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I am considering buying a 2003 Freelander SE with 75,000 miles. One owner. CarFax shows one accident which appears to be minor in nature (no damage is apparent) and it appears that most maintenance was performed at a Land Rover dealership. Asking price is $7K.

I suppose my biggest concern is the reliability of the Land Rovers. Honestly, a Land Rover has always been my "dream" car but reading reviews has given me pause to reconsider, being as virtually all reviewers say the same sort of thing...they run great to a point and then pretty much fall apart.

This is a decent price and being that it is an 11 year old one owner, I would assume it didn't have very many issues (otherwise they wouldn't have kept it for 11 years...or they were rich). But I have to wonder if they got rid of it because it was reaching that point where Land Rover's supposedly fall apart.

I'd like to get some feedback from current owners, since I know most people generally only write reviews if they have something bad to say.

CarFax: http://www.carfax.com/VehicleHistory/p/Report.cfx?make=ROV&car_id=368369585&dealer_id=2087651&partner=ATD_W&vin=-115|66|51|24|41|89|83|51|21|95|88|-1|-13|-103|38|-49|38|-25|-99|-59|101|-69|-99|34|
 

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The engines transfer case and differentials are not what most would consider reliable in the US market.

My honest reply would be to not buy a freelander.
 

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Got to agree
Pass on the FREELANDER
Very weak drivetrain and not much else to say
FREELANDER , lr2 just the name but not a real land rover
 

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The Freelander was always the red-headed step child of the Land Rover lineup. They are terribly unreliable (even for a Land Rover!). And $7,000 for a Freelander is beyond ridiculous. Maybe $3,000 but even then I wouldn't spend it on a Freelander.

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The Freelander was always the red-headed step child of the Land Rover lineup. They are terribly unreliable (even for a Land Rover!). And $7,000 for a Freelander is beyond ridiculous. Maybe $3,000 but even then I wouldn't spend it on a Freelander.

Colin
Totally agree that it's best to stay clear of the Freelander, the KV6 motors are troublesome and many do have issues with drive trains, including the accessory motors and electronics. My father purchased a new one in 2003, now having 54,000, and there have been so many issues including window regulators, door actuators, Sunroof, oil pan gasket, VIS motors, ignition coils+++ a lot more have all gone bad. that said, they are a great ride on/off road compared to the competition, but they are expensive, unduly complicated to maintain (think thermostat replacement or accessing cylinders 2, 4 or 6 for plugs or coils) and really underpowered with a full load trying to ascend mtn. passes.
 
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