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      03.01.2011 16:54

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      Good if you have the money to run and maintain

      We have had a Freelander for 4 years and bought it second hand, It has around 90,000 miles on the clock and is going strong. It always starts first time though has needed some spares and repairs over the years which do tend to prove costly. If you are looking for fuel efficiency then this is not the car for you as it eats up petrol at an alarming rate. That said, it is a car which makes you feel safe due to the build quality.. It is heavy to drve and bulky but does not feel cumbersome. The acceleration is quick and steady and having been in for journeys of 6 hours plus I can honestly say it is extremely confortable. It is easy to feel like you are going slower than you are so be careful on the accelerator! In the snow recently I thought it would be a breeze as it is an all terrain vehicle but it did slip and slide around. We have one with an automatic gear box as well as a button for quick acceleration. We have installed a new CD player and digital radio (easy to do but costly) as well as a bluetooth device (again easy but costly). It could be modified into LPG if you want to save on fuel.

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      10.01.2010 23:23

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      small but still a Land Rover, look after it well

      i have one and is currently in the garage due to the clutch being burny out now i know what you might be thinking that Land Rover have made another vehicle that ends up in the garage as usual, well let me stop you there, it has done just over 40k miles on the same clutch and it has been used as a normal greenlaning and hard working as a land rover should, yes its not as hard core as a defender that being my next car on the agenda, but it is a good 4x4 hence why when it was launched it was voted best suv, in the snow that is currently around i have not had any problems however i ended up in a 3 foot ditch thanks to a snow drift hence the clutch being burnt out whilst trying to get out, so any way i have an SE TD4 5 door in silver it is a nice vehicle inside with half leather half suede seats very comfy heated seats 6 dics auto changer in built over all good car, people say stay away from 1.8n petrol true problem with head gasket but if it has been replaced then there should not be anything wrong with it check forums look after it and you can have an enjoyable experience, the new freelander 2 has more gandjets and is certanily a good follow on to the series 1 freelander, Land Rover have got the vehicles to keep the company going for years to come and out do and other companies in a time of recession.

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      26.05.2009 12:50
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      Great 4x4 if used as its meant to be!!

      Landrover Freelander 2L TD4 55' plate commercial. Cost £7999 + VAT

      Having heard the bad press of the freelander i was very reluctant to even view this vehicle when my girl friend spotted this at our Local stratstone dealer. But it did tick all the requirements i needed for a work vehicle.

      Good load space in the back. ( it doesnt differ in praticallity to my old Renault Kangoo van)

      Able to tow a decent sized trailer. (towing weight 2000kg)

      Good offroad reports

      Looks the business

      Great MPG, i had 38mpg off road ing and can get 41mpg if being ultra careful

      And girlfiend liked it!!!

      Oh and space for the dog!

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      Heard reports of head gaskets going, CV joint problems, leaks in the rear door area, IRD problems and hilldecent control issues etc etc.

      On test driving, it drove well, like driving a car, other landrovers i had driven were very agricultural. But this, even though its a commercial, felt like drving car.

      Anyway speaking to the sales man and reading through old offroading mags discovered that the TD4 engine was the best to have and if serviced regularly and if used for what its mean to be, (4x4/offroading) then alot of the reported problems can be avoided. So long story short the price had been reduced and it seemed the girlfriend was right. So i signed the dotted line and it was mine.

      So two weeks later the freelander is running well, we had a few dealer issues to begin with. But they were sorted swiftly. So we're in cornwall and a green lane is calling so the girlfriend dog and i head out. The lane was worse than we expected as there were some rather large ruts which we didnt think we would get through it as we were still on standard road tyres. But I was surprised on how well the ol freelander coped.

      We didnt even use four wheel drive, On the freelander for those who dont know it is two wheel drive all of the time until a wheel loses grip and spins it then sends the power from that wheel to the wheels with grip in order to get out.

      Also even though the lane was badly rutted the suspension coped rather well and the ride wasnt that bad considering the state of the road.

