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Old May 23rd, 2006, 11:55 PM
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Ok wife has set her sites on a used 04 HSE Frelander. Not my pick but hey its at least a 4X4. she is going to test drive tomorow. it LR certified anything I should be aware of other than the under powered under capible?
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Old May 24th, 2006, 12:07 AM
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Under powered and under capible for what?
The Freelander is a small SUV with a 6 under the hood and its quite fast. Using the manual shift or sport shifter or what ever they call it, you can really get some fun out of it. In my opinion, it out performs D1's, D90's and RR classics for daily driving duty in just about all the weather conditions I have driven both of my Freelanders in when compairing them to the other models I own.

Off-road, its more than capable to run with the majority of the average other Rover owners, meaning easy/mild trails or more tame dealership type runs. You just have to adjust your driving style to let the truck work the way it was designed. Its a very differant method of wheeling a Freelander vs the larger brothers.

Now reliability of the '04s I cant speak of. I had an '03 SE3 which aside from the normal recalls was not really a problem, but my '02 I still own is sadly not as reliable but then again this one is modified for more aggressive off-road duty.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 12:11 AM
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Not reliable? What are you doing to it? In the time I had mine, it only had minor issues that were corrected quickly by the dealer. Wiper motor, VIS intake motors... that's about it.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 12:33 AM
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Man, its been in the shop about 8 times just since I moved down here. All warranty stuff but still enough times that people at work mistake the D2 loaner I get when its in the shop, for what they think is another rover I own. I've actually had 3 people ask me where my nice "gold" truck is and that they dont see me driving it that much.

Now I just tell them I keep it in the garage and only drive it occasionally.

But the upswing is, most of the stuff that could rattle apart, loose, or disconnected, I have succesfully done so with the wheeling so it seems pretty stable now.

The irony... I now want to sell it so I can get a D2 for a daily driver.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 11:04 AM
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Wish I could get it back, but I don't think I'm allowed another Rover.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 11:23 AM
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I had two neighbors in Georgia who owned one (not sure of the years) but they both loved them. gh
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Old May 24th, 2006, 11:29 AM
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great to hear. I like getting another rover in the garage I was hopeing for a RR but this will do it seems.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 11:36 AM
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Wish I could get it back, but I don't think I'm allowed another Rover.
You have more Rovers than me, sell a couple.
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Old May 24th, 2006, 01:41 PM
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I'd like to sell the 72 Rangie- I'm putting a new gas tank in this weekend, since that's the only thing wrong with it.
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Old May 25th, 2006, 06:10 PM
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New Freelander

Here's a link from Leftlatenews that shows the leaked photos of the next Freelander (LR2). Just fyi.

http://www.leftlanenews.com/2006/05/...er-2-revealed/
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Old May 26th, 2006, 04:57 PM
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It does have terrain response - quite what that'll do in this we shall have to see. I wish they had put a more LR3 like front end on it and less of the boat like freelander.

Anyone see Top Gear's attempt to convert three cars (Toyota Hilux, VW "Dampervan", Triumph Herald) into boats in 2 days last week. I just downloaded - utterly hilarious.
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Old May 26th, 2006, 05:38 PM
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I'm going to the Madrid Auto Show tomorow, maybe they will have something at the Land Rover Display. They should have a display for Santana also.

Who Knows, Paul
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Old May 27th, 2006, 12:39 PM
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Just got back from the Madrid Int. Auto Show and no new Freelander at the Land Rover display. The Land Rover display was super weak! 2 RR, 2 RRS, 1FL, 1LR3 on an articulation display stand and one D90 SW.

Kind of disapointing, but the Santana display was really cool.

Later, Paul
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