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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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1994 Land Rover Defender 110 300tdi

  • 409000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

In great condition a rare classic Defender Engine overhauled by previous owner with a new head. $2000 spent on A/C $1700 spent on 5 new tyres BFG KO2 265 75 R16 done under 1000km sound proofed, verry comfortable in summer. Rego till 15/1/2022 mobile

$25,000
Thornleigh, NSW

11 hours ago

2016 Land Rover Defender 110 Manual SUV

  • 109000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

The last of the beautiful Defenders ever made, all highway km never been off-road, Purchased and serviced at Cairns Land Rover, pleasure to drive, head turner, absolutely immaculate condition, near new tyres, never skipped a beat, no low ballers I'm not in a hurry

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$73,000
Port Douglas, QLD

12 hours ago

2008 Land Rover Defender 110 (4x4) 6 Sp Manual 4d Wagon

  • 166000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

LANDROVER DEFENDER 2008 (Nov) 166000 kms. 2.2 litre 6 speed, turbo diesel. Reluctantly selling for health reasons. This is a well cared-for Landrover. Body is in excellent condition, and mechanically A1. Regularly serviced by Rovertech. Fitted with Maxidrive axles and drive member conversion. Extras include Landrover snorkel, dual batteries with 12v internal outlet, Reese hitch, Michelin tyres, rear step, heavy duty aluminium roof rack with detachable ladder made by GT Fabrica

$50,000
Margaret River Area, WA

12 hours ago

2015 Land Rover Defender 110 Corris Grey Stunning!

  • 74000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

MY16 Land Rover Defender 110 2.2L Puma Corris Grey in colour with Santorini Contrast roof. Genuine black pack from factory. Built 3 months before production ended. -16" genuine Sawtooth alloy wheels wrapped in Falken Wildpeaks covered less than 4000kms -Land Rover Side Steps -Land Rover rubber floor mats and boot liner -Alcantara suede headlining -Air conditioning -Alpine double din head unit with apple car play/Android auto and reverse camera. Fascia kit colour coded to S

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$89,995
Townsville, QLD

17 hours ago

2003 Land Rover Defender 130 with Overland Camper

  • 235000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

Selling my 2003 Land Rover Defender 130 TD5 with custom-built Overlanding Camper. I built this at the beginning of 2020 to drive around the world but things have obviously changed since then. The camper is extremely comfortable to live in and can live off grid easily for multiple days. The camper will come fully setup and ready to hit the road. The Defender has had no expenses spared and always serviced regularly, it truly hasn’t skipped a beat through this trip and am only selling due to

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$65,000
Ulverstone, TAS

22 hours ago

Land Rover defender td5

  • 236000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

For sale 1999 Land Rover defender td5 236 000kms I've owned this car for 9 and a half years, it has been the best car. It's a regretful sale, only selling due to buying a dual cab defender and not requiring 2 of the same cars. Features: Rear swing away tyre carrier Fully built in Rear drawer Upgraded pioneer stereo with additional 6x9 speakers behind the rear seats GME Uhf radio Custom brush bars and side steps Gullwing window on passenger side 50mm old man emu coils with Dobinsons shock 16x7 K

$32,000
Park Avenue, QLD

11/06/2021

Land Rover Defender 130 Ute 300tdi

  • 282 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1996 Land Rover defender 130 single cab Ute, with the 2.5L turbo diesel 300tdi. 282 000kms. Sold with rego and rwc for the right price. Runs and Drives well. Only selling as I’ve now got a new Defender. -Timing belt recently done. -Recent rebuilt injector pump and new lift pump. -Diff, transfer, gearbox, engine oil all recently done. (New engine oil, fuel and air filter every 5000kms in my ownership). -New heavy duty steering arms and steering dampener. -Led head lights, roof mounted light bar

