2001 Land Rover Freelander ES V6 from UK and Ireland
A Money Pit
Uneven Tyre wear causing huge vibrations when driving at motorway speed (a common fault). Head Gasket Blew at 45,000 miles. Torque converter failed meaning a new gearbox at 50,000 miles. Engine seized at 55,000 miles.
The image of Land Rover drew me to this model, but since purchasing it 9 months ago I have lost £2,000 in depreciation and spent £4000 in bills which would have been in excess of £7000 had I not shopped around and bought from independents rather than Land Rover.
For a V6, the car is very sluggish. The handling is very poor around corners and kick-down from the auto-box is erratic.
Economy is very poor with 250 miles being the maximum return from a 60L fill of the tank.
Inside the cabin the driver's seat does not adjust for height and the steering wheel does not adjust for reach.
The rear seat belts are very sensitive and lock extremely easily, pinning passengers to their seats unless they are unclipped and returned back fully every time.
The reliability of the car is by far the worst of ANY vehicle I have owned. To avoid main dealer prices I looked for independent Land Rover specialists, but many will not work on the model as the number of frequent faults cause poor customer satisfaction.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 10th October, 2005