Used Land Rover Defender 1990 - 2016 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

1990 - 2016 review
Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
  • Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Land Rover Defender 4x4?

The good news is that with Defenders in good supply, there are plenty of parts around for older vehicles if yours should ever break down.

Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)

What are the most common problems with a used Land Rover Defender 4x4?

Common problems reported by owners include corrosion on the bodywork and underside of the car, leaking power steering systems and timing belt failures.

In any case, when buying make sure you see the car’s service book – a car that’s been well looked after can run for a lot longer, and will cost you a lot less in the long run, than one that’s been neglected.

Is a used Land Rover Defender 4x4 reliable?

Much as they are well-loved by owners, old Defenders aren’t always reliable, so the first thing to look for is a complete service history.

The Defender hasn't featured in our reliability surveys for years, but Land Rover came dead last in our most recent survey, and it's fair to say that through the years the firm hasn't performed well. 

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