      Since then we have been greenlaning more and have uprated the tyre to grabbers, the best of both for road and off road driving. This time we were with other freelanders some standard some not a new Discovery and a defender 90. Well im please to report even though it was very rutted and muddy the freelander coped really well and hill decent control works brilliantly, It basically keeps the vehicle travelling at about 10 miles per hr using the brakes you dont have to touch any of the pedals. Oh and on the lane a defender done up to the nines recover gear and all got stuck and the Freelander had to pull it out.

      i would recommend the Freelander to anyone but here a re a fee points to watch out for.

      Rear seal leaks, the compartment in the boot were tools are stored sills up with water. The later models are a lot better than the earlier ones.

      TD4 engine is the best to have avoid the early 1.8 unless the head gasket has already been done.

      Keep the services up to date also a little one to remember the oil breather pipe can leak, if it does have it replaced asap.

      To avoid problems with the IRD (Intermediate Reduction Drive) and the hill decent controls use them!! If they arent used or over used this is what causes the problems.

      Fantastic in the snow and icey conditions the 4x4 kicks in when you lose grip. But to be honest it only lost grip once maybe twice in the bad snow in Feb. Girlfiend never missed a day at work.

      Ok, so basically this motor is great is used what its deigned for as a 4x4 or so ive heard a good towing vehicle. If you want a 4x4 but have no intention of using it off road then this is not the vehicle for you, also if you want to use completely off road the this isnt the one for you either. But is is great if you do a bit of both like me. The early models have a lot of faults but from what i have found so far this has been sorted out by the later models such as mine.

      i hope this review helps anyone who is thinking of purchasing one.

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        08.01.2008 22:28

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        This car looks great, with great driving position and comfort. The down side is that the car is very, VERY VERY unreliable. If it goes wrong, it generally costs a lot of money to repair. Only buy one with a cast iron guarantee. These are the things that went wrong with mine in the 3 years that I have owned it. No other car I have owned has had these type of problems.Blown head gasket, Its blown it twice, costing just under £2800 to repair. Transfer box and CV joint replaced, costing just under £2000 to repair. Engine mounts broke costing £200. Save yourself a lot of money in repairs, buy a Toyota/Nissan.The Freelander will let you down and will cost lots of your hard earned cash to repair. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT BUY ONE!!!!!!!! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED THIS CAR WILL LET YOU DOWN BIGTIME!!!!!!!!!!

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        02.05.2007 23:02

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        Freelander doesn't have to be as bad as all that

        I love my freelander. It is almost seven years old, only has 51000 miles on the clock and has had one previous owner. It is a fully serviced and well maintained vehicle and I wouldn't want any other.

        It is a five door, 2.0 deisel td4 so it is quite economical and nippy for a 4x4. I use it as an off road vehicle, it has a towbar and I have yet to find somethign that it won't tow. My brother has a 24 year old Land Rover and the only thing that stops my car going where his doesn't is the ground clearance is not as much. At the moment my car is parked at a crazy angle up in a field and it had no problems what so ever getting there.

        Although I live in the country, I have had it in Glasgow and it is ideal. You sit just above the everyone else so you have a good field of vision and as far as hill starts are concerned, the car takes them in its stride while other cars constanlty stall and konk out in front of me at junctions. It may be a 4x4 but it isn't anything compared to a Range Rover or big Nissan so maneouverablility is fine for the inner city.

        My freelander is wonderful and I wouldn;t swap it for the world. Anybody who is going to buy a Land Rover of any type should be aware that it is a way of life and as everyone knows, life is expensive

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        20.04.2007 12:27
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        A WORD OF WARNING BEFORE YOU BUY A SECOND HAND FREELANDER

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        Do not whatever you do own one of these that is outside of the warranty.
        I loved mine for 3 years, then the warranty ran out.
        In the space of the last 6 months it has cost me £3000 in repair bills and non of the defects have been fair wear and tear.
        It has been fully maintaind buy Landrover and has had raditor, clutch clutch master cylinder and I am now looking as a new drive train.
        I want to sell it but with 60000 on the clock most dealers will not touch it and those that will offer no more that £3500 I could take it back to Landrover but I do not want another one. If you do not beleave me offer me £5000 and I will deliver it.
        The defects are so bad that there is a class action being attempted in the U.S.

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          23.11.2005 16:54
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          The best mini SUV by far. Get one with the BMW Td4 engine, and don't be put off by the interior

          We've just had a baby who is a real lump, so we decided to buy a mini SUV to make lifting our little bruiser in and out much easier.

