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Land Rover Defender 90/110

I feel that the best car LR ever made was the D90. Thats why i bought one back in 97, i loved it but i didnt have any place for it, i sold it for $10,000 more than what i paid for it 6 months after i bought it. Rumor has it that the D90 and D110 are coming back, i know they are still in production in England, but if they "cross the pond" that would be great. LR doesnt have to sell them by the masses, they should just make em Limited US Production models, and they will sell quick and be collector cars. Lets hope that LR makes that decision. Here is the place to voice your views on the "Original Land Rover"


  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    LRNA would love to have them back, and hopes to in the future. The reason they were discontinued in the U.S. was that a major redesign of the interior was necessary to meet U.S. safety standards. The numbers sold in the U.S. did not justify the expenditure to BMW to do the redesign. Bob Dover, President of Land Rover has stated that getting Defender back in the U.S. is one of the company's goals.
  • hatton3hatton3 Posts: 13
    Here in Britain, Land Rover 90's and 110's are farmer's friends and utility companies work horses. A few are used as fashion accessories but in reality they are work horses not posers. As a tough offroader they have no equal accross the world. I compete in a 90 on offroad competitions and they will take punishment and go places that would leave most Japanese and US 4x4's bent and bogged. Simple engineering mean they can be maintained and modified by any amateur with a basic toolkit. However I understand that Land Rover make no money out of them because they are effectively hand built. The worry is that Ford will try and mass produce a replacement model which wont hack it ... we'll just have to wait and see.

  • mbimbi Posts: 1
    Any time frame on when the defender may get imported? If it's going to be years, does anyone know if I can import a 110 with the TD5 engine? I've heard that that engine won't pass emissions in the US. Is that true? $23K+ for a vehicle that gets around 40 mpg is a steal. I'd sure love to get one.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    I would guess the Defender will not be in the U.S. before 2005. As to importing a D110, that would be up to the U.S. Govt.. I imagine it would be an expensive and complicated proposition, and parts availability will be a problem also as LRNA does not stock many parts for these vehicles.
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    The Defender 90 was here until '97.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    in 1993 Range Rover North America brought in 500 D110's and changed their name to Land Rover North America, in anticipation of selling the Discovery here. 1994 saw the first year of D90 sales in the U.S. selling 1943 units. Sales continued in 1995 model year, 1190 Soft Top D90's and 510 Station wagons. 1996 was skipped as the factory was preparing the first clutchless D90 which would arrive in 1997. 1997 was the last year of D90 sales in the U.S. All 97 vehicles had Automatic Transmissions with sales of 1499 Soft Tops and 1300 Station Wagons
  • mroberts5mroberts5 Posts: 1
    I found a 1972 Land Rover with a defender 90 body on it. the person was asking $11,000. I do not know much about these cars, and i was wondering 1) is this a good deal? the car is in near perfect shape 2) how safe are these? do they roll over? 3) how reliable are these? any feedback and additional info would be appreciated.thanks!
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    Sounds like you are looking at a Series III. Did it have leaf or coil springs? The Defender is a later model vehicle that has coils springs, but many body panels are the same as the earlier Series vehicles. Don't know about the value, but the vehicle should not be to prone to rolling. Reliability? Hard to tell with an older British vehicle, but if you have a good tool set and basic auto repair knowledge, it should serve you well.
  • I think they'll probably cost more than 23k, for sure, if they do return. And the diesel mileage of 40 would be doubtful, I would think(maybe 35), unless it was very small displacement, in which case it couldn't keep up, even with a turbo.It would need a least a 3 liter to compete.I always liked the 110 because it was purpose built and tough as nails. But of course, all Land Rovers are.
  • ".I always liked the 110 because it was purpose built and tough as nails. But of course, all Land Rovers are."

    Except a friend's Discovery ('99?) which is already rusting out. They are typical YUPPIE types who probably never even had the sucker off road.
  • cwilli58cwilli58 Posts: 8
    I heard that the Defender was discontinued in the U.S. in 1997. any truth to that? Also, are they planning on reintroducing it to the U.S. with the SUV craze going on? Any info, specs, sites about the defender?
  • gpvsgpvs Posts: 214
    Yep, that was the last year for the Defender. Check the other topic Defender 90/110 below for more details. This topic will be frozen.
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    The Defender was discontinued in 1997 because it was thought to be too expensive by BMW to spend the money necessary to redesign the instrument cluster and add the electrics for Airbags. As Rover Group was causing huge losses at BMW this was a reasonable decision, as U.S. sales would not pay for the engineering and development costs. Bob Dover, President of Land Rover, has stated a desire to bring Defender back to the US. I doubt if this will happen before 2004-2005, but I certainly hope it will be back by then.
    For info on the current Defender, go to and check the UK, Australian, or South African sites. They all still sell the current D90-110-130 models.
  • arriscararriscar Posts: 13
    Need some advise on the realistic asperations of selling. We have had 3 Defender 90s go on the market in my area in 18 months. 2 of the 3 were clean, really clean, & 1 was toasted. The 2 went on the private market at above dealer costs (by Edmunds, Kelly Blue Book, and Galves).
    Is demand really that strong?? How well are these holding value?
  • tincup47tincup47 Posts: 1,508
    are very rare in the U.S., 7065 total sold in the U.S. and Canada. Most are selling well above original selling price.
    Original MSRP by year
    93 D110 $39,900 Hard Top 536 total sold U.S. and Canada
    94 D90 $27,900 Soft Top 2030 total sold U.S. and Canada
    95 D90 $28,650 Soft Top 1190 total sold U.S. only
    $32,000 Hard Top 510 total sold U.S. only
    97 D90 $32,000 Soft Top 1499 total sold U.S. only
    $34,500 Hard Top 1300 total sold U.S. only
    in 97 there were also less than 100 LE model Hard Tops all in green with a special kit package, these had an MSRP of $40,000. These are included in the 1300 hard tops sold that year.
  • arriscararriscar Posts: 13
    1st off - thanks to all for the help. The gods seems to shine and everything fell into line. Next thing I know - I own a '94 Defender 90.
    I live in Central New Jersey, USA. Anyone know of or have contact information on owers groups, clubs, etc or good web site. As I spend time going through the owners manual and over the vehicle, I seem to get more and more questions.
    Guidence appreciated.
  • denver8denver8 Posts: 42
    Some good web sites are and They have links to suppliers and tech articles that will helpyou answer your questions.
  • nanuqnanuq Posts: 765
    You poor, poor man. You have no idea the utter horror of which you're in store... oil spots on the garage floor are only the tip of the iceberg!

    There is only one solution... one way to avoid this creeping terror. Carefully package the D90 and ship it to me here in Alaska. I'll make sure it's kept under lock and key, away from women and children, it won't harm a soul.

    It's the least I can do. ;-)

    Good show, my friend. Enjoy your D90!
  • arriscararriscar Posts: 13
    While looking for info on a 3rd car, stopped by this spot. Realized it has been a year with the '94 D90. A year of love for me and my daughter - hate for my wife. What can I say, oil and steering fluid spot the driveway, garage, and a few things that blew under the frame.
    The D90 was a great drive in the winter, though spring showers a bit much (fixed with window insulation stuffed everywhere.
    I can now get the top off and on in 20 minutes (have no idea if that is good/bad but first few times took 2 hours)
    I have not gotten off road nearly enough but do when I can.
    How deep is my love? Been offered 30% premium over my purchase price, and turned it down. Then again, if the $$$ was the motivation, I'd never have purchased it in the first place.
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