Safety & braking
This car has the abiity to take me whever I want to go and in all weathers
I ran this car for 86,000 and it returned an average of 38.94 (imp) MPG whihc is about 10 MPG better than the Discovery Td5 that it replaced - one of my objectives given the fuel price rises in UK in 2008
After the 2 ton Discovery with similar torque, the Freelander is actually fun to drive. It's nimble in the corners and quite brisk accelerating
Reliability & durability
The manual trasnmission'sdual mass flywheel and clutch are not robust enough for an SUV. I had a replacment of both at 35,000 miles and OK thereafter but I sense da returning rumble whcih is why I replaced the car.
I chose manual trans becuase of the better fuel economy (by at least 5 MPG) and the auto box is not withoutadverse durability reports
Compared with Discovery, Freelander has more limited ground clearnace which can be a concern off road
I am lucky to have a great dealer just 12 miles away. He has well-trained technicians and has always done a good job (even if it took 2 visits).
I have bought 3 new cars there and I feel like a valued cusotmer - I am quite technical and they know they cannot "blind me with science"
This is a good car and I will buy another one of the same or similar specifitation
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