Date of publication: 2017-10-29 11:21
The Defender 8217 s roots can be traced back to 1998 and the original Land Rover, the Series I (although the Defender name was introduced only in 1989). That makes it the grand daddy of the car world a veteran that has survived against the odds – until now. At the end of next year, production will end and the shutters will be drawn for the final time at the factory in Solihull.
Often, when vehicles not sold in the US do well in other countries, manufacturers try to capitalize on that popularity by bringing them stateside..
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You need to check the car’s paperwork carefully. Do the registration, engine and chassis numbers agree with the vehicle’s registration certificate (called the V5C)?
• Head gasket leaks. Though maybe not as prone to head gasket leaks as later Discovery 2 models, it can be an expensive problem to address. If the head gasket is leaking either internally or externally, budget accordingly.
The Defender enjoys a huge enthusiast following, so older cars easily find buyers. Many of these have been altered from their original specification, making used values difficult to assess. Older Defenders are sold more on their condition than their age or specification.
Unless you have experience of Land Rovers or are accompanied by an expert on the marque, it’s advised that you buy from a specialist. Later and -litre cars are the most likely to have been dealer-maintained from new.
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Land Rover dealers will only sell Genuine parts, and hence the Genuine prices that go with it. If you are on the lookout for a Genuine part, then a dealer is a good place to go. You know exactly what you're getting and there's probably a dealer not that far from where you live with stock on the shelf.
Eventually pensioned off after 25 years in production at Land Rover’s Solihull plant, the Defender is now solely a used model, with a rumoured replacement still on the horizon. Receiving many updates during its time on sale and with various special editions to its name, pinning down the right Defender can be tricky. Hopefully our buyer’s guide will keep you from getting stuck. Visit our sister site BuyaCar for the latest used Land Rover Defender prices and deals.
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