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2002 Land Rover Freelander Ratings

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Land Rover Freelander 2002
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    3/13/2002 12:37:38 PM

    2002 Land Rover Freelander - S

    Pros: The stable and secure handling on highway and off-road.

    Cons: The vehicle is too new for the technicians to have experienced how to repair unusual defects.

    Advice: Buy it. The problems I have had are not common to the vehicle, and Land Rover does stand behind their products.

    Great design; very much a Land Rover. I would recommend that the rocker panels under the doors be encased in black to match the bumpers, but that is a personal preference. Others have stated they like the design as is. The vehicle handles exceptionally well and has quite adequate aceleration and power. The braking and all wheel drive systems are first rate; just what you expect from a Land Rover. I have had some trouble with the electrical system: the fuel indicator will show empty in error (even with a full tank) at times; the electronically controlled transmission shifts erratically (smooth sometimes, and neck-wrenching hard at the same speed the next time); and the engine will not restart if you leave it off for less than 30 minutes on a warm day. All this has been diagnosed as a voltage irregularity that affects the on-board computer; am hoping the dealer figures out how to fix it eventually. Overall, this is a super SUV for those looking for a small to medium sized SUV. It is far superior to the comparable vehicles we looked at. The interior room, all wheel drive system, features, handling and mountain climbing/off-road ability are first rate.

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    3/11/2002 1:30:33 PM

    2002 Land Rover Freelander - SE

    Pros: Traction control / hill descent.

    Cons: Reliability... My Freelander has been in the shop 1/2 the time I have owned it

    Advice: Buy 2. One to drive while the other is in the shop.

    The Freelander has good handling, braking, and a comfortable ride. I think a more powerful engine would help out though. Acceleration is sluggish. The interior quality is pretty decent (once they fixed a squeak in my driver's seat). The only down side is the reliability. My Freelander has spent over a month in the shop and I have only owned it for 3 months. I still wonder what the 'F4' engine code means...

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    3/7/2002 1:51:20 PM

    2002 Land Rover Freelander - HSE

    Pros: Heated Front Windshield & Heated Side Mirrors

    Cons: Gas Tank has to be opened w/ your key and there's no despository hold for the gas cap.

    Advice: Take it out for a drive & you'll fall in love.

    Amazing. I was actually set to buy a Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo (for 4 years) but test drove the Freelander & was hooked! Very nice SUV and much more distinctive than all the others in it's class!

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    2/28/2002 9:00:50 PM

    2002 Land Rover Freelander - S

    Pros: Stable driving, smooth moving.

    Cons: fuel consumption. It requires 87 octane grade gasoline.

    Advice: Overall, it is excellent. Definately I recommend this car.

    It runs smoothly. I hear very gentle engine sound when it is accelerated. Handling is not as smooth as other sedan. However, rear seat space is very roomy and the appearance also looks good. Overall, except fuel efficency, i am satisfied with this car.

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    2/27/2002 9:07:35 AM

    2002 Land Rover Freelander - SE

    Pros: Solid feel of the vehicle.

    Cons: Inability to adjust driver seat height.

    Advice: The S may need some additional upgrades so the SE is your best value.

    Don't let the small size fool you, this vehicle is ALL Land Rover. Extremely solid feel on or off-road (the vehicle weighs about 4500 pounds--about 1500 pounds more than the base model Ford Escape) yet it is nimble and responsive and its smaller size is perfect for driving in the city. The driver's sight lines and visibility are superb. The well-designed interior (with the exception of no armrest between the driver and passenger seats) and the 60-40 split of the rear seats allows for plenty of room for passengers, cargo and storage. In my opinion, Land Rover has wiped out the competition in the small SUV market with the Freelander.

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    1/22/2002 12:19:41 AM

    2002 Land Rover Freelander - SE

    Pros: body integrity

    Cons: no arm rest

    Advice: get the sunroof; it's worth it

    I am totally smitten with this car. I drove the same car for almost 12 years before I purchased my ''lander.' Don't be put off by the price; this vehicle is an excellent value. The add-ons with the SE and HSE models are merely upgrades to an already generous package. I bought the SE, and I do believe that is the best value (the sunroof with the slat-shade is great) of the choices. This car is small but it drives big. One can drive an SUV with a relatively clean conscience and still get the big-ass feel of one of the Breadmobiles.

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    1/14/2002 10:23:39 PM

    2002 Land Rover Freelander - S

    Pros: Comfort

    Cons: An arm rest would be nice.

    Advice: If you're looking for an urban SUV with true off-road capabilities without plunking down 40 or 50K, then the Freelander SE is your ride!

    On and off road, the Freelander is amazing! The all-wheel drive system and traction control get you out of snow covered trails or effortlessly allow you to cruise along sandy beaches -- all in comfort and Land Rover style!