by capecodrondo on Jan 17, 2014 Vehicle: 2005 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I purchased my Freelander brand new in 2005.
I loved the handling and ride but over the years found the vehicle to be gas-hungry, under-powered and of poor build quality.
Constant electrical problems including a repeated problem with windshield wiper switches.
After having driven Jeeps for many years I was surprised to get stuck in the Freelander during snowstorms that the Jeeps handled well.
I traded for a Hyundai Veracruz two years ago and found it a much more reliable vehicle.
The Veracruz (now a long body Santa Fe) is better in the snow than my Rover was and is an all around more civilized vehicle.
by miaheartless on Feb 18, 2012 Vehicle: 2005 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I love my Freelander...
Great for winter weather, mountain terrain driving.
Geared low, handles amazing in snow and icy conditions.
The only repairs other than normal wear for me have been two sensors.
The most expensive repair costed less at a small shop, Walt's in Gig Harbor, WA than the regular service at Land Rover and it was for the thermostat control sensor (going on memory for title of part).
On the other hand, not the car you want for consistant high miles, highway driving.
Driving like I have to now is a waste of this vehicle.
I've taken it through some scary bad weather including road closures and that's where it excels!
The HSE trim level is history, leaving only the SE four-door, and the SE3 two-door. A new premium package includes last year's HSE content at an overall lower price. The SE receives a power sunroof, foglights and a full-size spare tire as standard equipment.
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