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Old 08-27-2005, 12:01   #1 (permalink)
Camilla Carcary
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Freelander?

I'm thinking of buying a Land Rover Freelander, a 2000 modell, but a lot of
people tell me to buy something else like a Honda C-RV or Toyota RAV-4. They
claim that the Freelander is a shit car and that I will be very
dissapointed.

I need a car that can pull two horses and drive well on roads in the forest
(offroad nearly). I thought this car was the best car for this use. I was so
dissapointed when all I heard was that it was not worth buying.

What about a 2001 modell? I know they have made some adjustments on that
modell.

Camilla


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Old 08-27-2005, 15:01   #2 (permalink)
wayne@lardrover.co.uk
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Re: Freelander?

On Sat, 27 Aug 2005 20:09:05 +0200, "Camilla Carcary"
<carcay@broadpark.no> made me spill my meths when he wrote:

>I'm thinking of buying a Land Rover Freelander, a 2000 modell, but a lot of
>people tell me to buy something else like a Honda C-RV or Toyota RAV-4. They
>claim that the Freelander is a shit car and that I will be very
>dissapointed.


I have a RAV4 for sale :)


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Old 08-27-2005, 15:01   #3 (permalink)
Camilla Carcary
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Re: Freelander?


<wayne@lardrover.co.uk> skrev i melding
news:rsl1h11td2b5ngo5vm1upts8nesvttr2po@4ax.com...
> On Sat, 27 Aug 2005 20:09:05 +0200, "Camilla Carcary"
> <carcay@broadpark.no> made me spill my meths when he wrote:
>
>>I'm thinking of buying a Land Rover Freelander, a 2000 modell, but a lot
>>of
>>people tell me to buy something else like a Honda C-RV or Toyota RAV-4.
>>They
>>claim that the Freelander is a shit car and that I will be very
>>dissapointed.

>
> I have a RAV4 for sale :)


I live in Norway ;-)

Camilla


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Old 08-27-2005, 16:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Freelander?

Hello Camilla
I have a 2002 Freelander Td4 Auto ES model, it has a 2Ltr BMW diesel engine,
no problems, but I have only done 24K miles, I have only needed to replace
front brake pads so far.
No oil leaks, no water leaks, and that's unusual for a Land Rover, so I
can't grumble. The 5 speed auto box is excellent.
I think the petrol engined Freelanders have had problems.
Gordon
"Camilla Carcary" <carcay@broadpark.no> wrote in message
news:4310ac4e$1@news.broadpark.no...
> I'm thinking of buying a Land Rover Freelander, a 2000 modell, but a lot

of
> people tell me to buy something else like a Honda C-RV or Toyota RAV-4.

They
> claim that the Freelander is a shit car and that I will be very
> dissapointed.
>
> I need a car that can pull two horses and drive well on roads in the

forest
> (offroad nearly). I thought this car was the best car for this use. I was

so
> dissapointed when all I heard was that it was not worth buying.
>
> What about a 2001 modell? I know they have made some adjustments on that
> modell.
>
> Camilla
>
>



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Old 08-27-2005, 16:01   #5 (permalink)
Lee_D
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Re: Freelander?

"Camilla Carcary" <carcay@broadpark.no> wrote in message
news:4310d9bd$1@news.broadpark.no...

> I live in Norway ;-)
>
> Camilla


It doesn't make you a bad person! ;o) Besides Wayne can surely bung it on a
Ferry along with the Lada's which were exporting back home in that general
direction :o)

Wayne's optional extras will include a bonnet mounted gatting gun, in
Cerise, as a incentive too.

Lee D


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Old 08-27-2005, 16:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: Freelander?

"Gordoni" <asgaw2@dsl.pipex.com> wrote in message
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> Hello Camilla
> I have a 2002 Freelander Td4 Auto ES model, it has a 2Ltr BMW diesel
> engine,
> no problems, but I have only done 24K miles, I have only needed to replace
> front brake pads so far.
> No oil leaks, no water leaks, and that's unusual for a Land Rover, so I
> can't grumble. The 5 speed auto box is excellent.
> I think the petrol engined Freelanders have had problems.
> Gordon


Gordon,

Do you hump much with it? As in Caravan/Horse box? I've seen plenty of
Freelanders on the Tour of France and Spain towing large Caravans, wonder
how they would compare to the likes of my 1997 ES Disco.

Lee D


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Old 08-27-2005, 18:01   #7 (permalink)
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Re: Freelander?

I sued LR because my FL was a piece of crap. Coolant leak that they couldn't
fix. I won. They paid me cash and my atty's fees. Thank God that piece of
S*&# is long gone...


