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It is a pity the manufacturer does not seem to care much about quality. With care in the manufacturing process and attention to a few design problems they could iron out many of the issues and have a real classic on their hands. They seem not to wish to bother and are to discontinue production. The vehicle is long established but based on my experience and conversations with other owners faults are common( water leaks, rust - why not galvanise the chassis? - electrics , clutch, most things rattle, rear windows roll down of their own accord) . Running is not cheap; best to use specialist aftermarket service organisations , they seem to care more and offer better value - the main dealers are poor and expensive. I say this as a long term owner ( five and a half years now on this one) who had more problems with a nearly new 2005 Range Rover 4400cc Vogue that was a disaster. Beware,for a big vehicle the Defender is cramped for passengers and six foot plus passengers have trouble in the back.However the Defender is ( when equipped with the right tyres) one of the best off road vehicles you can buy, it tows well and for all its faults and turning circle of a bus , it is enjoyable to drive ( for shorter journeys).
I have had my Defender 110 csw 300tdi for 4 years now , it has covered over 18000 miles and still going strong. The main thing with any vehicle is to have it serviced regularly , this will prolong the life of the vehicle as well as keeping the repair costs down. The Defender does have some down sides in comparison to modern vehicles , mostly comfort and speed . The latter however is of no importance to me as I know my vehicle is not built for speed . I do know however , that it will get me to and from my destination , especially if it involves off tarmac , flood water , snow . I do a lot of camping all year and the ability to load all the gear in ,including a fridge (runs off a secondary battery),this would not be possible with a modern equivalent. Fuel consumption is around 25-33 depending on load and type of terrain. Insurance is not expensive and road tax is £235 pa.
The vehicle in question is my choice for my day to day driving, it allows me to deal with the objectives I set for my work and normal driving. The ground clearance of the vehicle is adequate, the wading depth without modification meets most normal requirements. The maintainability of the vehicle is enhanced by the fact that it does not rely on electronics, there is not a item on the vehicle that I cannot repair or rebuild, the controls are not complex and are easily repaired. The interior is comfortable, but allows the vehicle to cleaned easily. The cargo space in the rear of the vehicle allows access to large bulky objects and also to move a larger complement of personnel. The abliity of the vehicle to be taken off road is extremely important, as is the ability to manouver loads and recover other vehicles.
I have owned this vehicle for 7 years, during which time it has covered 120,000 miles, it has been serviced regularily and had several components replaced, turbo charger, fuel pump and has suffered a warped exhaust manifold. Despite the above problems owning the vehicle has enabled me and my family to lead a more adventurous and active lifestyle, being able to access remote areas of the country to conduct our outdoor hobbies, it also gives us confidence in adverse weather conditions and instills us with a sense of self reliability. Our children love the vehicle as it's robust, roomy and "cool". I will keep it for as long as I possibly can as I haven't found any other car that can accomodate our families wants and needs. It is also British (at heart)being ex military I am somewhat patriotic!
You either love them or hate them. Land Rover Defender is an acquired taste and not built for comfort or economy in terms of fuel or servicing but these drawbacks are far outweighed by the huge advantages of practicality and versatility when used as a family vehicle, when transporting children, dogs,(and other livestock!), shopping, household goods, doing DIY, going on holiday, camping, the list could go on and on! Oh, nearly forgot the school run and taking children and friends to the cinema, bowling etc. If you have the engine 'chipped' you also get a surprisingly good turn of speed and actually save on fuel consumption too. I could not go back to driving an ordinary car now and would not survive without my Land Rover.
For a vehicle supposedly designed for ruggedness and dependability it is surprising how much cheap and flimsy material goes into it. The trim and upholstery is particularly badly affected by poor design and cost cutting with a good deal of reliance on flimsy plastic of the kind that becomes brittle with age clipped together. Mechanical parts too are apt to wear and break, and owning one is a constant process of renewal. Fortunately I like working with my hands, and am working my way through the vehicle renewing worn and otherwise defunct components and rustproofing as I go. If I wasn't mechanically minded the costs of ownership would be prohibitive.
The best vehicle I have ever owned, strong build quality, bullet proof reliability to date, safe, practical, superb driving position. If this vehicle can't get you to your destination, nothing will. I have no time for soul less eco boxes, my driving enjoyment and ultimate safety are paramount.Then there is the question of almost unrivaled low depreciation and longevity which makes this a very sensible buy. Consider also that most people keep Defenders decade after decade, which probably makes them the greenest car on the planet. In conclusion, this is my last car, I don't want anything else, I absolutely adore it, the greatest vehicle ever built.
