Used Car of the Day: 1997 Land Rover Defender

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
used car of the day 1997 land rover defender

If a left-hand-drive diesel Land Rover is your kind of thing, check out this listing.


Coming to us from Miami, this 110 five-door 300tdi has a five-speed manual and appears to be in good enough condition to drive daily.

The listing is a bit sparse, so you might have to do some digging to find out more, but based on the pics, the Defender mostly looks good, though there does appear to be some rust.


[Images: Seller]

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  • Arthur Dailey Arthur Dailey on Dec 14, 2022

    Let me just set this money on fire.

    • Add Lightness Add Lightness on Dec 14, 2022

      Way cheaper fashion statement than a new Jeep and relatively minor depreciation.


  • MaintenanceCosts MaintenanceCosts on Dec 14, 2022

    The styling of an early-industrial-age machine tool, the reliability of a low-bid contractor, the power of a trained squirrel, the handling of a Roman ox cart, the fuel economy of a natural gas flare, and the comfort of a jail cot? Sign me up!

  • William Piper Awful exterior styling…would be a hard pass for that alone. Perhaps for $60k, but $100 large? For this?
  • Sgeffe Gee, a hybrid can have some actual horsepower behind it! With a four-pot ICE as the generator!See what Stellantis can do, and with 1.3 liters, Honda?! (Whose “Accord” will be spanked by a PRIUS!! 🤬🙄)
  • Kcflyer I get the argument to not compete in the sedan market in order to maximize short term profits on SUV's and Trucks. But what happens if Toyota ever gets serious and builds a full line of light and heavy duty trucks? What I'm saying is maybe Ford should continue to build the best vehicles they can in this and other mainstay segments. To paraphrase the last good Dem president, not because it is easy, but because it is hard. Even if the Japanese don't eventually bankrupt Ford, Tesla just might. I understand their sedans sell quite well.
  • Kcflyer Nice looking ride
  • Kcflyer If it was as likely to be reliable as the Lexus LS I would look to pick up a used low mileage unit someday. But I would not trust this to be long term reasonable to own.
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