2002 Land Rover Freelander S 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I bought one of the first vehicles that made it over the Atlantic in late 2001. Just returned from another trip to the New England mountains in the winter. The Freelander is an all- weather vehicle that feels safe in all conditions as long as the tires are new or relatively little worn. Would not try to climb any rocks with this little SUV, but any kind of mud, snow or even shallow water is no obstacle. Strongly recommend rubber floor mats, trunk plastic cover and covers for seats. The vehicle has its problems with quality of manufacturing/reliability (numerous problems were minor, only one left it immobile for a prolonged period due to a problem with delivery of a specific spare part).
Driving in snow (with new tires). This SUV handles/corners/drives better than most of the rental cars I drove during numerous repairs; this is also the primary reason why I didn't get rid of it after the first few months (does Landrover perhaps generate problems to show this difference?!?!).
Assure faster replacement of keys/locks/ignitions (4-8 weeks is not good enough). Buyer of this vehicle has to be prepared to get to know everyone at the dealership when (s)he comes in for the many fixes and repairs. The vehicle needs some type of (or improvement of) automatic stability control!!!