Welcome! Log in or Register

Land Rover Defender 110

  • image
£169.99 Best Offer by: amazon.co.uk marketplace See more offers
6 Reviews
  • Reliability
  • John Prescott Hates me
  • Sort by:

    * Prices may differ from that shown

    More Offers
  • Write a review >
    How do you rate the product overall? Rate it out of five by clicking on one of the hearts.
    What are the advantages and disadvantages? Use up to 10 bullet points.
    Write your reviews in your own words. 250 to 500 words
    Number of words:
    Write a concise and readable conclusion. The conclusion is also the title of the review.
    Number of words:
    Write your email adress here Write your email adress

    Your dooyooMiles Miles

    6 Reviews
    Sort by:
    • More +
      20.03.2010 13:31
      Very helpful
      (Rating)
      2 Comments

      Advantages

      Disadvantages

      Probably the best off-roader in the world, a functional utility vehicle

      While working for various conservation organisations I have had the opportunity to drive landrovers extensively both on and off road. The most recent has been whilst volunteering for Falklands conservation for 3 months. Almost every vehicle in the falklands is a 4x4, and by this I mean a real off road vehicle. Of these, half or more are Defenders. There is very little tarmac with almost all the roads being rough stone, gravel and dirt tracks stretching for miles. Even these roads don't go everywhere so for counting penguins, camping, surveying plants, you have to drive off road in what are some of the roughest, boggiest conditions you could ever find! This I did many, many times during my time there. The landrover defender is an evolution of the first landrover, the series 1. The general shape and concept of a strong ladder chassis with everything bolted on with aluminium panels has remained, whilst almost everything else has come on in leaps and bounds, but this is still very much a utilitarian vehicle. These are several body styles to choose between, the most common two are: the standard vehicle with 2 front seats and a load carrying area behind, or a station wagon with 2 or 3 rows of seats and either an inside rear area or an external pick up type affair. Landrovers are so highly customizable you can find them as fire engines, ambulances, pick-ups, vans, people carriers, and even hearses! The chassis, suspension and running train are all built to be strong and endure the rigors of harsh off-road conditions. The ladder chassis is very strong, and easy to maintain and allows all the other parts of the vehicle to be simply bolted on. The suspension is coil springs all around giving excellent travel and traction over the rough stuff (many other 4x4's use leaf springs on the back which isn't so good off-road). The running train consists of a 5 (or now 6) speed gearbox with high and low ratio's. Low ratio means that you can drive up and down slopes that are utterly mad in how steep they are, low gives you lots of torque and power at slow speeds. You get permanent 4 wheel drive in both low and high ratios. The high/low gearstick also allows the diff-lock to be engaged which means that drive is transmitted to the front and back axles equally (this should only be used when traction may be lost as it makes steering harder). Contrary to what most people think, even with the diff lock you may still end up with two wheels spinning and stuck in a boggy hole! Modern Td5's are available with all sorts of traction control, hill descent and other gadgets to help the driver. Various engines have been used, the most common being turbo diesels. The newest of these is the Td5. I've used older models most and the engines have excellent torque and are pretty powerful too, the Td5 especially so. These engines work hard, so it is vital they are maintained well and checked regularly if you want them to last. They are not the most fuel efficient vehicle, but then that's not really the main priority with a vehicle like this. You can happily cruise at motorway speeds and have power to overtake, their towing capacity is also huge! Wheels, well, tyres. The standard tyres are, how shall we put it, abysmal when it comes to going off-road in muddy conditions. For roads, tracks, and dry conditions they are probably going to be fine, especially if the furthest off-road you go is 6 inches up a kerb picking up the kids from school. There are a wide variety of big knobbly tyres available, with BFGoodrich making some very good ones, All-terrain for most conditions, and Mud-terrain for really muddy stuff! The interior of a Defender is very utility orientated, durable easy care plastics and fabrics and heavy rubber matting. Older vehicles are famous for the heater not working, and the air vents were just flaps that open below the windscreen! They do come with a radio, and some even had air-con, but apart from that not much else. Newer models have options of CD player, heated seats, electric windows, heated windscreen, more modern dashboard, but no flappy vents :-( Driving. Well, getting in is the first challenge, that huge ground clearance does mean you climb in, if you are relatively fit then you can usually hop up straight into the seat without much effort. My longest trip was 13hrs, and I regularly did 6hrs driving around. The front seats are great, although if you have a model with a bulkhead the seat travel is slightly limited. The back seats in older stationwagon's aren't great if you are tall as they don't go very far up your back and don't have a headrest. Newer models have better back seats and even a third row of 2 forward facing 'real' seats. The front seats are very close to the doors, with a large cubby box between them (this originally was a 3rd seat), you may occasionally bang your elbow on the door, but it gives you a brilliant view along the side of the vehicle, perfect when negotiating obstacles. The body is made of aluminium panels, they don't rust and are easy to bend back into shape with a hammer after inevitable meetings with trees and rocks! One flaw is the lack of a roll cage, so if you roll or flip it, it will crush like a tin can, flipping a defender due to driving too fast etc has killed a number of people in the Falklands. The doors don't fit very well so are quite drafty. The spare wheel is usually on the back door, which isn't really strong enough for it so the back door sags, most people stick it in the back or on the roof instead. You have to remember this is a hand made utility vehicle so there are bound to be bits that don't fit too well. The bolt together nature of the Defender means you can easily fit many accessories, front and/or rear diff-locks which make sure you get drive from all your wheels, higher suspension, winches, compressors, roll cages, snorkels for deep water etc. Rather surprising is that there are no recovery points as standard. Do not be tempted to use the tie down loops to pull out a stuck Defender, they will stap off and fire the rope, metal loop etc straight through your back windscreen, and if anyone is in the way they will get seriously injured if not killed. Rescue points are fairly cheap and easy to bolt on. Overall the Defender is a UTILITY vehicle, and as such there are going to be compromises in comfort. But, this does mean you end up with probably the best off-road vehicle there is. Look after your Defender with regular cleaning underneath and servicing and it will last a very long time. I would strongly advise anyone to go on an off-road driving course before venturing into the soft stuff, you learn a great deal and it could even save your life.

