Used Land Rover Defender 1990 - 2016 review

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(1990 - 2016)
Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)
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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. 

Prices can rise steeply, but a budget of around £15,000 will get you a good used example. There are plenty of specialist and modified versions of the Defender, too, but these are, for the most part, best avoided.

Land Rover Defender (90 - 16)

How much does it cost to run a Land Rover Defender 4x4?

The up side of the strong demand for Defenders is that you won't lose too much when you sell your car on, and most models are pretty affordable to insure.

Unfortunately, you'll pay out a lot at the pumps, because the standard 2.2-litre diesel engine will return only 28.3mpg.

Don't be put off by the fact that maintenance is generally rather expensive on Land Rovers. Those figures are inflated by the likes of the Range Rover and Discovery. In fact, the Defender is tough, its engines are rugged, and the body panels are cheap to replace.

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