Great fun for the enthusiast who doesn't mind getting his hands dirty
According to Land Rover, these faults are normally found on a modern Defender:
Heavy handed spot welds.
Badly fitting doors.
Twisted gutter over windscreen and buckled roof.
Painted over rough cast hinges.
Badly fitting bonnet due to miss aligned weld to
hinges and poor assembly.
Intermittent leaking front doors.
A badly adjusted tight clutch dragging on gearbox.
And a heavy under floor knock, possibly due to worn suspension bushes.
However it is in much need of being chipped to improve on the performance.
The flat spots on the turbo in particular could do with an improvement.
Also an GKN overdrive for motorway work would be nice, if not a necessity.
If you can cope with this kind of thing, then the rest, so far, works brilliantly.
I doubt that the new model is much better, as Land Rover has had over 50 years to get it right and failed.
As fast as one problem is sorted out, it seems another one comes along, as the result of trying to reduce the manufacturing costs.
I still love the crate, and don’t regret buying it. It fondly reminds me of all the old BMC vehicles I grew up, with with their odd little ways.
Although I would not recommend any but hopeless Landy nuts to buy a Land Rover, and then a nearly new one rather than brand new is more sensible. Let someone else have the upset of having paid top dollar for a faulty new vehicle.
Of course there is the Santana as an alternative.
In my opinion the Defender is a fantastic concept, but unfortunately seems to be built by 1970's throwbacks, and sold and maintained by car salesmen!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 1st August, 2007