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Land Rover Defender 90/110

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  • londnrlondnr Posts: 55
    Hi There,

    It's true that the regular heater in the Land Rover may have a problem with extreme cold, but Land Rovers have operated just about everywhere in the world and there is a solution - the Kodiak heaters were designed for arctic use and do an excellent job keeping your truck toasty.

    Without questioning the information that you have received - my reading suggests that it is a 15 year rule in Canada, so possibly you could find a newer Defender than the one you have listed, I am not 100% sure on the Canadian rule, so please double check - my research has primarily related to US cars and I came across the Canadian info during all of my reading.

    Also, the price is outrageous - $75,900 Canadian!!! Follow this link for a 1983 200Tdi in Canada for $13,500 US. It's RHD but can be converted for a nominal price. I'm not really up on the current exchange rate, even though the US dollar is stronger than the Canadian I am pretty sure that $13,500 US is nowhere near $75,900 Canadian. Here's the link: http://www.britrest.com/

    Good luck.
  • dandrews1dandrews1 Posts: 184
    I totally agree on the price point... it's a lot of money anywhere, but it is basically a new vehicle (VIN plate notwithstanding), that someone else has gone through the trouble of importing, converting to LHD, and detailing, etc, etc...
    Considering that I just started leasing an almost $75,000 (Canadian)LR3 HSE, if I was really into the hardcore offroading (rather than the light for-fun stuff I probably will be doing at 'safe' vendor-sponsored events) then this one would have been a serious consideration.

    Even more tempting is this little baby. A 1993 NAS Defender 110, but even better for me is that it was one of the original 25 sent to Canada.... should be really easy for me to import back here - or so I would assume?

    Right now the wife and I are still very apprehensive about the high cost of our new LR3 (This is our first luxury vehicle, and Canada has higher taxes than the US making similar-costing things harder to purchase due to the higher cost of living - even with an exchange rate calculation).

    It's possible that after we have had some time to get to know the LR3 and Land Rover as a brand, that we will consider something more rugged - and also after we decide if we are going to buy the LR3 after our lease runs its term.

    One flight of fancy is that we would like to pick up an older Porsche Boxster (or Boxster S) from the mid-to-late 90's when our current sedan dies (1997 Dodge Avenger ES).

    That would make a nice addition to the garage.. :)
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
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  • racer_65racer_65 Posts: 43
    The Defender got a pretty good update for 2007. Anyone like to speculate whether Defender can come back to the U.S. after Land Rover is sold by Ford?

    I'm tired of specialist dealers selling used Defenders at inflated prices. These vehicles are relatively cheap on the second hand market in the UK, but selling at Porsche prices here.
  • british_roverbritish_rover Posts: 8,476
    The latest thing I got from Land Rover says there is NO PLAN to bring the current model Defender to the US market. The Defender needs a complete redesign before it will be available in the US. I guess that it would go on the T5 platform like the LR3 and Range Rover Sport but I am not sure.
  • I drive a defender 110. I haul around three boys and currently have them in car seats. Is it possible to buy headrests or a new set of seats with head restraints for a 1999 defender? I have seen the new 2007 with a middle row of seats that have head rests. Is it possible to buy just the seats and install them?
  • thepeegthepeeg Posts: 1
    Hey There,
    I'm new to forums so I'm not to sure how they work.

    I just bought a 94 D90 and love it but could use a little more power.
    Does anyone make bolt on power mods i.e. - headers/cold air intakes/throttle body spacers/superchargers/etc.
    I'm also looking for a surrey top, winch, and Emu springs.
    Also can you fit 15" wheels on the D90 - 33/12.50 r15 tires are the best all around off/on road tires I've used because of the soft side wall for grip when you air-down and on-road ride quality.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Thanx,
    JP Simons
    thepeeg@hotmail.com
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  • Amazingly, I recently asked Land Rover the same question about the Defender (less than 3 weeks ago) and their response was verbatim to the one in Post #73.

    Sucks, seeing how bad I want to buy one. The used Defenders out there are waaay to expensive for the mileage and wear they have on them. If I bought an '07 right from the Solihull Factory I could get it for about $30-40k, but then I'd have to get it to meet emissions and US safety standards. Used ones typically list about that same price and are 10+ years older.
  • Hey Gang- I just received a personal email response back from Gary Temple this morning (Mr. Temple is President of Jaguar Land Rover North America) and here are his words (or perhaps those of his secretary) in regards to a reintroduction of the Defender:

    Mr. Flickenschild, thank you for the note. I wish you happy motoring with your Land Rover and thank you for being an enthusiast and loyal customer for the Land Rover brand. We all would like to see the Defender return in our model line up for the North America market and will continue to look at our options with that model and viability for the NA market.

