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1990 - 1994 v8 disco would also fit.

Important.. you can't fit diesel boxes to a v8 and vice versa, the torque converters and bell housing are different.

Defender with auto box? That would be a conversion. I have seen one converted for an elderly person and it was dead slow

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unfortunately or fortunately depends on whether one likes a diesel or not, we did not get factory diesels this side of the pond and asides from 94-95 defenders which were manuals all our stuff in the us came auto v8 including 96-97 defender, thus the different trans and engine may not apply. with so many conversions taking place now a days, it is good info to learn.
Really? Defenders that were factory fitted with auto boxes? That certainly must have been a special request. I really do believe you.. but there isn't even such a model in the parts catalogue

I am on the same side of the pond as you are, and apart from the one I saw with the td5 disco auto box fitted to a 300tdi I can assure that they have been neither heard of in Central America or Brazil (I actually asked my friends in a LR garage in São Paulo right now)

So if I understand correctly you had neither the VM or 200tdi or 300tdi Rangies?

These 200tdi 2 doors and even the 4 doors go for silly money in France now. My 200tdi is home made using a Discovery engine, we changed the primary shaft of the v8 . It has 500 thousand msb now so I can safely say it is a good engine.

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Does anybody have the faintest idea why? Is it illegal in the US to have a normal gearbox ? Or a diesel engine?

It just seems totally weird to me as 90%.of Defenders were diesel and probably 99% manual. I have asked today some folks who have been many years in the Land Rover trade here and like in Europe, nobody has ever seen an automatic gearbox as factory provided in a Defender.

We have many ex US discos here, you recognise them easily because the have some sticky side repeater in the bumper and a canister under the bonnet.

Those are all v8 auto.

What about Rangies? Were they all fitted with auto boxes?

Surely the 2 doors weren't?

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Thank you.. that throws some light on it. Your excellent write up tells me they were really picking for the raisins Since you are really a good historian, could you fill the gaps.

I know they had series 2 and 3 in the US.
Did they have the 109 v8 then and which models of 90-110 -127 or 130 did they sell before it was called Defender?
And EFI being introduced by the end of 1986, they must have had the Stromberg or SU carburettor version before that? In both Rangies and LRs? Or did they sell the 2.5 four cylinder petrol engine with the big Webber carb in the 110s?

A bit of RR history from the old country...
2 doors were sold in France and Italy till the end of 1993, a lot of them as 200tdi. Yes they are pure luxury, hence I couldn't find one @ a reasonable price and had to make my own.
You are right, one of my ex employees who owned a snobbish MGB, which would reliably start if it felt like it, used to refer to my Rangie as tractor.
If she was sufficiently sprinkled with mud I would reply.. no this is a luxury car. :D yours is boy racers

Maggie my pet Rangie now has more than 500 thousand kms, I guess that and the 11kms to the litre explains why they were so popular in Europe.

My next project is a 1972 Rangie, I have found a good period engine from 1974. After that it will be a drag to find the missing bits of the interior and the lights.

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