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 18/02/2005 | pencilbooking
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Pro Car like, comfortable motorway driving good compromise for 4x4
Cons not a serious off roader and still has reliability weaknesses
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"TD4 Commercial 2001 model"

I bought a second hand commercial model of the Freelander that had previously been leased by an Orange telecom engineer. It had about 46,000 miles on the clock and was in good condition. The commercial version is a lowest specified standard 3 door freelander that has had the seats and windows removed and a proper loadbed installed. This is all done by Landrover Specialist Vehicles so is done very well. The commercail version has the advantage of being classed as a van so the VAT is reclaimable by VAT registered organisations. My one also came with a rear window grill and bulkhead between the drivers cabin and the load bay which means that it looks quite secure.

I do a lot of motorway miles and find this a breeze to drive even on the 500 mile trips up to Scotland that I make, even after 8 hours I do not feel wrecked. If you cruised at around 80-85 MPH you would get about 32 to the gallon by my calculation. which is not quite as good as I expected but if you cruise at say 70 Landrover say that 42 MPG is expected. I usually carry quite a heavy load so I guess I will have to get used to the 32MPG figure. Driving round town is good as the slightly higher driving position gives good visibility and the turning circle is not bad for a 4x4. Its fairly short body makes finding a parking spce quite easy compared to my previous vehicle, a double cab pickup.

On the first day I had the vehicle the fuel pump and sender packed up on me which was a bit of a problem but I eventually got it started but then a few days later it died again and I had to get recovered to a landrover dealer who replaced the pump for about £460 plus VAT which luckily the garage I bought it from paid as it was under their warranty.

Overall it is very nice and accelerates well and I struggle to find any serious problems with it. My work involves a certain amount of off roading and this is just about capable enough for what I need although if I put some off road tyres on it I am sure it could go anywhere. The lack of ground clearance may restrict where you can take it off road as well. Despite it's lack of low range gear box the freelander can handle the steep descents with it's hill descent system which uses its ABS to maintain a controlled speed, and it works!

From what I have heard from friends and read in reviews the later models of the freelander have over come most of the reliability and build issues that hit the pre-2001 models.

This is a great vehicle and a superb compromise of offroader and car like driving.

Buy one.

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  • HotBabes published 18/02/2005
    Glad you enjoy it, when you do so many miles you need some comfort :-)
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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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