Land Rover Defender SUV (1983-2016): owner reviews

"The Land Rover Defender is the ultimate off-roader. What it lacks in new-car comfort and convenience, it makes up for with excellent off-road ability and more character than any modern SUV."

Carbuyer Rating

2.0 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.5 out of 5

90%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 28reviews
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  • 4reviews

Common Problems

  • Suspension (1 cases)
  • Electrics (8 cases)
  • Engine (7 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Gearbox / clutch, Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Other (11 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Engine, Gearbox / clutch, Suspension (1 cases)
  • Electrics, Engine (2 cases)
  • Brakes (1 cases)
  • Brakes, Electrics, Engine, Gearbox / clutch, Suspension, Other (1 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch (2 cases)
  • Gearbox / clutch, Other (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

CSW V8 110

Year of registration

1987

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

15
Review
It's a vehicle that will do virtually anything you throw at it, green laning, going to the dump, occasional snowy day commuting, transporting 9 people to a party, sunday morning drives, and most importantly it was my wedding car! It has cost me £500 quid as I couldn't do the work myself, not bad for virtually every expendable part changed including bearings, that's the first time in 7 years! Yes they have their moments, but if you look after it (I get under mine twice a year and clean and waxy oil), don't let things get worse if they need fixing, and don't be afraid to do it yourself, suspension brakes oil and fluid changes are simple, it will last forever. Mine's 27-years old and still going strong, 85,000 miles on a V8 which has never had the rocker covers off. Buy one, you will want to sell it if you do, unless it's to buy anther one.
Reliability

5 out of 5

It's your fault if the old ones go wrong, and yours if you buy a new one with fandangle electriktrickery!
Performance

5 out of 5

It does the same speed loaded, off road or driving up a hill, in the snow.
Running Cost

5 out of 5

I wouldn't have bought a V8 if I was worried about running costs!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1995

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

18
Review
It's reliable
Running Cost

3 out of 5

It costs to run my car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1990

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

35
Review
For a car of its age its doing well, dont see many other cars around from that year
Running Cost

4 out of 5

plenty of part easily found. Fuel cannot be changed apart from by government.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1993

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
Usual issues with a 20 year old car, have had a few bits break or wear out
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Spares prices are pretty good but as a heavy vehicle fuel efficiency is not great even though I have replaced the engine and all ancillaries

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

26
Review
No Problems
Running Cost

4 out of 5

very cheap to maintain,.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1992

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

26
Review
Starts every time in all weathers and has never let me down
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Mpg not brilliant but parts are cheap and plentiful

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1988

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

23.7
Review
Starts everytime, never had a problem and it will literally go anywhere.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Fuel seems to go quickly but I love it anyway. Parts are dirt cheap!!

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
Reliably unreliable
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Expensive dealer parts, quoted Ł750 plus vat for a service at main dealer

Owner Review

2 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1986

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
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Running Cost

2 out of 5

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Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34
Review
No problems, except one electrical fault sorted under warranty
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Cost of fuel a major issue, plus road tax. We live in the sticks without our Landrover we could not leave the village in the winter, local council cuts mean no gritting....

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Very good
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Very good

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Two faults since new. Engine management problem and leaking roof
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Running costs acceptable for this type of car

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Never missed a beat. Only needed servicing so far in 2 years of ownership
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Fuel heavy as expected but all else is good value as long as you go to Land Rover independents. Franchise dealers are awful and over priced.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1994

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
It's an old land rover!!! What could go wrong.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

It's just average,

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
perfect
Running Cost

5 out of 5

better than axpected

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

1996

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
quite happy considering the age of the land rover

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

26
Review
The only issues I have had so far is a wiper motor failure and a coolant hose which rubbed through on a clip.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

It's not the most economical car I have ever owned but I knew that before I purchased it. It continually reaches the published consumption figures, so I am very happy with that.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

39
Review
never had a problem
Running Cost

3 out of 5

only what I would expect

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Clutch slave cylinder failed.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
Its a land rover!!!! Reliability is its middle name!!
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Not to bad!!! Cheap parts

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2010

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29
Review
never had a problem.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

does everytthing I expect

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30.5
Review
No problems in 4.5 years
Running Cost

5 out of 5

good mpg for such a heavy car. parts cheep as chips.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1989

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29
Review
only minor stuff goes wrong, but it s regular!
Running Cost

