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Overall reader verdict 3 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    3 out of 5 stars

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75 reader reviews for Land Rover Freelander 4x4.
  • 1.8i Freestyle Estate 5dr

    Craig McIntyre Date: 23/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      1 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      1 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      1 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I find the build quality poor, with more rattles than a baby's cot.

    The fuel economy is poor.

    Servicing is the usual for Landrover.

  • 2.0 Td4 HSE Estate 5dr

    Andrew Higgs , . Date: 22/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    The Freelander is much better than you might think. The ride is very good for a 4x4 and with accurate (but a tad heavy) steering it is an easy car to drive and satisfying with it.

    The new interior is a big improvement, notably the seats are very good front and back and it makes a brilliant family car, better than a lot of super saloons with good space in the back and plenty of luggage room.

    The TD4 is a slow lump (it can be chipped) but you get reasonable economy and once up to speed it is fine.

    I bought this car for my wife and it is now used as our primary family transport and every time I drive it I am suprised at how civilised and competent it is. Sure, I have some niggles early on, but with a three year warranty this does not bother me unduly. I will probably buy the new one in 2006.

  • 1.8i Freestyle Hardback 3dr

    John Phillips , Worcestershire . Date: 11/10/2004
    • Overall verdict
      2 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I owned a 3dr 1.8 SE from April 04 to Sept 04. The Freelander is a nice looking SUV, one of the better ones in my opinion, however I did have a few problems in the 5750 miles we covered.

    First impressions of the vehicle were good. I am one of these strange people who not only take their off road vehicle off road (and I don't mean parking on a grass verge), but also take the roof off!

    The latter being a two-person job, which after the first attempt is quite easy and well worth it.

    There are two things to bare in mind - you have a storage problem, and buy a shower proof cover worth every penny of £99.

    The new improved interior is nice but one thing I dislike on the three-door is the bare paint on the doors - totally unforgivable on a vehicle costing nearly £20,000.

    Landrover call the Freelander a "premium SUV" with bare paint interiors, I think not. My SE performed very well off road, the on-road ride is good although it gets noisy after 55mph, the TD4 is better at speed.

    I had a few mechnical and electrical problems that did spoil my ownership. The power folding mirrors often would not and two attempts by the dealership failed to fix them as did their "realignment" of the sub frames to stop the grinding noise on full lock.

    Add to this the unnerving crunching noise from the rear suspension, the self-opening tailgate window and the intermitant starting (or lack of starting) problem, then the conclusion must be that Land Rover still has work to do on qua

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