Special feels when driving
excellent 2nd vehicle, its a weekend car, definitely not a city car. i fell in love with it the first time i saw it in the show room. cars like this makes you feel very special as there is nothing like it on the road. you will not find the character and charm in another vehicle. new defender coming out at the end of 2019 is definitely not a defender. if you have one, hold on to them as long as you can and pass it onto your kids, these cars will outlive you!
Purchased in for $60,000.
It may seen old but it works a treat! I bought it second hand and is in good condition and I asked the person were they got it from and all this stuff and soon fell in love it is the best for off roading and fits 5 people and can fit 7 if we had 2 seats added it!
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.
Can I choose 10 stars?
It’s a different feeling. It’s hard to manoeuvre, uncomfortable, no airbags & loud. But who cares! The best 4x4 ever & goes anywhere. Approach & departure angles and ground clearance unbeatable. And the character that you don’t get in any other 4x4. The Army uses them for a reason! Ain’t selling mine ever!
Better than a Toyota Hilux SR5
I'm a Camping & 4WD enthusiast. I owned a 2008 Hilux SR5 Dual Cab TD for a little over 8 years before upgrading to my dream car...Lando. Over the course of the 8 years owning the Hilux I spent about $20K on it making a little better here & there: bigger intercooler, suspension/shocks, brakes, exhaust, wheels/tyres, etc, etc. and the list of things I still wanted to modify to it were endless. It always needed (sometimes wanted) more. I'd find something else that wasn't quite...right. It kept bottoming out in ruts, needed a change in gear ratio b...ecause it wasn't low enough for the rough stuff and so on. So when I heard that they were to stop making the Defender I had to make a call and get my hands on one (2015 Defender 90). Thinking that I'd have to part with more of my hard-earned on upgrades, I was pleasantly surprised at how capable the stock Defender is on the tracks (in both the really boggy stuff and the rubble). I was able to keep up with an 80 series Land Cruiser (that had 35" tyres on a +7" lift, turbo, 3" exhaust, engine re-map) and a GU Patrol (33" tyres, 2.5" lift, 3" exhaust, engine map re-tune, diff lockers). It was after this trip that I realised despite the initial expense for the vehicle, there is very little that I NEED to do to it. It's already a star performer. It'll remain a classic, looks the part, isn't made of cheap plastic or light-weight body parts like most cars are these days. Looking forward to some epic adventures!
1995 NAS Defender 90 soft top
AA YELLOW, 5 speed, 3.9 liter Gas engine
Acceleration: very good
Top speed: 100 MPH if pushed
Handling: Installed anti sway bar, tightened up cornering nicely
Towing ability: can tow heavy loads
Interior noise: loud with soft top
Better with fiberglass hard top ...
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!
My New Best Friend
I always wanted a Defender 90 - my hand was forced when the final sales deadline was June 26 last year. A long 8 month wait & finally my new best friend arrived. Have done around 4,000 kms now & it gets better every day. Was surprised by its power & prowess on road & how good it is the the rough stuff. It is much more comfy than I expected & everyone I know wants a ride - the drivetrain takes some getting used to but once mastered - it is great. Also surprised how good the brakes are. If you have ever hankered for a Defender 90 - just do it! The only vehicle that puts a smile on my face every time I drive it. I also like the camaraderae that comes from Defender ownership - it's a small & exclusive club. Enjoy!
- Defender 90
It depends on your perspective
If you've never been in one before.... It's loud, clunky and slow. It turns like a tugboat, the aircon & heating are ordinary, there's nowhere to put your right arm, they have very few creature comforts, stones hitting the (non lined or undersealed) inner wheel arches will scare the crap out of you. It's too tall to fit in most city underground carparks, and the fuel tank is too small. When you wade (or in heavy rain) your feet will get wet, and the seats don't recline... But none of this will matter to you because it not only looks awesome, but is one of the most capable off-road vehicles on the planet.
An Old Friend
Having been around 4x4's for most of my life (first car memory was a Land Rover Series 2a) - and having owned most of the major brands out there over the past 40 years, I found myself purchasing a new 2.2 Defender 90 a few months ago without a test drive - why... it was on the bucket list and time was running out on being able to buy a new one - so what started out as a "Moment of Madness" has turned into a rather unique friendship!
