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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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Land Rover Defender

  • 233000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

One owner, very good condition, full service history, no beach use. Has been converted to automatic transmission, winch can be transferred from front to back.

$45,000
Bracken Ridge, QLD

Yesterday

2003 Land Rover Defender 130 (4x4) White 5 Speed Manual Crew Cab Chassis

  • 51186 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

Exceptionally well maintained Ex-Rural fire service vehicle with a genuine 51,000kms and presents in excellent condition!! 2003 Land Rover Defender 130 4x4 dual cab chassis ** 5-speed manual transmission ** Highly desirable TD5 90Kw 2.5L turbo diesel, 300nm of torque ** Aftermarket/factory options; - Polished alloy bull bar - Drop side alloy tray - Tow bar - Side steps - Meaty Bridgestone M/T tyres - Tinted windows Important info; - Original log book and owner’s manual

$64,990
Woodridge, QLD

Dealer used
Yesterday

1999 Land Rover Defender 130 (4x4) 5 Sp Manual 4x4 Crew C/chas

  • 174733 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

Up for sale is my Pride and joy, that will turn heads and take you anywhere. I am a second owner of this vehicle. It’s a 1999 Model TD5 Has a 2 inch dobinson lift kit ARB Turbo timer Straight pipe 3 inch exhaust TJM Bullbar and sidesteps Comes with Basket and ladder Comes with LED LIGHTBAR 7 inch spotties Arb compressor Arb rear diff lock Has only 174xxx kms genuine UHF radio Phone booster cradle Comes with a spare motor and gearbox also

$50,000
Parramatta, NSW

Yesterday

1999 Land Rover Defender 110 White 5 Speed Manual Wagon

  • 359158 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

This fantastic example of how good a TD5 Defender Wagon can get having had extensive work done by our 4WD Industries Land Rover Specialist team here at our workshop. Set up for easy driving, it's fitted with a 'Red" clutch booster for feather light operation around town and long range tank - upgraded suspension - bull bar and rock sliders for outback adventure touring. We have overhauled this vehicle from front to back with reconditioned diffs (including rear locker) - transfer - gearbo

$48,474Drive Away^
Rutherford, NSW

Dealer used
23/09/2021

LANDROVER DEFENDER 130

  • 221000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

The 2003 Land Rover Defender Only selling as I bought a new ute-was going to keep for another ten years. Been a great work ute and for travelling Had 85K km when i bought it Always serviced every 10k km or before a trip Never ever over heated- engine watchdog overheat alarm fitted. Heaps of money spent on new and improved parts consistently over the last few years for preventative maintenance 2.1m long aluminium custom canopy- comes with jack off legs to remove, takes 15min to remove

Contactless
$36,500
Rosebud, VIC

21/09/2021

2000 Land Rover Defender 130 (4x4) White 5 Speed Manual 4x4 Cab Chassis

  • 165999 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

RARE Td5; TURBO DIESEL; BULLBAR; UPGRADED SUSPENTION; ROOF RACK; CUSTOM TRAY WITH COVER ; TOW BAR; WE SPECIALIZE IN WHOLESALE PRICES TO PUBLIC ) CHECK WITH DEALER IF ANY CHANGERS OR MISPRINT.KLM VARY DUE TO DRIVING.; TRAD-WELCOME.OVER 35 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN THE 4WDs.GST NOT INCLUDED; ABN HOLDER CAN CLAIM 10% GST BACK* $495 BUYERS FEE (WE CAN DELIVER ANYWHERE IN AUSTRALIA) (3 YEAR WARRANTY AVAILABLE) (02) *****2555 CHECK WITH DEALER AS THESE VEHICLES ARE SOLD DAILY 830 TO 5PM MONDAY TO FRIDAY (S

$34,900
Roselands, NSW

Dealer used
17/09/2021

Landrover Defender 110 TD5 Extreme 2000

  • 337660 km
  • SUV
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

My beloved Defender 110 TD5 Extreme is up for sale. Have just spent over $7000 on an overhaul after touring in her for over 2 years. New alternator, main drive belt and fan, rocket cover gasket, turbo drain gasket, fuel regulator solenoid, steering box, transfer case, rear brakes and pads, handbrake cable, gear lever bush and more. Unfortunately the money has run out and there is still a few things she needs to be roadworthy. She has a head gasket leak which needs replacing - getting a quo

Contactless
$25,000Negotiable
Tallebudgera, QLD

25/08/2021

1999 Land Rover Defender 110 (4x4) 5 Sp Manual 4x4 C/chas

  • 228000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

Low kms. Bull canopy and bull roof rack just had new clutch and recon gearbox 100km ago , new dobinson shocks and springs ,new axles , digital stereo, reverse camera, led spotlights spentover $20,000 with receipts provided by Rovertech. Steal tray back also provided with car. Air cond Good base for camper set up . Was daily driver, no longer required.

$24,000Negotiable
Parkerville, WA

30/07/2021

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

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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.