Landrover Freelander anyone had or got one

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mastic

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Im looking at buying a different car and been looking at a landrover freelander on a Y or a 51 plate. Ive never had one before but am hoping that some one on here has either had one or any experinece of them good or bad. What are your thoughts on them. I was in a accident in march and my c class merc only on a S plate was wiped out by Mr White van man.It was a dream to drive but fancy a change. So i was looking at a E class merc about the same year or the freelander.Now im swaying to the freelander but have no idea how good they are on reliabilty and spare parts costs etc.
 

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I had one on a 96 plate, 1.8 petrol, lovely to drive managed to take 2 loads of fishing gear [:T], unfortunatley the running costs are what done it for me, I drive 40 miles a day, 6 days a week for work mainly A roads, and it was costing me 55 every 5 days[:(!] and that was when fuel was about 90p a litre, so i only had for 10 months, I dread to think would it would cost now.

the model i had was renowned for dodgy headgaskets, but i had no trouble with mine.

i would love another but would definatley go for the newer diesel version.
 
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Hi
I got a S reg 3door hardtop deisel. Great to drive does approx 38mpg ish on motorway. Had it 4 years done 90k since purchased, actually got it off ebay. Only thing to go really wrong the transmission broke after having it 4 months, cost 1200 quid to get repaired, since then no other repairs apart from routine canbelt change. Basically Ive used it as a van by removing the back seat to make more room. I'll run it till it stops. Been told the old rover engine is better for parts etc than the new engine. I can't complain.

Best of luck
Regards Rob.[:T]
 

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I have a 4x4 specialist in my village. He says NEVER touch one!


I've personally known 3 people with one, so no rumours here. All three broke their timing belts and destroyed the engine[:0]
 

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the good old K series engines not good im afraid ; - ( over heating then BANG!!!
 

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Cheers all very informative info there. Lovely looking motor but not very good after reading all that. Seems to be a common problem on the headgaskets then.
Thanks
Jay
 

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Originally posted by nobby478

I have a 4x4 specialist in my village. He says NEVER touch one!


I've personally known 3 people with one, so no rumours here. All three broke their timing belts and destroyed the engine[:0]

most 4X4 specialists and enthusiasts denied its existence because it was pants off road [;)]

But then the mk1 disco's were horribly unreliable too, my dad had one a few years back, new engine 3 times, wiring went twice and it had countless amounts of welding and new parts, still packed up every few weeks, no surprise that it got sold after 18months[B)]

another alternative would be a shogun or a pajero for a bit more, 2.8diesel is chain driven, very reliable [:T]
 
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Try a Toyota RAV or Honda CRV - likely to be a bit more reliable .... I'm a Nissan Terrano/ Ford Maverick fan but fuel consumption is not good as I'd like it to be ....
 

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I'm picking up a Honda CRV tomorrow! Not the most economical either, but it'll cope with the Surrey pot-holes...that'll save 400 in wheels and tyres a year with the wife driving[;)]


Rav 4 seems to be the best price wise, at least here in Surrey, anyway.
 

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lucky you nobby ..... I'm still saving for one .... maybe later in the year ..
 

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I was not just looking at 4x4s, i saw that freelander and it looked really well until i got some reviews lol. Looking at a MG-ZT 51-53 plate. Cant see many faults apart from the normal stuff, any comments on this vehicle if anyone owns one[:T]
 

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I've got a good mate who's a long time mechanic, he says they're okay when newish but are a def no no when a couple of years old and beyond [:0]
 

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Originally posted by nobby478

I'm picking up a Honda CRV tomorrow! Not the most economical either, but it'll cope with the Surrey pot-holes...that'll save 400 in wheels and tyres a year with the wife driving[;)]


Rav 4 seems to be the best price wise, at least here in Surrey, anyway.
chav 4, you don't want one, mate had one and the clutch went at less than 30k, cost him over 2k as it also needed the oil cooler for the gearbox, don't know why, took him 6 months for toyota to pay for it under warranty.

honda's a good little 'soft' 4x4 bu i'll stick with my 2002 disco2 v8 auto and damn the 18mpg, you only live once and as i dont smoke or drink i'll let the car do it for me, lol. still better on fuel than a transit van and much nicer to drive

in 1998 had a 1992 disco 200tdi auto that was the most reliable car i've had, 30mpg on a run and had it for 4 years, 42k miles, with just a set of tyres, services done by me and an exhaust pipe. in fact the mondeo 1.8 auto estate cost me more in the 2 years i had it than the landy did in 4 years and i couldn't get to some fishing places without it getting stuck or grounding out. even my vivaro has problems as it doesn't like grassy slopes and had to take a run up to get out of one place, 5 times[:0]

back to your fishing motor though, astra diesel van has it all and if you need a small car or estate then the skoda octavia is worth a look, dirt cheap second hand and VW running gear so bullet proof [:T]


as for the freelander. i'm bit of a landy enthusiast but.....don't do it, not a series 1 anyway, the new one's better but only if your a hairdresser[;)]
 
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Mastic, are you married ??

I hope your taste in women is better than your taste in cars.

Freelander, then MG-ZT, do you have a friendly bank manager or a bottomless pocket??

Keep it under your hat and don't tell anyone on the internet, but I happen to work for a "dealership" that used to sell Rovers, and still deals in "Land Rovers".


Without risking my job, I would advise you to perhaps look elsewhere for a (more reliable, cheaper to maintain, sort of vehicle).


The only Freelander I would back all the way is the new Freelander 2,
they are a different vehicle altogether, sound as a pound, but of course a lot dearer. [:D]
 

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Originally posted by davidsenior

Mastic, are you married ??

I hope your taste in women is better than your taste in cars.

Freelander, then MG-ZT, do you have a friendly bank manager or a bottomless pocket??

Keep it under your hat and don't tell anyone on the internet, but I happen to work for a "dealership" that used to sell Rovers, and still deals in "Land Rovers".


Without risking my job, I would advise you to perhaps look elsewhere for a (more reliable, cheaper to maintain, sort of vehicle).


The only Freelander I would back all the way is the new Freelander 2,
they are a different vehicle altogether, sound as a pound, but of course a lot dearer. [:D]


LOL Just looking at a family car. I have about 2500 to spend on one. I liked the look of the MG-ZT as it looked a bit sporty for a reasonable price on a 03 plate. The freeelander is a no no after what ive read-very scary money down the drain. Its got to get the shopping in for 6 in the house and most importantly my fishing gear. I have a VW BORA at the moment and i have never driven something so bad as this, even my Ford Maverick was not that bad and that was terrible lol
 
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davidsenior

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In that case can't you find a Honda Accord estate.?

A Toyota avensis estate, Mazda 6 estate ??

Like yourself my first priority when looking for a vehicle is.....will I get my our fishing tackle in it?? Two of us with far too much gear so we have a VAN LOL[;)][:D]
 
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Audi A6 Avant

owned mine for 5 years, apart from tyres, a new water pump and a couple of windscreen wipers, its just a tad of oil and screenwash,

2.6 V6 (same bottom end as the big engines so ultra tough) good on a run and motorways, will seat 7 with the extra seats in back, cruises easy at decent mile eating speeds, loadsa toys, galvanised body panels and chassis

hold 3 fellas, all the boxes, rods and poles

lots around for your money, not new but diamond , owners tend to look after them,
 

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have a look at a mazda premacy diesel had ours for six years
2 litre diesel 16 valve direct injection and turboed
50mph plus on the motorway going a steady 80 cheap to insure
another option is a passat diesel
 
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