Why a friendship - well as we all know, friendships are built on compromises (nothing is perfect), but for me ...(and some others) - the D90 is less compromising than most. On-Road it can be hustled along at speeds that would take a little explaining and Off-Road.... well when the going gets really rough - short'ies come into their own. Have not meet anyone without a good memory of either owning or having a ride in a D90 - kids queue up to go anywhere in them and hopefully will grow up with great memories of what is now considered by most to be a modern antique! The motor - Fantastic, just get a snorkel fitted as the induction noise will drive you nuts! The Gearbox - Excellent having 6 speeds - 1st is low but starting off with a full load means that you are never slipping the clutch Seats - much better than you would expect! Economy - getting better by the day and is entirely speed dependent - slow down to 100kph and it is excellent.
Part of the family
Ive had landrovers since '78 and other cars in between , There is just something about the defender I and my wife love , I've purchased a 2011 2.4 litre 90 with all the fruit and in the process of sellng my terrific low kms '95 110 300tdi.(no air con.) I love the new dash and still like the high driving postion.Yes they do have there moments ,so to speak, but so did all the other 4x4s that I have owned in the past .You cannot beat the friendly WAVE from the other Defender owners on the road . Our Defender is garaged along with my wifes Disco 3 .the perfect partnership!
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.
A modern link to a wonderful heritage that you can enjoy every time you drive it.
These are probably the last vehicles built today that were originally designed to be dismantled in the field if necessary modified easily due to the complete bolt together construction and expected to last for years doing what they were made for. Many users in modern times do not even understand why some features are part of this vehicle and are sometimes seen as shortcomings like the way the body leaks like a holy bucket when driven through a river. But have you ever wondered why the tight as a drum Toyota or Nissan wagon starts floating away ...at the rear end and the Defender just plods across without floating even though the inside is not full of water then pees out draining water on the other side, well have a look inside the rear and those wheel boxes that seem to be the right size for a bench seat either side are made to reduce the boyancy of the rear cargo area in deep water thereby keeping all its wheels on the ground where they should be. Yes these do limit the amount of storage area when compared with other vehicles that have wheel arches but I am happy with a little less space in the rear and actually make it across a river than have the vehicle float down stream and maybe lost or drown. Yes they are quirky but you can't help but respect the vision for fit for purpose that the original designers had in when they were first made 1948.
When you buy a Defender your not only getting the greatest 4x4 of all time but one of the most iconic vehicles ever made. When you buy one your joining a club. Get ready for other Defender owners to wave to you as you drive by. Kids will want you to take them driving just because it looks so different. If the Defender were a man it'd have a chest full of War medals. These are the vehicles that opened up Australia and Africa. They've been the choice of Armies the world over for decades and for good reason. And best of all they don't age like oth...er cars. The old ones look like the new ones! 200, 300TDi's are great but a little gutless. If you can get a TD5 even better and they tune up great if you need more power. Keep up the service and these vehicles will literally last forever. Learn to work on them, they are agricultural and quite simple when you get a little experience. Watch out for idiots who have owned and abused them. These cars are designed to go through hell and back but they need to be serviced properly so watch out for Defenders that have been neglected or submerged in salt water. Find a good workshop and beware of mechanics who lack Land-rover knowledge their ignorance will cost you money. I really do think there are a generation of mechanics that only know how to work on mainstream vehicles. These are the guys that will burn you beware. They say that 70% of these vehicles are still on the road since they were released in 1948 which is a testament not only to their reliability and quality but to their worth as a classic or collectible vehicle. 4x4 ability second to none, character and it's just FUN OK when it rains I sometimes go around a corner and get water on my lap
Questions & Answers
Does land rover defender use only one size turbocharger in all of their land rover defenders
Get an answer from our members and Land Rover representatives
|Category||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs||Small / Compact SUVs|
|Replaced by||Land Rover Defender L663||Land Rover Defender L663||Land Rover Defender L663|
ProductReview.com.au has affiliate partnerships. These do not influence our content moderation policies in any way, though ProductReview.com.au may earn commissions for products/services purchased via affiliate links.