      Comments

      Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        14.09.2008 17:05
        Very helpful
        (Rating)

        Advantages

        • Reliability

        Disadvantages

        An excellent offroader

        The Land Rover Defender is Land Rover's first, and in lots of people's opinion, best 4x4 offroader made. It's a British icon. The stylish has been around since it was first created, with very little change. It's slightly less boxy than it once was, but other than that it's pretty much unchanged. Inside (you have to climb up, which makes you feel like you're getting into a proper 4x4), it's a no-frills cabin, with few creature comforts. There are heated seats, but this is mainly because they are a necessity in places like the Arctic. There's a decent amount of legroom in both the front and the back. This car is really built to go offroad, and this it excels. Weirdly, the Range Rover is, according to Land Rover, the better offroad car, but the Defender is so much more solid and you don't care about scratching the paintwork on passing twigs/rocks (you would on a £60,000 Range Rover). To engage low range you pull on a lever (no fancy buttons here), and overall it really is good offroad. On road tyres, it can climb muddy hills incredibly well, and ground clearance is very good. Defender's are built to last, and everything seems incredibly sturdy. The diesel engine has lots of torque, but little high end grunt, which is fine. Comfort won't be a major factor for many defender buyers, and nor will refinement. However, it isn't that bad, and it's reasonably comfortable for journeys of an hour or so. Overall, the Defender is an excellent car. It's an icon of the British motor industry, and is absolutely incredible offroad. If you're thinking of a no-frills offroader, here is your answer.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
      • More +
        02.01.2006 20:17
        1 Comment

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Uncompromising workhorse - don't buy unless you can live with shortcomings

        Landrover Defenders - its a love and hate thing. I have a 54 plate Defender 110 XS Stationwagon - that has 9 seats and unusally in a Landrover: Leather Seats Heated front seats Heated Windscreen Aircon I use it to transport our workforce around and usually with a trailer on the back - and for that use it's ideal. I've also used it for an off-road minibus and get lots of requests for transport. It's off road ability is A1 - with a diffloack and traction control its the best off-roader i've driven. It also has ABS which we find essential when towing lots. I have changed the woeful standard tyres with BFGoodrich all terrains, and added a winch. I've also had the engine management played with to give it more oomph and by 'eck it's brill (why don't they comeout of the factory like that!) The bad bits - it's fairly uncomfortable as it's quite narrow, the factory finish is pretty appauling (mine has been in for new door seals as it leaked and numerous oil seals) - but Landrover owners are used to this. However - Landrover assist and dealers are excellent.

        Comments

        Login or register to add comments
        • More +
          14.09.2005 16:13
          Very helpful
          (Rating)
          2 Comments

          Advantages

          Disadvantages

          A tough working 4x4, with the right equipment will go far.

