WLRS

3117 5th Ave. S.,

Birmingham

,

Alabama

35233

205-821-2497

Land Rover FAQ

  1. 1) Q:  Can you import Land Rover Defenders into the United States, and if not, why?

 

A:   No, you cannot import Land Rover Defender into the United States.  Stringent U.S. laws prohibit the Land Rover Defender from passing Federal and State safety and emissions requirements.

  1. 2) Q:  Why are Defenders so expensive?

 

A:  Defenders follow the basic Economic rule of ‘Supply and Demand’.  Since less than 7,000 Defenders were imported, the supply was low.  Once American consumers saw this, the demand for this SUV escalated and has continue to escalate over the past eleven years.  With the numbers of nice, clean Defenders diminishing every year, the supply is just going to get less and less..    

  1. 3) Q:  What years did Land Rover import Soft Top, Hard Top, Manual transmissions, Automatic Transmissions, etc... and how many were produced?

 

A:   Here is chart for the Defender Models.

 

Color/Model:

1994 Soft Top 5-spd Manual

1995 Soft Top 5-spd Manual

1995 Wagon 5-spd Manual

1997 Soft Top
    Automatic

1997 Wagon
   Automatic

Production Numbers

1943

1190

510

1499

1300

AA Yellow

Yes

Yes

NA

Yes

NA

Alpine White

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 Coniston Green

Yes

Yes

Yes

NA

Yes

 Portifino Red

Yes

Yes

NA

NA

Yes 

 Beluga Black

Special Edition

Yes

NA

Yes

NA

 Arles Blue

Yes

NA

Yes

NA

Yes

 Monza Red

NA

NA

NA

Yes

NA

 British Racing Green

NA

NA

NA

Yes

NA

Willow Green

NA

NA

NA

NA 

Yes

 

  1. 4) Q:  Can the Station Wagon model hard top be removed?

A:   No, the Station Wagon Hard Top cannot be removed.  The only hard top that is removable is the grey fiberglass hardtop that was sold as an accessory for the soft top models. 

  1. 5) Q:  Can you install the (4) inward facing jump seats in a soft-top model?

 

AAll soft top models came from the factory with a forward facing bench seat and the Station Wagon models came from the factory with four inward facing jump seats.  However, since the beds on both models are the same size, we can install the four jump seats in any soft top.  We charge $1,950 to remove the Land Rover rear rubber mat, remove the rear bench seat, seat belts, and hardware, install a new Land Rover rear rubber mat, and install (4) new jump seats with lap seat belts, and hardware. 

  1. 6) Q:  What are the major "problematic issues" with Land Rover Defenders?

 

A:  Nothing plagues these Land Rover Defenders more than rust and corrosion.  Issues like the frames not bring sent from the factory with a protective coating, bending exhaust pipes upright (so as to hold water), and using metal door hinges and metal exterior hardware (in lieu of stainless or alloy) are the cause for many of the rust issues.  Especially when a great number of these vehicles were sold to customers in coastal communities (with salt air and salt water), customers in the Northeast and out West (where salt is used on the roads). 

Corrosion is mainly found on the body panels in the form of paint bubbles.  What you are not seeing is the chemical reaction known as “electrolysis” which occurs when two dissimilar metals touch (steel and aluminum).  This reaction causes the aluminum and attached paint to bubble or blister.  These are mainly found in the bottom of the door panels.

Other problem issues include ’97 blinking odometers, sagging headliners in the Station Wagon models, Torn / shrunken factory Land Rover soft tops, and nonfunctioning factory Land Rover stereos. 

  1. 7) Q:  What is the gas mileage on a Land Rover Defender?

 

A:  Land Rover Defenders get 14 mpg in town and 16 mpg on the highway due in part to the full time four wheel drive V-8 drive train.

  1. 8) Q:  Are parts readily available?

 

AYes, parts are readily available and can be ordered from a half dozen part suppliers here in the U.S. that deal exclusively in Land Rover parts, and as long as they are ordered early enough, you can have them the next day (in most cases).

  1. 9) Q: Did every Defender come equipped with Air Conditioning?

 

A:  No, not every Defender 90 came equipped with Air Conditioning in 1994 and 1995.  All 1993 Land Rover Defender 110’s were equipped with Air Conditioning as were the 1997 Defender 90’s with the exception of the few that were specially ordered without A/C.
The 1993 Defender 110’s and 1997 Defender 90’s were the only Air Conditioners that were installed at the factory.  The 1994 and 1995 Defender 90’s had their Air Conditioners installed at the Land Rover dealerships as a dealer ad on.

  1. 10) Q:  Will Defenders pass state emissions testing?

 

A:  Yes, they are designed to pass state emission testing.  They were actually over designed to pass the emissions standards of all 50 states (including California which is the most stringent).  All Defenders are equipped with a sticker under the hood that will document this fact.
   

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