2006 Land Rover Defender Reviews

2006 Land Rover Defender 4 door pickup from Costa Rica

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired12 kilometres
Most recent distance63000 kilometres
Previous carJeep Wrangler

Faults:

Transfer case seal at 55,000km.

FWD differential bearing.

General Comments:

This is an excellent off road vehicle. No major problems.

I spend a lot of time in the rivers of Costa Rica, and the only fault, is to be careful of the computer box under the passenger side seat; it doesn't come completely water tight, and the cost is around 2000 USD to replace it.

I have never driven a vehicle with such pulling power when you really need it.

The truck overall is fantastic, with the exception of the wipers and the defrost system; they are a little cheesy. I upgraded mine because of the amount of rain here in Costa Rica.

It's a truck built for off road and not comfort, but still has the classy look that still turns heads after 6 years of owning it. It's a keeper in my book, and won't be sold.

One last word to the wise; it's never happened to me, but I understand that overheating the motor will totally render it useless, so I keep up the maintenance on the cooling system and belts.

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

Review Date: 14th May, 2012

2006 Land Rover Defender 110 CSW TD5 turbo diesel from South Africa

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission TD5 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.6 / 10
Distance when acquired34000 kilometres
Most recent distance93000 kilometres
Previous carIsuzu KB Series

Summary:

This is an amazing 4x4 workhorse

Faults:

AC unit packed up due to a faulty sensor, but was replaced under warranty.

The seals in the transfer case were leaking, but were replaced at 80,000km.

General Comments:

The Defender is an amazing off road vehicle. I work in the former Transkei region "Wild Coast" of the Eastern Cape, and the vehicle was made for the work that I do. It can pull a trailer through the toughest muck and climb where there are no roads.

In low range, the truck will literally climb a tree. It is noisy, but I find it comfortable and I'm 6'3", 195lbs.

The ABS is excellent and has worked perfectly for me on road on two emergency occasions. The traction control kicks in and does wonders for the vehicle on gravel roads.

The bench seats allow me to load myself and 8 other people, and I've had 12 when we squeezed a bit.

I've found the TD5 to be a very powerful and reliable engine platform with excellent fuel economy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th August, 2009

4th Dec 2009, 06:34

'... excellent economy'. What are your true measured figures with and without A/C use please?

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 2 reviews