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    land rover freelander...

    hi all im thinking about getting a commercial freelander in the next two weeks, does anyone have any expierience with them?? what did you think?

    cheers.

    tiny.

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    Hi

    I used to drive one for work and once you get over the typical Landrover idiosyncrasies they're fine. My biggest criticism oddly enough was not reliability or build quality but the fact that I whacked my head on the 'A' post every time I got in! And I'm not even very tall! (OK, my wife will tell you that I'm dyspracsic but that's another story)

    I seem to remember that the window switches were in the wrong order too but thats just a niggle.

    However, niggles aside it's probably one of the most sure footed softroaders around...I had to drive through many Highland snowstorms in the middle of the night and it never put a foot wrong, I always felt perfectly safe. Excellent tow car too.

    Oh, just remembered, some problems with the tailgate window lowering itself when parked too.

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    Don't even think about putting your money into a 1.8 petrol version.

    The K series engine WILL overheat and blow up - at vast expense. The cooling galleries are simply too small for the job.

    The other versions can be a pleasant surprise - for a soft roader!

    Rgds Ian

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    You are quite right Ian, avoid the 1.8 petrol like the plague. Even if you have the head gasket done they are still prone to going again. The diesels are great though.

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    i drive a vauxhall frontera 2.2 dti lwb and i can hand on heart say this vehicle is a true all rounder, i to was very interested in a freelander but a low miles freelander td4(bmw diesel engined) were holding 'top dollar'and i too was warned away from the 1.8 freelander due to the head gasket fault!!
    i know vauxhall have a bit of a stigma surrounding there cars but i do get 35+ miles per gallon from my truck, i can switch into 4x4 up to speeds of 60 m/hr(although never tried and probably not advisable!!) the 4 wheel drive is superb and the load space is huge!!
    not everyones choice i know, but im very happy!!

    duggers

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    I had the 2litre diesel and drove it off road and it broke!!
    Warning lights on dashboard light up telling you that you have no brakes but it is a sensor on the wheel that sets it off if you go thro water, it was raining at the time!
    The hill descent had a mind of its own and lit up as engaged but wasn't!!
    Back window drops down of its own accord when you least expect it, side window switches tend to stick dropping the window down when you only wanted it to open slightly.
    Air conditioning condensation overflow pipe separates in the passenger foot well and fills it up with water ready for the first passenger to step in.
    Knees tend to touch the centre console, not the dashboard! if you relax or the seat is moved to allow you to reach the pedals!
    My sump guard was held on with two spot welded thin strips which broke when I hit some mole heaps when crossing a field allowing it to drop down and act as a scoop.
    For a 2 litre very sluggish but good enough for road use but, in my opinion does not merit the 'Land Rover' badge
    I got rid of it after eleven months because it spent too much time in the Garage, thank goodness it was new and covered by the guarrantee.

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    Freelander

    I have had a couple of freelanders a few years back, both from new both 1.8 petrols. They both performed well off road. With a decent set of tyres they will embaress most other 4x4 with standard tyres. I sold the first one to a mate with 10K on the clock. The engine blew at 12K and fortunately was replaced under warenty. That car must have been a friday car it had problems with the windows and the anti roll bars. The second one I kept for a few years and did 30K in it with no problems at all!! If I was going to get another one I would go for the TD4.

    Dave

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    There not a bad car really. I drive a defender td5 but use an early 2lt diesel freelander quite often. Its got 80k on the clock & drives fine. I agree the 1.8 petrol is a nightmare so steer clear. Done a few headgaskets on them in the past & that dont really cure the problem. The K series petrol engine fitted in a car aint too bad but for some reason it doesnt seem to work in the freelander Try & go for the td4 but be warned, the pre face lift model used a multi vane turbo & can suffer problems. The face lift model used a different turbo unit unlike the earlier td4 & this has cured the problem. Also the freelander can suffer IRD Unit failure. The first signs of wear to the IRD are abnormal wear on the rear tyres. (Blocking) where the tyres seem to wear in blocks around the tyre tread. This was more apparent in the earlier model freelander but some later models seem to suffer from it as well
    All this sounds very alarming i know but just remember this. You only hear all the horror stories of things that go wrong & it taints the image of the whole car so everyone thinks every freelander is crap The thing to remember is the freelander was the biggest selling small 4x4 ever built by any motor manufacturer to date so the percentage of defect vehicles is relatively small compared to the amount built.
    I work for a major japanese motor manufacturer & they build one of the most popular 4x4s on the market today. You would be alarmed to know some of the major warranty claims that are made on these for worst defects than you will find on a freelander. It just proves that the japanese aint always the best, You just dont hear all the horror stories as often.
    Every vehicle has its faults & they always will do. My td5 Defender is 3 years old & has had its fair share of faults since ive owned it (now all sorted out). I have access to new japanese 4x4s if i want & can get them cheaper than a second hand defender, Id take the defender anyday over any other 4x4.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steyr 243
    There not a bad car really. I drive a defender td5 but use an early 2lt diesel freelander quite often. Its got 80k on the clock & drives fine. I agree the 1.8 petrol is a nightmare so steer clear. Done a few headgaskets on them in the past & that dont really cure the problem. The K series petrol engine fitted in a car aint too bad but for some reason it doesnt seem to work in the freelander Try & go for the td4 but be warned, the pre face lift model used a multi vane turbo & can suffer problems. The face lift model used a different turbo unit unlike the earlier td4 & this has cured the problem. Also the freelander can suffer IRD Unit failure. The first signs of wear to the IRD are abnormal wear on the rear tyres. (Blocking) where the tyres seem to wear in blocks around the tyre tread. This was more apparent in the earlier model freelander but some later models seem to suffer from it as well
    All this sounds very alarming i know but just remember this. You only hear all the horror stories of things that go wrong & it taints the image of the whole car so everyone thinks every freelander is crap The thing to remember is the freelander was the biggest selling small 4x4 ever built by any motor manufacturer to date so the percentage of defect vehicles is relatively small compared to the amount built.
    I work for a major japanese motor manufacturer & they build one of the most popular 4x4s on the market today. You would be alarmed to know some of the major warranty claims that are made on these for worst defects than you will find on a freelander. It just proves that the japanese aint always the best, You just dont hear all the horror stories as often.
    Every vehicle has its faults & they always will do. My td5 Defender is 3 years old & has had its fair share of faults since ive owned it (now all sorted out). I have access to new japanese 4x4s if i want & can get them cheaper than a second hand defender, Id take the defender anyday over any other 4x4.
    I don't know who you work for but how do you rate the Nissan X-Trail? I had a drive in a friends and quite liked it, the only thing that struck me was how light weight the front panels were.

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    spend your money on something else. I get a Ford ticket which means that i can get a discount on any Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover etc. Unfortunately i've tried the freelander and the discovery and regretted it.

    Got the new diesel freelander for the wife which soon developed so many faults that the dealership was forced to take it back. I Foolishly opted to swap up into the new Discovery due to the large discount and 0% apr. That bugger went back to the dealership 5 times in 7 months.

    Unfortunately landrover are still awful when it comes to build quality and reliability.

    I now drive a shogun and the wife drives a VW Toureg

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