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Land Rover Defender Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 3.9 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Four Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 182 hp @ 4750 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/14 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Land Rover Defender

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Brute force off-road, rugged design

  • Cons

    About as comfortable as acupuncture and luxurious as a Geo Metro

  • What's New for 1997

    After a one-year hiatus, Defender returns in convertible and hardtop body styles. A 4.0-liter V8 engine is standard, mated to a ZF four-speed automatic transmission. A redesigned center console includes cupholders, and hardtops have new interior trim. Convertibles get improved top sealing, while all Defender 90s are treated to fresh paint colors.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
/
  • 14
  • highway
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



An excellent truck

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Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 2dr SUV 4WD w/Soft Top

This is one amazing truck to own. Everywhere I go it turns heads. I couldn't have bought a better truck for my needs; I do a lot of off- roading and hauling back on my family farm and this truck does it all. It doesn't have many of the amenities found on other Land Rover vehicles, but then again it doesn't need them. Highly recommend this truck to those who want a real truck.



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Defender 90 (1997)

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Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 2dr SUV 4WD w/Soft Top

This has been a great vehicle to own. It's one of the few vehicles that still looks good and attracts attention after five years on the road. It's not necessarly the most comfortable vehicle, but it's purpose is more utility than comfort. It's high ground clearance make it difficult (but not impossible) to get stuck.



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D90

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Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 2dr SUV 4WD

This is a real SUV. Not a jacked up minivan.




D90 the real sport utility!

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Vehicle: 1997 Land Rover Defender 90 2dr SUV 4WD

I have owned this vehicle for the last four years. I primarily use it off road in Colorado. I do not beleive you could find a better all around off road machine.



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Full 1997 Land Rover Defender Review

What's New for 1997

After a one-year hiatus, Defender returns in convertible and hardtop body styles. A 4.0-liter V8 engine is standard, mated to a ZF four-speed automatic transmission. A redesigned center console includes cupholders, and hardtops have new interior trim. Convertibles get improved top sealing, while all Defender 90s are treated to fresh paint colors.

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Talk About The 1997 Defender

1997 Land Rover Defender Discussions See all Started By

stever
stever
02-19-2014
"Land Rover's Design Director Gerry McGovern confirmed that the next-generation Land Rover Defender will be sold in the United States. He made the remarks during a design lecture hosted by Land R...


wasko
wasko
01-31-2001
You read my mind! I'm on the lookout for a Defender and will probably spring for a used one in the next 3-6 months. Here's the scoop:...


tincup47
tincup47
06-18-2001
The Defender was discontinued in 1997 because it was thought to be too expensive by BMW to spend the money necessary to redesign the instrument cluster and add the electrics for Airbags. As Rover Grou...



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