Madcowz Posted February 8, 2008 Share Posted February 8, 2008 I went to see an M reg 300Tdi Defender 110 CSW yesterday which was advertised on Ebay and the guy selling it for the owner said he would pull the auction for £3,850. Now I know nothing about landrovers apart from what I have read from forums and gleaned from magazines and the idea was I would go along, check it out first and if I thought it was ok, a mechanic friend would go along on Saturday to check it over for me. I spent two hours crawling under and over the thing, taking photos, and at the end of it, thought it was a good landy (but what do I know)? It had the following minor points wrong: 1) leaking seering box 2) Footwells both rusted through (should this have not failed the last MOT, 3 months ago?) 3) Hazards didn't work (prob fuse as relay wasn't ticking) 4) Rear wiper didn't work 5) Rear offside door didn't lock/shut very well and usual assorted keys for assorted doors situation. 6) Door bottoms rusted 7) Middle seat offside catch was loose so seats wouldn't lock in place (needed two rivets put in) 8) One middle seat belt would need replacing as it was frayed 9) Slight clonk when taking up drive 10) No Service History available as it was at the owners accountant. 11) Viscous fan didn't rotate freely and turned with the engine even when cold The engine started first time, no smoke on start, no smoke on full throttle and no smoke on over run. Hi/Lo worked but no idea about lock. I had no idea if the clunk was good or bad, it was fairly quiet and only seemed to be in the low gears, 4th and 5th seemed ok (but I may not have noticed because I was driving a HUGE truck down little roads and trying to concentrate). No crunching of gears and clutch was fine (handbrake on and pulling away made the engine stall). No whines, crunches, groans or anything else when driving. Chassis seemed ok, everything sounded good when tapped. There was a beam that was fairly rusty which goes accross the chassis just in front of and above the rear wheels (see picture 15). No rust in boxes under front seats. Front swivel hubs shiny and not pitted. All in all, I thought it was a good buy so phoned the friend and arranged for him to come on Saturday. I left thinking that I may have a landy after all these months until I got 3/4 of the way home and the guy phoned to say that a bloke who had arrived after me to view it, spent 10 minutes underneath, drove it and bought it. Now, this isn't supposed to be a sob story, although I was crying into my tea when I got home, but I was wondering if my opinion of the vehicle was right and how I could better tell what is a good purchase or not. What should a good landy sound like when driving? I have uploaded some pictures to here: http://digitalessence.net/gallery/gallery.html Would welcome your opinions. And while I am upset at what could have been a good landy, I would prefer to miss 20 rubbish ones than buy a complete wreck and the time was definately not wasted as I have a much better idea of what bits are where and what they look like. thanks, /mad Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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