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The Land Rover Defender has been given iconic status. It makes little difference whether this type has been in production for a century, something that other car manufacturers can't or hardly match. More than a million copies have been made and sold. The Defender is a workhorse, a loyal worker and is suitable for particularly rough terrain. Have you been a little too rough, or have you just had window damage on the motorway thanks to rubble? Then the windscreen of your Land Rover Defender may need to be replaced.
Before we look at the possibilities, we dive into the history of the model, ending up in the 40s of the last century!
The 'Land Rover Defender' has technically only existed since 1983, when the car was given the name of Defender. But there is not that much difference with the types that were made in 1948 (the 'Serie 1') and that were immediately popular internationally. Within Great Britain itself, however, the initial success was the greatest, because Land Rover would soon become the purveyor to the British army, which wanted to immediately deploy the 'post-war jeep' on extreme missions. By 1966, Land Rover had already produced more than 500,000 copies, and ten years later the counter stood at one million Land Rovers.
The constant upgrades and adjustments eventually resulted in two different lines in 1983. The names: the One-Ten and the Ninety (released a year later), where the numbers only indicate the size of the wheelbases in inches. In 1990 both models got a new name and became the Land Rover Defender. The model was fitted with a 2495cc turbo diesel.
Five years later the engine has to be replaced again due to environmental requirements. In 2012, Land Rover has opted for a 2.2 litre instead of a 2.4 litre engine.
The Land Rover Defender has been in production for 67 years when the plug was pulled out of the project. But then Jaguar Land Rover decided to take a new type into production. And honestly, there's not much left of the original Defender. For example, the latest type was built on the platform of the Land Rover Discovery, a much more modern interior was chosen and the features were significantly expanded, including Pivo Pro infotainment system. But if you choose the new Defender, you also choose a high road load. The CO2 emissions are more than 200 grams per kilometre. Yet this is the competitor of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, where they are undoubtedly not happy with the reopening of the production of the Defender.
The windscreen of the Land Rover Defender must be replaced if the windscreen damage exceeds the legal limits. In concrete terms, this means a star or chip with a diameter of more than 20 millimetres or a branched crack, but these must be in the driver's field of vision.
Windscreen replacement is unavoidable in these cases. Not only because the Land Rover Defender can no longer pass through the MOT, but also because it is not allowed to continue with this car window damage.
Normally it is not recommended to replace the windscreen yourself, because the kitting of a windscreen is a job for the specialists. This does not apply to the Land Rover Defender, because the windscreen is a windscreen that is placed in a rubber. If you are a bit technical and have the space to work dry, you can carry out your own car window replacement. It is wise to have an extra person nearby to disassemble the old window and to install the new windscreen. On the one hand because of the weight and precision, on the other hand because of the size of the windscreen.
A new windscreen for the Land Rover Defender (90 and 110) costs less than € 100 excluding delivery and installation. A new windscreen for the Defender including installation by certified fitting partners and delivery within the Netherlands brings the price to only € 199. Keep in mind that sometimes a new rubber is needed. This can be delivered immediately.
Optional fitting on-site
€ 100.00 (NL) - € 130.00 (BE)
The price of these new car windows is so competitive because it concerns after market automotive glass. So no brand glass from your British dealer, but car windows without a brand logo. Because the logo is missing, the price is many times lower and that is nice, because the logo does nothing for the windscreen of your Land Rover. The quality of the windows is identical; they are made in the same factories with the same machines as the Land Rover windscreens with the brand logo.
Does your Land Rover Defender have car window damage and does the windscreen need to be replaced? Then you can order the new windscreen exclusively fitting from us in order to save on costs. However, for a small additional charge, you can also choose to have the windscreen installed by certified fitting partners who will be happy to provide you with guarantees on the windscreen and the work delivered. This is standard within three working days, after which you can immediately and safely get back on the road with your Land Rover Defender. Or go on safari, of course, somewhere in the remote wilderness, because that's what this model is made for.
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