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Hi,

I am in the running for a 1996 ex-BT 110, ready for an expedition (extra fuel tank, water tank, hannibal roofrack with rooftent, shower skirt, solar power, compressor fridge, 2 accu's, etc). It has already been to South Africa overland, and has around 180K miles on the clock. Everything seems fine, engine runs smooth, gearbox is good.

Now, is there any reason not to buy an ex-BT car?

Also, if I would buy this car, I would sell my current 110. Any idea what that one would be worth? Is a L-reg 1984 110 HT with 300tdi engine (70K miles), 380 gearbox, 2" lift, steering guard, double front shocks. Needs to be repainted. 11 months tax. Chassis and bulkhead ok, doors a bit rusty.

Thanks!

Thomas

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180k is already a tired engine has it had any work done on it, that would be my concern prior to an overalnd trip although GBMUDs 90 just did 3k miles to the Pyrenees no probs (bar afn belt) and that has 180k odd miles on it.

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It all depends how well it's been looked after since it left BT.

I too have a 1995 build 1996 registered BT Defender 110 SW. Only 178,?00 miles on it. Ready to go back to Southern Africa July/August this year.

I would be going for it if it's as good as you say.

mike FOAK

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well, a lot has been done before/during the trip to South Africa (by the current owner): new half shafts and drive shafts, new polybushes all around, new clutch. Vehicule has been (professionally) repainted.

The chassis and bulkhead look really good, so I wonder if BT kept this car in a garage ovenight.

So, what would be a good offer for this car? And what about my current 110? Maybe I could swap the engines to get started with a lower mileage

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BT unless in City of London park vehicles in yards not under cover.

seeing as this one left BT a while ago

you can only take its value etc on it current condition and its current owners views on maintenance

if they are ok and you like it then your ££ your choice

I'd guess around £6-7k

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I disagree about the cheaply maintained (unless by that you mean they don't pay maindelaer service prices) and having run 2 ex BT Defenders with no problems they can be good value. It doesn't matter about standing outside so much but where/how they have been used. I agree with the previous comment about drivers though, but it does vary from yard to yard and you can soon spot the scruffy users.

I am wondering why you want to buy a higher mileage vehicle when you can spec yours up? Is it a shortage of time?

If you have the funds, why not buy the expedition version and transplant across the expedition stuff and then sell the higher mileage 110 on?

p.s what are those huge less than aero dynamic boxes on the front?

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Dave

Cheaply maintained=

doing only the bare minimum.

I've had numerous BT vehicles they are not well maintained

all comes down to unit cost, like ex rental cars

ones to avoid IMHO

of course there are exceptions not many though.

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Depends on who does the servicing. We used to have an AA repair shop in Burgess Hill, they serviced and maintained their AA vehicles to a very high standard and if they had time used the facilities to service any make of car in Burgess Hill with plenty of punters including some people who work for me.

Then the AA decided that they would off-load servicing to amongst others Halfrauds, sold off the workshop in Burgess Hill which is now a Builders merchant. A friend of mine used to work for the AA as a patrolman and reckoned that when they changed their servicing policy the standards dramatically decreased......................

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I disagree about the cheaply maintained (unless by that you mean they don't pay maindelaer service prices) and having run 2 ex BT Defenders with no problems they can be good value. It doesn't matter about standing outside so much but where/how they have been used. I agree with the previous comment about drivers though, but it does vary from yard to yard and you can soon spot the scruffy users.

I am wondering why you want to buy a higher mileage vehicle when you can spec yours up? Is it a shortage of time?

If you have the funds, why not buy the expedition version and transplant across the expedition stuff and then sell the higher mileage 110 on?

p.s what are those huge less than aero dynamic boxes on the front?

shortage of time, really.

I'd rather put my engine in this vehicule, and sell mine with the high mileage engine. It will take me a lot of time to get my current 110 to the same cosmetical state as this one (not even considering the overland gear).

If I'd do it your way (i.e. taking off the fancy bits of this car), what would it still be worth? So just the naked 110 HT?

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To add.

This vehicle may have been owned by BT.

That was at least four years ago. Since then it should have been serviced eight times at least.

My ten bobs worth.

mike

YES !! It is a free country. As long as you do as you are told.

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I'd guess around £6-7k

is this guess for the naked vehicule, or equipped as it is?

Most 300 tdi's go on ebay for around 6-7K, I think, but never with this degree of overland equipment

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