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By philashe on
Vehicle2004 Land Rover Freelander HSE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
ReviewBought the car at 63,000 miles. Donated the car to charity at 67,000 miles. Drove for 4,000 miles until oil cooler and transmission cooler failed within a week of each other.
After the failures the car needed major engine and transmission work, estimated to be around $9000 to repair. This was after a $4000 service. Car cost $1 per mile in repairs on top of the regular expenses you expect (fuel, regular maintenance, insurance).
Most third-party shops are unable to work on the vehicle, requiring trips to the dealer. Insurers consider this a luxury car and the premiums are very high.
Very expensive car to try to keep running. Buy a bus pass and good walking shoes. You'll be left stranded.
Best FeaturesInterior was well appointed. Reasonable ride quality for a small wheelbase. All wheel drive system was nice on muddy and rutted dirt roads.
Worst FeaturesEngine and transmission failures are common in this vehicle. Vehicle needs more reliability in this area. Tall drivers, over 6' or so, might have a difficult time getting the steering wheel positioned correctly. Not reliable enough to use as a daily driver. Not reliable enough for off-road use. Free AAA membership for the frequent towing you'll need when you drive a Freelander and get stranded when the limp-home mode fails.
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