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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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Landrover defender 130

  • 1000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 4 cyl

Brand new motor, turbo and injectors.. All receipts... One of a kind Defender 130 with too many mods to list... Very, very capable 4wd.. This vehicle will take you anywhere in this country! Regretful sale

$65,000Negotiable
Robina, QLD

14/06/2021

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

12/06/2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

2002 TD5 Defender

  • 195000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual

2002 landrover defender 130 single cab ute Great workhorse with new suspension, bull bar, 35" tyres, great towing and load carrying capacity..it hasn't missed a beat in 10 years, only selling as its not getting used any longer due to work vehicles and growing familys.. Would keep it if I had space , so genuine enquiries only please

$29,950
Newcastle, NSW

09/03/2021

1999 Land Rover Defender 130 TD5

  • 290000 km
  • Ute
  • Manual
  • 5 cyl

1999 Defender TD5 290k Warn winch Long range tank Red arc duel battery system Anderson plugs in tray and at tow bar Electric brake controller Bluetooth hands free 6 months Reg and RWC $18500 without New toyo At tyres UHF radio Runs great Lots of money spent. Been in the family for the last 9 years Hood lining sagging Fuel gage not working, needs a new fuel sender unit, which I have but haven’t put in yet. Air con needs to be re gassed Would consider swap for Vr or Vs commodore ute with money

$17,800
Korumburra, VIC

09/02/2021

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.