Land Rover Defender Review from Singapore

2001 Land Rover Defender 110 TD5 Pickup TD5

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission TD5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance150100 kilometres
Previous carMG Midget

Summary:

Biggest baddest most lovable beast in the city-state

Faults:

Bought LR with known problems:

Leaking roof

Rattling windows

Wobbly steering

Dirt and muck everywhere.

General Comments:

This is the biggest ugliest car in Singapore.

The 35 inch wheels gives it a total height of 207cm whereas many car parks only have space for 1.9M or 2.0 m cars.

Best off-road bragging rights... means most other cars including Landcruisers and XC90s get out of my way.

Cabin stinks due to ingress of water... Smell clears up after 20 minutes of aircon.

Steering wobble is expected above 70kph due to huge gum-boot tyres and wheels - totally illegal. So now I keep my speed to the legal limit of 70kph

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

Review Date: 15th April, 2007

8th Jun 2007, 05:46

Small update.

Sold my truck!

So So sad... My wife refused to sit in this stinky vehicle so up it went on the web site for car sales.

In 2 days it was sold.

So now moved from a 2001 110 with 33" wheels to a 2005 Suzuki Every minivan automatic with 10" wheels.

LR 110 has serious character! People get out your way... Except one small BMW which bounced off my knobbly tyres last Friday.

Fuel consumption was quite passable - given that it ran on cheaper diesel.

Well recommend the experience.

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review