2000 Land Rover Freelander XEDi 2.0 diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Good car, but shame about build quality


This week the IRD failed at 60,000 kms. Landrover are arguing its out of warranty. Seems unreasonable. Transmission noise has been awful since day 1. Also when selecting reverse gear will jump out of reverse as you start to pull away.

Sun roof failed at 3.5 years.

General Comments:

I'd be grateful to know how long an IRD should last and what symptoms indicate it is failing.

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

Review Date: 17th February, 2005

2000 Land Rover Freelander Xei 1.8 from UK and Ireland


A very poor car in all respects


The car failed to start when we went to pick it up from the dealer... not a good start.

The hill descent failed.

The exhaust system and catalytic converter completely failed.

Oil and water mixing throughout.

Sunroof leaking causing water to catch in the roof lining.

Back door seals leak.

Sun roof gear winders broke.

All this within six months of purchasing the car from a large dealer. The after-sales care has been awful and we are left with a bill for over £4000 for a complete new engine and catalytic converter.

General Comments:

The car has been a complete disaster from the day we purchased it.

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

Review Date: 1st February, 2005

2000 Land Rover Freelander SEiD 2.0 Litre turbo diesel from France


OK if you consider the transmission as being a consumable


Roof rack fissured after 1 winter.

Guarantee finished at 60000kms. No other problems during guarantee period.

Steering column play at 80000kms.

Clutch control circuit leaked out at 86000kms.

IRD melted down at 107000kms, damaging gearbox, axle and rear differential. Land Rover refused to pay one cent of the 5000 euro bill.

General Comments:

Car comes out of the service centre dirtier than when it went in.

Hats off to Grenoble service centre for giving an unsolicited 10% reduction on the rear differential.

No thanks to Montpellier service centre who didn't give way on a single cent of the 4000 euro bill and didn't even detect the problem with the rear diff (replaced 300kms later by Grenoble).

No thanks to the French Land Rover After-Sales Service. Very, very long wait times when you need assistance.

Clearly well-versed on soft-skills, but behind it all you know that there first priority is to find every justification not to satisfy the customer.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 15th October, 2004

12th Oct 2010, 07:51

The car is only good for a certain period. It is very true that it's very, very expensive to maintain it. The sun-roof also doesn't last longer. Not a good buy at all.

2000 Land Rover Freelander XEDi 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Good image, but high maintenance costs


1) Excessive tyre wear.

2) Air conditioning

3) 4x Number plate bulbs

4) Soft-back Zips.

General Comments:

For all the bad press that the freelander gets it is actually a very enjoyable car. I appreciate that the diesel is under powered, but what other 4x4 delivers 35mpg+ economy.

I have only had a few niggles, for example, the poor heater and excessive road/axle noise.

The real issues, for me, are main dealer servicing costs and frequent tyre replacement. I know that for every 10,000 miles I will have a 700GBP bill too expensive for the family user!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 17th February, 2004

2000 Land Rover Freelander XEi - 5 Door 1.8L petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Alright if you have a good bank balance


Very little has gone wrong.

There was an incident where the Fuel Cutoff switch would engage for no reason

Reverse gear is a pain to find.

CD player will turn the volume up for no reason.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable to drive.

Expensive to service and keep on the road (Insurance particularly).

Not a bad car, but I do not think I would buy another purely because of the ownership costs.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th November, 2002

2000 Land Rover Freelander 1.8 Unleaded from UK and Ireland


High running costs, Low return


Head gasket blew at 42,000, necessitating a new engine!

Switch on rear window failed repeatedly after 20,000 miles meaning it would randomly wind down. Meaning I could never set the alarm!

Drivers' side window makes a grating noise, and never stays fixed.

Clutch went after 15,000.

Original tyres lasted less than 12 months and 12,000 miles!

Plus si many smaller faults I can't keep up with them all!

General Comments:

Having come from a Civic Coupe which went wrong only once in three years (and that was an electric window switch needing replacing), this was something of a shock.

It's somewhat less reliable than my Mark 5 Cortina, and somewhat slower too. Although it's a lease car, and they've had to pay for the bi-weekly major maintenance it seems to have needed, I still felt it didn't merit more than a "1" for running costs because it drinks more petrol than a 747. Any motorway driving at anything over 70 mph, and you can almost watch the petrol gauge drop.

The last straw came when the head gasket blew up eight weeks after a service, necessitating a new engine. At first I thought the engine was on fire, and actually stood there praying the car would explode.

I would never recommend one of these to a friend, unless they were in a "Brewsters' Millions" situation and had to get rid of a large amount of money in a short space of time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th October, 2002

16th Oct 2004, 17:49

Excellent review, my own freelander needed a new engine after only 33,000 miles!

7th Dec 2004, 20:56

Today the head gasket on my engine went at 38K miles. Numerous problems during three year ownership--rear window malfunctioning, car overheating time and time again for different reasons, first three months of ownership electrical system fried the battery. Back tire blew out after first two months. In and out of the shop too many times---brake pads are low standard so brakes had to be repaired six times during three years. I could go on and on, I would NEVER recommend ownership of this car to anyone, Land rover should be ashamed of themselves and should issue a recall on the defective engines before someone gets hurt.

16th Dec 2005, 06:43

Owned a Freelander (better call it FreeJunker) for 3.5 years. The problems on the car started on the very first year with an incredible noise coming from engine. After taking it to the Land Rover dealer I was told that the tires needed to be changed! Need to say that at the time I had less than 8,000miles on the car! At 18,000 miles the water pump broke which resulted to a 300 pound repair! Again the Land Rover dealer denied any wrong doing with the car and covered absolutely no fees towards my problem. At 29,000miles the head gasket went!!! By this point I was fuming with anger since the estimated cost of repair, came to 700 pounds! Needless to say that not even once the car was abused by any means. All service maintenances, oil changes.. etc was done by the dealer. Fixed the car and was lucky enough to sell it in no time.

It is absolutely UNACCEPTABLE for a car with 29,000 miles to need a new head gasket. Judging and reading from other landrover owners this is a very common problem with the Freejunkers and land rover should be ashamed for having this car into production.

I would never ever buy a Landrover again in my life! Not even if they gave me one for free.