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    AOA Guys,

    I test drove a freelander yesterday model 2002 diesel 2000cc. It has a manual tranny and the drive was pleasant.

    What are the pros and cons of owning a freelander.

    Please shed some light on it as it was the first time ever that I drove and checked out a Land Rover.


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    No one to shed some light on the topic or have i wrote something wrong?

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    lack of spares - of any kind - that can become a problem
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    you... Xulfiqar bhai..... with such a short reply??? i dont believe it

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    haha - yep - sometimes...
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    At times when you have not much to say,ends up in a very short statement well to the thread starter i would say that Land Rover is Land ROver and BMW is BMW where as Suzuki is Suzuki so no comparison,I hope you have got my point,You can never compare a Suzuki with a BMW.
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    I own a 2003 landrover 3.6 liter petrol edition with auto transmission. The car has a great drive I have driven it from karachi to Lahore as well and it's miles ahead compared to my 2003 surf 1998 pajero and Vigo. But yes one of the main problems is unless you have a good mechanic you will be forced to go to landrover and those guys are crap. Recently I had an issue with my gear box it wasn't going into reverse landrover took the car from me and said oh the computer needs flashed it will fix the issue this will cost you 7k, trusting the, I have them the go ahead it didn't do jack, ended up 7k out of pocket. They then said we will replace your whole gear box that will cost 6 lakhs and will take 3 weeks as we need to Import the part. Finally got the thing fixed for 2 lakhs after importing parts myself , even the gear oil.


    anwyas you might not have wanted to hear that but my point was to tell you that if it gives a problem it might turn out to be a real headache but given that downside I still love driving the car. My mother who has driven a c class merc drove it once and has no claimed it as her car.

    Also mine has a full protection sheet under it even the back under the fuel tank which does make it pretty useless for off roading.
    anyways hope this helps you out , I forgot to mention just make sure engine is in good nick as its diesel and the sulphur content difference between Pakistan and uk is really high

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    thanks bilal and placebo for some informative stuff.
    bilal, i am not comparing it with any suzuki stuff.
    placebo, these problems exist and car/jeep lovers are suffering in Pakistan because there are very few qualified mechanics and rare to find spare parts.

    the jeep that i am talking about was under use of BHC in Islamabad. It has recently been auctioned by customs deptt and the total mileage is 171k km. its in blue color and total genuine. interior in good nick. brand new tyres and the engine is ok till now. am getting it in 1.6 (unregistered). do you think its a good deal.

    and no, there is no add of that jeep on any website.

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    You pose an interesting question, Haroon.

    I'm certainly no authority on Land Rovers, but I imagine that the Freelander is somewhat of a cross-over vehicle, that aims to be a good on-road machine, albeit with off-road capabilities. The "unibody" construction is certainly an indication of this, as is the lack of a low range transfer case option in the earlier models (I think the low range option appeared after 2006 models). So you should be well aware of what you're buying, brother: an on-road vehicle with the Land Rover pedigree; which means it has decent but nevertheless limited off-road potential compared to its big brothers.

    I've personally had the opportunity to drive one Freelander (without having taken it off-road, so I can't comment on its off-road abilities), but I found that it was a good drive, over 300 km of expressway commuting. Of course, you can't really compare it to a Range Rover HSE or a Land Rover LR2/3. Which is what the designers at LR were probably aiming for, anyways.

    As an RR owner, though, I agree with what's been said about lack of spares and knowledge. Unfortunately, the people at Sigma Motors will be looking to fleece you naked, and since it's an uncommon vehicle, not many mechanics may be familiar with it.

    Best of luck with the vehicle, though. May it be a great companion to you!

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    Price is good in my opinion I got mine 4 months ago cost me 20 lakhs. 2003 model dark green color automatic with 3.6 v6 engine driven 78000 km .

    Im in love with the car I'd suggest it to anyone

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    the fun in the engine begins when the entire engine falls to pieces once the cylinder head bolts are taken out.

    The vehicle is pretty nice, but very touchy feely and not a brute like a defender, but a defender is like sitting in a makeshift closet while the freelander is like a civilised furnished small room. The complete lack of spares place it in the extreme odd category in Pakistan - like the few SAABs in Pakistan - you will find absolutely nothing for repair.

    The only safe way to ensure somewhat sanity from such ownership is to either get in touch with some workshop who actually knows to how to work on these, OR get official service books for this vehicle OR get experienced in servicing them yourself.
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    Wrote a long reply, but got lost to loadshedding In short, I think I agree with Xulfiqar on this....

    Good car, but history with some organisations who bought Freelanders some years ago (despite having funds to maintain them) proves that its not easy to run these in Pakistan. Also if the car has done over 150k kms with multiple organisations/hands, I would not recommend it. Better investemnt would be a Surf or a Pajero for that money....
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    after going through all the replies, i have decided k ae gaddi nahi leni

    although i dont do off-roading and my travelling is on motorway and national highways but still, what I have concluded from the above posts is that a 170k/km run engine would not be easy to maintain here.

    Thank you experts.

    @placebo yours is a petrol version and i believe it is altogether a different story as compared to a diesel 2000cc

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    @ALL,

    the jeep we discussed about in the above posts is in my use since a week now and i thought of sharing my views with you.

    the drive is comfy and full of pleasure. you get the comfort of a car and the feel of a jeep. the handling is very very easy and fun to drive. you cana fford to be a little careless and drive it recklessly.

    the engine responds when you hit the throttle. so far i have driven her till 160km/h and i didnt feel like i was driving at such a speed. no black smoke as may be expected from a 175k km run engine.

    really good diesel consumption. i havent measured it accurately but i believe it is giving somewhere around 10-14km/l within and outta city.

    spares have not been a problem so far. needed back door (trunk) mirror and got the whole trunk including mirror, locks everything from dubai in 17k rs.

    i havent bought it myself. just driving it till it sells off.

    thought of sharing my views after using it practically.

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