    Gary L. Temple
    President
    Jaguar Land Rover North America


    That being said, it appears that the return of the Defender is still plausible and not out of the minds of the "gate keepers" here in North America. I'd rather spend $30-40k on a new Defender with low mileage and no rust rather than forking over the same or more for someone else's rusty high mileage Defender which we still all love and admire.
  • dandrews1dandrews1 Posts: 184
    Do a google sear h for exmoor. They make good replacement seats for Land Rovers, including ones with headrests.
  • dandrews1dandrews1 Posts: 184
    A little late in the reply so I'm sure you know by now that there's tons of things you can do to the aluminium small block rover v8. Originally it was sourced from Buick in the late 60's for the range rover project, but British motorists have been using that block to crank out some very impressive HP to British race cars for decades.
  • msouthwmsouthw Posts: 14
    Hey can you forward me Gary Temple's email/contact info? I was about to drop a letter in the mail but it's always better to cover all grounds.

    Msouthw@aol.com
  • ortellortell Posts: 1
    hi there
    my land rover seems to have a problem, i recently changed the clutch plate, pressure plate and clutch bearing. after closing up the gear box the vehicle does not want to start, it just cranks but nothing happens, please help, i might have pulled a cable by mistake
  • dandrews1dandrews1 Posts: 184
    Could be a bunch of things... Usually a truck only needs three things to start:
    Fuel
    Spark (or in this case glow plug)
    Air

    Does it strain to start?
    Does it turn over?
    Did you do anything with the starter when you had the bellhousing open?

    Can you check that the glow plugs are hot?
  • This thread started in 2001 with a few predictions over the years of Land Rover North America reintroducing the Defender to the US market. The 2010 Models are now out and I wonder if Land Rover North America will ever bring the Defender Stateside again.
  • Would you kindly give me Gary Temple's email address. I have a major issue/complaint on my Jaguar XJ8, which neither the dealer nor customer care is willing to provide any assistance and they are unwilling to put me in touch with any market manager or high level person. Thanks very much for your help.
  • In its current for the defender can't come back to the states. It must be redesigned first to meet safety and emissions standards.

    Supposedly the T5 platform that is under the LR3, LR4 and Range Rover Sport will become the next defender platform but minus the Independent air suspension. When that will happen I have no idea.
  • Is there a way you can get in touch with me privately? CarSpace won't allow me to post email addresses for understandable reasons.
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,110
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  • Sure. but I don't have your contact information (phone or email). Would you let me know what's the best way to reach you directly. Thanks again for your help.
  • /QUOTE/
    Supposedly the T5 platform that is under the LR3, LR4 and Range Rover Sport will become the next defender platform but minus the Independent air suspension. When that will happen I have no idea.
    /QUOTE/

    This is complete conjecture on my part, but based on the com[any's statements that 2010 will be the last year of the current platform Defender, it's conceivable that IF they are going to keep building them, that 2011 would be the first year.

    Defender is still a seller for military sales and commercial interests. Not sure about long term viability in the consumer market though?
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  • als961als961 Posts: 8
    Your email address is set to Private. I am unable to see it.
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  • mark_cmark_c Posts: 8
    If Land Rover replaced the front sections of the frame rails with deformable ones (like the newer Jeep Wrangler), add air bags, continue with the roll cage as before, and strengthen the door areas if needed, then I don't see why they couldn't make it pass current DOT regs. I'd expect that the Ford Diesel 2.4 whould pass EPA as well, as it meets EURO emission standards which are strict.

    I'm sure I'm not the only Defender fan that would have no interest in a new Defender that uses the Disco3/4 chassis. I'd rather have a Jeep Rubicon any day than a Defender with independent suspension under a uni-body frame. I'm not saying the the latest Disco is crap off road, it's just not a Land Rover in a traditional sense. Full ladder frame, solid axles with an aluminum body. I'm not saying it's superior than the Disco setup, it's just my preference and my view of what a Land Rover Defender (and it's forebears the Series models) is all about.
  • dandrews1dandrews1 Posts: 184
    http://www.lro.com/news.php?sid=350&page=1

    Interesting article... complete from scratch rebuild.

    Too bad they're losing the beam axle, but I guess independent suspension is where everyone is going...

    Hope they do an electronically disconnect-able rear sway bay similar to the Jeep JK. That, and diff lockers in front, middle and rear.

    I have the LR3, and wished my front diffs would lock some times. (I have the HD package, so I have the electric rear locker).
  • nickr1nickr1 Posts: 51
    Wow, no posts in 2 years. Anyway, was just at a dealer in NY and he confirmed with management the Defender will be sold in the US market end of 2012 and early 2013. But I cannot confirm this with any article on the web, strange.
  • steverstever YooperlandPosts: 40,129

    @nickr1, the dealer was just a tad optimistic.

    "The reintroduction of the Defender into the U.S. market is part of a three-pillar product plan that is currently being rolled out. It consists of the Range Rover line for luxury buyers, the LR4-based line for leisure buyers and the Defender-based line for what Land Rover calls "dual-purpose" buyers.

    Expect to see the finished design in the next couple of years, with U.S. sales launching in 2016."

    Next-Generation Land Rover Defender Will Be Sold in the U.S.

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