Used Land Rover Defender 1990-2016 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

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)

Advice for buyers

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

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

Check for corrosion on the front bulkhead (the panel behind the engine) and the underside of the car, because these areas are made from steel. Also, look out for leaking power steering systems and check when the timing belt was last changed, because a failure of that part will most likely mean a new engine.

Seatbelt mounting bracket

A bracket for the seatbelts could fracture on examples manufactured between 1 February 2010 and 31 January 2012. Find out from your Land Rover dealer if your car is affected by this, because new mounting brackets will need to be installed.

Loss of brake fluid

One or more of the flexible brake hoses that provide brake fluid to the braking system could chafe and potentially wear through completely on Defenders constructed between 24 October 2014 and 5 January 2015. The hoses of affected cars will need to be checked over by a technician, who will replace any damaged parts to prevent future issues.

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.