What to look for in the second-generation Freelander
The second-generation Freelander was a first for Land Rover – do you know what for? It was the first time the company had sold a front-wheel drive vehicle, the eD4. Naturally, you could also get the more traditional four-wheel drive models, but which one should you go for?
Naturally that partly depends on the budget. Prices have remained quite high, so a late model can still be about £30k, with those from around 2010 to 2012 commanding prices in the low £20k area. At the bottom end there are some for under £5k but you’ll want to check very carefully that it’s been well looked after and serviced properly.
There are naturally some things you should look out for. Firstly, check to see if it’s been used seriously off-road. Few seem to have been, but check for underbody damage. A rumbling from the rear could well be a problem in the rear differential.
Inside check for split leather seats and be aware the sat nav was a DVD system and that needs upgrading to keep it current.
Generally reliability is good, but things like the anti-roll bar drop links wear out, leading to a wandering ride, and power steering pumps can fail. The vehicle does seem to have a tendency to have problems with suspension and steering alignment issues generally.
The Freelander 2 was built at JLR’s Halewood factory, which had been heavily invested in, so you should find quality is quite high, with CAP Derwent data (pooled lease vehicle data) showing engines good for 100,000 miles before having any major issues.
Once you’ve bought it, there is the cost of running it. Interim servicing isn’t that expensive but there’s a 10-year service that should not be skipped and it can cost £1000. Worth checking when that’s due before you buy the vehicle.
Fuel economy isn’t that great and therefore nor is tax. That two-wheel drive model should be able to manage nearly 50mpg, but others will be more around the 40mpg or, in the case of the 3.2-litre petrol engine, about 25mpg.
There was quite a range of models on offer, but entry-level trim really does feel a bit spartan. We’d choose an XS or HSE, trims near the top. We’d avoid that thirsty 3.2-litre engine and go for the sorted 2.2-litre TD4, which was originally a Ford unit.
You could go for that two-wheel drive eD4 as you’ll save some money on fuel – aided further by stop-start technology – but generally most owners thought a Land Rover should have four-wheel drive so they’re quite rare. We agree – it should have four-wheel drive. It’s a Land Rover after all.