          Now I've always been a bit of a petrol head so the idea of a diesel 4x4 with an auto gearbox was much akin to beating my testicles wafer thin with a club hammer. I was mistaken in the extreme.

          We bought a "51" plate Td4 with the auto box - It's great. Being a BMW powerplant there is bags of torque with is well fed to the wheels through the 5-speed auto, it pulls and pulls and pulls. Don't get me wrong, you won't see off a mini cooper at the lights, but it's by no means sluggish, as I feared it would be.

          There's loads of interior space and it seats 5 adults with ease. I'm 6'4" and weigh 20 st, and I'm realy comfy driving it. The boot is a little dissapointing, with a buggy and a dog, there's no room for much else.

          The interior is a bit "80's" You can tell that the switches and knobs are lifted straight out of the Austin Montego, and the cloth seats look like a 5 year old ate a paintbox and was then ill inside the car. Having said that the car is quite well appointed, we got the GS model, and thats got air-coin, traction, ABS, 6 CD changer and 5 electric windows. Yes 5 - The tailgate one goes down too. Great for the dog in the summer.

          We've had our 3 months now and (touch wood) it runs well, turns in a reasonable MPG for a 4x4 (about 38 for the way we drive) and is a comfy, safe familly car.

          I would prefer one wth leather, 'cos the vomit seats are starting to annoy me, but other than that I can't fault it.

          It wasn't an impulse buy either, we tried the RAV-4 CRV Maverick and Terrano, and none came close on the overall package

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            25.06.2003 04:56
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            The Freelander is not a Honda, it is not a Mitsubishi or a Hyundai or a Mercedes. It is an excellent off roader, a genuine town and country estate, and not a shopping trolley or glorified handbag. Unlike it's MPV cousins, the Freelander has HDC (Hill Descent Control) which enables you to eliminate overrun when going down steep slopes. Excellent for when towing. It also has full traction control, virtually eliminating slip in snow, ice and mud. On top of everything else, it has extremely well damped steering, so that the wheel doesn't spin in your hands when you hit a pot hole. To some the steering may feel a but spongey - but to country users this is essential. There is no comparison between the Freelander and (say) a Honda CRV. We have both, and the CRV is the better for journeys into town or to the supermarket. It is a total liability when the going gets tough. We have had no problems with ours (year 2000 1900 cc petrol) with the exception of air conditioning. We take the manufacturers handbook seriously and use distilled water with inhibitor to top up the cooling system. Being a mixed alumium/steel engine this is essential. The car is wearing excellently. It is quiet, economical and extremely comfortable. It performs equally well on motorways and off road. Most importantly it is very resilient to impact and a crash last year with a drunk driver at a combined speed of 95mph left us the only uninjured parties. Yes, we are still driving the same car, and that is more than can be said for the Mondeo, the Volvo or the BMW also involved.

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              03.12.2002 14:41
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              I purchased my Freelander new in April 2001. It is the 1.8 hardback version in Monte Carlo Blue. As far as 4x4's go, I think the Freelander is, if not the most attractive, certainly one of them. It was the looks that made my decision to buy this model, but as they say "Looks can deceive"!!!! My main gripe about the car is the lack of performance. Whilst being a 4x4 I didn't expect it to have the power of a farrari, the 1.8 version is seriously slow. The engine is the K series enging and not the best engine in my eyes. The reason why I didn't opt for the TD4 model was because of engine noise, but the K series engine can be almost as noisy as a diesel at certain speeds. Room inside the car is good, being 6ft 5in tall can make it difficult in some cars especially with the hieght of the roof. The Freelander in my opinion is good in this area and I have not experienced any problems. Build quality is acceptable but not brilliant. The interior could have been made a lot more luxurious, maybe they should look at the new rage rover and copy some of its refinements. Overall, I would say that the Freelander is a good car if you an not at all bothered with slow pick up speed. With its good looks, this car could have been more popular than it already is if LandRover spent that little more time in the design process

