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#642 of 1536 2003 Freelander
Oct 18, 2002 (12:18 pm)
Hi all stateside, I read your messages with interest and as I live 3 miles from the Solihull fcatory thought I could enlighten you a little. I have also just handed back my Oct 2000 Freelander having done 40,000 trouble-free miles and am waiting for my next one to arrive!!
The 2003 model has just gone into production this week but has hardly any differences. The 3-door version for the US you are now recieving is designated 2002.5 model year. 2004 sees a totally new vehicle, strongly expected to be similar to the Ford Maverick/Mazda Tribute which is selling dreadfully here and has been slated in all our car magazines. Trouble is, Ford take about 11 hours to build a Maverick against 17 hours for a Freelander.
Many people here expect Ford to slowly kill Land Rover in favour of their own inferior branded cars.
We have 3 engine options here: 1)1.8 liter petrol which is the most popular, 2)2.0 liter turbo diesel made by BMW which is most economical at 37mpg and still pretty quick with a modified engine management chip and 3) 2.5 liter V6 which we can't afford petrol for!! (remember we pay about $5 per gallon).
The Freelander is 5 years old now but still the best selling SUV in europe, and the best riding on road, and best handling off-road. Reliability should not be a problem, it has been fine here - just remember to give it an occasional cup of earl gray tea and the odd cucumber sandwich....
Production volumes this week are 1650 vehicles, down from 1950 last month.....so you are getting an exclusive, limited edition car, not a mass produced Japanese box.
Feel free to ask questions, if I can't answer, my next door neighbour works in the development section at Land Rover and knows them inside out.
Oct 18, 2002 (12:29 pm)
Smashing to have you aboard!
#644 of 1536 Cost of 2002 Freelander
Oct 27, 2002 (10:26 am)
A local dealership is asking $23,999 for a 2002 Freelander SE. Has 12,000 miles, black color, with upgrade Harmon sound system. Is this a reasonable asking price?
#646 of 1536 2003 model
Oct 28, 2002 (11:36 pm)
I believe the model changes in the 2003 model (TD4) is just a complete black interior spec (here in South Africa we have already the 2002.5 model with white lights).
Adrian24 can you tell us more of any technical updates ? I just ordered a TD4 and it's being made in UK as we speak. (I have traded in my model 2000 Freelander with 110 000 KM on the clock)
#647 of 1536 re: Cost of 2002 Freelander
Oct 30, 2002 (5:46 pm)
Basically you are getting a car with 1 year's worth of miles for $24K. This car would sticker out new for over $29K with options. Sounds like a good (not great) deal. One warning. A less than a year old car on a dealer lot with 12K miles on it sounds like it may be a repo. Sometimes repo's are driven hard "and put away wet." Will the warranty remain in effect? If so, you may be getting an okay deal.
Other thing to think about. Land Rover is offering special financing on a new Freelander. Of course this would not apply to the used vehicle. Don't know what your plans are or what rate you would qualify for on a used vehicle, but the special interest rate on a new vehicle may compensate for the difference in your payments on the used vehicle. If you qualify for the special rate, see what your payments would be on a new vehicle and maybe go that way.
#648 of 1536 2003 model for diegob1
Nov 04, 2002 (12:39 pm)
Hi down there!!
You might not be too suprised to learn that the 2003 is the same car as the 2002.5 except for:
1) raised LR lettering for the bonnet/hood badge
2) 64 litre fuel tanks for the 1.8/2.5 petrol version (NOT for the diesel)
3) err....nope, that it!!
I guess if you buy a 2002.5, all you need do is change the bonnet badging and you would never tell the difference!!
2004 model will get the range rover headlights.
#649 of 1536 To Adrian 24:
Nov 04, 2002 (10:02 pm)
Thanks for the info ! That is what I suspected ! Having had a Freelander 2.0 TDI for 3 years and 110 000 km later, I feel that it would not be justified to spend a fortune to re-buy virtually the same vehicle ! The only problems I am experiencing with the TDI is drive train faults... (IRD replaced, Side shaft replaced, Backlash too severe) otherwise the car is fine ! Average consumption for the life is 11.8 Km/Lt. The engine is nice and loose now & is going like a dream ! The quality is dubious at best. I am looking to replace it with a jeep cherokee 2.5 diesel ltd. I will buy the new Freelander in 2 years time when it's revamped....
#650 of 1536 To Adrian 24
Nov 07, 2002 (5:49 pm)
I just bought a 2002 Freelander over here in Georgia, USA. I really like it. Are there any things good or bad that I should know about the Freelander??? I have read only good things about it. Did you say that the new ones have a bigger fuel tank???
#651 of 1536 2003 SE3
Nov 08, 2002 (3:01 pm)
Hello, been poking around this board for sometime now, waiting for '03 SE3 to arrive, almost bought 5Dr in spring...I went to the auto show in boston, no freelander SE3 But did get a full line-up bochure with lots of info on SE3, hardtop standard! and black A-frame front brush bar, black technical fabric seats! Anyone know if rear seat is for 2 or 3 people? Seen it both ways overseas ----