Used 2005 Land Rover Freelander

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent on-road handling for an SUV, permanent all-wheel drive, still capable off-road.
  • Expensive for a compact SUV, tight on cargo space, V6 engine on the weak side, no side airbags, SE3's hard top is hard to install.
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List Price Estimate
$4,858 - $8,104

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Edmunds' Expert Review

With less capability than true dirt runners and less of a prestige factor than BMW's X3, it's hard to make much of a case for the Freelander.

2005 Highlights

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.


Overallundefined / 5

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2005 Land Rover Freelander.

Average user rating: 3.3 stars
47 total reviews
5 star reviews: 17%
4 star reviews: 34%
3 star reviews: 23%
2 star reviews: 12%
1 star reviews: 14%

Trending topics in reviews

  • appearance
  • comfort
  • handling & steering
  • driving experience
  • off-roading
  • spaciousness
  • visibility
  • ride quality
  • steering wheel
  • acceleration
  • maintenance & parts
  • engine
  • value
  • doors
  • brakes
  • interior
  • fuel efficiency
  • climate control
  • road noise
  • oil
  • reliability & manufacturing quality
  • sound system
  • lights
  • warranty
  • transmission
  • seats
  • dashboard
  • electrical system
  • towing
  • cup holders
  • safety

Most helpful consumer reviews

1.375/5 stars, Possibly the worst vehicle ever
SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I am writing this review in hopes of deterring and potential buyers from purchasing one of these horrid little automobiles. I do not own one; I am a career mechanic, and we contract with a used car lot to repair their vehicles. They have brought in a number of these Freelanders with mileage ranging from 30k to 80k, and not one of them has been saleable without at least $1k in repairs. Aside from being under powered, lazy/sloppy handling, and interior ergonomics worse than the old Ford Festiva, these things have more mechanical and electrical problems than any other model from any manufacturer. VERY expensive parts and high labor costs. Absolute JUNK!
3.125/5 stars, Got Gotten!
SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
This is the first car I financed in order to buy this car last minute, I had to scramble to get it. Within the same month of buying it, I had 2 take it back to the dealership because the car wouldn't start, they fixed it then couple of weeks later the temp gauge started lighting up. They looked at it 2x, first stating coolant level down, then claiming the cap containing coolant needed to be replaced, now after 2 wks temp gauge still light red. I then took it to Land Rover dealer and they also recommended engine replacement to the tune of $10k. I was shocked, depressed, and felt like someone just really took advantage of me. I GOT GOTTEN!!
1/5 stars, Worst Designed Vehicle Seen To Date
SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
Don't buy the car ever. No matter how little or simple the part it is outrageous in cost. The design and quality of the materials is poor. In a short time I have had to replace the starter, brake light switch, all of the tires, all of the pads, the HDC switch, mass air flow sensor, intake manifold upper because the plastic plenum lever inside broke like it does for literally all of the freelander models, battery, Starter, grounding straps from engine to chassis, fuel pump, fuel filter, the rear cargo door wont open, the drivers side rear window wont open, the sun roof motor has failed, the entire coolant system because all of the lines are brittle plastic that shatters at the slightest touch, the thermostat housing underneath the intake lowers because that too is brittle plastic and cracks frequently, the purge valve solenoid, multiple vacuum lines. valve cover gaskets, oil filter, coolant expansion tank, the plastic radiator that gets brittle because as everyone knows freelanders overheat and run hot. This is all below 100k miles and no rough driving with standard maintenance. the placement of pretty much every part is insane and appears to be designed to fail and be impossible to replace. The vehicle hold value like a leaky sieve, O2 sensors replaced. And to top it all off the ECU has to be replaced and the new ECU has to be programed
2.625/5 stars, poor choice
SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
Purchased from dealer with 28K miles. Spends most of it's time in the shop. Was told the engine needs to be replaced at 55K miles. Land Rover mechanic says its junk.

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
16 City / 19 Hwy / 17 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 16.9 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: all wheel drive
Transmission: 5-speed shiftable automatic
V6 cylinder
Horsepower: 174 hp @ 6250 rpm
Torque: 177 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm
Basic Warranty
4 yr./ 50000 mi.
Length: 174.7 in. / Height: 72.0 in. / Width: 71.2 in.
Curb Weight: 3640 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 19.3 cu.ft.


IIHS Rating

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.

Side Impact Test
Roof Strength TestNot Tested
Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintNot Tested
IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
Moderate Overlap Front Test


Is the Land Rover Freelander a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2005 Freelander both on the road and at the track. You probably care about Land Rover Freelander fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Freelander gets an EPA-estimated 17 mpg. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that carrying capacity for the Freelander ranges from 16.7 to 19.3 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Land Rover Freelander. Learn more

Is the Land Rover Freelander reliable?

To determine whether the Land Rover Freelander is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Freelander. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Freelander's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2005 Land Rover Freelander a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2005 Land Rover Freelander is a good car. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2005 Freelander is a good car for you. Check back soon for the official Edmunds Rating from our expert testing team Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2005 Land Rover Freelander?

The least-expensive 2005 Land Rover Freelander is the 2005 Land Rover Freelander SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $26,830.

Other versions include:

  • SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $26,830
  • SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A) which starts at $26,830
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What are the different models of Land Rover Freelander?

If you're interested in the Land Rover Freelander, the next question is, which Freelander model is right for you? Freelander variants include SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A), and SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A). For a full list of Freelander models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

More about the 2005 Land Rover Freelander

Used 2005 Land Rover Freelander Overview

The Used 2005 Land Rover Freelander is offered in the following submodels: Freelander SUV. Available styles include SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A), and SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A).

What do people think of the 2005 Land Rover Freelander?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2005 Land Rover Freelander and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2005 Freelander 3.3 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2005 Freelander.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2005 Land Rover Freelander and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2005 Freelander featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Our Review Process

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What's a good price for a New 2005 Land Rover Freelander?

2005 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)

The 2005 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,495. The average price paid for a new 2005 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A) is trending $25,218 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $25,218 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $2,277.

The average savings for the 2005 Land Rover Freelander SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A) is 91.7% below the MSRP.

2005 Land Rover Freelander SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)

The 2005 Land Rover Freelander SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $27,495. The average price paid for a new 2005 Land Rover Freelander SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A) is trending $22,805 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $22,805 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $4,690.

The average savings for the 2005 Land Rover Freelander SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A) is 82.9% below the MSRP.

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Should I lease or buy a 2005 Land Rover Freelander?

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