1998 Land Rover Freelander Reviews - Page 2 of 7

1998 Land Rover Freelander XEi 1.8 petrol from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.8 / 10
Most recent distance196000 kilometres

Summary:

Sell this car and do not get a Land Rover again

Faults:

IRD unit failure.

General Comments:

The Freelander repair bill is unbelievably expensive, even for a very old model.

The IRD unit cost is almost or even more than a quarter of the price of the whole car bought second hand.

I am unable to sell this car without the IRD unit being replaced.

It is now the year 2010, and obviously IRD unit problems of Freelander are still here to stay.

If you add up your repair bills, you would have an amount that is enough to buy another Freelander.

I am definitely in for another repair, and the question is not what, but when.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 20th June, 2010

1998 Land Rover Freelander EXI 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance95000 miles
Previous carVauxhall Astra

Faults:

Wheel bearing and prop bushes.

General Comments:

Good reliable car. Took the prop off, makes a lot of difference, better on juice and faster.

OK if not doing a lot of off roading. Handles better overall.

Very happy with the car overall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd October, 2009

7th Aug 2011, 16:56

Hi. When you take the prop shaft off, it puts more pressure on the transfer box, and will harm it after time.

17th May 2012, 08:24

Not really true, removing the propshaft doesn't put any extra load on the transfer box - actually it unburdens it. The best bet is to remove the rear spindle and put on a blanking plate instead - very easy to do when the car is lifted. This solution also notably decreases the working temperature of the transfer box - prolonging its life.

1998 Land Rover Freelander Di 2.0 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired134000 kilometres
Most recent distance165000 kilometres
Previous carNissan Patrol

Summary:

Beautiful, Good looking, Pleasure to drive, Eye-catching

Faults:

Electrics system needed tune-up, radio broke so installed a CD player.

Coolant leak, fixed in no time.

General Comments:

Great car to drive, very stylish as far as 4x4's go. My car is a burnt red colour. It's a real eye-catcher and I get lots of comments from strangers and friends regarding the look of the car.

Handles great, smashes the Subaru Forester in every facet.

Good acceleration, Very comfortable.

Just a beautiful car. I would recommend one to everybody.

My Freelander is the diesel one. It is much more reliable than the petrol version. Diesel over Petrol any day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th October, 2007

1998 Land Rover Freelander di 2.0 td from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 2.0 td Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired96000 miles
Most recent distance99000 miles
Previous carFord Escort

Summary:

A solid 4x4

Faults:

Bought the car at an auction, so for the mot needed all brake pipes changed, rear wheel cylinders and shoes changed.

Needed a new inner link bush fitted.

Diff. pinion oil seal needed changed.

Changed the glow plugs at 98000 miles.

Timing belts changed at 96000 miles (being the rover engine it is pain)

Two new front tyres at 96000.

General Comments:

I know that the Freelander has had its share of trouble, but it is still a good 4x4.

Mine tows a caravan with out any hassle.

Its comfortable, good head height, plenty of room for the family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th March, 2006

1998 Land Rover Freelander xei 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 0 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.8 / 10
Distance when acquired48000 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles
Previous carFord Mondeo

Summary:

It is a pile of junk and belongs in the scrap yard

Faults:

Head gasket blew at 58000 miles and cost £2000 to repair.

Sun roof guides failed. Replaced, but was told the existing motor was not strong enough to open the sunroof. new motor fitted.

Windscreen wiper motor failed.

Air conditioning re-gassed, but still ineffective.

Water hoses leaked requiring three replacement hoses.

Steering fluid loss - new hose pipe.

Exhaust caused cable harness beneath rear bumper to catch fire damaging rear light cluster.

General Comments:

Land Rover refused to accept there is a problem with head gaskets on this model.

Their customer services department has been less than helpful and has failed to answer any of my concerns put to them in writing.

There is clearly a manufacturing fault with this model which for obvious reasons Land Rover fail to acknowledge.

I will never buy another Land Rover and hope this serves as a warning to others.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd June, 2005

1998 Land Rover Freelander XEDi 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Manual
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 3 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired58500 miles
Most recent distance68500 miles
Previous carMitsubishi Carisma

Summary:

A stylish dustbin

Faults:

The prop shaft bearings failed soon after we purchased this car.

A new fault just developed-when we go to start the car the starter motor turns the motor for a split second then stops.

Bad wear on rear tyres.

General Comments:

We believe that this car has been "chipped" as it goes like a rocket.

It has every extra available (cost £28000 new!-still have original sales receipt).

Its just a shame about the reliability though. I always preferred Japanese cars, but thought I would take a chance on this because of the great styling and image. Burnt fingers time!!!

The front seats are too short and the gearstick is too low unless you are 6 foot tall.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 18th July, 2004

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 25 reviews