Twelve months into TDCi 110 ownership, there’s nothing to report! Well, that’s not quite true – it is a Defender, after all – but considering I’ve doubled this 2012 vehicle’s overall mileage in that time, gripes are few and they’ve been far outweighed by grins.
Wherever the 110 goes it turns heads, and surprises people with how rapid it is. Not bad, considering it doesn’t look that different to when I picked it up.
Regular readers will have noticed the 110’s trips to LRO’s Workshop pages for security, usability and performance upgrades. It now has Allisport’s latest motorsport intercooler, a TMD wheel carrier and NAS-style rear step, and Gwyn Lewis mud shields, for example. Everything has been fitted to subtly improve the 110 without compromising it.
The intercooler has smoothed the 170bhp Bowler-tuned 2.2’s power delivery, while typical fuel economy is now reliably 25- 26mpg – around a five per cent improvement since fitting it. And, the 110 likes Shell V-Power Nitro+ diesel best, pulling stronger and more smoothly than on ropier blends, while range on a brimmed tank can pass 400 miles if you’re brave with the ‘needle past empty’ sector of the gauge.
The rear step makes loading my family’s trio of bikes much easier, and for that the 110 scores over LRO’s D3 – I don’t have to take the wheels off to get them in the Defender, just fold the narrowest section of the rear seat.
On the whole, it’s just huge fun!
So, the gripes...
Towards the end of last year the 110 spent a couple of days having remedial work carried out under warranty, including new drive flanges to cure clonks, new front door seals to cure leaks, and an oil pump recall fix.
All was good, but after around 5000 miles (and well past the end of the warranty period) the driveline clonking returned. It’s most noticeable on initial acceleration – any situation where the rear axle isn’t under load. I count and brace myself for it to catch up, trying my best to keep things smooth, but it’s not easy.
‘That’s normal,’ seems to be the verdict, which is pretty poor. Identifying the cause continues...
Oh, and I’ve just spotted some ominous dribbles in the footwells, which means the windscreen is letting water in during heavy downpours again!
Nothing’s ever really fixed with a Land Rover, is it?