          I drive the 110 12 seater Land Rover Defender TDI for work, and have driven the Defender 90 previous to this as well. One question people have is which is the best 4x4 vehicle to get? This all depends on what your use for it will be in order to find the best for your needs. If for example your a farmer or landscape gardener, and it will be solely used for humping equipment around, sometimes over difficult terrain, this vehicle is the one you should go for, provided you have the right type of tyre on. Let me explain what I mean by this, I worked on the beach in a defender 90 as part of my job, which was a Beach patrol unit which worked along side the Lifeguards. The vehicles we had were painted a bright eye-catching yellow with red writing on the side to let people know who to contact in emergency situations, we had amber beacons on the roof and would respond to most incidents that would occur on the beach. The main problem was the tyres, they were a standard radial tyre designed for the road use only, and they would severley hamper efforts to rescue people that were stuck in mud, and often resulted in my vehicle getting stuck also. It is comparable with putting slippers on a 100metre sprinter, you have the capability speed and power, but no grip and losing traction even with diferrential lock in low engaged. If your only purpose for choosing a 4x4 is for transporting the family around, then this would not be the vehicle for you, I would go for the Land Rover Discovery, it has good high driving visibility, seats 6-8 with lots of boot space, not too bad on the fuel, but there are better 4x4's out there that will win hands down on the fuel ratio, any of the japanese built vehicles. Getting back to the Defender, it is a basic vehicle inside, some are fitted with a radio, basic heating and cooling system, basic dash board nothing fancy, vinyl seat covers for ease of cleaning, not much leg room in the rear seats and thats about it. They are let down by their constant mechanical failures, as with even the classier Discovery's they have a problem with the seals around the doors, which can be most uncomfortable in the winter with the rain seaping in, also the doors themselves can come off the hinges very easily after a few wind blown incidents have proven. Another problem we would encounter on the beach was the disc brakes would have to be replaced after only 3 months use because of the sand, drum brakes would probably have worked better. So in short, if your after a working vehicle then this would be suitable provided you equip it to the conditions of use, after all the british army have used them since world war 2.

          Comments

          Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            17.09.2004 03:11

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            » Ensure any facts given are truthful and accurate. » Do not copy content. » Do not use an insulting language or expressions. » Take care not » Ensure any facts given are truthful and accurate. » Do not copy content. » Do not use an insulting language or expressions. » Take care not » Ensure any facts given are truthful and accurate. » Do not copy content. » Do not use an insulting language or expressions. » Take care not » Ensure any facts given are truthful and accurate. » Do not copy content. » Do not use an insulting language or expressions. » Take care not to offend or libel third parties. » Write clearly and please pay attention to correct grammar and spelling. » Write comprehensively. The minimum word number amounts to 75 words. » Bear in mind: With your review you help your readers to decide for or against a product/service. Please, title your review here Please write your review here. First time writing a review here? Read our review guidelines on the left. We advise you to prepare your review offline, then to copy it to this space. This ensures that in the event of a connection time-out your contribution is not lost on posting.to offend or libel third parties. » Write clearly and please pay attention to correct grammar and spelling. » Write comprehensively. The minimum word number amounts to 75 words. » Bear in mind: With your review you help your readers to decide for or against a product/service. Please, title your review here Please write your review here. First time writing a review here? Read our review guidelines on the left. We advise you to prepare your review offline, then to copy it to this space. This ensures that in the event of a connection time-out your contribution is not lost on posting.to offend or libel third parties. » Write clearly and please pay attention to correct grammar and spelling. » Write comprehensively. The minimum word number amounts to 75 words. » Bear in mind: With your review you help your readers to decide for or against a product/service. Please, title your review here Please write your review here. First time writing a review here? Read our review guidelines on the left. We advise you to prepare your review offline, then to copy it to this space. This ensures that in the event of a connection time-out your contribution is not lost on posting.to offend or libel third parties. » Write clearly and please pay attention to correct grammar and spelling. » Write comprehensively. The minimum word number amounts to 75 words. » Bear in mind: With your review you help your readers to decide for or against a product/service. Please, title your review here Please write your review here. First time writing a review here? Read our review guidelines on the left. We advise you to prepare your review offline, then to copy it to this space. This ensures that in the event of a connection time-out your contribution is not lost on posting.

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments
          • More +
            14.08.2002 21:04

            Advantages

            Disadvantages

            • "John Prescott Hates me"

            Great Offroader, Lots of clubs to join, fun to drive - Advantages: Rugged, Fun, Gets me places my everyday Micra couldn't - Disadvantages: Ramblers hate me, Horseriders hate me, John Prescott Hates me

            Comments

            Login or register to add comments