Best this ever happen to me
I have no words to express my satisfaction. If you want 4wd drive just buy this. Best on the road and off road. Very Fuel efficient and amazing power. Only 4wd drive that i know has Anti Staff Feature which is amazing. This car will never let you down. Will never go to another car.
Land rover Perentie 110
Just thought a few people might be interested in the Military Land Rover Project Perentie 110 Defenders now finding there way onto the market in numbers after 30 odd years of "in" service. Next month makes for 7 years of ownership and have personally covered approx 70 000 km in all conditions. Mine was sold at the Eagle Farm Frontline Machinery Auctions in June 2013, sold as incomplete and non operational - it was partially Stripped for Quarantine being an EX Timor vehicle. Once back together shortly there after, hasn't missed a beat since. For...several years it only seen my boat in and out of the water at the Local Ramp with the occasional out of town Highway trip into Hervey Bay and back, approx 100km round trip and occasionally a few hundred Km up to Rockhampton or down to the Sunny Coast for one reason or other, but other than that was used mostly just for day trips around the Fraser Coast which is renowned for its never ending Sand tracks and of course Fraser Island itself. That all changed in 2016. For the past 4 years now not only does it still reliably chauffer me around the Fraser Coast and everyone of its never ending tracks, but I have done literally dozens of road trips to Brisbane and return since, in fact once every 2 weeks for FIFO work out of Brisbane. A return trip to Burrum Heads of approx 700km each time. The good - Super reliable given the age and immaculate Military Maintenance, but mainly with thanks to the Isuzu 4bd1 light truck engine as fitted standard, an Engine well known for durability and longevity in the Isuzu circles. The Gearbox and Transfer case are also well known in Military circles as being almost indestructible given the 101 Forward Control Truck and Range Rover V8 DNA they carry. In fact all drive line components had well and truly been tested by time and torture in other arena's long before being fitted to the Perenties. Even the 4 wheel Coil Sprung ride is XLNT for a 4 x 4 by todays standards. Again almost Range Rover by DNA which were very well known in their day for comfort. Given standard gearing, road speed is quiet comfortably maintained at 110kph where allowable, very comfortable at 100 in fact but approx 120-130 is about the end of their legs. Off road it really comes into its own. These things grunt like nothing I have ever driven down low and get every bit of it to the ground smoothly without axle tramping or wheel spin like more powerful vehicles. The Bad - Excessive Engine Noise, open vehicle "White noise" requiring Ear plugs so as to not go deaf and an Engine that would rattle the eye teeth out of anything when cold at Idle. Once warm however, idle perfectly and quite smoothly, especially if you idle them up a few hundred RPM. As for Engine noise, Tis just the nature of the beast and very normal for the era it was built. Also on the point of noise, the Transmissions given a long stroke Engine pulse get gear chatter badly at idle, particularly when the oil warms up a bit and thins out. I elevate the idle a bit with the hand throttle when the Engine is cold which smooths the vibrations out and I never sit at Traffic lights in Neutral with the clutch out, in fact the gear chatter can be quiet embarrassing! Body wallowing does present in certain circumstances, particularly under heavy breaking at speed and when over recommended speeds cornering which leaves for a very ominous feeling at times. Increased spring ride height compared to Civi vehicles was an ADF requirement and I believe against Jaguar Rover Australia's recommendations from what I read but were fitted anyhow as it helps the vehicle immensely when off road, but a point to be very wary of at speed when on Road.
Purchased for $16,000.
Exceptional 4x4 out of the box and performs better of road than many highly modified 4x4s. Great room, good economy for a 4x4 this size app 12 litres per 100. Biggest issue heads not repairable. Parts no dearer than any other. A bit of an enthusiast car. Heaters non existent and air conditioning very average.
So glad I got it
Leaks when it rains, stones hitting the bottom sound like bullets, turns like a cruise liner, catches the wind, I can't seem to get in the passenger side without falling in, nearly gave myself a hernia taking off the spare! When people come over to talk about my car, I tell them it 'now' has cup holders!
Well this awesome beast of a car was ordered last year in a moment of madness and recently arrived and i must say its proved to be a winner. Sure it has some little idiosyncrasy's however they just add to the character and likability. This is our 2nd land rover vehicle we have purchased (it joins a D4 we have). I say with hand on heart i love this vehicle. Sure there is little elbow room and its a little noisy. But i cant fault it yet. If you want one hurry up before the factory stops manufacturing them.
The new model defender is a disaster to me. I never remember whether I had any warranty repairs with my previous Defender 300 TDI, which I owned for 10 years. The 300 TDI defender was trouble-free but the new model defender has been troublesome to me. It is very disappointing. Warranty is expiring soon but there is no extended warranty available to the new defender owners under Land Rover. Extended warranty is available to all other Land Rover models. I do not feel comfortable to keep the new model defender without extended warranty.