3 out of 5

for a two tonne 4x4 its ok

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

29
Review
A few minor niggles but it has never let me down
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Services are quite expensive but cheaper than TD5

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Never had any issues, never let me down.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

MPG being low tend to refuel quite a lot. But if anything was to break defender parts are reasonably cheap to pick up.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

Standard Crew Cab, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

1997

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It even develops faults while sitting in garage >power steering bottom Seal leakes , 4th power steering bo , now replaced with bmw box. Brakes poor , soft pedal , now replaced original with rear disc and 90 servo and master cylinder.2 alternators , 3 starter motors ,speedometer lights poor , door locks and doors jam , cab Leaks in rain . Replaced glass fuses with blade type 3rd gear box And two differentials in transfer box . But its landrover and we love It it main use is for expeditions . Going to texas rover club Rally april 2011, has been to sahara , sweden , berlin landrover Club rallies. with www,vsar.org.uk cadets. So although might Have tough life , it only does about 5000 miles a year. .

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
My defender is the best all round car ever, all the mechanical breakdowns have been caused by serious off road use, i think that if this car was used as a chelsea tractor it would never have broken down, it still has the origional battery.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

SE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
A defender does what it says on the tin.....The Best 4x4 by far. For that it cannot be faulted and that's why we buy them, that's why i buy them. Solihull's finest.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

County, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

none, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Best car for my needs ever. & yes i do use it for off road only. My other car is also a 4x4 but i use that when my landrover is broke,

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

old, Above 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Gr8

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

County, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
Great

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Tdi, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Review
She's my baby.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

County, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Love it

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

basic, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
Great big lump that does every thing i want and more and i love it!!

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

se, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Perfect for its use

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

county, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New
Review
My car is a lifestyle choice that fulfills my motoring needs as well as supporting my hobby of off road racing and trialling

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

G4 CHALLENGE, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It goes where i want it to go

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Basic, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It does whatever i need it to do. Whether that is a trip to the supermarket, a trip to the dump or 200 miles in snow. It doesn't need a lot of pampering. Parts are relatively cheap and easily available and it doesn't need some guy with a computer charging £75 per hour to tell me what is wrong.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

XS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
The perfect car for all my needs. Snow and ice have been no problems to me

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

t/d, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

XS, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
It does what i wanted from it- i have other cars which perform different functions

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

90 County SW

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

29
Review
Superb machine - may not be the most comfortable on a long journey from the Lake District to the Alps but that's not what it is designed for. Local Land Rover dealerships are superb. Excellent in winter (including deep snow), and residuals are very good.
Reliability

5 out of 5

Has never let me down. Any repairs are very cheap.
Performance

4 out of 5

Off road ability and towing are without compare. 0-60 less so!
Running Cost

3 out of 5

Not the cheapest, but not designed to be. Servicing and body repairs very competitive.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Never let's me down
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Always a large bill at garage

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

27

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
There is always something going wrong but only minor and that can be repaired easily. Has never let us down.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Parts are cheap to replace

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
It is pretty reliable, but as a 15year old land rover I expect a fair amount of wear and tear.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

High day to day running costs is weighed against very cheap parts due to big second hand market.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1989

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Just keeps going Easy to repair
Running Cost

4 out of 5

the fuel consumption is fine for a car of this ager but it could be better

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
It's a Land Rover.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

It's a Land Rover.

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2012

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

30
Review
I have only had the car 4 months it has not broken down at all
Running Cost

3 out of 5

The fuel consumption is about the same as my previus defender 90 that was 18 years old and the performace is only very slightly improved.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
For all the abuse it gets, its tremendously reliable. Only one issue that actually stopped it in past 3yrs. As its getting on for 10yrs old now thats pretty good in my book
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Huge aftermarket means replacement parts/service items are really good value these days. Fuel is the main cost, but then as depreciation on the 110 is very low. Total overall cost therefore is very reasonable

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1994

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
only ever let me down with battery and alternator
Running Cost

5 out of 5

approx. Ł20 p/w

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

34
Review
Very reliable and robust considering the varied road and track conditions that I regulary drive
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Only had general service items so far no major expense at all. Land Rover genuine parts expensive.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

2005

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

26
Review
No problems so far.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Parts are cheap and plentiful

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

28
Review
Only had flat battery
Running Cost

2 out of 5

Road tax extorsionate nothing to do with emissions a 110 defender doublecab is cheaper with same engine

