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Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Mav, Jul 30, 2009.
Bring that to the U.S. and I'll buy one...
I like the four door model,
nice concepts, but not defenders... :-(
Pretty sure the four door in that vid are photo shops done by a fan...
I love it. Obviously, it's a lot different than the current Defender, and it vaguely looks like an FJ Cruiser, but I think it looks great and I'm sure that it'll perform just as well as it looks.
I know that some look down upon the IFS/IRS that Land Rover is using in the LR3/LR4/RRS and the Range Rover, but it's very functional.
At least, it works well in my LR3.
Am I asking for trouble with this? Daydreaming.
"Seller's Description and Comments RHD, 200tdi, 5 speed, legendary 4WD prowess and runs great. Turbo DIesel engine has 70k miles.Total miles 110k. New clutch installed. Towing capacity is 7000 lbs. This vehicle gets around 30mpg on the highway making it a great commuter vehicle and manage 20+ mpg city and under tow.Very clean interior . Tires are in very good condition.Well maintained, Bulkhead and frame are great, recently wax oiled. British OD green. Clear Virginia title. Located in Front Royal, VA. $13,500 OBO. Biodiesel ready. I also have a 5 door tub and conversion parts for sale separately. to convert to a family SUV."
Have to wonder how a RHD car on UK plates got to the States. Anyhow...
Things that can get bad:
Bulkhead rot - that flat military green can hide a multitude of sins, check the bulkhead (the thin strip of metal running down just in front of the doors and under the windscreen) for rot - tap it, twat it, thump it or use a magnet however you like. Just make sure that it has no metal-moth holes.
Fried cylinder head - 200TDI's are better for this than 300's - mine was a 24carat bastard 'till I figured it out and skimmed the head - once they get hot and boil up the heads tend to warp easy. Like I said, it happens way more often on the 300's (due to a shitty waterpump gasket arrangement) but not unknown on the 200TDi.
At 76Kmiles, the standard checks on the Turbo, both gearboxes, both Diff's, all 4 uj's are prudent (not to mention the front CV joints) as are chassis and cross-member rust checks. Get under there and *look*. That paint looks very new and may exist underneath too. There's a lot of overspill from the oil filler, so I'd ask how it got there just to rule to rule out a blocked crankcase breather masking blown valve seals or such.
Ask when the timing belt was done last - they can be sensitive to poor replacement and a belt failure causes a mess (DAMHIK):
Short of that, I'd buy it if it were over here - I need a LWB landy. CAVEAT: Spares here are 2-a-penny, cheap and plentifull but I have no clue about spares prices and availability in your area (or the US in general come to that), I suspect high and low respectively.
Provided the basics look good - go for it. If you know Landies, you'll already know most problems are easily fixable though. It's why we love 'em.
Many of the green-laners and triallers here rate the 200TDI unit as the one to go for over the 300 and if you see a old series diesel converstion here, the chances are that the old lump (2.25petrol or any of the many old deisel lumps) has been pulled in favour of a 200TDI. It just works. And works well.
Getting shiny from the inside!
Well, did you get it?
Was thinking of starting to bring in ex-Army Landies to the US - they'd be lower mileage and LHD but probably nearer $20k...
I didnt pull the trigger....Im going to be patient, read up a bumch more and bide my time. Ive been looking at some Brittish import companies online, let me know when you get things rolling I could be your first customer
by the by, what is the best forum for Land Rover enthusiasts in the USA?
These are the ones I go to....
even this one,
Vehicles for sale:
Here for G4 stuff:
Since I have an LR2 I also go here....http://www.freel2.com/forum/
LR related Magazine:
I thank you kind sir....my employer not so much
discoweb.org for no frills tech. They're a bunch of assholes but there's good info.
pirate4x4 for good suspension tech, and there's always something unique happening there.
d-90.com for Defender-specific info.
A little RSOV porn. The truck is now complete, but this is the most current picture I have on hand.
All great links above with lots of excellent advice. Here's my slightly stretched 109.
I find AULRO is a great Aussie website for help - I refer there often - post some times as well
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