Added: 14th of October 2013
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).