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I am on my third defender now, my first was a 90, then a 110 van and now a 110 V8 ex MOD. I cannot fault them at all. Yes they are basic interior-wise, but thats all part of their charm! there is no where they cant go and nothing you cant cram in the back, strap on the roof, or pull behind it! I must say that some extra spots are a must for night time driving as the headlights are little dim, but otherwise, faultless. Once you have driven one , you'll understand!
We all know that the Land Rover Defender is the ultimate utilitarian off-roader. But what's it like as an everyday road car? You have a large turning circle, but it's not as large as the Defender 110. The square corners mean you don't have to guess where the corners are, but it also effectively makes the turning circle larger. You have good visibility, over the roofs of the rest of the traffic. For best visibility have rear side windows. Otherwise, you can't look over your shoulder to check the blind spot, and you have to be perfectly positioned when turning right onto a road in order to see all the traffic to your left. The big mirrors are also excellent, allowing you to see plenty of the road behind you. Combined with the straight sides you can easily see where your rear wheels are when reversing on a bend, and you can more easily line yourself up when passing parked cars. If you don't have power assisted steering, then low-speed manoeuvering can be hard work. You have a good low first gear for pulling off, plus the option of the low ratio gearbox for the most challenging of off-road work. The naturally aspirated diesel is not very powerful, and you will struggle to get over 50 mph. However, there is still plenty of torque for towing. The later turbo-charged diesels have a lot more power and make cruising at motorway speeds a doddle. In the cockpit it may look like a long reach for the gears, but even 5'2" women can drive a Defender. There is plenty of ventilation from the large flaps below the windscreen. But when things turn cooler, you have a powerful heater. Naturally, there is a large load space in the rear which can seat four people or a lot of luggage right up to the roof. In the front you have plenty of elbow room, provided you
don't have 3 seats. In which case things would be rather cosy. With just 2 seats in the front a central cubby box provides a handy table, as well as practical storage. The resistance of four wheel drive means that the engine will slow down a lot quicker when you take your foot off the throttle. So, you can drive around and hardly use the brakes at all, controlling your speed solely by the use of the throttle and the gears. The higher centre of gravity also increases the body roll, so sharp corner at high speed is inadvisable. That said, I always find that I can maintain my pace on the bends while other vehicles following have to catch me up on the straights. If you intend to buy, make sure that you get rear window wash-wipe and demister. The aerodynamics mean that a lot of road spray is deposited on the rear window, and the size of the interior means that the heat from the front will have a hard job making any impression on the window at the rear. Also, if you want a diesel, the favourite is the 300TDi for its power. The newer TD5 engine has much more electronics like most other modern cars, removing maintenance from the owner and placing it with the garage.
I would just like to say that I think that the Land Rover Defender is just about the best 4x4 ever made, and it's British! Not often we get to say that, eh? Seeing as it is still the same basic beast as it was in 1948, with obvious improvements as technical advances have been made, it hasn't half done badly! I read recently that an army Land Rover was decommissioned after 32 years of service, and is still going strong! Not bad, eh? The Defender is just about the most durable thing on 4 wheels. Anything that can survive being dropped out of planes in parachutes with the paratroopers, is strong wnough by my standards. Ijust can't praise it enough. Also, with the new TD5 engine, the Defender is even better than before. The Defender will outlive us all.
The landrover has been a common sight both on and off the roads in our native Ulster. The main reason is that we were generally a farming country and the fact that the landrover can do anything you want it to so long as you pay it plenty, of diesel that is. THEY DRINK IT No wonder people run them on red!! But this is compensated for in the ability virtually to swim in water, fly over mountains and tow more than most other vehicles in its class.(see pic on my profile) therefore I say to you fellow landrover lovers BUY ONE(an old cheap one that is) NOW
I was looking for a Defender column and could not find one, then I read Timmy's John Deere comment, and found a Landy one lying in there somewhere too. I am also a fan of the greatest off-roader ever, right from the start it was a winner, and lets face it, it hasn't changed much has it? I do not agree that there is room for 3 in the front, unless you are all dwarfs! The pay-load of 4000kg cannot be beaten even by the likes of the Landcruiser Amazon, and the V8 is a beast untamed that I wan't in my garage. There is a V6 2.8 in Some countries, which has a 0-62 of 9.2 seconds, this is nice, but not as good as the V8. The new 2.5 Td 5 cylinder is also excellent, and powerful, yet economical. If you want a new farm animal, with more teeth than a Lion, buy a defender, but is the pick-up 130ins not a better choice for a farm?
Yes that is how the advertising slogan goes and I am a veteran Landrover buyer and I still beleive that it is true. True the 90 has its foibles but as they all say this gives it a little character. It is rugged tough and yet sprightly, The Lawrence Dallaglio of motoring. Occaisionally it will let you down in a small way but an unexpected way, I recently went over a quarry and everything went well but two days later whilst reversing in my drive the mirror fell off, c'est la vie in a landrover. It starts first time it never has broken down and after 20 years, on my oldest one, there is still no real rust, a few dents maybe, and a few oil leaks but hey, I never have to paint the garage floor. Well worth the money, but Landrover could improve their after sales servicing a little.
GRRRRR I am a farmers son and where the hell would be without this remarkable tool. Ever sinch a lord of a Manor brought a JEEP over her and asked for an English version to be built the world has never been the same. WHAT make the landrover 90 so great? Well the design has remain the same sinch the 70's It is practicle, realible and roughed. The differenal gear box makes changing from 4wheel to 2 wheel drive quick and easy even when moving. Unlike other vecials in the same catog. such as the toyota hilux. The bench seat in the front allows three people to sit comfortablity on waterproof seats, compared to a 2 seater. Also the back gives a good loading area. The fuel economy with the new turbo diesl engines with the BMW development has improved, also they have added to the torque which is need while pulling implements. The only advise i would give is that have the lanndy 90 without the sun roof as they leak! Overall it is the 4*4*far as it keeps its value for years