1997 Land Rover Defender Review

1997 Land Rover Defender 90 station wagon 90-degree V8 petrol from North America

Year of manufacture1997
Engine and transmission 90-degree V8 petrol
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10


The "check engine" light seems to be tempermental. Twice now, the light has come on and then after letting the car sit over night, the light doesn't come back on.

The drivers (US driver or left seat) speaker cover has fallen off.... seems to be a defective part, but the dealer will replace at no cost seeing that it's under warranty.

General Comments:

Engine cuts out when you hit 100mph.... bummer.

It's quite a small car in length and width. It's easy to squeeze into parking spots etc.

This review is of a New Jersey, USA bought Defender 90 station wagon with nearly 15,000 miles on it. Problems, warranties, etc might be a bit different than with cars bought in the UK.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th October, 1997

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