2001 Land Rover Freelander Reviews from Australia and New Zealand

2001 Land Rover Freelander ES 2.5 V6

Model year2001
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 2.5 V6 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance145000 kilometres
Previous carSuzuki Grand Vitara

Summary:

Over engineered and poorly made, don't buy one

Faults:

Butterflies in the inlet manifold fell out and rattled around the intake.

Water pump blew twice; 14 hours labour each time, plus the cost of the pump.

Constant water loss; ended up replacing all the plumbing.

Right rear wheel bearing kept wearing out. Found the hub was out of round. Then all other wheel bearings went.

Drive shaft universals wore out.

This car has 4 cambelts! All needed replacing.

General Comments:

This is a good looking, comfortable SUV, and is great while it is working.

It drives well on the road, and has good off road capability.

Sluggish performance matched with poor fuel economy.

The old 1970's & 80's Land Rovers were great! What happened?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 21st September, 2011

25th Feb 2012, 21:38

Ford is what happened.

2001 Land Rover Freelander TD4 turbo diesel

Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 kilometres
Most recent distance137000 kilometres
Previous carHonda Shuttle

Summary:

Totally unreliable

Faults:

Transmission needed replacement, which cost approx. one third of the original purchase price and 6 weeks off the road.

One year later needed a new drive shaft and 4 weeks off the road. Plus constant minor repairs.

The worst purchase we have ever made.

General Comments:

Comfort and roomy interior is great, but after this experience we will buy our next car for reliability alone.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 7th October, 2009

4th Oct 2010, 17:18

The above comment could have been written by me. On the other side of the planet, but had the same problems, gears went on me, 3500 euros, 10 weeks off the road, complete rebuilt, 2 weeks after I get it back, something-shaft went, that was the bones of a 1000 euros.

The wiper engine went in very bad weather on a long journey, and something else happened with the fuel tank.

I was chatting to the guy who worked in the service dept, and he was openly laughing about how bad they were.

I went to trade it in and was laughed out of dealerships, they wouldn't touch it.

When I did sell it on, I got a call from the new owner (sold to by a dealer) asking if I knew what the F4 meant - yes, the gears were gone again 1 year after the rebuild.

The auto was a fantastic car to drive, but never ever again. Ever.

Average review marks: 4.7 / 10, based on 2 reviews