2002 Land Rover Freelander ES 1.8 from UK and Ireland


Go go gadget Freelander


The nuts holding the exhaust onto the exhaust manifold came loose and fell off.

General Comments:

The Freelander is a reliable and comfortable car to drive.

It is a common misconception that these vehicles are not really designed for off road action; I have had mine through two and a half feet of water and have driven across a variety of terrains.

I don’t do this often mind, but I see no point in having a four wheel drive vehicle if it is only ever going to see tarmac.

The 1.8 engine is not too thirsty and is still very powerful, mine doesn’t have a towing bracket fitted, but that hasn’t stopped me. Only last week I towed a neighbour’s car several miles. And it had no problem; I was even able to accelerate quite comfortably without feeling like I was dragging the other car!

The car is comfortable and is lovely to drive, inside you get all the refinements of a luxury vehicle (dependent on model), mine has heated black leather seats, full electrics (inc mirrors), multi-disc changer, the list goes on. Two of my favourite features are; the rear electric window and the rear door. The window makes carrying lengthy objects no problem at all. And the side opening door allows for easy access, open it and slide large object in.

I love my Freelander and I’m looking forward to the winter weather, as I’m sure we’ll have no problem and lots of fun. Go go gadget Freelander.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd November, 2005

20th Nov 2010, 09:54

So, how many head gaskets did it go through before you cut your losses and sold it?

2002 Land Rover Freelander GS 1.8 from Switzerland


I regret having bought it


Reliability is the main issue. We have to often change parts of the car. From electric windows to cooling system.

The cooling system is not efficient at all.

Car services are too expensive.

General Comments:

This car is not reliable.

It is too expensive to maintain.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 23rd September, 2005

2002 Land Rover Freelander S from North America


The Freelander is the most capable and comfortable 4x4 I've owned, and I'm on #6!


The intake cracked at ~2200 miles. The dealer repaired this under warranty.

The rear 12vdc receptacle came loose at ~18k miles. The dealer repaired this under warranty.

The passenger's rear window came off it's track at ~35k miles, The dealer repaired this under warranty.


General Comments:

This "truck" is bullet-proof! I have had it in deep beach sand, rocky hills in excess of 40-degrees pitch, snow as high as the hood, and mud deep enough to cover the bottom of the doors. The truck has ALWAYS come through without assistance!

I've pulled loads within 350 pounds of the manufacturer's limit (from Ventura, California to Seattle, Washington) without straining the vehicle... although I followed ALL guidelines and kept to 45mph!

The truck came equipped with 'passenger car' tires... those have been replaced with P225/70R16s, which perform much better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th June, 2005

12th Feb 2006, 05:00

Glad you like the car, but I suspect a head gasket failure isn't far away...

19th Jan 2007, 20:12

I have owned a 2.0 liter Diesel 2002 Freelander in Australia with 5 speed manual until very recently when I moved back to the US. I have not experienced a single problem with this car and can safely say that its the best car I ever had. However, having said this I heard from others they had trouble with Freelanders with automatic transmissions.

It went through mud and snow like its bitumen and I never needed put chain on it and all this with standard tires. On top of that this car rides very comfortably and is just the right size.

The only complaint I have is that it desperately needs more ground clearance and low range transmission - this is the one thing which Landrover must address.

Otherwise, indeed a great vehicle and I would buy another one any time.

It's a crying shame that the Diesels are not available in California!