This is 94 Defender lwd single cab tray truck is really good. What I love about it is its handling. Aim it a rough bit of track and it handles it with disdainful ease. If it was our other truck, a Mazda Bravo, we'd be 15 kms per hour slower through any bit of country. A lot of people give LR a bit of stick about the seats, but after a bit you learn how to get in and out without ripping off your belt loops. One of our main uses for our old girl is as a fire truck during the summer, and it handles a tonne or so of water easily. Its tough, reasona...bly economical and unbreakable and we love it Rough, tough unbreakable, really good on road handling, quite quick for a big ute and very reliable. Off road its in its element It rattles a bit, its high so the sheep dogs have a bit of trouble jumping over the side, the air con is useless.
Probably the best full size 4wd ute, go anywhere, carry a load in comfort truck there is especially in the 130 as they are longer and have twin coil rear suspension standard. Wouldn't swap it for anything of the same value, thats the key they are very good value for money, overlooked vechicle.
I have a single cab 02, fuel economy excellent for a brick 10-13l/100km all the time. Good power and torque, carrys 1500kg, great offroad, full time 4wd is usefull. Will out handle any similar ute on road, low centre of gravety. Ride is smooth off road and on for a truck.
Driveline shunting, no leg room, air con vents on your knees, bit noisy in cab, watch oil ingress in wiring loom, hard to change oil filters.
Questions & Answers
G'day g'day I'm currently looking at buying a 1995 defender ute. I essentially want it to be a workHorse because I will need it to tow a 2 tonne trailer. what are your opinions given the fact that I cannot give you too many more details about the truck.I would briefly like to hear your thoughts and opinions?
1995 defenders had problems with the output gear on the gearbox wearing the output shaft due to lack of lubrication by the omission of a lubrication hole in this gear that was in place in later year m...odels, also make sure it is fitted with a salisbury rear differential as these two items will certainly dictate maintenance costs and lifespan of the vehicle if you are towing 2 tons regularly.
How well do the 4 cyl defenders tow heavy trailers (that is 3000 kg) over long distances, and does any body know how long the rear tray is?
Sorry but I had a 2002 TD5 130 that had a remapped computer, not a TDI. It went better than my now 2005 turbo landcruiser 79. I have driven the TDI 4 cly and it it very slow with not much power for ...towing. My TD5 towed very well but the cooling was a weak point with the extra power, ie you had to keep it very clean otherwise it would overheat if pushed. The defender is better than a cruiser but my wife is disabled and couldn't ride in it anymore. Then trays on the 130's are generally 9 foot long and 6 foot wide. Mine was and the rear wheel was in the centre of the tray. I wouldn't want to tow 3 tonnes with a TDI, the truck will handle it no problems but the engine is too underpowered. They are a good with towing as they are so long and with sway bar on the rear and coils they handle the weight well. I could put 1500kg on the back of mine and you wouldn't know it was there. Cheers
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