Originally Posted by codprawn
You can get a pretty good one for that if you shop around.
The best buys are the V8s - nobody wants them. Get a gas conversion and you have the power and smoothness of a V8 with the running costs of a diesel. You can buy a diesel at your price as well. Avoid the old 2.5 turbo - get a 200 or 300tdi.
Old MOD surplus stock are great to have as well - kids love riding in camo Landrovers!!!
Defenders are an aquired taste I suppose. I love them.
Main things to check.
Bulkhead - around the door pillar just under the flap vents.
Chassis outriggers - front on top tend to be the worst places.
Nasty clunks from transmission. I bought my defnder for £2000 because of this - it was worn prop UJs which cost £80 to fix.
Land Rovers need more looking after than other vehicles - for example not many vehicles now have grease nipples - some people mock Land Rovers for this and yet most people with boats WANT proper grease nipples on their trailers cos the sealed for life bearings aren't really sealed!!!
Personal favourite is a 110 CSW - 12 seats. 90 is better off road but not as good on road and doesn't have the road prescence.
Personal favourite is a 110 CSW convert it to LPG and you'll be running cheaper than diesel, maybe not as cheap as veg oil but if you do this with a V8 think of the power!
As said buy on condition not age, be warned there are lots of rogues (not wave!) out there. 6k will get you a very good one, put a front tow hitch on life will indeed be simple.
Mine takes a full length trailer board inside without projecting into the front seat area. The customisation options are endless, Autotrader is a good place to look, then local independant traders.