The deal would have gone ahead except that the dealer wanted me to travel 340 miles to his premises to sign finance documentation and then travel 340 miles back home. The only alternative he offered was for me to travel to the nearest office of the finance company, which is Livingston (which is 120 miles away) to the office of the finance company and to sign them there. I found this unreasonable and incredible as I am an existing customer of that finance company and have been with them for three years. This was the make or break point of this deal and I gave him three days in which to resolve it, however he failed to do that.
Having had this vehicle since it was a year old (22 years ago), I have nothing but praise for its versatility and practicality. It will never win in the comfort stakes, particularly when driving up the motorway...but that's not what you buy one of these for anyway! It has been used on a day to day basis for the time I have owned it and have never looked at swapping it for another vehicle, even though it can be quite thirsty. Naturally there have been the replacement of certain parts, though having it regularly serviced has kept these to a minimum. Would I recommend it? Totally!!!
This vehicle suits my lifestyle and although not the most economic on fuel still gives a better return on travel than rail transport from the Southwest, and there is no bus transport from the village where I live. It is a comfortable drive even on long journeys, cruises well on the motorways, yet is robust when I need it for journeys on minor roads in the South West. It is reliable has space for everything I need to use it for both business and pleasure.
Land Rover - No wonder people buy Japanese 4x4s! If I ever get the chance to buy a LR again, I won't! They leak, they fall apart, simple things which ought to have been got rid in the 1960s still feature and all in all, LRs take the Mickey out of people who need reliability and practicality as standard. Not looking for frills; just a vehicle which can do the job, again and again, without falling apart and/or doing my back in! Tows well though.
By far the best 4x4 you can have/own. Had many types over the years and this is a mans 4x4 who don't mind the cold,wet,noise and sheer thrill of driving this machine. So if your soft or need to hold mummy's hand then move on and get something safe! by the way over 60% of Land Rovers ever built are still on the road.... They cant be that bad can they! Good luck if your thinking of buying one of these amazing machines....
My Land Rover Defender is a perfect all-rounder, the driving position suits me far better than a car , This is an all British vehicle of the old school, not to be around much longer though. I have run these since 1975 and find the newer ones much more driver-friendly with reasonable economy, improved performance, and some degree of comfort from improved seats and quieter running. You love em' or hate em' !
People seem to love it or hate it, yes it isn't the speediest vehicle or the cheapest but it goes anywhere and carries everyone or everything I want. It is the only vehicle when written off in an accident, due to the repair costs, that I have bought back even though we've only had 1 car for a few months and it probably didn't make financial sense; any other vehicle we would have just replaced.
A classic design, possibly not to everyones taste. Always been reliable and the ultimate bad weather car. Repairs are easily handled by a competent DIY mechanic and parts are relatively cheap and available. The driving position takes some time getting used to but the increased height gives a great driving experience just don't expect to go fast.
Used as every-day transport and for carrying tools, etc. for the allotment this is a versatile vehicle. In fifteen years it has proved reliable as it is serviced regularly and properly. I suspect I would be on a second, or even third, car by now. A little noisy and the heating leaves a lot to be desired but it fulfils its function well
Its an anti-modern same old same old family car, sooooooooooo much fun, the kids love it, everyone you pass smiles and I smile all the time I drive my 1999 110, handles fine, a drivers car and I can get late 20's MPG on a good run, which Ib for Ib is better the most modern family 2Ltr diesels, try one you will probably fall in love with it
The ultimate family car, does anything, anywhere, anytime. 12 seats, superb reliability (190,000 miles with no breakdowns) you do have to tolerate its foibles, but it's a cult car with a dedicated fan base, it has far outlasted its intended manufacturing run, all this adds up to a fantastic machine that is all things to all people.
I love my old 1975 Land Rover, air portable series III. Noisy, draughty and pretty heavy on fuel consumption but that is offset by being exempt from road tax. Insurance and replacement parts are cheap too. The biggest bonus is I can always find it in the car park as it stands above other cars
A Land Rover Defender 90 County is in my view the most practical vehicle, a people carrier, workhorse, recreational vehicle, although not the most economic. Bullet proof and easy to maintain! A shame it is going to be discontinued, with such a history and following!