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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