2000 Land Rover Freelander 1.8 K series petrol from UK and Ireland
Inferior to similar Japanese competitors
Within a very short time a substance resembling Bailey's Irish Cream started to materialize in the coolant expansion tank. This alarmed me somewhat, but I pretended to ignore it. Within a couple of weeks though the coolant in the 'sealed' cooling system started a disappearing act. Despite a thorough inspection, there were no leaks in hoses etc. and the problem got worse until I was filling the cooling system with up to a liter a day.
About this this time there appeared signs of coolant in the oil as well. The lubrication properties of the oil were being reduced, and when a slight knocking was heard from one of the camshafts, I decided to stop driving it. It is vital for me to be mobile and I spent a large sum on a Japanese SUV which runs like a dream. In the meantime I have read all about the woes of the K series engine in the Freelander and have obtained an upgrade kit. I intend to do the work myself when the weather improves. I simply refuse to pay Land Rover's repair costs. So, Land Rover, you have lost a customer for ever. I shall buy Japanese from now on.
Very nice styling and comfortable. Handles well.
But badly let down by a design flaw leading to the coolant loss/head gasket problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 16th December, 2008