I absolutely adore this car. Mine is the HSE all black with a bumper guard and she looks great! It has four cup holders in front, two in back, heated seats, mirrors, and front and rear glass. I also p...
I absolutely adore this car. Mine is the HSE all black with a bumper guard and she looks great! It has four cup holders in front, two in back, heated seats, mirrors, and front and rear glass. I also put a Bluetooth stereo and replaced the speakers. I have taken this little Rover into the mountains, through multiple feet of snow (2ft+ in a Mountain pass where trucks got stuck) and I drive it every day to get to work (a 40 minute drive each way through winding Mountain roads). I'm not saying this car is as cheap a fix as my '97 Toyota Corolla, but she's worth the upgrade from my corolla 100%!
Fuel economy is less than great and mine has been and will continue to be run on premium fuel only. Despite being a V6 she isn't a quick car by any means, acceleration is "ehh", however she is a great cruising car, and is extremely comfortable to drive.
My grandmother was the owner previous to me, and she and my grandfather did warn that she cost about $2000-$4000 in repairs a year to keep in tip top shape- however that is not the case! For one, my grandparents are NOT CAR PEOPLE. My grandmother did not know that you need to have your oil changed regularly! She tried to convince me that I don't need to replace my oil filter and air filter regularly. My grandmother does not know how to maintain a vehicle AT ALL. They were adamant that the car be taken to the dealership for everything and I must say they were robbing my grandparents blind.
When I got the car it did have some issues the dealership avoided addressing. I, however, delt with all of them.
I personally replaced the coolant reservoir a few months after getting the car (my grandparents knew it needed replacing for over a year but it was estimated to be a $300+ fix). The part cost $30 including shipping and I replaced it myself. A sensor did start misfiring so the car wouldn't start while the engine was hot (drove perfectly- just had to be careful when and where I turned it off). I took my car to a certified foreign car mechanic. They overnighted the part and the labor was done in less than an hour. The part and labor cost $370. I'm also going to spend another $200-$300 to fix an exhaust leak. The dealership tried to get my grandparents to spend $300 on replacing the antenna alone! Fun fact- if you need to replace the antenna at some point- Honda used basically the same antenna. You can find it for $20.
Overall, $600-$800 a year in mechanic work is nothing. A tune up for my Toyota cost $400 and they kept it for a week! Whereas my Land Rover mechanic does complimentary engine checks and if I need a tune up I'm in and out in the same day.
This car is honest, attractive, unique, fun, and WORTH EVERY PENNY! Runs better than my Volvo and my Toyota, looks better too! My best friend had a 2004 Jetta that easily cost four times as much to keep running. My neighbor got her 4WD Ford Escape stuck in my driveway (would absolutely NEVER happen in my Rover). My mother-in-laws Volvo is in the shop at least twice a year and costs as much if not more for work. I live in northern New Mexico, the environment and road conditions are extremely tough on vehicles! My Freelander has easily surpassed most vehicles around here.
Now that my Freelander is owned and operated by someone who understands cars and how to maintain them, my mechanic assures me that this car will run forever and my little Rover is proving him right 100%.