1998 Land Rover Defender Review

1998 Land Rover Defender TD5 2.5 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12000 miles
Most recent distance56000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Defender


The best 4 X 4 X far


Minor everyday things until now. Engine needed replacing ant 50000. Common rail burst leading to diesel filling the sump.

General Comments:

A 2nd hand engine with 9000 miles was easily obtained as there are plenty of Land rovers overturned etc.

Land rover will pay for some of the repairs if done at an approved dealership however tou need to put in a new engine at £3000 which is dearer than insytalling a second hand one.

An off road vehicle that cannot be beaten by anything else.

It will go anywhere and tow anything without a grunt and the TD5 models can nip on on road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th December, 2003

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 1 review