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I am planning on buying a second hand defender but am not sure if I should get a rig with a TD5 motor or the older 300TDI. Has anyone done any resonable amount of K's in a TD5??
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Reply By: Truckster - Monday, Oct 21, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Oct 21, 2002 at 00:00
Powerwise get the TD5, its a new world from the 300....

But they are very agricultural ride, uncomfortable as can be...

Go drive a few of each, thats the best thing you can do.
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Reply By: Slunnie - Monday, Oct 21, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Oct 21, 2002 at 00:00
We had a TD5 Defender with us when we crossed the Simpson and it performed brilliantly. According to the Discovery forums the TD5's are proving to be very very reliable. I haven't heard of any problems at all with them. The older 300Tdi's use less fuel, produce less power and are not quite as problem free, though well maintained ones should be sorted and problem free. Regards Slunnie
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Follow Up By: Alex - Monday, Oct 21, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Oct 21, 2002 at 00:00
I dunno about more problems with the 300tdi, I've done 135000km in mine, including Gibb River Road and Canning Stock Route and its never missed a beat. Of course, if something does go wtong you've at least got half a chance of fixing it, which isn't an option with the TD5 with all its electronics. Economy wise, on the CSR we did 2200km, with a lot of very soft sand on diversions around water (one 15km section took four hours), and I used 235L of diesel in total. This comes to 10.68l/100km, which is better than I generally get on-road. Incidentally, 2 turbodiesel landcruiser 60's with me used about 30% more fuel than me.
Apart from that, as Slunnie says, if its well maintained it'll be good.
Cheers, Alex
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Follow Up By: Slunnie - Monday, Oct 21, 2002 at 00:00

Monday, Oct 21, 2002 at 00:00
Alex, I think you are right in saying they are reliable. My thoughts at the time were about the camshaft/timing belt pully, though these have all been replaced a long time ago by Landrover, and there is no reason why the 300Tdi's shouldn't be totally reliable. I really think they are a good motor. Regards Slunnie
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Reply By: lindsay - Tuesday, Oct 22, 2002 at 00:00

Tuesday, Oct 22, 2002 at 00:00
Ben, I have had a 200 a 300 and now have a td5. The td5 is the best as far as performance , not as good on fuel as the 300. I have now done 70,000 ks without major problems. some minor warranty issues such as wiring loom to an abs sensor and a new fly wheel, as another one had cracked in england. been up the canning in the td5 and got about 28 mpg less on the road with a packrack & cruising at 110 about 24 mpg.
don't worry about computors trucks do in excess of a million Ks without problems
. don't take spanners take a phone , join landrover extended care scheme and you should be far as being uncomfortable i don't find they are that with the coils and long travel they are good. I have a bad back and i would not have had three of them if they were uncomfortable

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Reply By: Phil - Friday, Oct 25, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Oct 25, 2002 at 00:00
I have had a 300tdi for 4.5 years (from new) with little or no problems. The only small issue was the cab tended to get a bit warm on long trips. Easy fixed with some insulation. I live in the Alice.
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Reply By: Mike - Sunday, Nov 17, 2002 at 01:00

Sunday, Nov 17, 2002 at 01:00
I love my TD5! Fuel economy certainly isn't as good as 300 and 200 but lets be honest here > 2.5L turbo diesel + more power must only come from more fuel being used!!!

As for reliability - recall that TD5 has limp home feature so if electronics go bush then it will get you home. But I must admit that I've never heard of a TD5 with problems so far. And, please don't bombard me if you have!!!

As for comfort. The Landrover has the most comfortable driving position I've ever had. The problem is folks have forgotten how to sit in this world of bad posture. You are supposed to sit on you bum bones with a reasonably straight back...not with your spine curved like a boomerang in a soft armchair like most other 4WD's!
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