Originally Posted by TimMcC
Hope to have a look at a 1988 Land Rover Defender 110 soon . Its the one with the 2.5TD, BMC engine . Can anyone tell me if this was a reliable engine and what to look out for while I am viewing it in general .
I don't want to start another debate on Defender v's Japaneese jeeps
Right then.....its not a BMC engine,(unless someone retro fitted one and retro fitted a turbo to that) its a 2.5 diesel version of the old 1960s rover 80 petrol engine (AKA landrover 2.25)and called 19J engine
as a petrol they were reliable and gutless, as a diesel they were slightly less reliable and even more gutless. then they changed to 2.5 and 5 main bearings which improved matters slightly, hten they added the turbo, 10 steps backwards.
To sum up i would rather eat my own spleen than buy a landrover with a 19J 2.5td engine, anything over 60,000 miles and your into bonus territory
200/300Tdi are light years ahead.
unless the vehicle is really tidy(and i mean tidy) and you dont mind doing a Tdi conversion i would leave well alone.