$19,500Negotiable
Caloundra, QLD

10/06/2021

Land Rover 1994 defender 110 300tdi PROJECT

  • 300000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

I am thinking of selling my Defender 110 1994 300tdi converted to TD5 engine. It has a great reconditioned r380 gear box thats sweet, the front axle was replaced a few years ago with a military recon. I has all the usual defender rust in the door bottoms and bulkhead corners. It also has not had the td5 engine put in the rego. This has been my workhorse for years but its time to let her go..... I’m still on the fence about selling it. It is a PROJECT and needs bushes, an exhaust ..seals and ste

$10,000
Wongaling Beach, QLD

10/06/2021

Defender 90

  • 100000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Chasing expressions of interest for my 2013 Defender 90 It has 100 000km on the clock, and it’s mechanically perfect, just had new intercooler installed - upgraded to a solid unit, (sadly this model has a bad habit of splitting intercoolers and throwing an intake sensor fault) and a full once over done by a dedicated landrover mechanic. cosmetically I’d say it’s 90% - a few small blemishes thanks to aluminium panels, but easily replaced if you want it pristine. 4 near new all terrains After

$50,000
Wollongong, NSW

10/06/2021

WANTED: Land Rover Defender

  • 123456 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Am searching for a Landrover Defender for my teenage daughter's first horse-towing car (note: all parent should refuse to let their daughters rescue horses if they don't wish to be in the same predicament as me). Looking for either a 130 or a 110 up to about $10K Help a mother out.

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$10,000
Alstonville, NSW

09/06/2021

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

2011 Land Rover Defender 110 (4x4) 6 Sp Manual 4d Wagon

  • 74000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

The Ultimate Bad Ass, Complete 4x4 Offroad Camping Tourer Show Vehicle. This is a true head turner where ever you take it - equally at home on the tough tracks out bush, camped up on the beach or parked up looking handsome in front of the Crown. I am the second owner, bought off original buyer at 20K kms stock, All paper work for purchase/dealer servicing/modifications provided. Not an extra cent to spend, the vehicle has been kitted out from the ground up from a super anal/perfectioni

$95,000
Marrickville, NSW

06/06/2021

IMMACULATE 2015 Land Rover Defender 90 6 Sp Manual 2d Wagon

  • 45000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

A regretful sale of a beloved 2015 Land Rover Defender 90. This vehicle is in a pristine condition with no aftermarket modifications, everything with the original factory options which is very rare to find. It is the rare heritage Montalcino Red colour (darker maroon tone) with factory Red Leather interior option. Apart from that, the car has been fitted with weathershields (easily removable), tinted windows, tow pack, rear steps, rubber boot liner, rear wheel cover and carpet floor mats

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$85,000
Melbourne CBD, VIC

06/06/2021

1996 Land Rover Defender 130 (4x4) 5 Sp Manual 4x4 Crew C/chas

  • 502020 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Vehicle was purchased 4 years ago. Selling now just because im looking to upgrade. Good buy, runs well, was always serviced ontime. last serviced 200kms ago. Came with roof rack and old fabric canopy, which is included, as well as the original suspension, a lighter set was fit to be more comfortable, and a snorkel. Fit bullbar, Warn winch and side rails. Got spare wheel to match set. New tyres 20,000kms ago. New grill and light sorround on front. Has had all new intercooler and radiator hoses a

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$25,000Negotiable
Roma, QLD

06/06/2021

Land Rover Defender 2009 -7 seater

  • 277000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual

Reluctantly selling our beloved Defender. In excellent running condition. Looks fantastic on the road. Never driven on the beach, only been in low range or any real 4wd a handful of times. Brand new AT tyres .6 months rego left + current RWC 277kms Always had seat covers (new ,quality seat covers for all 7 seats included), everything works. Tidy and well maintained. Gearbox and transfer case replaced and have low kms. Some light surface corrosion on underbody. Nothing deep or a problem. A bu

