Watch out when they reach high miles
By Dan_Keeney on
2002 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I had very good luck with the Freelander until I approached 75,000 miles. I had always followed the textbook in terms of maintenance, but faced a major problem requiring a replacement of the head gaskets, which would have cost $4,500. The vehicle wasn't worth that much on trade, so I got rid of it. The service tech told me that the '02 Freelander engine was over-engineered because they wanted more power for the American market than provided by the 4-cylinder version that had been used successfully for years in Europe. I also had constant problems with the sunroof as well, but otherwise it was a great vehicle until the engine went. Just get a complete diagnostic before buying at high miles.
The exterior and interior of the truck held up very well. People were shocked that it was a seven year old car.
Higher mileage engine is prone to very expensive repairs that could cost you more than the truck is worth.