Does this sound like a good buy? Its a 1995. He wants $4750.
Rare soft dash long wheelbase Classic with all the expensive mechanical bits repaired or replaced. Runs 100 percent on stock Defender wheels with brand new Nokian tires (and comes with a fifth Defender spare).
Recent work performed (service records from Classic 4x4 in Fairfield, CT provided upon request):
-Replaced viscous coupling ($1,400)
-Replaced steering box ($950)
-Resealed swivel housings ($650)
-Replaced headliner ($600)
-Replaced alternator ($600)
-Hatch seals replaced ($150)
-Complete tuneup (passed CT emissions in May)
-Previous owner replaced the air suspension system with springs
The truck starts immediately and runs and shifts perfectly with good temperature and oil pressure, no leaks and no surprises. Has a racing catalytic converter and exhaust system, which makes the truck slightly peppier than a standard one (although not drag car by any stretch of the imagination!). Exterior has the Brooklands body kit, with subtle pinstriping, running boards and taillight cages. Panels are in good shape, with a few dings here and there. Paintwork is average and slightly dull, with no scrapes or surface rust. Interior is in above average shape, with no rips or tears in the leather. Carpets are good, and covered by OEM Land Rover rubber mats. The front seats show normal wear for the age but present very well. A set of OEM vinyl waterproof seat covers is included in the sale. Air conditioning blows ice cold and heat can melt your plastic coffee cup. Dash has two lights on, traction control and ABS. I had both checked out by my mechanic and neither are the result of any mechanical issues. Most likely a sensor or a relay. All functions work except the rear window switches and the stock CD changer. The original radio still works well, and I have the security code. The passenger door latch occasionally acts up and requires you to lock and unlock it before it will secure. Solid frame and bodywork, with two small areas of rust in the lower back corners of the rear door sills. Relatively straightforward patch job. The tailgate also has some slight surface rust, but is solid and closes securely.
The truck isn't perfect, but it's low mileage, reliable and about as good in the snow as you'll find. All of the main mechanical trouble spots with these trucks have been addressed. I'm just looking for something better equipped to secure two carseats.