1999 Land Rover Defender 110 Xtream 2.5 turbo diesel TD5 from Australia and New Zealand
Brilliant off road, except for the jerky accelerator. Good on road
Nothing has gone wrong, and being a Land Rover, nothing will go wrong!
My Land Rover Defender TD5 1999 model has a very jerky/touchy accelerator, and just seems to start kangaroo hopping at low speeds, even in 1st gear. I was wondering if anybody else has this problem with their TD5 motor?? Is it the same with all TD5's, or is it a problem with only some of the vehicles?? Is there any cure or way to fix this problem??
I have tried to let the clutch out before I start to accelerate, but that doesn't seem to work very well. Besides that, it is a superb vehicle, and I am very happy with its performance.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 22nd December, 2006
I'd say "being a Land Rover SOMETHING will go wrong"
Maybe something will go wrong- but not because it's a Landrover. All vehicles were made by man, down here, not "up there"!
The off-road capability is what it's all about - that's why you buy it.
You seem to dislike Land Rovers so why were you looking at the Land Rover Reviews!! Also the army using them means something.
The jerky accelerator is a problem in most turbo diesel vehicles at low speed. The sudden power curve explains this as even the most minute discrepancy in accelerator or clutch application or adjustment can make the vehicle 'jerk'.
Being a Land Rover Defender operator myself I think they are quite reliable and with proper maintainence should give you a lot of hard-working, loyal service.
I bought a 1999 Defender TD5 110 last year to tow a 3.5 ton load on a regular basis, and have never been so happy with a car.
It's reliable, strong, dependable and fun to drive, and different than anything I've ever owned. With all the speed limits around now, it's quite capable of flowing around in regular traffic.
The only thing that has gone wrong is a winker bulb, and I enjoyed that most because all it takes is a new bulb and a screw driver to change it. No need to lose half your arm and fingers dabbling around from the inside of a car wing.
On the long run it's proving cheaper than owning a small car and paying somebody to trail my boat around, so I'm very happy.
I'm always surprised at peoples very negative remarks about my Landy, and of Land Rovers in general, but then again, if they don't have the use for such a work horse, then why do they bother !?
It's the best trailer car I've had in years. To the point and effective.