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Old 05-21-2019, 06:07 AM
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I've only owned Chevy/GMC /Buick/Subaru but that I'd buy now without a test drive knowing its a LC and diesel and without any other pics necessary. I'd probably have to hang an AK-47 in the back window.
I believe the AK is a factory option....
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:22 AM
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First car was an 1983 FJ40, last year they imported them, wish I had that one back. Kids drive a FJ62 with only 180K original miles. Wife drives a 2010 that still looks like it's brand new when you dig the french fries out of the seat.

I believe the land cruiser is probably the best vehicle made on the planet.
Mine was a 76 the first year they switched to the 4spd. That was a great vehicle.
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Old 05-21-2019, 06:25 AM
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I'm still waiting for VW to finally hit the US with a pickup. Hopefully its soon
Why? The next VW pickup will be a rebadged Ford Ranger, VW couldn't hack it in the truck market and looked to Ford for help.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:11 AM
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
No. Americans are far too clueless and infatuated with lame crap like Chevy Traverses and Jeep Cherokees to support a market for awesome vehicles such as that.

That extends to motorcycles too.
Land Rover is finally bring the Defender Pick-up to the US in 2020. This made me change my mind about getting a Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:13 AM
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Land Rover is finally bring the Defender Pick-up to the US in 2020. This made me change my mind about getting a Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.
Whats that going to cost 150k?
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by mikefloyd View Post
Land Rover is finally bring the Defender Pick-up to the US in 2020. This made me change my mind about getting a Jeep Gladiator Rubicon.
Sweet...I hadn't heard that.

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Old 05-21-2019, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
No. Americans are far too clueless and infatuated with lame crap like Chevy Traverses and Jeep Cherokees to support a market for awesome vehicles such as that.

That extends to motorcycles too.
Yes, when they get onboard with South America and bring Toyota Hilux and Nissan Frontier diesels, then it's a level playing field.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by fjmaverick View Post
Whats that going to cost 150k?
Hope so limits the number of people than can get one. Actually I would expect fully optioned slightly more than a fully optioned top of the line Ford or GM half ton.
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:17 AM
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Originally Posted by cdrhoek View Post
Passed a load of 6 brand new model 70s on I95 today. Wonder if they are going to be offered for US Sale?
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Old 05-21-2019, 08:22 AM
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Originally Posted by NCSUboater View Post
Sweet...I hadn't heard that.

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I was waiting for the diesel to become available for the Gladiator when I found this out. This is something I've wanted for so very long, since I sold my 1997 Defender. And no I'm not buying it to tow a boat.
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The 60 series are a great vehicle. I had a HJ60 for 20 years and always regret selling her. Any pictures of your resto?
Its pretty much stock right now, I bought it from my in-laws (they've had it since new, and it had been behind there house rusting for several years before I got it) because I like to have a project in the garage. Ive never really worked on cars short of changing oil and some minor repairs etc. But, Im doing this all myself. The first line of business was a new coat of paint and fixing all the rust and dents, the paint job is pretty good for a guy thats never done it before using a harbor freight sprayer. Next was the new fuel system. Last night I just got done installing new seatbelts inside (replaced the lap belts with 3 point, and recessed the retractors, it looks custom).

Next up is dealing with the exhaust leaks and a new exhaust system, along with removing the non functional smog equipment. I need to get the AC working. New steering pump will be behind that.

Then I can start some projects that I "want" to do, new tires and rims, bumper with winch, roof rack. Im gonna turn it into a mall crawler before all is said and done.


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Old 05-21-2019, 10:41 AM
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Back when Land Rover was importing Defenders into the US, they really held their value. I mean REALLY held their value. An original '93 NAS 110 was bringing twice or more what it sold for NEW just a couple of years ago, with a lot of miles on it. Of course as with many grey market vehicles, the advent of time marching on allows one to import anything older than 25 years with little to no modifications, so some of those earlier base Defenders (especially with the 300TDi) available in France and Switzerland now are actually a pretty good reliable vehicle and pretty easy to maintain and own.

