Get one thats serviced regularly and thats a good start.
Ive Got a 2000 XEDi, and the only problem ive had so far was an injector washer that cost £20.
Its a fab compromise... It drives like a car on the road, does about 37mpg combined, is comfortable spacious & practical.
It also tows well.. I pull my daughters horse in the trailer twice a week to pony club practice, and it does it no sweat.. Ive also pulled the above said horse and trailer through muddy & waterlogged fields, and the hippo didnt get stuck once.. (i did laugh it a man who tried the same in his X-Trail and failed
It IS a landrover.. Yes they call em gaylanders in jest, but even die hard disco and rr fans will admit they are the best in their class (compared to x trail Honda CRv, RAV 4 etc) We all know Discos have the door handles off a Morris Marina, lights of a Maestro van and rust like the titanic, but we all know they are still the daddy and that EVERY land rovers got its faults.
Particular Marques are tarnished with a bad reliability brush.. But really its eveywhere..
I bought a 55 plate scenic DCI when it was 14 months old with 7000 miles on it.. In the 3 years i had it i had to have two window regulators, an alternator, new digital dash, constant automatic parking brake problems, and in the end, low compression on cylinder 4 - needed total rebauild ata cost of £1800 when it only had 30k miles on it!!
Guy who works with me had an identical 53 plate scenic from new, its got 168k on it and its never let him down..
You want an opinion on them, look on here... But it wont be unbiased!!! As stated, people on here either love em and put up with any faults, or they come on here to post all their problems before finally selling it!!
Whens the last time you saw a car forum loaded with people saying their car has never had a fault and rocks???
If you like the freelander, buy it.. If it goes wrong, youll either put up with it cos you love it that much, or you can sell it and buy something else!! Simples!
But for god sake if you do buy one - DO NOT take it to a land rover dealer!! Plenty of specialist places are around with treble the knowledge, and 1/3 of the price.