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Land Rover Defender (1984–2016)

Last updated 28 March 2018

The ultimate 4x4. Simply unstoppable off-road. Body panels easy to replace. Latest 2.2-litre diesel offers strong pulling power. Retains its resale value like no other utility vehicle.
Crude and noisy compared to a modern 4x4. Cramped driving position. Not suited to motorway or town driving.
Updated 28 March 2018

Report of output shaft failure on July 2012 LandRover Defender 110 2.2 litre diesel Utility DPF XS Manusl with overdrive at 23,000 miles. Vehicle ad previosly been recalled for oil pump failure.

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Introduction

The Defender has been around for so long now that it’s something of an icon and its reputation as the ultimate offroader is richly deserved. The ladder chassis, mechanical all-wheel drive system and simple, strong panel design mean it can really cope well with the roughest terrain.

The Defender series Land Rover has been going since 1984, and it’s undergone constant upgrades and improvements over its lifetime, including improvements to drivetrain and equipment. 

Unfortunately, despite the continual upgrades it does feel like an old design today – the dashboard and centre stack are flat, the windscreen and seats are upright and the driving position is cramped.

It’s also a fairly expensive vehicle to buy new and it isn’t the most efficient, with official fuel economy figures of below 30mpg across the board. 

Nontheless, it feels solid and has a certain character and charm. It’s also a true workhorse, something any countryside dweller will attest to, given the sheer number of them seen ferrying farm equipment around rural areas. 

Land Rover Defender 90 Heritage Road Test 2015

Owners' reviews

3
Agricultural vechicle
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If you understand why you are buying - a gem.
5
Iconic!
5
The best long-term classic you can buy
1
Awful Boring No character what so ever
5
Much improved with the TDCI engine
 

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