I owned the previous freelander for two years TD4 and had no major problems. So i felt i would give the new one ago again. The cabin has been greatly improved still the odd rattle though. The engine is smoothe powerfull and gives o.k fuel consuption, is a 4x4 so you have to give a little leeway. I am 6'4 and i do find the driving postition a little uncomftable the wife has an X3 and this is far better with regard to driving postion. I would recommend the Freelander 2 to anybody as it is a major step foward and feels safe and quality greatly improved. What is a negative is the dealerships old fashioned customer service and are not to bothered. I have tried a few and are all very poor. Land rover is making the necessary changes but the dealers are not and this will surely be a factor when owning. Land rover need to get the dealers by the neck and shack them. I would say buy one and enjoy, if you have no problems great but if you do have problems find a big wall to bash your head against.
We owned a Freelander for just over a year. Unfortunately our initial high expectations turned very sour.
On the plus side, the car was great to drive (when it wasn't being repaired) & looked good. I have no doubt that as an off-roader, it would be hard to beat.
However, reliabilty & quality seems to be very lacking. Ours had problems with the engine management system, air-conditioning, lights not working, and a strange knocking sound that never got soughted. A quick search on the web, quickly shows that there is a widespread issue with Land Rover's reliability.
For the price, there's not a lot of goodies as standard. Also, the passenging space is surprisingly tight. In the end, we replaced it with an Outlander 2.2 Diamond - loads of kit, 7 seats, and everything working as it should!
Just been loaned this car for a week whilst mine was in for a repair. Car had done 1900 miles. Very impressed with smooth autobox and performance. Light and responsive steering and good brakes. Great interior with all the toys. Missed a centre armrest!Boot a little small, but OK. Got 34.5mpg on runs at 70mph and 27.5mpg round town. Quiet and comfortable. Driver's door wouldn't lock, and was a dealer fix. I would own this as a private car for low mileage use, but no good for me on high business miles for fuel consumption and the high tax to come.
I have had my Freelander 2 XS Automatic for 6 months and 7,000 miles. Having just driven up to Orkney I can vouch that it is supremely comfortable. The driving position is perfect for me. I previously had an Audi A4 Avant Quattro S Line, but it had to go, as the ride was too hard which aggrevated a back problem. 8 hour stint driving the Freelander and no back problems, Average mpg on a long run 35mpg, 28-30mpg day to day. Reliability has been good with no failures. It has been back to a dealer for a couple of minor issues, a creaking drivers seat and passenger seat belt, but the dealer Trinity Land Rover in Hinckley are so pleasant to deal with this was no problem. My children (11 & 15yrs )have plenty of room in the back (far more than in the Audi). The large door pockets are great, I find the dash excellent with no problems with minor controls except the foglamp switches which could be better located. Only other improvement would be a larger boot. If you want a comfortable, practical car, with go anywhere ability, I would certainly recommend the Freelander 2.
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