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Advice: Don't even think buying Land Rover Freelander.I own Land Rover Freelander SE 2005 for a two months. For a first three weeks I had engine, front brakes and drive shaft replaced and had a car total 20 days in service shop. Still having problems with squeaking noise. Customer service very poor. They treat you as a second hand customer. Huge waist of time and money. Right now in Lemon Law process.
Advice: Don't Buy It.In my openion Worst Car on the Market. Needed new breaks after 12000 miles. Land Rover said the was 'normal' for Disk breaks. 4 differnt break shops said this was cheap materials and poor design. Motor started stalling after only 110000, air not working properly after 15000. V6 has the power of a very small 4cy.
Pros: Rugged style over luxury.
Cons: Looking for oil fields unattended!!!
Advice: If you do a lot of city miles it will cost you in gas - but hey buy one before they all dissappear off the lots!Drove both new and used versions. They felt the same! Now there's a good sign. That day we also drove new and used Tuareg's . . . a little disconcerting. Vehicles test driven in the one day; VW Tuareg, Nissan Murano, Used GMC Denali, Used Escalade, Durango. Very surprised at the Land Rover quality for the price. Wasn't interested in waiting for the LR3 . . . it just doesn't have that rugged Land Rover vibe. Probably a brilliant vehicle . . . but at least put the spare on the back door! The SE7 is very compliant on the road, seems like it has quite a low centre of gravity for such a tall looking vehicle. Never gives you that 'I'm going to tip over' feel ever! Both new and used had a small clunk in the drive train when you suddenly lift off the gas and power back on . . . must be a feature. Terrible gas mileage, but no different to our '98 Durango. Easy to drive, wonderful view of all 4 corners. Comfortable seats. Sound system has great definition but very little low end punch. Third row seats are wonderful for kids up to about 12. Dual sun roofs are a hit when the whole fam is buckled in. The Trail II package beefs up the look wonderfully! Even though the LR3 is growing on us - the Disco still wins . . . It's a real Land Rover Look!!!. Hanover Land Rover (MA) were the greatest, low key selling, great people, never felt pressured . . . real people.
Pros: See below
Cons: See below
Advice: Do your homework and make sure the price of gas isn't a concern.I waited patiently for the LR3 and once it arrived, I was not overly impressed with the exterior styling. However, the interior is superb. I opted for a Black 2004 Land Rover SE7 with the Alpaca Beige Leather Interior and all options except the DVD Player. I received a wonderful deal and the dealer knew I had researched the packaging/pricing. We got right to the point and we both left with our shirts on so to speak. The vehicle has a unique look that can be both refined and rugged. It handles wonderfully. It feels safe. My wife enjoys it and my 19 month old son enjoys the views from his stadium/baby seat in the rear. The 217HP engine does not feel underpowered for the size of the vehicle given the torque. The only downside to the vehicle is: Poor gas mileage, slightly tight rear entry for adults and low steering column upon driver entry. Only have a few thousand miles on it so we haven't had any problems with reliability. Hope we won't. Otherwise, we love the vehicle. This vehicle replaces our Jeep Cherokee. We also own a 4 dr. 328I BMW-Sport, VW Jetta GS and a mint 1981 Mazda RX-7.
Pros: Heated seats
Cons: low steering column
Advice: Get one!.
Pros: Heated windshield, heated seats.
Cons: Low power and high maintenance
Advice: Run away!This car drives great for an SUV (aside from a real lack of power). It is very comfortable, and quiet and not at all trucky. The problem is the quality. In less than 3 years I have had to have all of the following REPLACED: engine (I am not kidding - they had to replace the ENTIRE engine); transmission; brakes (twice); sunroof motor; power window motor (twice); fuel pump; axles (broken when engine replaced); door lock/opener (twice). There was also some strange electrical problem. And my AM radio doesn't work. The guy at Land Rover service is GREAT but I am seeing WAY too much of him! The car is also very underpowered.
Pros: the look
Cons: numerous problems with lead to safety and reliability issues.
Advice: Dont' waste your time or money2004 review: Let's see where do I start. I've owned my Freelander for exactly 1 year and I've had the following problems: transmission, throttle, air flow inlet valve, misc. flashing lights, vehicle downshifts on it's own at high speeds, both trans axles needed to be be replaced. The car is a gas guzzler, has no acceleration..shall I go on? This is the first and last Land Rover I will ever own.