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2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x4
Pros: overall quality
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: get one, you'll love it.Have had my Liberty for a year and ahve loved every minute of ownership.
2002 Land Rover Freelander - SE
Pros: Real off road capability with a luxury car ride.
Cons: Cup holders are il-placed
Advice: Don't believe the sales folks at the other dealerships. Actually look up the service bulletins and complaints at the NHTSA. The Land Rover is proven better.Real off road capability with a european car ride. The average SUV on the road today is nothing more than a taller station wagon, i.e., Toyota anything. This vehicle on the other hand is a real off roader that has been given the luxuries of a nice car.
2003 Ford Escape - XLT Premium (320B) FWD
Cons: Interrior configuration of headrest on back seat.
Advice: Test drive them all in this class before settling for a ho-hum Japanese entry.Of the vehicles in this class, I found the drive in the escape to be fun. The rest with four cylinder engines lacke any sort of excitement. The cars in this class are so close and competitve Ford balanced gas milage with fun!
2003 Land Rover Freelander - SE 4dr
Advice: Run away from this carCar has been in the shop 6 times w/electrical problems. Beware I was told you cant use a power washer on these.
2002 Jeep Liberty - Sport 4x2
Pros: Handling. Very responsive.
Cons: Drumming sound when windows are down.
Advice: Test drive with the windows down.Power window switches are in an awkward location. You can't drive with the windows down because of the terrible drumming from the wind circulation. I bought the car in January and I never thought to put the windows down when I was test driving it. It would be nice if the back seats were able to fold flat. The steering is very quick. I like the headroom. I'm 6'1' and I have plenty. High seating position allows great view of the front corners. Nice fat steering wheel;it allows for a good grip. The seat bottom seams to be a little short for me. It feels like half of my thighs are unsupported.
2002 Land Rover Freelander - SE
Cons: Lack of pickup
Advice: ask about the cash purchase discountBest vehicle for Michigan snow - better than other 4wd cars. Stability control makes for an effortless drive out of early morning snow covered roads. My favorite car ever - looks good, drives good, good handler. The only negative is the initial head bumping upon entry, but you learn to put your head in first, the rest of the experience is tops.
2002 Land Rover Freelander - S
Pros: Apperance and its a REAL offroading vehicle
Cons: Hard shifting when acclerating
Advice: If you want a fast sports car drive, pick a different carThis is my first car of my own and it is a truley fantastic car. The styling is beautiful but the interior on the base Freelander is too standard for a luxury SUV. But these cars can handle everyday driving but they really love off-roading. This SUV can handle all the bumps and twists in the road except it takes a while to get up to higher speeds.