2003 Landrover Freelander

#1
Inspired by the Audi A3 post:

One of me neighbors is putting up her '03 Freelander on the market for $12000. I don't know how that compares to the prices on the other side of the pond but my interest in the machine has been more than slightly aroused.

Are these cars any good? What are their good points? And what are the bad points?

Did I also mention that the seller is cute, 40ish and not averse to dropping the Feck-word when it suits her fancy?

Me suspects that if I get the car in me garage, I can get her in me bed (which coincidentially, I have been known to refer to as the land of the free!)
 
#2
Devil_Dog said:
One of me neighbors is putting up her '03 Freelander on the market for $12000. I don't know how that compares to the prices on the other side of the pond but my interest in the machine has been more than slightly aroused.

Are these cars any good? What are their good points? And what are the bad points?

Did I also mention that the seller is cute, 40ish and not averse to dropping the Feck-word when it suits her fancy?

Me suspects that if I get the car in me garage, I can get her in me bed (which coincidentially, I have been known to refer to as the land of the free!)
In other words $12,000 for a spot of rumpy pumpy. Sounds a tad expensive to me. A car is merely a way of getting from A to B in varying degrees of comfort. You have to love the name Freelander, heap of shite!
 
#3
So no?

I need an answer fast. She is coming down to me place after her shift.
 
#5
It is petrol. Jut got done perusing a consumer review website. Said service on the car would be a major drawback here.

So, just bed the chick and move on? Seems like the best alternative.
 
#10
petrol freelanders before 2005 has a tendency to warp the cylinder head (from experience) and then they are very very expensive to get fixed.

stay clear, stay very clear.
 
#11
Devil_Dog said:
It is petrol. Jut got done perusing a consumer review website. Said service on the car would be a major drawback here.

So, just bed the chick and move on? Seems like the best alternative.
If it has the K series engine, no barge pole is long enough.

Do yourself a favour and get something else.
 
#12
Devil_Dog said:
Inspired by the Audi A3 post:

One of me neighbors is putting up her '03 Freelander on the market for $12000. I don't know how that compares to the prices on the other side of the pond but my interest in the machine has been more than slightly aroused.

Are these cars any good? What are their good points? And what are the bad points?

Did I also mention that the seller is cute, 40ish and not averse to dropping the Feck-word when it suits her fancy?

Me suspects that if I get the car in me garage, I can get her in me bed (which coincidentially, I have been known to refer to as the land of the
free!)
Bought one over here about two years ago, always thought they were the business, Mrs hated it but......

It was the worst car I've ever had - and needless to say I've not heard the end of it! What's worse is I sold it to a bloke who lives round the corner, so I regularly duck when I see him coming round the corner!

To be fair, I think we may have been jinxed. It was a 2001 model and broke down on the way home from the show room!! A number of things went wrong - engine stuff (I don't know the details, I'm a bird when it comes to cars!), the rear window got stuck down, oh, just before a fecking big thunder storm! The aircon packed in, the wheels constantly needed rebalancing and it seemed to drink fuel (bloody diesel mind you) quicker than Pat Butcher knocks back the vodka tonics.

Would never touch another one - sad really as I'm always gobbing off about British cars over here! I'll stick with my trusty MG Midget, she never goes down on me!
 
#13
Mate, those Landies are bloody awful. Give me a while and I'll dig out the common faults for you, of which there are many!

And for the ump-fcukin-teenth time, there's nowt wrong with K series engines if they've been looked after. Just like, erm, any other engine.
 
#14
Ok, here goes with the common faults on the Freelander:

ABS
Hill Descent control AND ABS
Air Con leaks
Boot leaks top and bottom
Rear door windows falls inside door
Cracks in rear subframe (my mate's did this, makes a knocking sound when cornering)
Jammed Sunroof
Twisted bodyshell can occur if driven hard offroad
Alloy wheels can jam on hubs
Prop shaft centre bearings
rear wheel bearings
Duff ignition coils
Heater matrix issues (common)
Cracked transfer box brackets cause vibration


That's all I can remember at the mo.

So, for the love of God, don't!
 
#15
I have had three all told and NEVER had an issue with any of them!

Off road, on road no issues. Ok so it's not a defender (god's own car) but as a bit of kit it's what it is, entry level of the best!

Oh and they can pull!
it's a bit embarrasing when you have to ring your mrs's at 3 in the morn to pull you out of a ditch ( in a Vivaro van fully loaded 'bout 3 tonnes) and she drags it down the road, diagonally, brakes applied!
 
#16
datumhead said:
I have had three all told and NEVER had an issue with any of them!

Off road, on road no issues. Ok so it's not a defender (god's own car) but as a bit of kit it's what it is, entry level of the best!

Oh and they can pull!
it's a bit embarrasing when you have to ring your mrs's at 3 in the morn to pull you out of a ditch ( in a Vivaro van fully loaded 'bout 3 tonnes) and she drags it down the road, diagonally, brakes applied!
Can you tell me what 6 numbers you pick for the lottery? You're one lucky bloke!
 
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#18
Bounce a cheque on her on Friday afternoon, give her the Golden Rivet all weekend and give her the car back on Monday when it bounces. Problem solved
 
#19
1.8's steer clear head gasket will blow duer to the weight of the car Landrover has brought out a new ML gasket for it and modded oil rail along with a new collant tank which by all accts solves the fault. However they are perment 4 wheel drive and if one of the transfer boxes goes tits up it will take out the back axle etc so if you dont need 4x4 then have it removed and it will then just be 2 wheel drive which is how many of them are run these days plus your average mpg will increase as well.

A few people are taking LR to court over them as they were released onto the market with something like 27 known faults on them
 
#20
SauceDoctor said:
Mate, those Landies are bloody awful. Give me a while and I'll dig out the common faults for you, of which there are many!

And for the ump-fcukin-teenth time, there's nowt wrong with K series engines if they've been looked after. Just like, erm, any other engine.
You mean weekly checks on coolant levels because the system leaks incredibly easily and the coolant resevoir is tiny.

On the otherhand my 1.4 civic did 145,000 miles without losing a single fluid ounce of coolant or oil.

Why is it the chinese have changed the design of the 1.8 k series they've put into their 75 model to stop the head gasket blowing?
 

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