1998 Land Rover Freelander XEi 1.8i from UK and Ireland
A swimming pool on wheels
1. head gasket failed.
2. problems with the radio and central locking.
3. sun roof rails failed, replaced by dealer, now it leaks.
4. water ingress problem, rear security box fills with 1 inch of water, the problem is still ongoing, dealer unable to fix
5. tyres wear very quickly
6. Rear brake shoes stick
7. Air-conditioning unit leaks gas.
The car is damp.
The ride is like being in an armchair on a big spring.
Air-conditioning/ventillation not efficient.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th January, 2004
28th Oct 2004, 18:40
I too have been totally disgusted with my Land-rover Free-lander 1999 1.8xei station wagon, which I have owned since new. It has been serviced faithfully by the main dealer. I have no gripe with my dealer. It is the most costly car I have ever owned. I have recently had to have the head gasket replaced at my own cost even though Land-rover are aware of the issues with this fault. I contacted Land-rover, but as yet they have not seen fit to respond. There is now a leak which fills up the front passenger footwell. I thought this was due to a fault sunroof seal, but this was replaced and has been eliminated as the source of the fault. A waste of £55. I suspect the leak is either via the roof rail fixings or may be via a faulty roof seam. I have also had problems with seized rear brakes and HDC operation. I now consider (all) landrovers far too expensive to buy, maintain, but most of all the depreciation is horrendous. This is due mainly to the fact that the marque has been dragged through the muck in more ways than one. I will be lucky to get £5K for this car now. The car cost £22.5K when new. I have now purchased a more affordable BMW-X5 at £42K. I still have the Free-lander because I cannot find anyone willing to pay the £5K asking price. Who can blame them. Shame on you Land-rover & Ford.