I have a secret... I own a Land Cruiser and I like Land Rovers... There, I said it!!! I love my 80 3FE. (Till I have to go up hill on the highway. I get passed by loaded down big rigs.) I'm new here and it's my first Expo Vehicle. Its a great platform and I know I'm lucky to have it. But I'm a sinner. I covent Defenders.
I spent the last night studying up on Defender history and know about the Series 90, 110, 130 etc.. I was always curious about why Discos and Rangie Rovers lost the value so quickly and a Defender was still big bucks even with a 100,000 miles. I also now know about imports after 25 years and DOT regs, NAV stuff. My guess is air bags killed the Defender here.
So maybe you guys and answer a few questions and I might be able to resist the urge to splurge for my up coming 40th big one. I could mod the heck out of the 80 and get a boat with what a Defender cost. But then I wouldnt have a Defender.
Do they hold the value because they were so few brought here to the states? Or are they just constructed that much better than a Disco or Disco II? Do they make decent highway vehs. Meaning can you drive them on a highway at 75-80 mph for long distances. And how long will the engine last? I read on here that no Land Rover wil ever see 150,000 without major work.
If I did make the big leap. I'll be looking at getting one with about 60 to 80,0000 on the clock. It wouldnt be a DD and I would like to owe it forever.
Do they need to be worked on at a dealership? I'm not to handy with wrenches for major stuff. Last thing. Can you set up a sleep platform in the back of a 90, or too short?