Personally i own the older Td200 model (1993)but i have driven the Td5 on and off road and it is sweet. Essentialy they are the same (Td5 heaps more powerful. I love my Landy and we have had alot of amazing adventures together (the misses comes too:) I work in the country, on powerlines, and the 'fender takes everthing throwen at it in its stride. It loves the padocks, the creek crossings and the hill climbes with plenty of torque for the sand dunes. Every Defender is unique. Don't buy a defender for an urban shopping trolly. They are a serious...4x4 and you either love them or hate them. They are even better off and on road with a LPG conversion. I get all my parts from RoverCraft. Off road king. Suspension. Great fuel economy. Lowest factory gearing on the market. Lots and lots and lots of accessories. Great, simple, classic design. No bulbus plastic dash. Mostly easy to work on. Noisy. Leaky. Traction control(Td5. This can be disabled and there is a kit for a center diff lock)
This car is cool....very cool. Cool people step out of defenders; farmers,soldiers,firefighters,aid workers, explorers, royalty, mountain rescuers, special forces. It's not a car for men who are so highly preened and plucked they look like women. It's not a car for men who have a need to be looked at or feel the need to have a highly tuned 'chick magnet' with a 'woofer' box the size of a small country in the boot to prove they are a man. Metro sexual males will wince at the thought of climbing into a Defender in case they dirty their Armani jea...ns. The man who drives a Defender is a down to earth, practical, modest all round bloody good egg that has a million cool stories about his life. He has no need for a 'big fast red' accessory to feel like he's made it in the world. When Landcruiser drivers criticise Defenders, Defender drivers just smile wryly. If someone criticises a Toyota you can bet you will receive an hour long lecture on why Toyotas are so good. Good maybe....but definitely not cool. One could say almost like any type of whitegoods....useful, practical but definitely not cool. So there you go, if you are considering buying a Defender you will be part of a unique group of individuals, how many times have you driven a Toyota and had other Toyota drivers give you a wave when passing? Drive a Defender and you automatically enter into a unique band of people. Legendary off road ability...nothing touches it. My feet get wet when it rains. I can't hear my girlfriend talk when we drive (sorry, this should be in the 'Pros' section). What was the point in putting a stereo in......the only time you can hear the bloody thing is at the lights. The cabin was designed by a one legged 3'4" midget. It handles on road like a wheelbarrow full of walruses, ergonomics? what ergonomics!
I love my Dfer and while I own a 2008 Toyota LC 200 Turbo Diesel for comfort and towing a van on long road trips, I would rather take my standard 1994 Defender for serious off road work.
I'd love to see Land Rover build a new Defender with the current off road ability ( Keep the chassis) however with better ergonomics in the cab.
Discoveries are capable however they are more urban, pardon me disco owners.
Latest Disco V6 has 3 litres with power and still retains economy.
Love to see revised Defender Cab with chassis and Disco V6 or V8.
Good solid vehicle, great payload in rear of vehicle whilst still being able to carry five adults in relative comfort. Roomy enough to sleep two adults in the back if needed. (I know I've tried it, forgot the tent!)I own an Xtreme and there is a huge difference from the standard 110 Defender. Traction Control works well in all conditions as does the ABS. Overall, you either love 'em or hate 'em. I love 'em. They're tough with a classic design which keeps improving. Can't wait for the new one.
Excellent Offroad ability
Basic interior if you're used to japanese four wheel drives.
The Land Rover Defender 110 is the pinnacle of Land Rover creation. It combines everything Land Rover has been working on and has come up with something like a lion/leopard cross - sinewy and loud but with speed and smoothness to compete with. I highly recommend this vehicle as it will last you longer than any other four wheel drive and give you more than you ask for. Verdict: Diamond in the rough.
Beautiful engine, tough and hardy, big on the inside, easy to drive. If this car can't drive through it, no car can.
No elegance, but that's not sombiething you would expect.
This is one of those vehicles that is very likely to be owned by an enthusiast for a life time or forever regret the day you parted with it.
A vehicle that does not pretend to be anything other than a purpose built off road and brilliant tow vehicle
very practicle body and engineering design that allows many off the shelf components and accessories to be fitted very easily ( meccano construction )
Iconic design that will never date and is lost on the Japanese 4x4 manufacturers since the earily eighties.
Tows a three ton caravan up and down h...
1999 Td5 Extreme 110. Fantastic car. 160,000km including 30,000km offroad without ever [repeat ever] getting towed out or seriously stuck. Crusies all day everyday at 100-110km with or without a trailer - economically. Tows our campertrailer anywhere [including soft beaches, muddy swamps and rocky gully's]. We're not into cars / 4WD's but our Landy is a very important part of our holidays, travels and lifestyle - couldn't live without one!!
Unstoppable offroad. Tows anything with ease. Very economical [9-10litres / 100km]. Reliable [no ...
best car I've ever used off road, biggest limiting factor is me, can tow anything and 1.5 tonne caravan off road doesn't bother it at all, but its basic and very noisy so not ideal as a daily drive, wouldn't be without one though!
built to go off road, does one thing really REALLY well, if you fit behind the wheel they are a good long distance tourer!
Built to go off road, does ONE thing really really well, if you don't fir behind the wheel you will be in agony after an hour!
Questions & Answers
Does land rover defender use only one size turbocharger in all of their land rover defenders
Hi, I need some advice.
I'm very close to purchasing a 2003 Defender Extreme MY03 110 with around 90xxxx ks on the clock.
What are some things I should look out for? and what questions apart from the norm should I be asking the owner?
Well if you're interested then you already know that they need upkeep, which is either time or money. Each will have it's own problem, mine the turbo blows up, but such is life. As Doctor Seuss says 'you're off to great places!' Or not sometimes.
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