1997 Defender

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1997 Land Rover Defender

$38,293 - $146,165  MSRP Range
1997 Land Rover Defender

Review Score

5.0 out of 5 stars

5.0

2 Reviews
100% of drivers recommend this car
Score Breakdown
3 out of 5 stars Comfort
5 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3 out of 5 stars Interior Design
5 out of 5 stars Reliability
4 out of 5 stars Performance
5 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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5 out of 5 stars

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

by SocalRover from Sherman Oaks, CA on Wed Apr 04 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 everyone, the few that decide to join our ranks are rarely dissatisfied. I've had more than one fellow Defender owner state that he's going to have to be buried in it before he gets rid of it. Such is our passion, such is our enthusiasm. Don't buy it if you're looking for plush, quiet comfort. Buy it for the exclusivity, the genuine feeling of supremacy that no other truck can give, new or used.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
4 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

i love my car

by ex-jeep wrangler owner from wilmington de on Sat Jan 03 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 afit 57 yr. old.] the mpg is terrible,as is themaintenace cost ,but ive actually had zero mechanical problems in 12 yrs. i leave the top off april-oct, so i have some interior elec. problems-no radio,no trip milage ,and my odometer functions, but is only visable occasionly,so going thru the inspection lane has to be timed accordingly, just one more adventure for a rover lover!

3 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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Our Take on the 1997 Land Rover Defender

There are some ironies so twisted they deserve notice.

Look at the Land Rover Defender 90. It's a rugged sport-utility vehicle used worldwide. It has rolled over and through all kinds of terrain. It's a virtual tank.

Of course, the Defender 90 can't protect its occupants from everything. Fatal examples include gunfire and explosions, situations in which air bags are useless.

But because it has no bags, the Defender 90 is about to depart these shores.

Beginning in the fall of 1998, the federal government will require the installation of dual front air bags in all light trucks sold in the United States. Passenger cars come under that rule this fall.

The Defender 90 is a light truck, an average 990... Read More