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Thread: How reliable has your Defender been from new?

  1. #21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric SDV6SE View Post
    BMW 5 series adaptive headlights are 5k a side....
    I think some forget that they are not the sealed beam that was in the HQ Holden.....

    In fact the LED lights in this vehicle we have now are absolutely brilliant,virtually no need for spotlights.
    Way better than the Xeon that we had in the D4,and i thought they were great.

    Then there are adaptive headlights that are more complicated and better again.
    Paul

    D2,D2,D2a,D4,'09 Defender 110(sons), all moved on.

    '56 S1,been in the family since...'56
    Comes out of hibernation every few months for a run

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    Quote Originally Posted by NT5224 View Post
    Hi folks

    I've started to see a few of the new Defenders around in the Top End which has peeked my curiosity. So Im curious to know what the ownership experience has been like for the new vehicle?

    On the Australian product review website, Defender 2020-2022 owner reports average 2 stars. Some of the horror stories written by frustrated owners and the vitriol aimed at Jaguar Land Rover is astonishing. Are they really that bad? Im fully aware that these product review websites tend to draw complaints and negative reviews rather than those from satisfied owners.

    Therefore I'm coming to this forum for an alternative perspective. I'm genuinely interested in the experience of buying and owning a new Defender. Was it was fully functional on delivery, and what has been your subsequent service and maintenance experience? Have you been impacted by the current supply chain and parts shortages?

    Cheers

    Alan
    You are better off heading to Defender2 forum or the FB groups.
    As you can see, too many posts on here are from people with zero L663 experience...
    My new 110 is only a few months old but most practical LR in my current line up. My advice is to go for the highest trim level you can justify and monitor the Vista sheet during order/build. Many people got caught out with changes. Mine arrived as ordered. m

  3. #23
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    I'm up 12000k now in my D250 S 110 model. Plenty of power and 18" wheels. Just had new electronic rear diff fitted after first one caused vibration when towing. Door seals have been replaced because they squeaked. New ones are better but not perfect. Couple of rattles fixed. Otherwise all is good.
    Just setting it up for trips with Rhino rack off my D4 fitted with new backbones, lithium second battery, Rhino front bar coming in September and custom Tanami drawer system. Looking at Tuffants and off-road tyres now. Anybody fitted 285/70 or 65/18 BFG or similar? Want to know about any rubbing problems.
    Only criticism is rear suspension feels quite hard compared with the luxurious ride of my D4. Also a bit noisier than D4.
    2011 D4 2.7 with everything for touring going soon
    '83 RRC 2 door 300tdi on club plates
    '82 RRC 2 door almost finished on club plates (will always be nearly finished!)
    2013 Freelander (wife's)
    Defender S 250 110 for touring

  4. #24
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    Clocked up 37,000 today. And a new update was installing when I got home - will be interesting to see what it is. I think it was 3.3.5.
    54 Series 1 86
    61 Series 2 109 - Club Rego
    76 2 Door Range Rover
    78 101 Forward Control - Club Rego
    88 Perentie FFR - Club Rego
    90 4 Door Range Rover - Club Rego
    93 Discovery 1 200 Tdi - Club Rego
    98 Freelander 1 - Full Rego
    22 Defedner 90 - Full rego

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    Quote Originally Posted by grey_ghost View Post
    Clocked up 37,000 today. And a new update was installing when I got home - will be interesting to see what it is. I think it was 3.3.5.
    The new update removed the pivi weather app. I actually really enjoyed that app.
    2021 110 Defender D300 SE

    2015 90 Defender

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    Quote Originally Posted by grey_ghost View Post
    Clocked up 37,000 today.
    Thatís a full days driving for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by discojools View Post
    . Looking at Tuffants and off-road tyres now. Anybody fitted 285/70 or 65/18 BFG or similar? Want to know about any rubbing problems.

    We had the ADR certified rear caliper change from Tuff Ant and fitted the 18Ē Simpson Alloys to our P400 with
    Falken Wildpeak AT3W in 275/65 R18, no rubbing, tight in the front wheel arch, but enough space just

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    MY10 RRS, 3 litre oil burner with e-diff, OL bar, winch, RAI, GOE Rock sliders & step out bars and a whole lot more

  8. #28
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    Quote Originally Posted by SimmAus View Post
    Thatís a full days driving for sure.
    Thatís what happens when you love driving a new Defender How reliable has your Defender been from new?🤣
    54 Series 1 86
    61 Series 2 109 - Club Rego
    76 2 Door Range Rover
    78 101 Forward Control - Club Rego
    88 Perentie FFR - Club Rego
    90 4 Door Range Rover - Club Rego
    93 Discovery 1 200 Tdi - Club Rego
    98 Freelander 1 - Full Rego
    22 Defedner 90 - Full rego

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