2001 Land Rover Defender Reviews

2001 Land Rover Defender 110 300 TDI turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 300 TDI turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired1000 miles
Most recent distance87000 miles

Summary:

Tough as nails, and a wagon for all seasons

Faults:

Had a blow out on the motorway, but the tyres were pretty old.

Getting them replaced.

The bonnet release catch doesn't work, but that's due to the weight of the tyre that's mounted on the bonnet. I'm going to screw a tough carriage spring to the inside the engine bay to give the release spring added bounce.

Rear window wiper motor is u/s.

Fog lights fuse is blown.

A lot of surface rust on the bumpers. But I fixed this with hammerite no problem.

General Comments:

A great machine for going off-road and adventuring in.

With a 110 you can easily convert it to being an RV for living out of.

It's a great size for wild camping, and is about the same length of an estate car.

It'll do more than 70 mph with ease, but I'm happy with cruising at 60 - 65 mph on the motorway.

It is very very easy to do your own work on this vehicle. Oil changes are incredibly easy. You don't even have to jack the vehicle up to get underneath!

Parts are very cheap IMO.

The systems on board are basic, but you can repair them yourself. The ventilation for the cab is both fan and external vents you can open directly, giving you fresh air direct from outside without opening the windows.

There's not many vehicles that can do this nowadays. The 2007 onwards Defenders don't have this option.

If you are running an inverter from the dash area, this can keep it cool :)

Engines in good nick and starts first time every time. I've left it for 2 weeks previously, and the old battery kept its charge!

I'm happy with it, and aim to keep it for as long as possible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 1st September, 2009

6th Oct 2009, 10:07

Hi, I'm looking to but one in the US. From what I've seen they are a good car.

It's a 2000, he wants 4000 US, what do you think?

Kevin in Calif.

2001 Land Rover Defender 110 TD5 Pickup TD5 from Singapore

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission TD5 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired150000 kilometres
Most recent distance150100 kilometres
Previous carMG Midget

Summary:

Biggest baddest most lovable beast in the city-state

Faults:

Bought LR with known problems:

Leaking roof

Rattling windows

Wobbly steering

Dirt and muck everywhere.

General Comments:

This is the biggest ugliest car in Singapore.

The 35 inch wheels gives it a total height of 207cm whereas many car parks only have space for 1.9M or 2.0 m cars.

Best off-road bragging rights... means most other cars including Landcruisers and XC90s get out of my way.

Cabin stinks due to ingress of water... Smell clears up after 20 minutes of aircon.

Steering wobble is expected above 70kph due to huge gum-boot tyres and wheels - totally illegal. So now I keep my speed to the legal limit of 70kph

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 15th April, 2007

8th Jun 2007, 05:46

Small update.

Sold my truck!

So So sad... My wife refused to sit in this stinky vehicle so up it went on the web site for car sales.

In 2 days it was sold.

So now moved from a 2001 110 with 33" wheels to a 2005 Suzuki Every minivan automatic with 10" wheels.

LR 110 has serious character! People get out your way... Except one small BMW which bounced off my knobbly tyres last Friday.

Fuel consumption was quite passable - given that it ran on cheaper diesel.

Well recommend the experience.

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews