A Michigan Freelander
By Philip Dingle on
2004 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
My Freelander is 4 years old now, and I am generally pleased with the ownership experience. There was an early-life electrical problem which required the car to be towed into the dealership, but with that fixed, there have been no other problems. Performance is quite adequate, ride and handling are good, comfort is reasonable, and it has handled the dirt roads in Michigan very well. Interior noise level is higher than I would like.
The front end appearance has 'attitude'. The electrically heated windscreen. The 3-mode transmission: normal, sport, tap- up/down.
The Freelander really needed a diesel engine to make it stand out in the North American market place and to give it class-leading fuel consumption. At 24 MPH/1000 rev/min, (72 MPH = 3000 rev/min) in top gear, it is not a relaxing cruiser.