Land Rover Freelander

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Buoyed by the success of its Discovery models, and the long-standing Defender, Land Rover decided a new smaller 4X4 for the mass market was needed – and partner Rover would provide much of the bits.

  • Land Rover Freelander Station Wagon (03-06)
  • Land Rover Freelander Hardback (97-03)
  • Land Rover Freelander Softback (97-03)
  • Land Rover Freelander Station Wagon (97-03)

Buoyed by the success of its Discovery models, and the long-standing Defender, Land Rover decided a new smaller 4X4 for the mass market was needed – and partner Rover would provide much of the bits.

And that’s partly why the first generation model, sharing engines with the MGF and other Rover models, was a bit of a disaster.

Sales started strongly, but warranty claims soon flooded into dealers almost as quickly as cars trickled out – from dodgy electrics, failed headgaskets (on the 1.8-litre K-Series petrol cars) and water leaks (especially on the three-door Freelander Softback and hardback) were infamous.

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Most Popular Model Reviews

Land Rover Freelander Hardback 1997 - 2003

3.5 out of 5
Land Rover Freelander Hardback 1997 - 2003

New price range:
£14,835 - £24,035

Used price range:
£246 - £1,517

The badge, frugal Td4 diesel, off-road ability
Thirsty V6, quite expensive to buy

Land Rover Freelander Softback 1997 - 2003

3 out of 5
Land Rover Freelander Softback 1997 - 2003

New price range:
£14,835 - £24,035

Used price range:
£246 - £1,454

Proven 4x4 capability
Less secure than the Hard-Top

Land Rover Freelander Station Wagon 1997 - 2003

3.5 out of 5
Land Rover Freelander Station Wagon 1997 - 2003

New price range:
£16,335 - £26,435

Used price range:
£281 - £1,687

Land Rover know how to make a good 4X4
Pricey when compared to Japanese rivals

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