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    Default Defender 110 300TDi Costs

    Morning all

    What are the expensive bits on the Defender 110 300TDi to be aware of, should they decide to tjune Huzit and what are their indicative costs?

    Who are the best Indies in Jwannesbeg, closest to the Woes Runt, when it comes to the Defender 110 300TDi?

    And if there is anyone here who thinks this union should not take place, speak now or forever hold your piece
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Morning all

    What are the expensive bits on the Defender 110 300TDi to be aware of, should they decide to tjune Huzit and what are their indicative costs?

    Who are the best Indies in Jwannesbeg, closest to the Woes Runt, when it comes to the Defender 110 300TDi?

    And if there is anyone here who thinks this union should not take place, speak now or forever hold your piece

    Walter @ LRExtreme is the best of the best. I leave it to others on whatís expensive. Iíll say this:

    Owning 2 D4s and a 97 110 TDI, Iíve yet to find ANYTHING on the 110 thatís expensive, relatively speaking

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    Default Re: Defender 110 300TDi Costs

    Whoooo hoooo!
    Get a green one!

    Cheers
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    Just do it.

    Truth, facts and logic should not be employed when buying old landies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyahhey View Post
    Walter @ LRExtreme is the best of the best. I leave it to others on what’s expensive. I’ll say this:

    Owning 2 D4s and a 97 110 TDI, I’ve yet to find ANYTHING on the 110 that’s expensive, relatively speaking
    That

    The best mods I did were
    1. Block the recirculation water hole inside the radiator header - sorts cooling even in the hottest climate
    2. Fit a variable vane turbo, without changing the fuelling on the injector. It does not add to the op end, but increases low-end torque by a big margin, making slow rev off-road driving a pleasure.

    Edit: Add 3.: Installed Madman. It saved our bacon in Namibia after I had a new head fitted (engine was over 400k km old). Madman warned about water loss and high temp. We managed to limp home at 80km/hr, bleeding the system after every stop. Turned out that the cylinder head gasket was faulty with a pinprick hole seeping water/letting steam into the cooling system. Removing the thermostat and driving at lower water temps and lower throttle inputs prevented water loss and got us home. With a more modern engine, this would have necessitated a lowbed.
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    Default Re: Defender 110 300TDi Costs

    The most expensive parts on an 300Tdi Defender are the mods.
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    Default Re: Defender 110 300TDi Costs

    fit madman
    fit madman

    trf box temp , egt , oil pressure , water temp and level , boost pressure

    did I say madman - it will save you plenty plenty money and hassles - the madman makes it very reliable

    the gearbox company in randburg for gearbox , transfer box and diffs

    probably around 12k for a recon g/box or trf box if needed

    enjoy the rest

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    The most expensive bit is probably fixing everyone else's mechanical shortcuts or discovering them when far from civilisation.

    That and doing the motor if it fails.

    Basic maintenance is surprisingly cheap, I realised this again when buying service parts recently.



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    Keep her standard and fit a Madman.
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    Thanks chaps, great info.
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    The most expensive part I ever replaced on my 300Tdi was the steering box.
    It was +/-R20 000.

    They usually only leak, but mine had a collapsed bearing.

    But prices on the box's spares have dropped a lot.
    So I'm going to overhaul the old one.

    The other one is the alternator, which I will also overhaul.(rectifier diode failed)

    AMC heads are relatively cheap and injectors as well, compared to other vehicles.


    Finding a good one is the key, then service it with the best parts and oils you can afford.
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    Here's my 300Tdi's maintenance history.

    I do all the work myself and usually replace stuff long before really necessary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeml View Post
    That

    The best mods I did were
    1. Block the recirculation water hole inside the radiator header - sorts cooling even in the hottest climate
    2. Fit a variable vane turbo, without changing the fuelling on the injector. It does not add to the op end, but increases low-end torque by a big margin, making slow rev off-road driving a pleasure.