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                28.01.2002 19:30
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                Firstly i would like to explain my situation, i currently work for a Lanrover dealship in the Midlands, i work in the after sales side, therefore i am constantly in and out of Freelanders of all ages, models and engine options. The Freelander concept is basically a good one, the cars are designed as a road car which has excellent four wheel drive capabilities. these 4x4 features still make it the best in class. The build quality and engine reliabilty is what lets this car down. Everyday i see car after car come in with the same problems, rear door seals, headgaskets and engines on the 1.8i, anti roll bar links etc etc, i am sure all the freelander owners out there know what i am talking about. But despite all of these problems the cars are getting signifcantly better. The new 2002 my cars are released now and they are significantly imporved on the previous efforts, predominatley in my opinion, due to the involvment of Ford. The build quality id much better and the BWM TD4 engine is the best diesel i have ever driven, appart form perhaps the TD5 in the discovery. If any one out there has any questions they would like me to answer or queries about Freelanders or landrover in general email me or respond to this opinion. Update To add to my opinion i would like to include a few things specific to Freelanders that should be looked out for when purchsing used one of the earlier models. Firstly the security panel in the boot. This is prone to filling with water, due to faulty rear door seals. therefore it is also important to avoid placing cd autochangers here. I have seen numerous flooded changers and LR will not necessarily contribute due to the fact that they recommend auto changers be placed under the passenger seat. This smacks of LR knowing about the problem but doing little about it. Secondly it is important to check the history of the car, try to find out where it has been serviced and ring the delaer and sk them to talk
                you through any major work they have done to the car such as diffs, engines, head gaskets etc, In my experience, although i'm not sure why, Freelanders tend to be either bad 'uns or good 'uns. in the trade this is called Friday afternoon syndrome, i.e. that particular car was badly put together because it was done on a friday afternoon when all the guys on production wanted to go home. Only buy a car if it has full dealer service history , as you then have 12 months parts warranty if the same thing goes wrong again, which it probably will! Thirdly if you can at all help it don't buy a 1.8i The engine is very underpowered for the size of car. This leads to them being thrashed which in turn causes all sorts of mechanical problems. The most common being headgaskets, where i work we usually replace around 3-5 headgaskets a week and usually 1 engine, which is a fairly large number if you multiply it by the 126, the number of UK dealers. Thridly ensure it has had the recent safety recall done. I know all you freelander owners thought it was just for the handbrake or wiring loom, but each freelander had a number of other items checked and replaced such as the inlet manifold gasket, another contributor to headgasket problem, which the customer was not informed about. Any further q's will be much appreicieated

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                  09.11.2001 23:17
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                  Now that I have a family & also need to carry around computer boxes, I wanted something larger that could also protect the 9pts on my licence! I had 3 requirements: 1. Protection from car park damage 2. Good for loading boxes 3. Reasonable mpg The TD4 matched all these requirements. Land Rover dealers seem to be a little better than the run of the mill. They take a little more care & treat you well. They went out of their way to let me drive the car on my own & I borrowed all 3 engine types (1.8, TD4 & V6) to find which one I liked. Each time I took the car away for a half day, with no pressures. The car arrived on time & the hand over was pretty good. I've been used to Japanese & German cars. LR quality is not great, there are rattles & many people have problems with the alarm & also the rear window. My own alarm & window is fine, but it has several rattles & the production quality is not great. The plastics used are good internally, as you can find it hard to scratch them which is good for kids. My little girl likes it, as she sits higher up than in a car & she can see over hedges. The drivers seat is not height adjustable & the roof line is low, so watch out if you are tall, I am 5'11" & my head is 1" from the roof. I often hit my head getting in & out. Plastics externally are of a poor quality. If you get them muddy (!), the plastics actually stain & you have to use a "back to black" type product to clean them up again. I have some side protection plastics on the doors & this really helps my peace of mind when parking at the supermarket. The back door is good for loading shopping. If someone has parked to close to the rear of the car, you can't open your back door. However, holding the alarm unlock button for a few seconds, will not only unlock the doors, but wind down the rear window. This is surprisingly useful. The driving experience is poor & it feel ra
                  ther like a Ford Transit. You really have to treat it as a fun car, because the handling is terrible. This is good for me however, as it keeps my driving slow. Around bends at any speed, you can feel the front of the car bounce, which takes some getting used-to. I've used it off road on "Green lanes" & it is very good in the mud & water. My car came direct from the factory & there was a horrible plastic smell from the interior that lasted about 2 weeks. It actually made both my wife & I ill. Now the smell has mostly gone, but we still get a smell of oil whenever the sunroof is open (even after after 2 months). Talking about smell, if you haven't owned a diesel before, they are smelly - very smelly, especially if you park inside a garage. The TD4 is a modern turbo diesel & I'm satisfied with the performance. It doesn't slow down very much up steep motorway hills & you don't hold up traffic pulling out of turning or away from the lights. Overall, the Freelander is satisfactory, but it really doesn't match the competition in either drivability or quality. However it's offroad abilities are far better. In the company car park, it does lend an element of class that the other brands of 4x4 do not. The loading bay is good & the back seats fold down very easily. One thing to note is that the seat belt holders can mark the leather seats very badly, so wrap a cloth around them when folding the seats. The heated seats in the ES are very nice. I've never had hot seats before & they are very pleasant when it's cold. It allows you to have the car heater turned down, which still keeping yourself warm with the seats. I find that this makes the inside of the car less stuffy & helps to keep you fresh on long trips.

