Land Rover Monthly - - £5000 Buying Guide -

You’re not go­ing to buy a top-notch Td5 Defender for £5000, but you may find a few rea­son­able ex­am­ples if you search hard enough. It also helps if you’re pre­pared to travel. A Td5 that would cost you in £6500 in the Home Coun­ties might have a price tag of sub-£5k in a more re­mote cor­ner of the country. Again, hard tops and truck cabs come cheaper than sta­tion wag­ons.

But if you do find a good one, you’re in for a treat. The Td5 was the last diesel en­gine de­signed and built by Land Rover and it is ar­guably the best, with 122 bhp and 221 lb-ft. It’s also ul­tra-re­li­able if prop­erly ser­viced, so ask to see what pa­per­work is avail­able. A full ser­vice is un­likely on a car built be­tween 1998 and 2007, but ev­ery lit­tle helps.

The same ar­eas of the body are li­able to cor­ro­sion, but the good news is that parts (es­pe­cially af­ter­mar­ket ones) for all De­fend­ers are cheap and plen­ti­ful.

TIP: Just like Tdi models, there is a sur­plus of ser­vice­able Td5 en­gines from scrapped rusty Dis­cov­ery 2s.

Td5 De­fend­ers don't come cheap but hold their val­ues

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