What can I say that the other reviewers haven't said?
This latest incarnation of the Land Rover Defender is by far and away the best they have ever produced. It has lost none of its legendary off road ability, and thanks to the revised interior, steering geometry and suspension (yes, they have slightly changes the shock absorbers and springs) is a car that you can live for everyday use. They have even thoughtfully put in some fairly effective sound insulation!
I use mine for the 50 mile round trip to work everyday along narrow country lanes and get an average of just over 28 mpg. With the new 6 speed gearbox motorway cruising at 70-80 mph is great (electronic speed limiter at 132kph or 82mph) and no different from a lot of other cars (over 30 mpg on long motorway journeys).
Wouldn't change it for anything. Neither would the wife and daughter!
Thought long and hard about buying one of these and now I have I only wish that I had done it ages ago. Mine is a 57 reg 90 County Station Wagon in metallic Stornoway grey and in a word it's great. I agree with a previous review which sais that this car will either suit your lifestyle or not. If you want loads of electric gizmos go elsewhere, if you want a solid, unpretentious go anywhere car with iconic good looks then look no further. Yes it's noisy, yes the steering can be a bit vague, yes they cost, relatively speaking, alot of money, yes they cost alot to service and run but I just cannot escape from the fact that I love it to death. I have a feeling that me and this Landy will become un-seperable and I can hasten to add readers that I do not belong to any Land Rover owners clubs, internet forums or wear Land Rover t-shirts and sweatshirts...ie not a Land Rover geek, so don't get me wrong....just go and buy one and start enjoying life again.....I did and am not looking back one bit!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have a tdi 90 its slow built like a brick a cabin thats so basic a shoe box seems like a 5 star hotel but WE LOVE IT our other car is a vw R32 with all the bits but you ask my two children which car they want to go out in its the LANDY or lucy as we have called her shes great off road the family love her nothing stops her shes just a loveable car. GO ON BUY ONE WE DID AND WE DONT REGRET IT
If you want a no frills "Does what it says on the tin" kind of car, then this is for you. Fantastic off road, will cope with anything, LOVES water :-) Defender drivers are some of the rare breed that still wave at each other when passing on the road. Servicing costs are not cheap but this car really holds it's value. LOVE IT!!!
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