Land Rover Freelander Review from France

2000 Land Rover Freelander SEiD 2.0 Litre turbo diesel

Year of manufacture2000
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 Litre turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance110000 kilometres
Previous carRenault Scenic

Summary:

OK if you consider the transmission as being a consumable

Faults:

Roof rack fissured after 1 winter.

Guarantee finished at 60000kms. No other problems during guarantee period.

Steering column play at 80000kms.

Clutch control circuit leaked out at 86000kms.

IRD melted down at 107000kms, damaging gearbox, axle and rear differential. Land Rover refused to pay one cent of the 5000 euro bill.

General Comments:

Car comes out of the service centre dirtier than when it went in.

Hats off to Grenoble service centre for giving an unsolicited 10% reduction on the rear differential.

No thanks to Montpellier service centre who didn't give way on a single cent of the 4000 euro bill and didn't even detect the problem with the rear diff (replaced 300kms later by Grenoble).

No thanks to the French Land Rover After-Sales Service. Very, very long wait times when you need assistance.

Clearly well-versed on soft-skills, but behind it all you know that there first priority is to find every justification not to satisfy the customer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th October, 2004

12th Oct 2010, 07:51

The car is only good for a certain period. It is very true that it's very, very expensive to maintain it. The sun-roof also doesn't last longer. Not a good buy at all.

Average review marks: 6.6 / 10, based on 1 review