2002 Land Rover Freelander
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15 years old, 180k miles, definitely NOT a lemon!

by from Taos, NM on June 23, 2017

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%.
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Purchased a used car

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Does recommend this car!!

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Very good car

by from on April 2, 2017

I love this car, i make 15 000km in 3 month and i don't have any problem. I drive only in Australia, on the gravel road ....
I love this car, i make 15 000km in 3 month and i don't have any problem. I drive only in Australia, on the gravel road ....
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Does recommend this car!!

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2002 land rover freelander v6 2.5l. semi manual.

by from Sterling, colorado on November 24, 2016

I've had my car for about 4 months now got it when it had about 124,000 miles on it. Still runs great its cold start is kinda iffy but once it warms up it runs great.
I've had my car for about 4 months now got it when it had about 124,000 miles on it. Still runs great its cold start is kinda iffy but once it warms up it runs great.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Very good car, if taken care of and maintained

by from NC on March 14, 2015

This is a very nice car with a clean fill and smooth driving and handling, however if taken poor care of and neglected will deteriorate quick. I recommend this car for first time car owners who will n...
This is a very nice car with a clean fill and smooth driving and handling, however if taken poor care of and neglected will deteriorate quick. I recommend this car for first time car owners who will not not drive long distances everyday. (5-8 hours) without stopping is not recommended, safe car overall and nice off road ability.
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Does recommend this car!!

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Great SUV

by from on January 30, 2012

These are great cars. We take ours camping all the time. Great in the mountains. Very comfortable. Drive more like a truck than an SUV
These are great cars. We take ours camping all the time. Great in the mountains. Very comfortable. Drive more like a truck than an SUV
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Does recommend this car!!

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Worst car I've ever had

by from on July 31, 2011

Don't be fooled by the "Land Rover" title. I have a Freelander myself and at 100,000 miles this cars engine starts constantly overheating due to manufacturer's poor design. All sorts of problems start...
Don't be fooled by the "Land Rover" title. I have a Freelander myself and at 100,000 miles this cars engine starts constantly overheating due to manufacturer's poor design. All sorts of problems start happening with this car around 100,000 miles. Trust me this car died and left me stranded on the freeway last night. Thus I am car shopping. I just don't want anyone to make the same mistake I did. It may be luxurious and beautiful, however it is a terrible engine and not reliable whatsoever.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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it's a car

by from Buffalo, ny on November 9, 2009

This Suv is a good car but breaks down to easy. I have had trouble with the ac.Also the engin light has come on way to many times for the smallest things. I would buy a another car if I could.
This Suv is a good car but breaks down to easy. I have had trouble with the ac.Also the engin light has come on way to many times for the smallest things. I would buy a another car if I could.
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Does not recommend this car

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lots of repairs

by from denver colorado on July 14, 2009

The Freelander SE is a real nice looking SUV but the repairs are outrages. I wish i would of done a little homework on the car before I purchased it. I like the all wheel drive and it does great in th...
The Freelander SE is a real nice looking SUV but the repairs are outrages. I wish i would of done a little homework on the car before I purchased it. I like the all wheel drive and it does great in the snow.
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Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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Add me to the list, it's as bad as you've heard

by from TN on May 30, 2009

I bought this car during its first year being produced in America. I thought it was an attractive truck for the money, & was impressed when the salesman drove us up onto their on-site obstacle course....
I bought this car during its first year being produced in America. I thought it was an attractive truck for the money, & was impressed when the salesman drove us up onto their on-site obstacle course. Being fairly petite, it fit my size well. I never felt overwhelmed by its size and it handled very well. My tall husband, though, could never adequately see out of the windshield. During the 2nd year I owned it, the windshield wipers started blowing out the fuses when used at anything but the lowest setting. Soon the power locks went out and the power windows failed. I drove around in my car with these annoying problems for years because I didn't want to pay hundreds or thousands to fix things I could work around. This year, the car began utterly falling apart. First the air intake had to be replaced for $1000. My car began overheating and leaking coolant, and even after LR service replace the thermostat, it continued to overheat and leak coolant and the engine started making a strange noise and completely died. My non-LR mechanic told me the intake manifold ($1600 part) was also dead so he couldn't even start the car to diagnose the engine problem, though he could clearly see fluid leaking from the main gasket. So my 6.5 y/o 70k mi car is an attractive-looking shell that's dead beyond any reasonably-priced fix besides a total engine replacement. I've fled far from British engineering and have purchased an 08 Toyota Sequoia (JD Powers class winner for dependability), while I figure out how to dump my Freelander parts. I'm sick reading the other reviews here detailing the same problems with main gaskets and engine failure. PLEASE be warned. Everything they say about Land Rovers IS true! Don't be fooled by their cool styling or rugged image. If you buy a Land Rover, you do so at your own risk.
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Purchased a new car

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Does not recommend this car

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Nice little SUV if you've got some cash

by from Tewksbury on April 1, 2009

I bought this SUV because I needed an AWD vehicle at a low price point. The freelander fits that description when compared to many other SUV's. I like the styling, performance and handling. I've had m...
I bought this SUV because I needed an AWD vehicle at a low price point. The freelander fits that description when compared to many other SUV's. I like the styling, performance and handling. I've had mine for about 2 years. During that time I've had cam shaft seals break(tow truck), needed a new thermostat and housing(tow truck), and had to have all the timing belts and other related parts replaced(tow truck). We're not talking a trivial amount of money here. You're biggest problem will also be finding a good foreign auto mechanic who can service you. Unless of course you want to pay dealer labor rates;). The parts are very expensive and regular oil changes anywhere can run around 70.00+. Synthetic oil and non-standard filters. All that being said I do enjoy it but do wish I had purchased something less expensive to maintain. Don't look for a bargain with this vehicle.
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Does not recommend this car

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