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What Car? says

2 out of 5 stars

For Its off-road ability and unique styling mark it out

Against The car is let down by reliability problems

Verdict It's easily the most able all-rounder in the class

Go for… Td4 GS 5dr

Avoid… 2.0 Di 3dr

Land Rover Freelander 4x4
  • 1. The 1.8-litre petrol engine can be noisy as it has to work hard, so later BMW-sourced diesel engine are better bets
  • 2. Blown head gaskets are a common problem on 1.8-litre petrol-engined models
  • 3. Damage to the suspension from off-roading could be expensive to repair
  • 4. The rear differential can fail with little warning
  • 5. Manual gearboxes can become noisy and fail
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