Land Rover Defender Review from Costa Rica

2006 Land Rover Defender 4 door pickup

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 kilometres
Most recent distance63000 kilometres
Previous carJeep Wrangler


Transfer case seal at 55,000km.

FWD differential bearing.

General Comments:

This is an excellent off road vehicle. No major problems.

I spend a lot of time in the rivers of Costa Rica, and the only fault, is to be careful of the computer box under the passenger side seat; it doesn't come completely water tight, and the cost is around 2000 USD to replace it.

I have never driven a vehicle with such pulling power when you really need it.

The truck overall is fantastic, with the exception of the wipers and the defrost system; they are a little cheesy. I upgraded mine because of the amount of rain here in Costa Rica.

It's a truck built for off road and not comfort, but still has the classy look that still turns heads after 6 years of owning it. It's a keeper in my book, and won't be sold.

One last word to the wise; it's never happened to me, but I understand that overheating the motor will totally render it useless, so I keep up the maintenance on the cooling system and belts.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 14th May, 2012

Average review marks: 8.0 / 10, based on 1 review