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                    30.11.2000 06:10
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                    I have a diesel Freelander (over two years old). I am a high mileage user, and have clocked up nearly 60,000 miles already. The Freelander is great. I love driving it, its comfy, safe, reliable (just about). I just want to point out that the maintenace costs came as a big surprise to me. Like all new cars, for virtually all the work, you must go to Landrover Dealers, fair enough, we all know this. At the time I bought mine, there were no good deals. I paid for finance etc. Now you can get free insurance, some free servicing, some interest free finance, making them a lot more affordable. Don't forget the extras, especially if you plan to use it a lot. Here are some costs for you: * A typical no-frills service costs approx £150. Consider buying and providing the oil for the oil change, as the garage will charge you £8 per litre before VAT, this adds up to £40 for standard oil -- rip off! * Two replacement front brake pads -- £80 fitted. * The 48,000 mile service cost £440, you might want to save up for that one. * I've spent approx £350 on replacing worn tyres -- shopped around for the tyres managed to get them £80-ish each not Landrover garage, they'll charge 130 per tyre. * Due to my age, 23, my insurance is £1100. For the size and class of car, I cannot complain about the fuel economy. The 2.0L XEDi manages around 370 miles on 50litres of diesel, currently costs £43. I do around 400 miles a week, and spend £250 a month on fuel.

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                    17.11.2000 03:26
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                    I love this car. My parents currently own a 1.8 litre petrol version. You now are thinking 1.8 litre is that all? It doesnt need to be anymore. The front of the car lifts when you accelerate it is great!!!!!!!!!! However if you are seriously looking at buying this car I reccomend the 2.2 litre version to give it the extra grrr. And a must is the nudge bar or the car looks like a city car not like a off roader. The ride quality in this car is fantastic no bumbs no jerks no vibration. It is like it was made from a one piece mould. This is the top 4by4 and millions agree with me because it is the most popular 4by4 in the world!!!!! (even in America it is rated highly!)

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                      17.09.2000 17:56
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                      The Land rover freelander is the cheaper way to be able to afford a land rover. It is a suitable family car with the option of being able to travel off road. The freelander has nothing really special it is just like a normal family car which can be used for off roading. With the freelander you know you are not buying cheap forigen rubbish you are getting quality. If you think the free lander is still a little expensive for you liking they sell them even cheaper in france the only problem is they are left hand drive.

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                        13.07.2000 16:35
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                        I'll admit it - I was drawn to the Freelander for what it stood for. The perfect vehicle for a young family - throw the kids, the dog and all the rest that goes with it in and have the ability to go anywhere at anytime. Well like 99.99% of 4x4 drivers the amount of time I've spent going anywhere has been pretty limited and the main roads and motorways are where I spend most of my time. Unfortunately the "anytime" piece of the opening paragraph has had major flaws over the 2.5 years I've owned my Freelander. It's been in the dealers 12 times during this time and to give you all a feel for the build quality it's had new battery, alternator, gearbox, clutch, breaks and been recalled twice for things I've long forgotten about. Don't get me wrong, the concept is brilliant and apart from not having a big enough boot, nor fuel tank and the 1.8 petrol engine I own lacks a little poke this car is great for the kids. (They don't even throw-up in it - often!) All in all I'm disappointed

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