Looking to buy a Freelander

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  1. Mac User

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    I'm looking to buy a 2007/08 Freelander 2. Does anybody have one and could advise me what to look out for in regards to known issues/problems ?
     
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    I really am not trying to put you off but can I suggest you look at the reliability surveys on Which?, Top Gear, JD Power Survey for these vehicles?
     
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    1. Yes, you need to look out for everything from the front bumper back......
    2. Send the service manager at your local garage a case of wine, as you will be on very close terms with them pretty soon; it will help to build a good relationship early on.
     
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    Have you had one, as I recall you saying you'd had the same Skoda Fabia for umpteen years?
    So I'm guessing if you had one, it must have been well before the models the OP wants?
     
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    You may recal me mentioning in the same thread I was in the trade a while back - these cars had a terrible rep from day one. We struggled to get trade bids on them at one point.
     
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    What is the ENCAP rating? I hear theyaren't very good in that respect.
     
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    The op clearly asks about a freelander 2. Why all the advice on the original model?
     
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    The auto express page says freelander 2 at top ? Or is it my bad ?
     
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    That link is for the original freelander, you have to click on the freelander 2 breadcrumb at the top for their thoughts on the new one which they say is a vast improvement on the previous one ( not really hard based on the ones I had in at my old work) but I think the new one is no worse than any other car.
     
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    Yeah, don't know why it says that. The article is definitely about the original. The freelander 2 is a far superior car.
     
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    It is, but it still is down the bottom of the reliability surveys
     
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    At the risk of repeating myself every time someone asks about a Freelander 2, I've owned 2 over a course of 6 years and both were very reliable and apart from being serviced, they didn't need anything spent on them.

    I'd have no hesitation in buying another.
     
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    I had a 2004 Freelander Td4 for 2 years and it was really nice. Didn't have any issues with it at all. The heated seats and front windscreen were great in winter too. I would buy a Freelander 2, no problem at all.
     
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    Thanks guys, went to test drive a FL2 at the weekend.. Lovely car. But we've decided to go for a RAV4 2.2 D-4D XT-R. Long story and I won't bore you all but for the moment, the RAV will have to do. That said, we've had two RAV4 before and there always'd been reliable and much better MPG then the FL2
     
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    a friend bought one recently (bit older than you are speaking of i think), and is a lovely car/vanhybrid thing (what ever you want to call it), but he has just had a massive issue with the 4x4 drive, in as much as it has "blown/gone" - looking at £000's to fix apparently.

    this issue is quite a common one however, so would be worth doing some home work.
     
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    Good choice
     
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    The original Freelander was facelifted when they put the BMW TD4 engine into it - So prior to Landover releasing the later 'completely new model' and calling it the Freelander II the older Freelander model was referred to as 1 & 2 for original (1) and facelift (2).
    Ironically the oldest model with the L Series Rover diesel was the most reliable when there were plenty of both running about. The Petrol variant running the 'K' was just a dog in 1.8 or 2.6 guise and blown headgaskets were just a matter of time.
    The current variant (Freelander II) was a huge move forwards. We did look at the HSE model a few years ago, but decided against it for a number of reasons. Nice car, but looking dated now and certainly will when considered alongside the Evoque as that becomes more prevelant in the market.
     
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    They're in different price brackets though, aren't they?
    And are aimed at different markets, in that the Freelander only comes in 4x4, but the Evoque is available in 2WD?

    Edit, the Freelander starts @ £23k, the Evoque starts @ £29k.
     
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    There is a big cross over in pricing. The Freelander has cheaper entry level options but they are very sparse on equipment but a low £23k. Highest price is HSE at 37k.
    Evoque entry level is higher at £29k with the Si4 at 40k.

    The 'crossover' on pricing comes in the £27-35k price range (new). As the Evoque is better equipped as standard, plus it's a new fresh faced model under the Range Rover guise then if you are looking at spending £30-£35k then you have a choice of either vehicle.

    A friend of mine is expecting his Evoque 2nd week November. I suggested the Freelander II to him. He did look at it before the Evoque, but he said he got 4wd, a better spec and better looking vehicle (& residuals) spending his money on the Evoque rather than same money on the F II. It's for his wife and she also preferred the looks of the Evoque in derect comparison to the F II.
    I'm just looking forward to seeing it park itself as thats one of the option boxes he ticked. :D
     
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    I agree if you're spending £30k+, you'd be insane to go for a Freelander over an Evoque.
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