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Land Rover Freelander V6i ES Auto Hardback 3dr

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      20.06.2001 04:02
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      I traded my four year old Toyota Corolla for an ex demonstrator Freelander from a local Land Rover dealership and I havent stopped smiling since. Like all good consumers we trawled the internet, the motor press and made numerous 'out of hours' visits to dealerships in search of our ideal car. (out of hours because you can look around the cars without the sales pitch). I wanted a four wheel drive vehicle, my wife wanted a convertable and automatic?. Our options were limited. We looked at the Chrysler Wrangler Jeep, nice but far too impracticle. We also looked at the Suzuki Grand Vitara which was again pleasant but lacked the finnesse and rigidity expected of an 'off roader'. We then visited the Land Rover dealership and what a breath of fresh air it was. The salesman was excellent. He displayed a full knowledge of the vehicle, gave a fabulous part exchange price (2k over book) and left us alone to discover its qualities/problems. I like to think Im thorough and so set about climbing all over the vehicle looking for fault. There were none. I also questioned the salesman on the fact that friends of ours had had problems with their Land Rovers. He was honest and explained the new improvements. He also detailed the now extensive warranty and breakdown assistance cover. (3 years both). We bought the car. The steptronic automatic gearbox is a delight. You have the option of full automatic, sport automatic or steptronic (a manual gear change with no clutch, a'la Formula 1). Boy does it move when you want it to. The high driving position gives a commanding view of the road, especially useful to see over parked cars at road junctions and dont be put off by its size it is only 10cm longer and 22cm wider than the Toyota - amazing The internal trim is pleasant and feels sufficient quality to take reasonably rough treatment. The switches are well positioned although not as tactile as the Toyota's which felt un
      breakable. The radio controls are duplicated on the steering collumn, A nice safety feature. You also get dual air bags, anti lock brakes, traction control, hill descent control, electric front and back window (yes the rear screen disappears into the rear door) and lockable storage bin. But no cup holders? Throw in a remote alarm and imobiliser plus key activated drivers door only unlock and re lock once inside and you have a very safe vehicle. The hard top and glass sunroof are fully removalbe (you get a nice bag to put the glass in) although the roof is very heavy and needs two people to remove it. Its worth pointing out that the hard top is the same as the soft top except for one removes and the other colapses. The hard top once removed has to be left behind as it doesnt fit in the vehicle. You can get ran cover at £130 or a soft top at £500 extra incase you get caught with no roof. A bit of haggaling with the dealer got us a rain cover for free, but lets face it it should be included in the price! The main disadvantage is the fuel consumption. 16.8mpg around town - ouch! although a thirteen gallon tank does allow enough time between fill ups not to get too intimate with the pump attendant at your local garage. All in all a well thought out and impressive vehicle which I'm happy to recommend. Ive not been off road yet but when I do - ramblers beware. This is one mighty vehicle. Welldone Land Rover. (shame your now BMW)


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