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LAND ROVER DEFENDER Used Car Review

Defender is a relatively modern name (introduced in 1990), though it's applied to a vehicle that has barely changed since two brothers at Rover decided to build a superior British version of the World War II Jeep in 1947. Beloved by off-road enthusiasts, farmers and countryside dwellers alike, the aluminium-bodied Defender finally went out of production in 2016 - after 67 consecutive years of production.

Pros

Cons

  • Go-anywhere off-road ability
  • Impressive diesel engines
  • Assorted body styles to choose from
  • Classic design with a die-hard following
  • Poor ergonomics, limited refinement, and sketchy interior quality
  • Better to drive off road than on
  • Slow steering make the Defender hard to drive in cities/suburbs
  • Production stopped in 2016
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.
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Wanted: Wanted: Land Rover defender TDI

  • 250000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Hey! I am after a land rover defender, Ideally in Tasmanian. I'm after around a 1998 model. With the 300tdi engine. But I'll consider anything, just let me know what you've got. I'd prefer a 130 dual cab but again I'll consider anything and I'd be happy with a wagon. I'd prefer it to have under 300,000kms and no rust and in good enough condition to use as a daily work car. And can't have a huge price tag!!! But again just let me know what you have! Cheers!!

Negotiable
Kellevie, TAS

08/06/2021

Wanted: Land Rover wanted series 1 s2 s3 / Defender

  • 0 km
  • Manual

We are looking for old Land Rover’s series 1 s 2 s 3 even defenders running or not, we offer a no fuss quick pick up at a fair price. Even if the Land Rover has been fully restored we could still be very interested. Drop us a few photos by email / text Or give me a call

Contactless
Waramanga, ACT

04/06/2021

Wanted: WTB Landrover 130 dual cab

  • 10000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Looking for a landrover 130 dual cab ute. The year and condition don’t really bother me. Only thing I’m looking for is no rust. Price would depend on condition, happy to pay for later models in better condition, but will also consider older cars

Lismore, NSW

18/05/2021

Wanted: Wanted: Defender 110 wagon

  • 12345 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Chasing a *rust free* Defender 110 wagon rolling shell to put my discovery 300tdi, gearbox and transfer case in, preferably south of the state. Obviously better condition and less modifications is favourable.

Contactless
$12,345
Hobart CBD, TAS

06/05/2021

Wanted: WTB Landrover defender 130 twin cab ute

  • 250000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Hi, I’m looking for a Landrover Defender 130 twin cab ute. Around 2007 - 2012 - although would consider earlier. Good condition, running, no rust - up to 250k km. With tub. Open to colour. (Prefer other than white) Price point - depending on condition etc - $30-45k Call, message or send photos. Willing to travel Thanks

$1
Kurrajong Hills, NSW

05/05/2021

Wanted: Land Rover Defender 90 Td5

  • 0 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

Looking to buy a 2003, 2004, 2005 Land Rover Defender 90 Td5. Negotiable on price depending on condition. If you're looking to sell feel free to get in touch.

Negotiable
Diggers Rest, VIC

04/04/2021

Wanted: Wanted: Land Rover Defender 90

  • 123 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Hi, Looking to buy a Land Rover Defender 90 in Keswick Green as a company car for my business. Preferably in original condition and not modified and from 2010 onwards. May consider other colour dependant on condition but Keswick Green is my first preference. Please get in touch Funds ready for the right car!

$50,000
Sydney City, NSW

13/02/2021

Wanted: Wanted dead or alive land rovers

  • 10 km
  • SUV
  • Manual

Interested in and diesel land rovers, up to around $5000 in value without road worthy certificate, please txt details and will have a quick answer

$5,000
Federal, QLD

16/11/2020

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Overview of the Landrover Defender

Overview of the Landrover Defender

Defender is a relatively modern name (introduced in 1990), though it's applied to a vehicle that has barely changed since two brothers at Rover decided to build a superior British version of the World War II Jeep in 1947.

Beloved by off-road enthusiasts, farmers and countryside dwellers alike, the aluminium-bodied Defender finally went out of production in 2016 - after 67 consecutive years of production.

LAND ROVER DEFENDER GENERATIONS

1947-2016

RUNNING COSTS

Fuel Consumption

2.4L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 10.0 to 11.1 litres per 100km

2.2L 4-cylinder turbo diesel: 10.0 to 11.1 litres per 100km

= Highly economical.

= Good economy.

= Average fuel use.

= Heavy consumption.

Servicing

SIMILAR MODELS TO LAND ROVER DEFENDER

WHAT TO LOOK OUT FOR: LAND ROVER DEFENDER

The olde worlde Defender has a legion of fans who all usually have one thing in common; they like to drive off-road.

Fortunately, the Defender was very good at this, but it's always worth a close check underneath to see if anything has been damaged on those weekends jumping logs and crawling over rocks.

It's also worth checking the condition of the oil in the differentials, too (although it's not especially easy) for contamination of the oil by water (from river crossings).

The five-cylinder turbo-diesel model could have problems with oil pumps failing which sometimes led to a complete engine melt-down.

Some early manual gearboxes were also a bit flimsy. And as anybody who has ever owned a Land Rover will tell you, the axles can be a weak link in the chain.

The diesel versions all need a timing-belt change at 80,000km intervals so look for evidence that this has been done.