Highest Mileage Defenders UK

Highest Mileage Defenders UK

In October 2021, LeaseLoco published a press release of the highest mileage cars in the UK, stating that there were 16 Defenders with over 750,000 miles on the odometer. This was picked up by topgear.com in January 2022. The original data was described as "provided by the DVSA" and "analysed by LeaseLoco", so it is likely that they were using the MOT History data (which I have), but I have been unable to come to the same conclusions...


Why? The problem is that Td5 vehicles with less than 100k miles show 6 digits on the odometer with the last digit being a decimal, so with only a quick glance, 95432.2 could be read as 954322. There are hundreds of vehicles that have had the mileage incorrectly entered during the MOT. If you had a table of all Defenders in rows and a colum of the "latest mileage", then sorted by highest to lowest, you would find over 500 vehicles that had more than 500,000 miles on the clock. The only way to find the real high mileage vehicles is to look at the vehicle's entire MOT history to decide if a high mileage value for one MOT is a mistake or not.

To find the best estimation of the highest mileage Defenders in the UK I did the following:

  • Most recent MOT mileage (in miles not km) is greater than 400,000
  • Has more than 3 MOT mileages > 100,000
  • Check the MOT history of each vehicle to ensure it increases at each MOT test

There were 20 vehicles discounted for the following reasons:

  • Mileage jumps up and down across the years
  • A typo from one year was continued in multiple MOT tests "last year was 338,000 so 34,625.2 must be 346,252"
  • Looks like a speedometer was replaced with a higher mileage one

Errors with the Td5 vehicles can easily be explained by the odometer decimal, but earlier vehicles and Pumas don't have this. Many of the high mileage Defenders are 300Tdis that have mileages jumping up and down over the years. It is possible that older vehicles have had speedometer problems, which may have been replaced with a used one showing a random mileage. An example is K193YKV, that went from 107k in 2013 to 481k in 2014). However, P228ENP (listed below) is a case of a false positive; it has a varied odometer history, but it was imported to the UK with a KM speedo, which appears to have been changed to miles and so the initially high km value dropped accordingly.

There may be Defenders not in the list that also had high mileages, but were scrapped or exported before 2005 (when online MOT records began), or have not been used since. Suffice to say, bear this in mind when looking at the list! Get in touch if you think any vehicles are missing!

Total mileage

11,484,216 miles

Estimated average
vehicle mileage*

459,369 miles

How many?

26 vehicles in this collection

What is the status of the 26 vehicles in February 2024?

