2002 Land Rover Freelander Reviews - Page 8 of 12

2002 Land Rover Freelander SE 2.5L from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 1 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
1.2 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance19000 miles
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

Do not buy it

Faults:

3 recalls on freelander. sun roof leaks, replaced rails still leaking. Cheap product not worth the money.

General Comments:

Poor workmanship.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 6th February, 2004

2002 Land Rover Freelander SE 2.5L from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.0 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance16000 miles
Previous carVolvo S70

Summary:

A good buy

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

Interior > needs a face lift.

Temp/fuel gauge are just info type.. no real feel of oil temp, trans temp, etc.

A/c unit under powered for the interior, tinted windows help somewhat.

Seat height should be adjustable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2004

2002 Land Rover Freelander ES 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.8 petrol Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired13000 miles
Most recent distance24000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Freelander

Summary:

A very dear reliable friend

Faults:

Loss of compression when accelerating in low gear.

Factory fitted CD player has trouble with it's memory!

Fingertip controls for CD player on steering column fell off.

General Comments:

Despite a few niggly problems this is my 3rd Freelander and I have driven this one down to Spain.

Takes forever to get the roof off and then find somewhere to store it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st January, 2004

2002 Land Rover Freelander from North America

Year of manufacture2002
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired10600 kilometres
Most recent distance15000 kilometres
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Solid quality 4X4 ride at bargain price

Faults:

Absolutely nothing has gone wrong so far. If there is anything negative to say about this vehicle, it would be the limited cargo space with the backseats up. Since we have two kids, those backseats won't be folded much often...

The inside door handles look like they were made for a Nissan Micra (cheap design and appearance).

General Comments:

Excellent and very solid vehicle. Driver feels on top of the world, especially in Winter driving conditions.

The kids love this car.

Bought this car in 2003 at a competitor dealership with only 10,000 km on the odometer. Looks really beautiful in deep forest green with its really long descending hood and high stance. Although I got the base "S" model, it was already equipped with add-ons like tubular sidebars and the full front bush guard which really gives the Freelander a nice, but serious "jungle" appearance (bring it on, Paris-Dakkar...)

Some control button placement oddities reported by mainstream auto critics? Really nothing to worry about. In my opinion, it only adds to the charm and uniqueness of this great high-end (but with a mini price) 4X4. After all, this is a Land Rover and is supposed to be different than American-made Jimmies and bland Asian Rav Fours... The electric-folding window in the back is really fun, just like in the old 77 Wrangler I used to own...

Living in Canada, I really enjoy the off-road capabilities of this great ice handler. Believe me, you will never stop moving with this beast, even if you bring it on a hockey rink... The special windshield defroster is also a nice touch in tune with the Canadian weather realities. Sitting high on very comfortable seats provide driver and companion with solid impression that they own the road (and backroads). Very well equipped 4x4 and despite what I had read about the poor quality of the standard sound system, I am actually pleased with its performance. Not actually something you would use to simulate Studio 54 during a beach party, but definitely more than decent in day to day use.

Performance? Not really in the full automatic mode... However, selecting sports or manual mode really improves the pleasure of driving this car. I wonder why the full automatic transmission mode was even retained for this car (probably to save on gas on highways) since the sports mode responds magnificently.

Overall, I love this unique-looking and solid Rover. (Speed) bumps or other road obstacles are barely felt with the Freelander. Before I bought the Freelander, I was really interested in the Suzuki XL-7 (Limited). I tried it and after I rode the Freelander, I understood what a solid ride really meant. The XL-7 Limited is not even in the same league (but shows a similar sticker price than the Freelander).

If you are looking for solidity, indisputable off-road capability, appearance and driving pleasure, do not even hesitate... The Freelander is for you.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th November, 2003

22nd May 2010, 10:45

I don't see how someone could write a review like this. I had a Freelander as a service loaner and it was a noisy, harsh turd. Repair record is abysmal on these things.

Average review marks: 5.9 / 10, based on 41 reviews