Used Land Rover Defender 1990-2016 review

Category: Large SUV

Section: Ownership cost

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)
Used Land Rover Defender 1990-2016 review
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Ownership cost

What used Land Rover Defender 4x4 will I get for my budget?

You might expect a car like the Defender to be cheap on the used market. However, it's such an effective tool that it's always in demand and prices remain pretty high.

Things start at about £3500 for the short-wheelbase Defender 90 version, while you should expect to pay from around £4000 for the longer and much more practical Defender 110. You'll be looking at cars from the early 1990s, as well as some rougher newer ones. Spend between £8000 and £10,000 on a Defender from the early 2000s, in good condition. Fork out between £12,000 and £14,000 on a good-condition Landie from the mid-2000s, and upwards of that for anything later with a reasonable mileage. 

Road tax (VED)

All Defenders of this generation will pay the annual road tax (VED) according to CO2 emissions, with those registered after 23 March 2006 paying a much higher fee than those registered before this date. To find out more about the current road tax costs, click here.

Servicing and insurance costs

Routine maintenance with a Land Rover is generally expensive, but this can be offset somewhat by cheaper insurance than is generally the norm with a large off-roader, no doubt helped by the fact that body panels are cheap to replace.

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