Used Land Rover Freelander 1997 - 2006 review

Category: Small SUV

Section: Advice for buyers

Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
  • Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
  • Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
  • Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
  • Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
  • Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
  • Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
  • Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
  • Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
  • Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
  • Land Rover Freelander (97 - 06)
Used Land Rover Freelander 1997 - 2006 review
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Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Land Rover Freelander 4x4?

The Freelander was one of the first 4x4s that was, more or less, as light and easy to drive as a conventional family car, although the passage of time has worn some of that away. Certainly, it’s now less refined to drive than a more modern SUV, but still quite good.

Relatively soft, long travel suspension means that it’s comfier than its more stiffly-sprung rivals, although the price you pay is a lot of body roll in corners.

Both the automatic gearbox and the central viscous coupling for the four-wheel-drive system can develop problems, and they can cost more than £4,000 each to replace.

The interior looks good, but it’s fragile in there – you need to check carefully for missing or damaged panels or switches.

Leaks are not uncommon, either. That’s obviously the case with the three-door version with its convertible top, but the five-door suffers too, usually around the frameless tailgate door glass. Also check for leakage in any cars fitted with the optional sunroof.

Is a used Land Rover Freelander 4x4 reliable?

It’s better than you might have been lead to think, but there’s no doubt that the build quality of Freelanders is variable at best. Some owners have reported long years of faultless service, while others have had a list of problems to deal with from day one.