Advantages Great work horse with a cavernous back
Disadvantages Poor visibility when reversing horse trailer - especially to the left.
I have owned my 2.0d x reg Freelander diesel Commercial (van jobber) for 2 years had 80,000 on the clock when i got it and now has over 100,000. It had rather a lot wrong with it when i got it, all the usual problems but as hubby is in the trade it wasnt to bad to fix her up and as she is a van she was pretty cheap to buy.I have 3 horses so this is my vehicle to cater for their needs. The permanent 4 wheel drive has got me out of some sticky situations on icey lanes and i tow a trailer to horse shows, which in our climet are usually rainy and muddy and the Freelander tows through mud beatifully and I have never got stuck yet. Though visibility with the hardback with no windows can at times be tricky for reversing the trailer especially back to the left, but the wing mirrors are of a good size.
Being a van the space in the back is cavenous just right for all the parifinalia i have to truck round, and I can get a fair amount of bales in the back when on a run to the feed merchant.I have had the top off it in the summer once or twice. It is quite cool but a right pain to get on and off with the roof bars still on as you have to slot it through the gap and its heavy.
I bought the glass sun roof panels to replace the black plastic standard ones which come with the van and it makes a lot of difference to the light inside as there are no windows in the rear side panels.Inside its pretty basic which is fine in the commercial but would be unrefined in the 4 seater version.
The fuel consumption isnt brilliant about 37 mpg tops but it does depend how you drive it when hubby drivers her foot to the floor as he drives a honda prelude usually i dont get nearly as much as when i drive her like a tractor.All in all i think its great i think with a freelander you have to expect there will always be something wrong with it, i call it character. With mine the current problems are drivers door wont unlock with the fob you have to use the key (though this is an inprovement as before drivers door wouldnt open at all i had to get in pasanger side and pull the handle till hubby fixed it) rear wash not working, the reversing lights constantly blow the fuse but this could be the trailer. So doing quite well at the moment.
If you want a work horse with room in the back and cant afford a Defender get a Freelander.
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