1997 Land Rover Defender

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Key Specs

of the 1997 Land Rover Defender. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
    Sport Utility
  • Combined MPG:
    14 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    182-hp, 4.0-liter V-8 (regular gas)
  • Drivetrain:
    4x4
  • Seating:
    4-6 Seats
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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(5.0)
Performance
(4.0)
Interior Design
(3.0)
Comfort
(3.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(5.0)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

i love my car

by ex-jeep wrangler owner from wilmington de on January 3, 2009

i will never ever sell my car. even though i have strangers making offers,putting pleas to sell it on my windshield. i tell them i will sell when i am too decrepid to climb up on the runningboard [iam ... Read full review

(5.0)

$34K New, $36K used? Wow!

by SocalRover from Sherman Oaks, CA on April 4, 2007

How many other 4x4s can boast negative depreciation? How many trucks? Other than exotic cars, few 97 MY vehicles can. But if you are a Defender owner, you can't help but smile. While it's not for ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 1997 Land Rover Defender currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 1997 Land Rover Defender has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Defender received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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