2002 Land Rover Freelander ES 2.0
The BMW diesel engine attracted me to the Freelander. After a short ownership, that's all you are left with. The rest of the vehicle components seem to fail around it.
The engine is quite nippy, but the gear change is jerky and the ride is like a boat.
Fuel consumption is high due to the permanent 4WD.
The main problem is build quality, which is horrendous unfortunately. I will stick with German and Japanese in future. Land Rover just cannot compete.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 6th May, 2016
1st Jun 2016, 23:17
Not sure what reviews you have missed, but whatever convinced you a Landy of this type/era would be anything but unreliable?
Had a neighbour with a Freelander petrol - in the 4 years he had it, the car had an annual MOT and head gasket change. The electronic components were a joke and the dealers were awful - I guess worn down with disgruntled customers who come back time after time once they have made a sale.
If you want a car that's like a car - buy a car - a 4x4 is not for you. If you want a 4x4, accept there will be compromises in the driving dynamics, but in either event, avoid Landies from pre-2015 if you want to enjoy motoring.