"Camilla Carcary" <carcay@broadpark.no> wrote in message
news:4310ac4e$1@news.broadpark.no...
> I'm thinking of buying a Land Rover Freelander, a 2000 modell, but a lot

of
> people tell me to buy something else like a Honda C-RV or Toyota RAV-4.

They
> claim that the Freelander is a shit car and that I will be very
> dissapointed.
>
> I need a car that can pull two horses and drive well on roads in the

forest
> (offroad nearly). I thought this car was the best car for this use. I was

so
> dissapointed when all I heard was that it was not worth buying.
>
> What about a 2001 modell? I know they have made some adjustments on that
> modell.
>
> Camilla
>
>



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Old 08-27-2005, 18:01   #8 (permalink)
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Re: Freelander?

In our experience and the experiences of many other Freelander owners,
they are the best of British Un-reliability. There is always something
going wrong with our Freelander and even the newer TD4's are also
showing their British heritage in the form of problems.

THere are various Freelander forums on the net where you can see what
they are like.

http://www.freelanderowners.com/forum is the best forum for Freelanders

Get a Japenese vehicle, we have had virtuaqlly no problems with any
Japenese vehicle that we have owned.

Stevesub
2001 V6 Freelander

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Old 08-28-2005, 01:01   #9 (permalink)
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In message <4310ac4e$1@news.broadpark.no>
"Camilla Carcary" <carcay@broadpark.no> wrote:

> I'm thinking of buying a Land Rover Freelander, a 2000 modell, but a lot of
> people tell me to buy something else like a Honda C-RV or Toyota RAV-4. They
> claim that the Freelander is a shit car and that I will be very
> dissapointed.
>
> I need a car that can pull two horses and drive well on roads in the forest
> (offroad nearly). I thought this car was the best car for this use. I was so
> dissapointed when all I heard was that it was not worth buying.
>
> What about a 2001 modell? I know they have made some adjustments on that
> modell.
>
> Camilla
>
>


If you're towing two horses (in a trailer I assume!) then the C-RV
and RAV-4 are pretty much exacty what you don't need. Freelanders - well
some are great and give no problems, others seem to be bug ridden.

Two horses and trailer is getting pretty close to 2 Tonnes, the
Freelanders max towing weight. If it was just the one then fine,
but perhaps a Discovery or Defender might be a better bet if
possible.

Richard

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Old 08-28-2005, 03:01   #10 (permalink)
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Re: Freelander? Towing

My next door neighbour has a Freelander and I have an ageing Discovery V8.
He tows a caravan but really knows when it is on the back, steep hill starts
can be a bit of a clutch event. I tow a 2-3 ton trailer all over the place
and the Discovery just eats the miles as if there was nothing behind me
(well ok, a slight exageration).
If you plan to tow a trailer with two horses I really think you should be
looking for something a bit bigger than a Freelander.
After 145,000 miles my Disco will still do 0-60mph in 20 seconds with 2 tons
of trailer.
Oh, and always get a 4 wheel trailer. Much better behaved, especially if
you get a blowout at 80mph fully loaded. A complete non-event (apart from
the noise and shredded rubber).
One last thing, My Disco has an automatic gearbox. I really would not
consider anything else, can't really fault it, and I really do work it very
hard. Also must have air con.

Pulling away on a really steep uphill gradient fully loaded is one good
test, no problem with Disco V8i 3.9 ES.
The other big test is stability. Overtaking a lorry at speed, going
downhill and being hit by the lorry slipstream can make a trailer swing and
start oscilating. Terrifying and I do mean utterly terrifying!!, if you try
and slow down it gets worse, you need to accelerate to straighten things up
or pray for the road to start going uphill. In the Disco / Trailer
combination it is rock solid, you can throw it around all over the place at
any speed and the trailer follows like a puppy dog (4 wheel Ifor Williams).
I nearly killed myself towing a smaller trailer behind a Montego Estate car,
started weaving from side to side on the M25 at just 55mp on a downhill
stretch, I was swerving pretty much out of control across all 4 lanes and
the hard shoulder, with the car being picked up and dumped from side to side
by the trailer, a serious underpant moment!
Towing is a pretty damn serious thing to be doing, and two horses in a
trailer are not only heavy but they have a habit of shifting their weight in
transit. Get a big and powerful tow car. Live with the fuel consumption or
get a gas conversion, a few hundred pounds per year extra in petrol bills is
worth it, and so what if Holland sinks and Ely becomes an island again, I
will be able to buy a boat and not travel so far to the sea! Bring on
global warming, it has little to do with us anyway, the heat output of the
sun is increasing, politicians are just using it as an excuse to hit us with
more taxes.... but that is for another forum.

Les


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