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2007

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

28
Review
Just small niggles. Nothing major goes wrong but manufacture quality is rough and the vehicle is very basic and prone to the off leak and badly fitted door.
Running Cost

1 out of 5

Bad fuel economy, very basic technology.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
Good reliable Vehicle no major problems

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2011

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

25
Review
no problems
Running Cost

3 out of 5

could surely be more economical

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel

Year of registration

1987

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
Due to age there are some things to sort from time to time
Running Cost

3 out of 5

as a permanent 4x4 it is alittle bit more expensive to run

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

landrover xs td5, , Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

1997

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
My landrover defender d cab is the dog,s bolcks but that just me thanks lee

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

TDI, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
This car is not just any old car but a land rover, built in britain for the british way of life it is woven into the fabric of the land as much as tales of lore.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

personal, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
My defender is an icon.I Love it !!!

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

County, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2003

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
I love it and wont be changing it, ever!!! I'll just rebuild it when it needs it. I couldn't hope for a more reliable, fun car to own!

Owner Review

3 out of 5

Version

Lara Croft special edition, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2002

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used
Review
I won it, so some of your questions don't apply

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

below basic, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Petrol, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
It's a land rover series 2a noisy uncomfortable bits fall off but it can go anywhere do anything and no one ever tries to get in front when lane changing galvanised steel against plastic no contest

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

csw, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, , Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Best working car available for my type of use work,rest and play

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

county, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Very reliable

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

County Station Wagon, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

1999

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
My '99 defender swb county station wagon has been a triumph of motoring since i purchased it with about 12k miles on the clock. I'm now up to about 70k with no problems, cheap servicing and a vehicle that makes light of city, urban, motorway and of course, country lane driving! I had so much advice against buying the defender as a daily commuter but thankfully didn't take heed! I remember a few years back being stuck in a jam for 7 hours between the m11 and m25 junction... When we finally pulled in to services along with all of the other drivers unfortunate enough to have gotten caught up in the jam, it was notable how hunched and creased they all looked on stepping out of their cars! All we needed was a quick toilet stop before happily hopping back into the defender to meet whatever was ahead ;-)

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

County Station Wagon, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

TDi, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Needed to replace the alternator which i did myself in 2 hours, because the land rover is like a meccano set, very easy to work on and perfect for my job as a landscape gardner it is also very reliable and has never let me down.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

xs, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Land rover it is the best 4x4xfar, reliable practical and go any where

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel,

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

station wagon, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Allways keep going , puts a smile on your face when you see a more modern car broken down at the side of the road.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

county, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

3 - 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Practical, reliable, easy to work on, dont get stranded in bad weather, Excellent tow vehicle and workhorse, cheap to insure, massive load space, loads of accessories available, spectacular off road performance. 11 seats, only improvement would be a better heater but can live with that.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

County Station Wagon, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2001

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New
Review
The most practical vehicle ever.... great if you like defenders and i do ! Absolutely unbreakable and infinitely repairable transport ...pity tfl thinks it is a commercial vehicle and will be banning them all from london on emissions grounds in 2012 ...so wont be going there again

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

Base, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2000

Average annual mileage

More than 20,000

Owned

1 - 2 years

Bought Car

New
Review
Ideal for what i use it for

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

xs, 2.0-litre to 3.0-litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2009

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used
Review
Love the classic look and durability that will never age. Very practical for my work and weekends with the family. Will not feel the need to replace for newer model so has longevity over rivals.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

TD5 2006 Defender CSW

Year of registration

2006

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

39
Review
Hands down, there is no better SUV off-road or for that matter on road. Mine is now almost 13 years old. The only issues in all this time have been a clutch plate replacement, and more recently I lost my front diff. Had I known what sound to watch out for I could have prevented a major repair. This vehicle has taken us through the worst Africa can throw at it. It has a top speed now of 160-170kph, it has never been chipped either for those of you thinking that. It literally runs on vapour so do not understand why everyone says its fuel heavy? It has taken us 226,000 km now and I still love it. It has never been stuck and had to be towed, and the only leaks have been caused by slack technicians not the vehicle. for all the little niggles everyone else has, I say get a life. your a bunch of softies. one more vehicle the English have been stupid enough to lose. I say get rid of the Queen and keep the Defender, it's a hell of a lot more useful!
Reliability

