Used Car of the Day: 1984 Land Rover D90

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
used car of the day 1984 land rover d90

When I was a wee lad, I loved the old Land Rover Defenders, though I didn't get as jazzed about them as I did, say, muscle cars. I wasn't walking around rattling off specs and stats like Timmy talking about the dinos in Jurassic Park, though I probably did that with some other cars.

Anyway, I perked up when I saw this one listed on our parent company's forum.

This particular model isn't close to stock, by the owner's admission, and the asking price is $41K. It's a manual that was imported 12 years ago from Northern Ireland. The owner has since dropped into a 300TDI engine and claims to have worked to make this Rover dependable. Of course, putting the word "dependable" directly after "Rover" probably made all of you snicker. I know I couldn't type it with a straight face.

Indeed, there are a few issues that need work, according to the owner, but most, aside from an oil leak, seem minor, and even the oil leak doesn't seem to a big deal -- yet.

The owner has a full list of what's been done -- it's a lot.

These little UCOTD features are not ads -- they're meant to spotlight some interesting, quirky cars just for fun. We don't even see a direct financial benefit, though our forums might get some clicks. That said, this particular post would sell me if I had the dough.

OK, no, that's a lie. It's not the post. It's the vehicle. Some loves die hard.

[Image: Seller]

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  • Keith I Keith I on Nov 16, 2022

    Apparently no working A/C and an oil leak that needs to be addressed a$ap as it's likely/soon to get to the timing belt and ruin that fancy head that adds 10hp, if not more.

    I still love it, but would love it more if it had an older type Toyota gas truck V6/8 swap tho that may not have been feasible. And depending on the owner's alleged boat, this rig may show up on eBay with a substantial price reduction in a year or so after being stored allowing the more of the seals and gaskets relax a bit.

  • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Nov 16, 2022

    1 Love Defenders. 110

    2 Right hand drive - NO.

    3 Prices are nuts.

    4 Ever notice the 3-4 commercials on TV that use Defenders? A car that sold in tiny numbers 20 years ago.

  • Varezhka Given how long the Mitsubishi USA has been in red, that's a hard one. I mean, this company has been losing money in all regions *except* SE Asia and Oceania ever since they lost the commercial division to Daimler.I think the only reason we still have the brand is A) Mitsubishi conglomerate's pride won't allow it B) US still a source of large volume for the company, even if they lose money on each one and C) it cost too much money to pull out and no one wants to take responsibility. If I was the head of Mitsubishi's North American operation and retreat was not an option, I think my best bet would be to reduce overhead by replacing all the cars with rebadged Nissans built in Tennessee and Mexico.As much as I'd like to see the return of Triton, Pajero Sport (Montero Sport to you and me), and Delica I'm sure that's more nostalgia and grass is greener thing than anything else.
  • Varezhka If there's one (small) downside to the dealer not being allowed to sell above MSRP, it's that now we get a lot of people signing up for the car with zero intention of keeping the car they bought. We end up with a lot of "lightly used" examples on sale for a huge mark-up, including those self-purchased by the dealerships themselves. I'm sure this is what we'll end up seeing with GR Corolla in Japan as well.This is also why the Land Cruiser has a 4 year waitlist in Japan (36K USD starting MSRP -> buy and immediately flip for 10, 20K more -> profit) I'm not sure if there's a good solution for this apart from setting the MSRP higher to match what the market allows, though this lottery system is probably as close as we can get.
  • Jeff S @Lou_BC--Unrelated to this article but of interest I found this on You Tube which explains why certain vehicles are not available in the US because of how the CAFE measures fuel standards. I remember you commenting on this a few years ago on another article on TTAC. The 2023 Chevrolet Montana is an adorable small truck that's never coming to the USA. It's not because of the 1.2L engine, or that Americans aren't interested in small trucks, it's that fuel economy legislation effectively prevents small trucks from happening. What about the Maverick? It's not as small as you think. CAFE, or Corporate Average Fuel Economy is the real reason trucks in America are all at least a specific dimension. Here's how it works and why it means no tiny trucks for us.
  • Gabe A new retro-styled Montero as their halo vehicle to compete against the Bronco, Wrangler and 4Runner. Boxy, round headlights like the 1st generation, two door and four door models, body on frame.A compact, urban truck, Mighty Max, to compete against the Maverick. Retro-styled like the early 90s Mighty Max.A new Outlander Sport as more of a wagon/crossover to compete against the Crosstrek and Kona. Needs to have more power (190+ HP) and a legit transmission, no CVT.A new Eclipse hybrid to compete against the upcoming redesigned Prius. Just match the Prius's specs and make it look great.Drop the Eclipse Cross, I am not sure why they wanted to resurrect the Pontiac Aztec. Keep the Mirage and keep it cheap, make the styling better and up the wheel size. The Outlander seems fine.I like the idea of some sort of commercial vehicle, something similar in size to the Promaster City but with AWD.
  • El scotto Will Ford ever stop putting a V-8 in Mustang GT's? Not as long as Bill Ford is around. I haven't shopped for an F-150 in years; can you still get a V-8 in one? Y'all have that one pair of really comfortable shoes you wear when you go shopping? Not buying gas and low maintenance will make EVs your comfortable shoes. Virtual signalling? Naw, they're slip-ons.