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Pros: Great acceleration with the V6. Also, love the look and style.
Cons: Ergonomics could use some work.
Advice: I can't imagine driving this without the V-6. The XLT is well worth the extra $$Perfect car for city driving - lots more interior space than you'd expect, but easy to squeeze into tight parking spaces. Solid, quick V6 can get you where you need to be quickly. FWD got me thru 2 feet of snow this winter with few problems.
Pros: Easy to read gauges
Cons: Power window button placement.
Advice: Must test drive it. Do your homework on SUV's and what your life stile is.If your looking for a capable 4x4 for the ranch or in town, Liberty is it!Good highway speed ride, a bit bumppy in the back set.Turn radius is great and it's off roading capability is outstanding! Airconditioning is very cold and cools the cabin quickly.In town it's easy to park in those tight spots.Very cool swing-away rear door and with one pull of the handle or click of the remote and just the rear window opens for putting in those small packeges.I took it across country and I got about 300 miles per tank give or take 25 miles. In town in city traffic look to get maybe 200 miles per tank.
Pros: The view
Cons: Key access
Advice: Take a long test drive and enjoy the confort and roomyness.I love it, love it, love it!!!!!! I had been driving a 1993 Ford Mustang 5.0 for the past 11 years and driving stick in the city was just not the answer any more. As far as I'm concerned I'll never drive a regular car again I just love the size of this SUV. It's extremely roomy for the size, it lacks nothing. I have always been a faithful Ford customer and with this vehicle I will surely continue to be. The only down side is the ignition which I feel should be lighted. The ride is extremely smooth and confortable. I'm not a petite person and I find the seating very confortable with plenty of leg room. To me this is a dream car and I look forward to many years of driving enjoyment.
Cons: Gas milage could be better.
Advice: Do your other test drives first. When you've driven the LibertyUnbelievable value! Comfort, style, performance, features.... This our 8th Jeep and first Liberty. They've all been great but this sets a new standard. My wife has a loaded Grand Cherokee and wants to trade. Not a chance! I love her but not that much!
Pros: Off road ability
Cons: Where do I start?
Advice: Be careful...Sorry folks...I thought I had found the vehicle for me, but I have been burdened with so many problems, that I'm seriously considering getting rid of my Freelander. Where do I start...2 burnt headlamps, new transmission, new air fan, squeeky steering wheel and worn out brakes (all in a year and a half). The service in Calgary is great, but the product is very questionable. I can't say it's worth the price. I'm in Canada and don't have a US zip code.
Pros: Compact enough to park anywhere
Cons: Wind noise
Advice: If you do not like large SUVsI got my Limited Escape (all black, including black leather seats) in December 2002 - I absolutely love it! It is powerful with V6, but it does not have the 'clumsy' feel of a Ford Explorer. I do not have a family, so it is spacious enough for all my needs - and my friends are really impressed with it - some of them have Toyotas & Hondas.
Pros: Sportronic Shifting Mode
Cons: Lack of Sunroof (I only have the base model, though)
Advice: If you need to get through the urban grind Monday through Friday, yet still want to tear up the hills on the weekend...buy the Freelander.I am a student at UCLA, so the funds situation is usually bleak (I'm talking about Ramen noodles for dinner 4 out of 7 nights a week). So, imagine my surprise when I found that I could get a Land Rover for under 30K. The Freelander makes me feel like a high roller, without having the 401K and trust funds to back up the assumption. The sport shifting on my Freelander S is BUTTERY smooth, and a MAJOR improvement over what I was driving before...a bare bones Toyota Tacoma. The power windows and cruise control are certainly appreciated. This SUV is quick, despite weighing in at almost 2.5 tons. BUY THIS VEHICLE!!! You won't regret it.