Small inside and lacking a low-range transfer case, the Freelander won't appeal to buyers looking for a seriously capable small SUV, despite the Land Rover name on the hood. Although it handles well on and off the road, a drab interior and sluggish performance leave us questioning whether it's worth the premium price tag.
by dukesush on Apr 12, 2013 Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
Recently purchased a used Freelander and we are very pleased with it. Very sharp looking exterior. Very fun to drive, especially in sport mode. We perform all recomended maintenance on schedule, which I gather is vital with the Freelanders and it has given us no issues. The stock audio system is the best sounding I've heard in a ten year old vehicle. We are getting good fuel milage too, about 23 MPG.
by sheyrend on Jun 16, 2011 Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
We recently helped purchase this vehicle for our son for college.
We wish we would have read these reviews first.
We had the vehicle a week, and it overheated.
Our son never has had the chance to drive it, but now has a car payment - and repair costs worth twice the cost of the vehicle.
The thermostat repair is over $900, the oxygen sensors $1100, and now the head gasket and sleeve repair, over $7500.
Needless to say, the vehicle cost $6500, and now the repairs have more than doubled that.
I have contacted multiple class action lawyers today. Hopefully something can come of this, and this can ber rectified!
by Learn How to Drive on Aug 29, 2010 Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I just thought I should give my 2 cents about this car. Everyone on here must not know how to maintain a vehicle because even after buying mine used with 58,000 miles, I haven't had any unexpected problems. People need to understand that this is a foreign, luxury SUV and requires more driver knowledge. You can't just put gas in it and expect it to maintain itself. I check the fluids every other week and change the oil every 3000 miles. Gas mileage is decent for an SUV of this age. Yes, parts are a bit more expensive but this is expected with any foreign vehicle. Personally, I think this is a safe, fun, and reliable vehicle that I am very proud to own.
Engineering changes for Land Rover's mini-ute include a larger fuel tank and an improvement in the climate control system for quieter operation and more efficiency. Body side moldings have been added to protect the Freelander against scrapes. The 2003 model year sees the introduction of the three-door SE3 version, with removable top and rear panels for topless fun like a Jeep Wrangler.