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Land Rover Defender, SUV
#69 of 129 Re: Back in 2006 [simmo]
Oct 10, 2005 (7:40 pm)
I would love to meet the guy who decided to be stuborn and not put a damn airbag in the defender. He has to be the dumbest person that works in the land rover company. Very stupid decision. We americans have alot of money that we like to spend on stupid things that make us happy. We work hard and we play even harder. I just spent $125,000.00 u.s. dollars for a 1993 defender 110 from a company up in maine. East Coast Rovers! Look them up! Land rover is missing a huge market over here. The hummer just doesn't do it for me. Along with 99.9 percent of the rest of the true off road purists. Arnold started the hummer craze and the vehicle has very little history and no class.
Guy's, the defender needs to come back to the states with diesel engines and in all variations. Especially the Hi-Cap pick ups. Do you know how many people drive trucks in this country? Bringing the defender back with the diesel option in all variations would be a great move. For the company and for the LR purists.
And you don't have to make cost 50,000.00 dollars either!
get this to the big guys!
#70 of 129 Re: Back in 2006 [cwalker2]
Oct 13, 2005 (1:17 pm)
I totally hear you! I had a 1972 Land-Rover short wheel base in college. I continue to drive my 1989 Range Rover Classic. I can't say that the new LR3 or the RR Sport makes me want to get interested in Land Rover's again.
I don't have your money, but I defenately would pay a premium for LR, as yo mention, a history and just a good all round truck. A note, even the US special forces use Land Rovers alot. Hummers are design to tow guns and stuff. Not a real people moving in close situation, such as streets or the forests.
I heard they just can't put an airbag in the thing. Souds stupid to me, but that's the British!
As for a diesel, I've decided my next car/truck will have to be one, as I think we are heading the way of Europe with high fuel costs. And the posibility of running Biodiesel. I heard that the main reason the diesels are not here, is becuase the US diesel is dirty. Only VW has an engine that will run on our dirty fuel. In 2006, the diesel will be cleaned up, and parent Ford is making noise, and is tooling up to manufacture v6 and v8 diesels for the USA, and -- for Land Rover!
Here's a cool link to a drawing I saw of a future 2007 Defender. You do know, they are bringing it back in 2007 as a 2008 model? Or is it 2006.
and the picture: http://www.landrover-center.com/mnimageview.asp?newsID=234&img=pic1
Granted, the picture is styleized, but you get the idea. I think they are trying to keep the spirt of the Defender. Even though it looks like a cartoon.
Let's hope for the best! Or, we just keep going back to East Coast Rover, and life goes on. By the way, you can import most any car to the USA, if it's 25 years or olders. The first Defender was made in what, 1984?
#73 of 129 Defender 90/110
Nov 28, 2005 (11:41 am)
I just contacted Land Rover about the Defender 90/110. Here is the response.
Thank you for contacting the Land Rover Customer Relationship Center.
At this time Land Rover does not have any plans to re-introduce the Defender model into the United States. This vehicle requires several design and performance changes in order to be compliant with strict U.S. safety and emissions standards. We appreciate our customer's enthusiasm regarding this vehicle and I will therefore forward your comments to product development for consideration. The last year the Defender was offered in the U.S. was 1997.
Land Rover North America
I really hope the DO NOT touch/re-design the Land Rover. This is a classic and is just perfect the way it is. Just put in some airbags and meet emission standards.
#74 of 129 The Truth About Defender
Mar 04, 2006 (12:40 pm)
Allright, well I've seen some good posts here. I think folks are finally starting to wake up. One post read that on a recent trip to Europe he was supprised to find that Defender was still produced!! I predict that the high dollar world of the U.S. Defender is about to come crashing down. There is nothing I hate more than a purely utilitarian automobile that catches on as a fad. As a result dealers and private parties alike clammer to see who can get the most $$$ for their used Defender. This drives the "assumed" value of the vehicle up until people who actually use the vehicles for the purpose that was intended cannot afford them. Why can't the wealthy "grass roots" wannabe's just be happy with their $80k Range Rovers. Go drive the price up on them.
Well, as I said, my friends I believe the bubble is about to burst. The word is that Land Rover will re-introduce the Defender to America in 2007 as a 2008 model. Sorry all of you who were hoping to rape the next buyer of your lovely utilitarian vehicle. Prices will undoubtedly sink to a more reasonable level on the '93-97 models on the market. Though I don't believe that we will see prices so low as the used stock in G.B., certainly the tides will change. Hopefully Defender will stop being the dream of yuppies everywhere, and more people who actually use the vehicles will have an opportunity to climb in.
#75 of 129 Re: Back in 2006 [cwalker2]
Mar 04, 2006 (12:51 pm)
Sorry Chris, Real offroad purists or even Land Rover purists don't spend $125k on a vehicle that brand new only cost $37,500. Used 110's in England the same as yours go for 7-10k. So how does spending that much even make since? Unfortunately, what people WILL pay drives the market. If everyone that looked at that 110 said "125k you must be mad, I'll give you $15k" then the problem would be solved
#76 of 129 Re: Back in 2006 [c4ment]
Mar 14, 2006 (7:28 pm)
It is supply and demand. Only 300 or so 110 Defenders were officialy imported into the US so of course those demand a premium. Only a few thousand D90s came to the US over the three years. Really rough defenders get 20,000 plus dollars on the wholesale market on a regular basis. The price of true US Spec D90s and D110's will always be high because there are so few of them.
When the Defender come back in 2-3 years it will be on the TD6 platform that the LR3/Range Rover Sport use. It might look a lot like the old defender but will be completly different underneath.
#77 of 129 1998 Defender -- Central America Truck
May 17, 2006 (2:40 pm)
I have a chance to buy a 98 TDI Defender with 200k kilometers on it.
All records of maintenance have been kept.
The owner wants 16,000 dollars U.S.
1. Is this diesel motor vehicle importable to the U.S.?
2. What is the estimate of import tariff I would pay?
3. Is this a good price, or are there too many miles on it, or any opinions out there?