The new mechanic said, "It's not worth fixing, just drive until it dies."
I have an 02 Freelander.
I have it serviced at the dealer for all required services. They did some warranty work when I first got it, but the results were always questionable. Nothing has ever really been fixed.
The car clunks in the back when accelerating. Everyone says U joints, dealer said they didn't know, but it wasn't that, not U joints.
Coolant smell with defrost. Everyone said water pump, but was the thermostat. Replaced the thermostat for over $1500 to find that when the dealer did warranty work on replacing intake manifold gaskets, a repair was not made; had original seals. Still has coolant leak smell. Was told the pressure test could blow additional things, so not to do it.
It just started leaking oil. Luckily I checked (no oil on the dipstick at all) but no oil light came on.
'Needs Service' light is on, and so it won't pass emissions, and after dealing with faulty codes forever, finally got a waiver.
I also take issue with the wire for the airbag under the passenger seat, so I drive around with the airbag light on too.
Rear right passenger window works intermittently.
Rear window always freezes and I can't open the tailgate. It appears to be bad design.
Not so happy with it being listed as a "cash for clunkers vehicle" and severely destroying any resale value left.
I really like the off road AWD features, including the down hill assist and the front window defrost here for the snow.
It has never left me stranded.
It rides rough. You can't hear anyone talking in the back, even without the A/C on.
My paint is fine and it's outside a lot. No problems with the mirrors either as some reviewers have mentioned.
Definitely not the fine luxury European automobile it is perceived to be.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd May, 2010