    Edit: Add 3.: Installed Madman. It saved our bacon in Namibia after I had a new head fitted (engine was over 400k km old). Madman warned about water loss and high temp. We managed to limp home at 80km/hr, bleeding the system after every stop. Turned out that the cylinder head gasket was faulty with a pinprick hole seeping water/letting steam into the cooling system. Removing the thermostat and driving at lower water temps and lower throttle inputs prevented water loss and got us home. With a more modern engine, this would have necessitated a lowbed.
    i have a VNT and I adjusted the pump settings as more air need more fuel to get the best out of the VNT you donít have to do much but it much better if you adjust it, just make sure done with a EGT
    VNT peeks put at 1.6Bar and the 300TDi pulls now
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    Default Re: Defender 110 300TDi Costs

    Quote Originally Posted by jfh View Post
    Keep her standard and fit a Madman.
    ^^^^^^^^ THIS!


    I would have the timing belt replaced before purchase, regardless of what the dealer says - timing belt goes = valves kiss pistons = you're in the brown and smelly stuff.
    And service her religiously every 10 000k's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EttiennedK View Post
    ^^^^^^^^ THIS!


    I would have the timing belt replaced before purchase, regardless of what the dealer says - timing belt goes = valves kiss pistons = you're in the brown and smelly stuff.
    And service her religiously every 10 000k's.
    done 2 engines with cam belt went both times pistons were ok slight mark from valve, valves were still all good, was 3 to 5 rockers In pieces , the valves are vertical lucky so valves tend to survive and just rockers brake
    So yes best to get cam belt changed and set at the correct tension is very important, while at it also check the valve stem caps as they can wear through and end up in the sump, I check clearance once a year
    my 300 I do service every 5000km as engine is worked hard

    end of the day if looked after they are strong reliable engines and get very high mileage from them

    also change all oils R380, LT230, diffs, PS, brake fluid, radiator if get one, also grease the UJ’s regularly on props ppl tend to forget that and it critical for UJ life
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    I wonder if we shouldn't be pushing estee to look at the td5 defender / disco 2

    cause the lack of 300tdi power could make him moedeloos ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by RossJ View Post
    I wonder if we shouldn't be pushing estee to look at the td5 defender / disco 2

    cause the lack of 300tdi power could make him moedeloos ?
    i have a 300 and TD5 and the 300 leaves my TD5 in black smoke on pull off and up hills, the TD5 like the 300 only come to life with a VGT
    hoping one day to get this for my TD5
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    Default Re: Defender 110 300TDi Costs

    Reading all of the above, I'm excited already on Estee's behalf!

    However, a word of caution.

    The engine, together with related cooling system and lubrication system, are critical if you don't want to spend big bucks in the near future. I would:
    - verify when the head/head gasket was last changed; also the injectors
    - pull something (glow plugs?) and check with a borescope - for condition of bores, and for any burning/melting of piston tops etc
    - do a good compression check
    - confirm oil pressure (cold=3 bar, warm=2 bar at anything above idle)
    - confirm that water temp stays in low 90's during normal driving and doesn't go above about 95 on normal hills

    In my experience these engines work very well until they don't. This is great until you're the schlepp who buys the thing just before end-of-life. In most cases I suspect it's a gamble - could walk away with a beautiful example or a money pit.

    I love my 300 Tdi but getting it to where it is now was not for the faint of heart.



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    Default Re: Defender 110 300TDi Costs

    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Morning all

    What are the expensive bits on the Defender 110 300TDi to be aware of, should they decide to tjune Huzit and what are their indicative costs?

    Who are the best Indies in Jwannesbeg, closest to the Woes Runt, when it comes to the Defender 110 300TDi?

    And if there is anyone here who thinks this union should not take place, speak now or forever hold your piece
    Just don't do it Sean.

    And if you do, we are not mates anymore. Because as a mate I will have to come push or pull you at some stage in the future, I'm not doing it.

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