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    Why are Defenders so Expensive

    Why is a car manufactured so long ago without any of the comforts of a Range Rover so expensive. I admit that I immediately want one when I see a picture of a Defender. I also am aware that they are extremely capable and rugged. But still, take the ebay example below, why is a 12 year old car with a rebuild engine at least 4 times more expensive than a comparable year and mialge Range Rover P38a.

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Land-...07677367QQrdZ1

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    Supply and demand. People are willing to pay the prices being asked.
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    Because it is non prescription Viagra!
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    Because they are so cooool plus that one looks to have some upgrades etc. That and its YELLOWWWWWWW!! I want ittttttt

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    Supply and demand is right. In Europe they're a lot cheaper. Loved mine when I had it, but it is a simple vehicle, like a Jeep on steroids. Matter of fact, why are Jeeps so expensive too? There's plenty of those around. Image plays a large part too.
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    They're not much cheaper here really. And easily more expensive than a P38, then again, so are good RR Classics.

    Check this out, sorted by build-year:
    http://www.autoweek.nl/occasionresul...age=1&cache=no

    Third one down is a 21 year old 90 on petrol, yours for only $22,445

    Classics:
    http://www.autoweek.nl/occasionresul...age=1&cache=no

    All prices in euros, so multiply by 1.3 for dollars.

    Don't know if those searches will remain available, otherwise just goto http://www.autoweek.nl and in the left column select 'merk' (make) Land Rover and click the 'Zoeken' button in the 'Occasions section to view the secondhand cars on sale.

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    The other day I was cruising along and I saw a Defender.

    I thought, "If I didn't know a good bit about LRs, I would have no idea that it is supposed to be cool."
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    Come on. That rough military utilitarian look? The external role bars? The 3.9 liter v8 engine? That dosen't raise your testosterone and your sense of adventure? Ok, mabey not the engine. But besides that, I find them very appealing. I also like Jeeps and Humvee's too. Not the h2 & h3 civilian crap.
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    Ha! we get none of that in the UK, Defenders are awsome but are only available in smelly Diesel, you forget that we're not allowed to enjoy driving, deffinately not enjoy driving a 4x4 (didnt you know we 4x4 drivers in the UK are responsible for destroying the plannet)

    Our defenders are the only acceptable 4x4's we have, because they are only one or two levels above a tractor and only farmers are allowed to drive them.
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    hmmmm defenders.......I drove a few early to mid 80's series 110's before I got my first rangie, the 88 classic, and all I can say is they weren't very nice cars for day to day use. But on the other hand, the only issue they ever had was rust, and petrol engines not being the greatest.

    You can pick up a mid 90's defender here in reasonable nick with say 200,000K's (125,000 miles) in deisel for about $ 10-12K AU (8-9.5KUS 4-4.5K UK)

    make it a 2001 or later model and tripple those prices. I guess the newer ones must be allot nicer to drive.
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    I'd gladly pay $42K (if I had it ) for a Defender that nice.
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    A Defender is terrible to drive in. There is no comfort, it is noisy and there is no speed....

    But on the other hand you can compare this car to an old porsche 911.. both cars are classic and there is that kind of 'feeling'.

    Nevertheless, there is no man with common sense that drives over 20K in a year in a Defender

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goswin
    But on the other hand you can compare this car to an old porsche 911.. both cars are classic and there is that kind of 'feeling'.

    Nevertheless, there is no man with common sense that drives over 20K in a year in a Defender

    G.
    I see the comparison from the "classic" standpoint, but I used to drive my old 911 day in day out at leas 20kkm's a year. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Why are old 911's so expensive? My 911 is worth more than what it was when I purchased it over 15 years ago despite having considerably more km's.

    Both are timeless - as are Jeeps. Nearly every other car is dated after a couple of years. Thats another of the factors in keeping the demand high.

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    What is this "common sense" you speak of?

    Common sense and LR ownership seem to be oxymorans when used in conjunction with one another. The justifications which we use to try and account for our borderline insanity in owning such a problematic auto (at times) does not necessarily translate on a 1 to 1 basis with the Defender.

    LR ownership for the enthusiast defies reason and invokes passion thus supplanting common sense.

    That being said, I find Defenders to be really pretty sweet and wouldn't mind one. Not at 42Kusd, but maybe 10Kusd...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Takemynamedamit
    What is this "common sense" you speak of?
    I think he means that Defenders ride like ****... bumpy, noisy, brutish.. Hell they dont even have windows you can "Rool down" like normal cars... they are basically Jeeps on steroids

    if want to drive something that is the opposite of the luxury ride you get in a P38... ride around in a Defender for a couple of days...

    they ride like they look... Utilitarian which in its case should be expected

    BUT as stated before.. doesnt mean i wouldnt want one But you'd NEVER get my wife to ride in it
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