2003 Land Rover Freelander Reviews - Page 5 of 5

2003 Land Rover Freelander S from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired11111 miles
Most recent distance12688 miles
Previous carJeep Grand Cherokee

Summary:

Too early to tell

Faults:

While in drive, you can put it in 4 without pressing the the button on the shift lever.

Rear washer does not spray.

"Service Engine Soon" light came on after 6 days.

General Comments:

Steering is amazing. Does not blow around like other Sport Utilities.

Great on fuel.

Seating forces a commanding view of the road.

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

Review Date: 20th March, 2004

2003 Land Rover Freelander ES Premium 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.0 turbo diesel Automatic
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired17 miles
Most recent distance21000 miles
Previous carLand Rover Freelander

Summary:

Good car that could be a LOT better

Faults:

Air conditioning did not work when the car was new. This was fix by the dealer at the first service. The Stereo does not always see the CD changer and has to be turned off. The Key fob stopped working and had to be replaced and now the spare one does not work.

Apart from that Nothing has gone wrong.

General Comments:

I had a Y Reg Year 2000 Freelander and loved the car. It was very unreliable and in the end I refused to take it back from the dealer. Due to this Landrover and the dealer did me a deal on a new one. As I said I did love the car, they gave me a very good deal and I had heard that the QA was better on them since ford took Land Rover over.

The new car has proved to be reliable for the first 20K mile I have used it. On the whole I am happy with the car although it could be better. My car is the premium model which is top of the range, I think that I also have most of the options that are worth while. All of this said, there is no heated windscreen, The fan is crap and takes days to clear the screen if it is steamed up in the winter. If the window on the back door freezes you cannot open the boot.

There are lots of rattles around the car and there seems to be more each week. This is not what you expect from a car that is less than a year old.

I do like the car, but kinda think that next time I need a new one it will be something other than a Land Rover.. Maybe a Subaru Legacy or something.

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

Review Date: 21st January, 2004

2003 Land Rover Freelander S 2.5L V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 2.5L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.4 / 10
Distance when acquired11900 miles
Most recent distance12800 miles
Previous carChevrolet Tracker

Summary:

An excellent buy if you want a small SUV

Faults:

No problems so far.

General Comments:

This SUV has proven to be a very comfortable vehicle, even if the seats are a little firm. This however may come from being accustomed to "squishy" American made cars.

The car feels heavy (in a nice way) and sure-footed. I have to watch my speed, because it's so quiet you don't realize how fast you are going.

It's been only three weeks since I got it, but I have had no problems with the car.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2003

23rd Aug 2004, 19:30

How can you make a evaluation only after owning the vehicle for three weeks and 900 miles? Kinda pointless.

7th Jan 2005, 04:02

I have a Freelander S and have enjoyed it since November 2004, however I have had squeaking problems with my brakes and the speed isn't what I'd really consider to be a S type vehicle.

Can be quite noisy to.

2003 Land Rover Freelander SE3 V6 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission V6 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.6 / 10
Distance when acquired12 miles
Most recent distance7800 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Fox

Summary:

Very happy with this car so far

Faults:

A coolant return hose was improperly clamped and dripped antifreeze.

I noticed this before it became an overheating problem. The dealership fixed the leak and also replaced the thermostat.

The air conditioning didn't work from factory (I purchased the vehicle during the winter and didn't realize it was broken for several months). The dealer re-charged and it worked fine all summer.

There is a small rattle above the rear-view mirror, which the dealer couldn't fix. Turn the radio up; the rattle disappears.

General Comments:

This is the 2 door, with removable hardtop. It is my wife's car. She originally wanted a Jeep Wrangler, but after driving the Landie, she was sold.

The handling is the most impressive part of this vehicle. I currently drive a Ford Escape (company car) and there is no comparison.

The Freelander is smooth and precise on both the highway and side roads. In fact, it may be too good since I often find myself really speeding (80-90 MPH) and not even knowing it!

I also enjoy the removable top. I am capable of removal/installation by myself in less than 10 minutes. I wish the car came with a soft top (it's a $1000 option) but we were able to buy an aftermarket "shower top" which is okay, but doesn't have a window in it.

Yes, the interior controls are awkward compared to domestic makes, but the Britt's would probably find the controls in a Chevy the same way.

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

Review Date: 9th October, 2003

Average review marks: 5.8 / 10, based on 16 reviews