5 out of 5

Nothing better as long as it is serviced by Land rover dealers
Performance

5 out of 5

Over all, fantastic. why did they stop making this vehicle instead of making it more fuel efficient?
Running Cost
Service costs are high everywhere. Parts are good value

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

2.2-litre

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Bought Car

New
Review
I cannot recommend this car enough, if you are looking for a workhorse look no further. Mine has done 189k miles and still runs perfectly. I regularly use mine for towing and it will pull my 16hh chunky boy up the steepest of hills without a problem. I have driven it to North Scotland and find it comfy and not at all tiring! Yes it's noisy and a bit basic inside but I can have muddy dogs, bales of hay, garden rubbish for the tip and a whole range of other things in the back one day and it only takes 10 minutes to clean out then I can easily take 6 people and 4 guitars to a gig that night. If you are looking for luxury go for a Range Rover, if you are looking for practicality go for a Defender!
Reliability

5 out of 5

Never fails to start and never lets me down. Only problem I have had has been an issue with the headlights which was due to the contacts on the control stalk being worn out- not bad for a 20 year old car though.
Performance

5 out of 5

Tows anything I ask it to, goes everywhere I want it to (except multi-storey car parks - it's too tall to get under some of the barriers)
Running Cost

4 out of 5

It does use a fair bit of diesel but not really any more than other big cars in my opinion.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

300TDi 90 County Station Wagon

Year of registration

1995

Average annual mileage

0 – 4,999

Owned

More than 5 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

31
Review
My beloved 'Louis', the most trustworthy and generally reliable workhorse I have ever owned! I have removed the rear seats and converted the cargo area into a safe and secure area for my dogs to travel in. I honestly can't recommend these trusty workhorses to anyone who needs a very rough-and-ready vehicle and who is capable of undertaking their own maintenance.
Reliability

4 out of 5

The only repeating problems I have experienced are with the clutch master cylinder, but changing these now I have reduced my time down to under 45 mins, so it is no great problem.
Performance

4 out of 5

'Louis' is more than fast enough for my needs, I use my other car if I want to get anywhere fast!
Running Cost

4 out of 5

About as aerodynamic as a brick so I knew it wasn't going to be economical when I first bought him, but I average somewhere around 31 mpg driving along the narrow and twisty roads surrounding my property in rural Wales which I think is quite exceptional.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

110 TDCI XS CSW

Year of registration

2012

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

31
Review
Great Vehicle and as long as you appreciate what it is you will not be disappointed. In all honesty in my opinion there is no way that this vehicle does not measure up. Its impossible to compare a Defender with any other vehicle as it is essentially pretty unique, you simply cannot compare it to either a conventional car or to a 4x4 SUV. The grin factor is enormous and your kids will love it though. I took the 3rd row of seats out of mine and rubber matted it out for carrying cargo, fold the 2nd row of seats up you have a van. My wife complained it was noisy even though it's the quietest Defender ever made so I fitted some Dynamat, hey presto now its quiet. The TDCI has a 6th gear so cruises happily at 70 mph. I am 6ft 2" and find mine is very comfortable to drive, great upright driving position and the Puma seats are great. The gearbox takes some getting used to but once you master it and get the nack changes are clean and smooth. Off-roading in this thing is simply amazing! To sum up this vehicle is comfortable, versatile, great fun and you can make it into anything you want. Buy one and modify it to your needs. It can be a family car a working vehicle, a great off roader and it will tow anything you want it too. As long as you buy one realising what it is and what its built for you will not be disappointed. If you want luxury and a quiet ride with a eurobox transmission then buy something else.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

300 TDI

Year of registration

1996

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

2 - 3 years

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

25
Review
I have been through rivers,over rocks and up to my front bumper in mud and my landy never complains. I have had mine for 3 years and the only things that have broken are the rear wiper motor which was replaced with a used one and a UV which is not bad considering the abuse I give it. I know it sounds silly but I have become very attached to it. Land Rovers are a living legend.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Petrol, Manual

Year of registration

1995

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Bought Car

New
Review
I keep it regularly maintained to improve reliability issues.
Running Cost

3 out of 5

I service it myself to keep costs low.

Owner Review

4 out of 5

Version

2-3 litre, Diesel, Manual

Year of registration

2004

Average annual mileage

5,000 – 9,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

30
Review
not let me down yet!
Running Cost