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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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1996 Land Rover Defender AUTOMATIC 4x4 Wagon

  • 320000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

If your reading this, you know Land Rover Defender. Auto Defender is a pleasure to drive in the city, and far more relaxing on tour…..and in the bush. The 300 tdi, like this one is the best. I have refurbished my Defender over the past few years, it has a refurbished motor and automatic transmission from a low kilometre Discovery 1 that I owned. In the photographs I have listed 100 points. No rust. No oil leaks. 320,000 kms on motor. 480,000 on chassis. Too many NEW items to list in this na

$32,500Negotiable
Alderley, QLD

11 hours ago

Land Rover Defender 110 - 12 Months Rego

  • 207000 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

For Sale, my 2010 Land Rover Defender. Recent full service & 12 months rego till 19/7/22 Car was previously owned by Rover mechanic & since being in my possession has been my pride & joy. All work has been carried out by either myself or Roving Mechanical in Sydney. Car has been used for touring and run around to the shops, no heavy off roading. Runs brilliantly, no leaks or annoying noises you would expect on a defender. Features: - ARB Deluxe Bull Bar - Headlight Upgrade LED - Smoked Lig

$68,000Negotiable
Menai, NSW

25/07/2021

97 Land Rover Defender 110

  • 225000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Defender 110 very neat rig. Lots of money spent to get it to where it is now, but just don’t use it enough. Unbelievable off road, no where it can’t go. Fully set up for camping, with dual battery and solar, shower, lights etc. Too many extras to list. New winch, brakes, bearings, clutch, Mickey Thompson ATZ tyres . Remote reservoir terra-firma shocks. Custom built alloy tray with rear storage drawer. Always serviced meticulously. Really good condition and runs perfect.

$28,000Negotiable
West Mackay, QLD

17/11/2020

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

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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.