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Old 04-15-2011, 07:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Defender 110 - Where/What to Buy?

So I'm currently in the market for a 110, but I've been somewhat stymied by all the different ways to get one, and am struggling with what's "best".

Obviously an ECR 110 is great, but a bit pricy (~$160k) - they apparently use a late model D110 for their build out.
I've also seen a couple of companies (Himalaya4x4.com,globallandrovers.com) that seem to take older rovers (that can be imported) and then rebuild them to "newer" specifications. These are "like new" cars, but are less than the ECR cost for a "like new" (I'm aware that's not an apples to apples comparison.)

These alternatives (and the many 80's land rovers that are for sale by private parties and dealers) seem to be good deals - better than a NAS 110. They also often have diesel engines already (something I'd like), some have galvanized frames, etc. So what's the big disadvantage to them over the 1993 model? Is there a reason that I should consider/choose a '93 over an older, rebuilt model - aside from the "pedigree" factor? I'd likely put a NAS style roll cage onto whatever I bought (if it didn't already have one..)

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~160k "a bit pricey" - ouch! ECR seems to do amazing work but wowser!

Another option that folks seem to be doing is importing older 110s from various countries. Some seem to want to update them overseas, while others will be doing it stateside.

It would be interesting if someone had some insight on how the various ways add up economically.
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There are some sketchy imports out there that are illegally brought in. How they are sneaking these past customs is anyones guess. While nice to have the new style Dash and a TKCi engine, there is danger in losing your money if it does not clear customs, then the issue of lawsuit in a car accident if you can't prove it is a 25 year old Landrover. Who can service the engine?
There are also a few legit companies that do great work. My two cents.... Himalaya seems pretty straight up. Importing restored, and then custom build from there. I have not seen one in person, but have watched how fast there trucks sell. Seems they are nver for sale longer than a week before they go. Decently priced for the ammount of work done. I have spent a 110K so far on a restoration on a Landcruiser and its still not done.
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Dunno what you want in a 110 but the Australian Defence force is about to off load its Landies (Perentie's) the years range from about 1984 through to 1992 so obviously you'll be after an early build to get in over the 25year thing. Full galvanised chassi from a relatively dry country fitted with a 3.9 Isuzu motor as found in a NPR truck which is probably approved for NA. Obviously they'll be right hand drive none have gone to auction yet but shouldn't be too far away. The 6by6 LRPV's will go for stupid money and at the end of their life so I wouldn't bother with one of them. One of the general purpose 4by4's sold on ebay recently for about 11k AUD.
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I have the ability to conduct the computer diagnostics on all the electronic controlled Diesels, up to current model year.

Asking what year Defender is best is a bit like asking how long a string is.
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The Isuzu motor in the Perentie's is a mechanical Diesel, 4BD1 if you want to look it up.
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