$39,900Negotiable
Bundaberg Central, QLD

06/06/2021

Land Rover Defender 110 Tdi 200

  • 120000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Excellent condition 1992 LandRover Defender tdi 200 Low 120 000 kms 6 months rego on her Just had full road worth completed so no dramas It was an ex “terrafirma” show vehicle so has all the fruit Super flex coils TF Remote Reservoir TF shocks Relocating coil cones TF heavy duty ally bash plates Custom TF stainless grill TF winch bar Hella spotties Oricon uhf 2way Rooftop T console Centre console with cup holders Large Gal dipped steel/timber tray Fully sick billet ally rims x5 Tires are at ar

$27,000
Airlie Beach, QLD

05/06/2021

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

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Waramanga, ACT

04/06/2021

1999 Land Rover defender TD5 Extreme 9 seater

  • 248610 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

For sale, my 1999 Land Rover Defender TD5 is the “Extreme” 9-seater model with only 248,610 kms. I am the second owner of this Landy. It is mechanically sound, drives great and has been re-mapped so I fly past the wife at any chance! It does have dents on the left-hand side as in the images which adds to its character and also has aftermarket suspension and a lift kit. It has recently had a rear diff locker fitted to the rear so goes pretty much anywhere. I have just replaced the battery; it

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$22,995
Rossville, QLD

03/06/2021

2013 Land Rover Defender

  • 108000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

2013 Black Defender in immaculate condition. As you can see this is a city car that hasn’t been used for camping and off-roading (we have an older one for that). Always garaged, full service history and road worthy certificate. Feel free to ask for photos of particular areas, I just couldn't upload anymore. Phone or text with any questions. Thanks for viewing. Olly

$70,000
New Farm, QLD

28/05/2021

1994 Land Rover Defender 110 (4x4) 5 Sp Manual 4x4 C/chas

  • 390000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

1994 Land Rover Defender 110 ute 200TDi 390000 kms 3 seater Set up for camping Comes with : Canopy Roof rack Snorkel Rock slidders Bull bar 52” Light bar Rear Led spots 32” muddies 2”lift kit Terrafirma big bore shocks UHF radio Motolita steering wheel Bigger intercooler 1 year old heavy duty clutch Recent injector pump/ injector service New water pump Double cardan front propshaft Heavy duty uni joints LED headlights New suspension bushes Sides open and can be used as

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$23,000Negotiable
Warwick, WA

23/05/2021

1997 Land Rover Defender

  • 285500 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

For sale 97 Defender 110 ute ! Great 4x4 In good condition, only 285 on the clock, original kms, 9" spotlights, Bridge stone mud terrains, radio, 4 small toolboxes built into tray ! Probably the only 97 Defender you'll find with an old series ex-military workshop tray on it ! Serviced oil and filter every 5000kms ! Has New ; Radiator, Fan, Head gasket, Head and valves, Timing belt, Complete gear box rebuild and clutch kit, Seal kit in injector pump, Rear diff A frame ball joi

$13,500
Donnybrook, WA

20/05/2021

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

Defender 110 - Alive tuned

  • 130000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Hi, Up for grabs is my much loved 2010 110 6 speed, 2.4 Defender: I am the second owner of the 110, now has 130k on the clock, I use it on the odd day of my R&R, Serviced less than every 10k with full synthetic 5/30, due for another in 4,000 but will happily service prior to sale if you require, (I always have oil and filters ready) The 110 has had custom seat covers since new and the have never been off, the seats are as new condition. Travelled 130k all on road. New tyres all round, spar

$59,999
Bouvard, WA

16/05/2021

Land Rover Defender 130

  • 385000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Expressions of interest at this stage. Vehical needs a few bits sorted before sale - You may wish to do this yourself.... Amazing rig that gets attention wherever it goes. 300 TDI engine, lift kit, long range tank, Snorkel, LED lightbar, bull bar, Set up for Duel battery. Rear Canopy and frame (canopy canvas is poor condition) Checkerplate. Raptor metal dash, Bucket seats to front, upgraded rear seats, upgraded stereo. Origonal seats and frames available. This is a serious 4x4 not a show p

$25,000
City Beach, WA

16/05/2021

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.