3 Responses to Owners of Freelanders Only! Give me your honest opinon please!?

  1. Ross V June 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    It sure is a smartly designed vehicle. I too have heard of the generally negative reviews as well. Far as the MPG it won't really improve that problem all that much. 2-4 mpg is marginally better.
    Another problem would be that Freelanders are not all that common which racks up the cost of parts if ever needed.

    Maybe a Nissan Xterra?

    9k is still a pretty fair price though.

    Good Luck

  2. C7S June 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    People buy them because they are good looking.
    But they are not reliable and they are expensive to fix since they are British cars.

    If you want a something that will last you 3 years for sure, then I recommend a Honda CR-V.

  3. PSiMac June 15, 2009 at 5:31 pm #

    My very close friend owned a Freelander, and as his sounding board, feel intimately aware of its shortcomings and benefits. I won't go into a lot of details, but after owning the car for 3-years, it spent at least 40% of its time in the repair shop. The dealer service (in the Seattle area) was quite poor, in that they would check the car in without writing up a proper work order, just to skate by the possibility of a Lemon-Law return. My friend foolishly did not contact the authorities to begin the Lemon-Law procedure and basically lived with this horribly unreliable vehicle's numerous trips to the shop. He did like the space, high seating position and off-road prowess, but nothing could persuade him to by another Land Rover. The worst part of the story? When he did go to sell the car, the depreciation was so bad, he cannot afford to buy another decent car! He took a $15,000+ bath on this jalopy. Conversely, I have another friend that drove a Disco for 110k miles and only had to have her brakes calipers repaired. Based on information from Consumer Reports and people I've spoken with, however, the latter is somewhat of an anomaly. Most people, in my opinion, live with trouble and horrific depreciation with LR vehicles–that's why the one you see is so cheap. Attached is a good resource link.