Codprawn, I dont hate Landrovers I like the cool look of the Defender, and believe they are excellent offroad,
However I also believe that they are ultra unreliable, they rust extensively, without salt water dunkings, are badly engineered, are extremely basic, present with everything as the reviews I posted show
from engine failures, camshafts,doors,radiators,oil leaks, rust, transfeer boxes, gearbox problems.
This unfortunately doesnt apply to the Defenders that are abused, but all of them
Don't touch the Td5 Engine - mine self destructed at 59 349 miles and 4 years old. Land Rover tell me this is acceptable so I have had to replace the engine (£5 000 all in ouch).
There is a known fault with these Land Rover Defender 110 Td5 engines - if something fails and they overheat then the engine is destroyed - literally. Land Rover do not accept any responsibility for these engines after four years or over 60 000 miles (whichever is the sooner). Not exactly built to last. This vehicle had a FSH
I dont write the reviews, you would think simplicity would make them reliable, it doesent.....
The engineering in Defenders is simply bad, and the last time I saw a news clip about cocklers it seemed they had moved to tractors.
Defenders are popular in the UK because of politics, British Engineering, and were homegrown.
If the Irish built a cheaper and better 4x4 than the Defender, you would still have Uk agencies, SAS etc using Defenders as they are UK born, thats the only reason.
If you want a tow vehicle, it must be not reliable, but bullet proof,
Its not normal to have to put diesel in one place, replacement engine and gear oil somewhere else, and pour Waxol into doors, you couldnt have a cobblelock driveway and have a Defender in it, you just couldnt.
British car engineering is leagues away from Jap engineered stuff, Japanese 4x4s wont let you down ,and as I said earlier Defenders are for enthuasists, guys who have the time, to do the recalls and repairs, the rustproofing, rebuilding, have the time to go on mechanics courses, or gearbox courses, they are flawed tow vehicles.