12 On the road 13 Off the road 1 Exported
Model Year Reg No. Body Engine Steering Colour Dates Notes Last MOT mileage
2007 PCZ 3440
110 5 door station wagon (SW)
DEFENDER 110 XS SW LWB
2.4 Tdci, Euro spec (EU4) RHD Grey Built 11th Jul 2007
Registered 7th Sep 2007
602,387 mi
on 15th Nov 2023
1996 N887 HEH
110 5 door station wagon (SW)
110 DEFENDER COUNTY SWTDI
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, without EGR/Cat, 11L or 16L RHD Green Registered 13th Mar 1996 581,847 mi
on 20th Oct 2021
1993 K207 AWO
110 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
110 DEFENDER TURBO DIES
200Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder (Gemini), Diesel RHD Green Registered 4th May 1993 560,975 mi
on 1st Jul 2010
2005 ST55 KKN
110 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
DEFENDER 110 TD5
Td5, 2.5, 5 Cylinder, Td5, Diesel (EU3) RHD Green Built 7th Jul 2005
Registered 31st Oct 2005
507,967 mi
on 3rd Jan 2024
1992 K206 YEW
110 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
110 DEFENDER TURBO DIES
200Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder (Gemini), Diesel RHD White Registered 1st Aug 1992 505,350 mi
on 15th Jan 2024
1997 R160 JAD
90 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
90 DEFENDER TDI
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, with EGR/Cat, 23L RHD Blue Registered 1st Aug 1997 494,312 mi
on 20th Feb 2019
1998 R592 RBV
90 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
90 DEFENDER TDI
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, with EGR/Cat, 23L RHD Blue Registered 23rd Feb 1998 467,301 mi
on 14th Aug 2012
1997 P764 CCT
127/130 High capacity pick-up (HCPU)
Unknown
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, with EGR/Cat, 23L RHD Red Registered 31st Dec 1997 466,991 mi
on 9th Oct 2023
1996 N858 WHP
110 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
110 DEFENDER TDI
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, without EGR/Cat, 11L or 16L RHD Green Registered 9th Feb 1996 465,200 mi
on 22nd Dec 2023
1996 N731 AKM
110 High capacity pick-up (HCPU)
110 DEFENDER TDI
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, without EGR/Cat, 11L or 16L RHD Blue Registered 9th Feb 1996 461,378 mi
on 14th Aug 2015
1996 N573 WHP
127/130 High capacity pick-up (HCPU)
130 DEFENDER TURBO DIES
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, without EGR/Cat, 11L or 16L RHD Green Registered 25th Jan 1996 458,886 mi
on 23rd Aug 2023
1996 L110 CDL
110 Single cab pick-up
110 DEFENDER TDI
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, without EGR/Cat, 11L or 16L RHD Blue Registered 25th Jan 1996 451,693 mi
on 24th Jul 2023
2006 WV06 MZD
90 Hard top
DEFENDER 90 COUNTY TD5
Td5, 2.5, 5 Cylinder, Td5, Diesel (EU3) RHD Black Built 10th Jan 2006
Registered 1st Mar 2006
449,773 mi
on 14th Feb 2023
1991 H596 MEY
110 High capacity pick-up (HCPU)
110 DEFENDER TURBO DIES
200Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder (Gemini), Diesel, 11L RHD Green Registered 1st May 1991 439,999 mi
on 23rd Dec 2015
1996 N565 MBJ
110 5 door station wagon (SW)
110 DEFENDER COUNTY SWTDI
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, without EGR/Cat, 11L or 16L RHD Green Registered 14th Jun 1996 436,966 mi
on 5th Jun 2023
2007 RA57 RZS
110 Heavy Duty Hard top
DEFENDER 110 HARD TOP
2.4 Tdci, Euro spec (EU4) RHD Silver Built 26th Nov 2007
Registered 21st Dec 2007
430,258 mi
on 10th Mar 2021
2001 Y124 OAN
110 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
DEFENDER 110 TD5
Td5, 2.5, 5 Cylinder, Diesel, with EGR/Cat RHD Silver Built 2nd Nov 2000
Registered 30th Mar 2001
429,177 mi
on 18th Dec 2023
2001 MEN 12R
90 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
DEFENDER 90 TD5
Td5, 2.5, 5 Cylinder, Diesel, with EGR/Cat RHD Blue Built 21st Sep 2000
Registered 29th May 2001
428,087 mi
on 7th Jun 2023
2006 YH55 FSJ
127/130 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
DEFENDER 130 TD5
Td5, 2.5, 5 Cylinder, Td5, Diesel (EU3) RHD White Built 6th Sep 2005
Registered 21st Oct 2005
427,093 mi
on 21st Dec 2023
1999 W583 VEC
127/130 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
130 DEFENDER TURBO DIES
Td5, 2.5, 5 Cylinder, Diesel, with EGR/Cat RHD White Built 7th Dec 1998
Registered 14th Mar 2000
422,549 mi
on 3rd Jul 2023
1997 P228 ENP
110 5 door station wagon (SW)
Unknown
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, without EGR/Cat, 16L RHD White Registered 22nd May 1997 421,853 mi
on 21st Dec 2023
1994 L208 RWV
110 Pick-up, soft top or hard top
200Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder (Gemini), Diesel RHD Blue Registered 2nd Sep 1993 415,685 mi
on 7th Apr 2015
1998 R17 JAW
110 5 door station wagon (SW)
110 DEFENDER COUNTY SWTDI
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, with EGR/Cat, 23L RHD Green Registered 19th Feb 1998 414,757 mi
on 17th May 2023
1999 T392 DOB
110 High capacity pick-up (HCPU)
DEFENDER 110 TD5
Td5, 2.5, 5 Cylinder, Diesel, with EGR/Cat RHD White Built 23rd Jun 1999
Registered 16th Aug 1999
414,062 mi
on 3rd Jun 2021
1997 R252 GYJ
90 3 door station wagon
90 DEFENDER COUNTY SW TDI
300Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder, Diesel, with EGR/Cat, 23L RHD Green Registered 29th Oct 1997 412,367 mi
on 24th May 2019
1992 K51 AJB
110 5 door station wagon (SW)
110 DEFENDER TURBO DIES
200Tdi, 2.5, 4 Cylinder (Gemini), Diesel RHD Green Registered 19th Aug 1992 411,615 mi
on 5th Oct 2016

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