Land Rover Freelander 2.0 Td4 HSE 5dr

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Land Rover Freelander 2.0 Td4 HSE 5dr

Land Rover present the Freelander 2.0 Td4 HSE 5dr 4 X 4 with 5 Speed - (Man) / 5 Speed Steptronic - (Auto), Four Wheel Drive (4x4) running on Diesel

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Review of "Land Rover Freelander 2.0 Td4 HSE 5dr"

published 31/07/2003 | el-em
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Pro Diesel the most fuel efficient, best torque of the range, same motor as BMW 320d - so a QUIET diesel
Cons Diesel may appear more expensive at the pump in the UK, dealer support is shoddy, maintenance costs high, still a british car with the usual quirks
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"3rd time lucky with a Landrover Freelander"

Bought, drove and sold 3 Freelanders between 1998 and 2002. Started out with the 1.8 litre petrol, then the 2 litre Rover diesel, and finally the Td4 which is powered by the BMW 2 litre engine that won awards in the BMW 320d.

The Td4 was by far the best of the 3 that I owned. For one, by then, Landrover's build quality had improved drastically. By comparison, where the 1.8 litre spent 3 months in the workshop and the 2 litre Rover 6 weeks in the shop, the Td4 spent 4 days in the shop over the period I owned it (12 months).

Drove the Td4 on-road, off-road on rocky terrain, on the beach, and in muddy conditions. It performed much better than the 2 previous models I had owned for a number of reasons.

Firstly, the Td4 delivers a lot more torque than the other two models - especially useful for overtaking, and for offroad 4x4-ing. Secondly, this particular one had 16" rims, so gave a little bit more ground clearance - most useful for offroading.

On-road the Td4 handles very smoothly, but be warned: All the Freelanders suffer from a fair bit of body roll. Anyone who has driven a Volkswagen Golf hatch back will feel right at home behind the wheel of the Freelander. It does have a tendency to wallow round corners, which can feel disconcerting to someone who has not experienced it before, but you do get used to it. Just don't over-do it!

Recommended colours to go for are NON-metallic. The Landrover metallic paints show up the slightest scratch VERY easily. If you have kids, the leather upholstery is a must, as it's wipe clean advantages far outweigh the additional cost over the cloth upholstery.

In car audio was adequate (I did add the 6 disc CD changer that was available at the time), but audio freaks may want to investigate upgrading the audio. Landrover normally use Philips head units badged "Landrover", so be aware of compatibility issues with wire-harness.

Worthwhile accessories to add (and there are MANY to choose from!):

- Rubber interior mats (especially good when you are out in the mud!)
- interior sun blinds (option on the 3door)
- bullbar/nudgebar and spotlight kit (Safari 3000 spots) - adds a nice amount of additional front illumination - very good on dark winding country lanes
- Side bump strips - protect the doors in the parking lot from other cars, supermarket trollies etc

WARNING: The Freelander is not a SERIOUS heavy duty offroader. Know the limits and stick to them. Best way to learn about them is see if you can join your local Landrover Owner's Club (local clubs all over the world). Meet other owners, go on some "novice" and "small 4x4" friendly excursions (just day trips on weekends normally) so you can learn the limits.

If you try to drive over or through something a bit too extreme this is unfortunately one Landy you could break - Expensively! The electronics are pricey to replace if flooded (as is the engine!) and the exhaust, drive train and undercarriage is not up to heavy rock bashing. Hot clutch smell when you're stuck is a sign to STOP NOW and get a good tow out of the mud/sand!

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  • kevthrev published 15/07/2006
    Excellent advise for me to watch out for,Thanks,Kev
  • BladeRunner2003 published 22/01/2004
    Good review, I'm getting one of these as a company car, had the choice of a top spec Freelander or a low spec Disovery so thanks for the info.
  • Moonpie1 published 03/12/2003
    Excellent, concise and relevant review for anyone wishing to purchase a Freelander (or even someone who already owns one!).
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Product Information : Land Rover Freelander 2.0 Td4 HSE 5dr

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Land Rover present the Freelander 2.0 Td4 HSE 5dr 4 X 4 with 5 Speed - (Man) / 5 Speed Steptronic - (Auto), Four Wheel Drive (4x4) running on Diesel

Product Details

Manufacturer: Land Rover

Boot Capacity (litres): 1319, 1194

Weight: 1640

Length: 4449, 4423, 4437, 4459

Width: 1809

Height: 1708, 1717, 1696, 1687

Towing Limit (kg): 1800

Engine Size (cc): 1951

Insurance Group: 12, 10, 11

Driven Wheels: Four Wheel Drive (4x4)

Torque: 192@1750 lb/ft

Release Date: 01.01.2005

Fuel Capacity (litres): 59

Cylinders: 4

Warranty: 3 years / Unlimited miles

Maximum Speed (mph): 102

NCAP Rating: NCAP 3 Star Rating

Number of Doors: 5, 3

Type: Car

Emissions Class: EU3

CO2 Emissions: 205 g/km - (Man) / 240 g/km - (Auto)

Country of Origin: UK

Range + Engine Type: Freelander 2.0, Freelande 2.0, Freelander 2.0 TD4

Classification: SUV

Body Type: 4 X 4

Fuel Type: Diesel

Transmission type: 5 Speed Manual; 5 Speed Steptronic Automatic, 5 Speed Manual Gearbox; 5 Speed Steptronic Automatic, 5 Speed Manual Gearbox

Power: 112

Range: Land Rover Freelander

Available Trims: E; HSE; S; SE; Sport; Sport Premium


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