I had a Freelander 1, 2005 so a year you'd have thought they would have ironed out the glitches, in the first year 3 injectors needed replacing £800, fuel pump died, clutch went, the whole thing was very rattly and not well put together. I look for 4 months and test drove loads of sheds, this was the pick of the crop too
I like the Freelander 2's, and according to honest john, and reliability index they are a massive improvement on the 1.
Reaplced the FL1, with an Xtrail though, 2005 plate, so probably older than what your considering, but huge boot space compared to the FL, with seats down full bike fits in with wheels on. 2wd/4wd selector switch, so I can drive around town with economy in mind, it returns 33-40mpg, depending how many motorway journeys I do.
The great thing about the xtrail is it handles like a car and goes really well, at 140bhp, 2.2 litre, 0-60 in less than 10 seconds. Cheapo brand tyres in the snow last winter stuck like glue, it really could go anywhere.
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