Auto Express's reliability ratings are based on our Driver Power survey of over 30,000 car owners. Ratings are the average for all owners of this car who responded. Individual owners’ ratings and comments appear below.
2002-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

My land rover has never been to a garage, all servicing and repairs have been done by me since I bought the car nearly 10 years ago. so far I've changed the dual mass flywheel (44k miles), had to remove and machine the exhaust manifold because it warped and sheared its retaining studs, removed all brake calipers and overhauled them with stainless steel pistons because the standard mild steels one had rusted and siezed, replced the fuel pressure regulator because it was leaking and finally had to change the condensor rad but that was my fault it broke! other than that it's just been servicing, slightly more in depth than your average car but a lot easier as everything is easy to get to. I've driven it around france and also taken part in an off roading trip around morrocco so she's done well. The fuel is the only thing which is pretty bad compared to most normal cars. at 27 mpg I get about 300 miles to a tank but luckilly don't have far to travel, 30 miles round trip a day. servicing and parts are dirt cheap, but then I don't pay labour costs.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

not the fastest , or that pretty, but just about the best for what it is built for .
it is surprisingly enjoyable to drive , keeps my license safe .
it would not necessarily be my choice for an only car , and you have to expect Landrover build quality.

I had a 90 , it was stolen , so I bought the new model 110.
much better gearbox ! just a shame that they ruined the rear seats in the 90 , the 4 flip downs were useful , the big 2 front facers take up too much space.

sum up , an iconic truck , where some of it's failings add to the charm.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
T-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

The Landrover defender i own is excellant.It is reliable reasonabally economical considering what it capable of.The seats could be a touch more comfortable and the heater could be a lot better.I beleive the newer version defender has put these two problems right.

Reliability: 2/5 Build Quality: 3/5
1995-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Have had no major problems with the vehicle. hand break cable stuck on but that was the cable fault as it was only fitted 12 months prior to it sticking. Fuel costs are rising and swansea has a varible prices on diesel from ł1.39 to ł1.43 per litre.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Reliably gets me everywhere and particularly to work and home. work includes business mileage. Main dealers prices are too expensive --even their labour rates are mad. ł140 just for an oil change - plus the oil and filters! thats ridiculous!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
1993-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

I have been in the process of replacing all wheel bearings, propshafts, brakes, engine plus all externals, all steering joints to make sure it stays reliable for the next 20 years. Have spent around 5k replacing everything in running gear.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
08-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Excellent car. My only issues are the dealers could be better (they're very polite and helpful, but it can take a couple visits before they get it right) and build quality and rust-proofing could stand to be increased.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
1995-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Very reliable. battery gets a bit low in the winter, I think this is because it's quite a lump of engine to turn over when cold. Low tax. spares are cheap. most jobs I can do myself. once a year service about ł200.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2002-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Generally reliable lets you know in advance if something is needing to be replaced. Fuel main cost tryes last 3+ years, everything easily available & easy to replace, a big mechano kit.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
1993-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Its old so hve had to replace a few things like most of the drive train. Not bothered about fuel because I dont do many miles anymore, partscosts are reasonable if you shop around.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
1996-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Standard maintenance issues with an older car. I run of waste vegetable oil which I filter myself and collect for free. diesel is used only for starting until warm.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Highly reliable in five years has required an alternator. Utilise both diesel and cooking oil mixes, this brings down fuel cost.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No problems to date. Fuel costs are ok for a big car but I can improve them, spare parts are cheap and plentiful.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Never had any major problems. Parts for landrover defender are really cheap and available just about everywhere.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
1995-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

No major issues, most common fault is electrics. High fuel cost, low spares and repairs bills.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Not had a single problem from new. Thirsty but spares are reasonable and easily fitted.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2004-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Not happy with front screen washer keeps coming off - otherwise o.k. Not worried.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
1997-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

No problems since new purchase. No repairs required and servicing is very cheap.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
Other-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Does what it says it can do ... no more, no less. Classic, iconic British 4x4.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 2/5
03-reg Diesel, Owner for Less than a year

You either love the Defender or hate it. I love it - it can take you anywhere.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
1991-reg Diesel

Ver let me down. Ry cheep to run low cost parts. used as a second vehicle.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2005-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Only 1 problem with a fuel pressure valve. Genuine parts should be cheaper.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 4/5
1989-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Nothing major - fuel lift pump x 2. It's 2 tonnes, so won't be mini costs!

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
Other-reg Diesel, Owner for More than 5 years

Brill! Can't beat a Land Rover for most of my motoring requirements.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 3/5
2009-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Slight leak as expected. It daft so I've got to expect higher costs.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2007-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Not had a problem. Fuel usage a little high but servicing is ok.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 1/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Corrosion appearing on windscreen frame and rear capping

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Electrics keep cutting out. Fuel and tax are massive!

Reliability: 1/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2003-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Very reliable so far. Resonable for what it does.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 4/5
1996-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Never had any problems with it. Mainly fuel.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
1994-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

Too early to say. Ok for a landy.

Reliability: 3/5 Build Quality: 3/5
1987-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

No major problems. Cheap parts.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2012-reg Diesel, Owner for less than a year

I have had no problems at all

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
2011-reg Diesel, Owner for 1 to 3 years

Some corrosion to deal with

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2006-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Excellent. Very reliable.

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
56-reg Diesel, Owner for 3 to 5 years

Simply brilliant!

Reliability: 5/5 Build Quality: 5/5
1997-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Overall good

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5
2000-reg Diesel, Owner for more than 5 years

Ok. Ok.

Reliability: 4/5 Build Quality: 2/5