This is an amazing 4x4 workhorse
AC unit packed up due to a faulty sensor, but was replaced under warranty.
The seals in the transfer case were leaking, but were replaced at 80,000km.
The Defender is an amazing off road vehicle. I work in the former Transkei region "Wild Coast" of the Eastern Cape, and the vehicle was made for the work that I do. It can pull a trailer through the toughest muck and climb where there are no roads.
In low range, the truck will literally climb a tree. It is noisy, but I find it comfortable and I'm 6'3", 195lbs.
The ABS is excellent and has worked perfectly for me on road on two emergency occasions. The traction control kicks in and does wonders for the vehicle on gravel roads.
The bench seats allow me to load myself and 8 other people, and I've had 12 when we squeezed a bit.
I've found the TD5 to be a very powerful and reliable engine platform with excellent fuel economy.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 7th August, 2009