I've owned LOTs of Land Rover IIAs and IIIs. These were very reliable. The US sold vehicles like the later Range Rovers (P46 body) and the Discos Series IIs and beyond were nightmares, no doubt. I see a couple of the older diesel FJs around here now in RHD, so I know they were imported, likely from the Far East somewhere.
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Originally Posted by WeeKilt View Post
Back when Land Rover was importing Defenders into the US, they really held their value. I mean REALLY held their value. An original '93 NAS 110 was bringing twice or more what it sold for NEW just a couple of years ago, with a lot of miles on it. Of course as with many grey market vehicles, the advent of time marching on allows one to import anything older than 25 years with little to no modifications, so some of those earlier base Defenders (especially with the 300TDi) available in France and Switzerland now are actually a pretty good reliable vehicle and pretty easy to maintain and own.

I've owned LOTs of Land Rover IIAs and IIIs. These were very reliable. The US sold vehicles like the later Range Rovers (P46 body) and the Discos Series IIs and beyond were nightmares, no doubt. I see a couple of the older diesel FJs around here now in RHD, so I know they were imported, likely from the Far East somewhere.
I believe my 97 was about 38K new. I sold it after 8 years for $50K.
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:08 PM
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Do I have to drive it, or does it drive itself?
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Heres a 1991 110 at the local dealer for 115k
https://www.landrovernaples.com/used...1c3901995a.htm
My friends dad had a 110 when we were kids

The Vw/Audi dealer had a 90 they had listed for around 80k
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Old 05-21-2019, 12:40 PM
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Originally Posted by fjmaverick View Post
Heres a 1991 110 at the local dealer for 115k
https://www.landrovernaples.com/used...1c3901995a.htm
My friends dad had a 110 when we were kids

The Vw/Audi dealer had a 90 they had listed for around 80k
You could import similar for a small fraction of that!

1993 was the only year for the NAS 110. That 91 is grey market. All LRNA-sold Defenders had to have the upper roll cage to qualify for DOT safety regs, among other changes.

Now if it's older than 25, go for it! That opens up a LOT of great vehicles from overseas. Hell, importing a decent 2CV from France will turn a tidy profit if you know the ins and outs and can ship RORO. Same for LHD Minis.
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I have had 2 Land Cruisers, a '87 FJ-60 and '89 FJ-62. The FJ-60 had over 240k on the clock when I sold it and it ran great. Still regret selling that one! It had a manual choke for starting in cold weather!

The FJ-62 had a chevy 350 conversion and was a pretty fun truck.

I'd kill for one of those trucks, still waiting patiently for a diesel Tacoma...
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Growing up we had a few 45 series troop carriers.

Hereís a current one done properly for off-roading and touring.



Never owned a 70 series, but Iíve had several 80 series, and hereís my current 200 series.


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Well Damn, I wonder how they imported them? Even if they were for re-export, how did they legally drive it on the road?

I've spent weeks in these things in Africa, mostly diesel 6 speeds, right hand drive. I would LOVE to have one here.

As far as the crash-worthiness, my PH in Namibia hit a VW Golf while towing a heavy trailer to the hunting area. Completely destroyed the Golf, scratched the paint on the brush cage on the 'Cruiser. Every PH I know has one over there, some have several, they are awesome trucks and cool besides. Probably not as good for long ass Texas drives at 80 mph, but good for everything else.
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Originally Posted by RyanL11 View Post
Many markets don't sell it because it has 30 year old crash standards.

However, it would be cool to have a bare bones LandCruiser that isn't $80K and has a more economical engine than the 5.7.
The current models in Australia meet all our requirements for five star safety rating.

I suspect itís emissions that prevent their sale over there. The 4.5 V8 diesel is an awesome engine but canít meet current US or Euro emission standards, so itís only offered in Australia and a few other places.

PS the 200 series gets a twin turbo version thatís even better.
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