2003 Land Rover Freelander Serengeti 1.8 petrol
Good fun! If you're strong and not lazy
Central locking... Electricity is a strange and mystical power yet to be fully mastered by Land Rover.
Other than the highly capricious electricity, nothing has gone wrong at all.
Grizzles first. The car's a Booze Hound. 27 MPG is about as good as you'll get... You might get more by cruising at 56mph, all day long on a motorway.
Busy. The engine, even though it claims 115 horse power, makes lots of fuss without actually moving you along very quickly. Cruising over 70 makes conversation a bit shouty.
Likes a fight. The gear shift... You need some determination to change into first and reverse in particular. We took 'Florence' (My wife insists that's the car's name) to a mechanic and he assured us 'They're all a bit stiff'... A bit stiff!! Right.
The good bits. The seats are very comfortable although there are only four in the serengeti... Rear seat access is easy, even though the car only has two doors.
The boots space is very good, but I'm not a great fan of the rear door... It open out like a Discovery's... It's heavy and cumbersome.
I love the removable roof... Great fun, but when it's off, it's off for a while... You really have to struggle with it as it is very heavy... Definitely a two man job... or person job if we're being PC.
The little Free Lander is surprisingly GOOD off road... I'd go as far as to say, very capable... Much better than most other so called off roaders. Proper 4x4 stuff with hill decent mode. The Freelander won't match a 110 or a Suzuki Jimny, but you'd be amazed at what it can do!
I like the car, I really do, but you do have to 'DRIVE' it... Good fun, I approve.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 12th June, 2016
13th Jun 2016, 07:02
A very good, well written, entertaining review, and it told you everything you wanted to know.
23rd Oct 2016, 15:16
Not quite everything - it didn't say how many times the head gasket had been replaced (an intrinsic fault on these terrible vehicles).
3rd Dec 2016, 00:29
Absolutely true! Head gaskets were an issue... But we were assured that because they were such a nuisance, ours would have been 'sorted' and looking through the doomsday book of horrors, it had been.