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Hi, please excuse me if I sound a bit green as I am new to the marvellous world of owning, maintaining and running Land Rovers, although I did learn to drive in a Defender years ago.

I'm about to set of for Morocco for a six-month stint or longer. I have a budget of about £3k to spend on a vehicle which I need for practicle running around, a bit of driving around sites and up and down the long Highway stretching from the ferry port Tangier to my base in Marrakech (about 400 miles).

I've been looking at 110's. In particular I'm looking at a 110 1989 2.5 TD which has all of the off road trimmings and looks in relatively good condition considering that it has no less than 8 previous owners (the current owner being a winter survival school instructor). It has 106,000 miles on the clock and an asking price of £3,500 with current MOT just about to expire. Please could someone give me some advice on what I should look out for in going over this Landy (will view at the weekend) and any knowledge on what kind of fuel economy I might get off this vintage (I assume 1991 onwards is when Defender model engines where reengineered to run more efficiently?) as this is a factor considering the amount of miles I will be clocking up getting to Morocco and within the country and Africa (I wonder if its worth spending a bit more to get a slightly newer more efficient model)?

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Alan
Pembrokeshire, UK
 

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The only concern i would have is the mileage on the TD. The old 19j TD is a week engine. They have a nasty habit of cracking pistons and heavy breathing.

If the engine has been well looked after, not thrashed and serviced regularly then it may have lots more life left in it. On the other hand if it hasn't been serviced regally or thrashed then you could be in for problems further down the line.

Personally i would look for one with a 200TDi or 300TDi in it. These engines are far more reliable and give better fuel economy. The 200TDi is essentially an improved version of the TD so it is still basic with no electronics to go wrong. Anyone who knows there way around a diesel will be able to work on it, which is essential for an overland trip.

The 200TDi has been around for years now so there should be quite a lot of reasonably decant ones knocking around for under £3k.
One cautionary note would be to find out when the cam belt was changed. The last thing you want is to be rebuilding the top end of the engine because of a snaped belt.

There are two areas you need to look at when buying a landy, the bulkhead and chassis. Take a screwdriver with you and have a good poke around.
On the bulkhead look at the corners for signs of rust, surface corrosion can be easily cleaned up bit if the rust is deep in to the metal then it will needed patching.

Also have a look at the chassis for rust holes and signs of previous repair particularly the out riggers and the rear cross member.

All these bits can be repaired/replaced but will cost a time and money.

£3500 would be near the top end for a land rover of that vintage, although any extra bits will push the price up. I paid £2100 for my standard 1990 110 TD Station Wagon last year.

Good Luck with your landy hunting.
 
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