dealers wont carry that age of car so basically you will be trawling any garage that sell second hand cars, autotrader might be the best bet

however that site below looks really good..
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That Brooklyn site looks interesting. I'll give them a visit.
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I've decided to take the plunge and buy a Defender 90 for mucking around in. I don't want a newish vehicle but something costing up to £3000.
I am having trouble finding dealerships that trade in the older landies in Hampshire. Anybody give me any pointers.
You don't want a dealer for that sort of price range. Find someone who REALLY knows Landrover's near you and take them with you when you buy privately.
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what sort of economy would you expect to get from a Defender 90, 2.4TD 1988. just roughly?
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what sort of economy would you expect to get from a Defender 90, 2.4TD 1988. just roughly?
Don't you mean a 2.5??? The old 2.5turbo was not a very good engine - the non turbo was fine. The 200 or 300tdi are very good.

You should get about 25-30mpg driven carefully.
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what sort of economy would you expect to get from a Defender 90, 2.4TD 1988. just roughly?
My 300tdi Disco (with 300k on the clock!) does about 28. So the older generation TD probably not quite as much?

Was the 2.4TD put in the Defender? I thought that that (2.4l VM engine) only went in the RR.
2.25 with a turbo in the defender of that age was badged Turbo D?

The slightly later car with a 200TDI would be a better bet if funds allow.

Used Brooklyn for some servicing on my previous 4x4 - 1987 RR V8 with 250K. They were hopeless. Couldn't make fuel pipes. Charged an arm and a leg for a steering box. I wasn't happy.

I would tend to look around the clubs and see what's up for sale if you've got time.
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I've got plenty of time its just for a Toy. I won't need to rely on it for anything and the missus fancies driving it. Shame I can't get her on the boat.
I realise at the price range I'm looking I'll be hard pushed to get one at a dealer, but I won't to go and look at some and see what you get for your money. Then I'll know if the private ones are going for a fair price.
I'll also get some idea of what to look for.
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Take a small toffee hammer,a torch and a screwdriver. Stab and hammer at the chassis - if they won't let you there are probs.

Main places to look at are

Outriggers - especially on top. Not too serious.

Rear Crossmember.

Rear of chassis by crossmember.

Front Bulkhead under the vents - also around the door hinges.

Check for any nasty clonks - could only be propshaft UJs. Had my LR cheap as bloke thought the box had gone - £45 for the UJs and like a different vehicle.
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I've decided to take the plunge and buy a Defender 90 for mucking around in. I don't want a newish vehicle but something costing up to £3000.
For the £3k which end do you intend to buy first, front or back?
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They are out there. Its just getting one that don't need a new engine ar any major chassis parts.

Lumpy bodywork I can put up with. That chequer plating you can buy now can hide allsorts by the look of it and its dirt cheap.

As I said I don't think I can rely on a Defender as a main vehicle so I might as well curse a cheap old broken down one than an expensive new broken down one.

I don't need it to tow the boat as I have another 4 X 4. I just want something I can hammer.
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If you are looking for a 90 to use as a toy contact Challenger 4x4 at Tongham near Farnham (01252 325930). speak to Paul Bass who is the boss. He builds and races extreme off-roaders & also has a number of varying ages for sale. He is also a lot cheaper than a main dealer

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For the £3k which end do you intend to buy first, front or back?
IF you know what to look for you can get something quite good for that money!!!
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Keith Gott in alton, always had a good service from them. Lots of ex mil stuff too or he will try a source one to met your requirements if your in no rush.

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John at Bordon is rebuilding a 90 at the moment which might suit, he comes recommended and recently fixed Jimbos Disco after driving down to Portsmouth to pick it up, also looks after my Disco, Peugeot etc. Should have a call back this afternoon on it if your interested.

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Been to Reid Landrovers near Horsham today. wasn't overly impressed with the Defender cheap stock, the good ones start around 7K. But did see a very nice Isuzu Trooper 3.1 Diesel on a V plate for £4500 if any one is interested.
Pete I think I'll try Keith Gott in Alton next.
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Keep an eye on the classified ads on Hants & Berks Rover Owners web page. www.hbro.co.uk
All sorts of stuff comes up.
Good bunch of lads there.
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Thanks. Bookmarked that.
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Just remembered Safari Engineering is quite close to you at Eversley.
http://www.safari-engineering.co.uk/
Talk to Miles or Andy.
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