1991 Land Rover Defender Reviews

1991 Land Rover Defender Hardtop 2.5 tdi from UK and Ireland

Model year1991
Year of manufacture1991
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.5 tdi Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired40000 miles
Most recent distance100000 miles
Previous carGMC Astramax

Summary:

Almost seventy year old design and still nothing beats it

Faults:

Drowned an alternator when deep wading (my fault).

Heated screens have stopped working, as has rear wash/wipe, but the car is 16 years old...!

Otherwise nothing.

General Comments:

Uncompromising wild-country truck.

Reliable, tough and solid.

Strides through town like John Wayne.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd February, 2006

1991 Land Rover Defender 2.5 diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1991
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance170000 kilometres
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Summary:

Superb piece of engineering - flawless

Faults:

Nothing, despite hard on and off road use and a trans Sahara crossing.

General Comments:

Unstoppable, built like a tank, totally reliable, massive safety and road presence. Parts the traffic like a lion in long grass.

Hard to drive, lots of body roll, not very comfortable if you are used to road cars. Parts are big and tough so pricey. Noisy. Thirsty, but then it weighs a lot and has no aerodynamics. I am planning to fit a modern turbodiesel.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2003

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 2 reviews