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Old 28 March 2012, 02:49   #11
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Freelander 1 's are great little cars, had 3 now and sold them at a Lr Dealership.. and ideally the lowest mileage with good service history. TD4 is the only engine to look for, the petrol 1.8 are totally best avoided for multiple reasons as it the early rover diesels.
there are plenty of websites for problem curing which can be done cheaply as parts are plentiful.
I recently sold a 5 dr Gs Td4 Auto that really was mint throughtout with 53k on it and a Y reg for 3750 to give you an idea

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Old 28 March 2012, 03:17   #12
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Originally Posted by John Kennett
About 3k I reckon, so a Freelander 2 isn't in the cards but it looks like there's plenty of choice of earlier Freelanders at that sort of money.
John. Be wary at 6'4" of entry/egress. The door aperture is not the biggest and at 6'2" I used to frequently brain myself getting in. It explains the premature senility.

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Old 28 March 2012, 08:50   #13
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What sort of mileage starts to make them scary?
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Old 28 March 2012, 11:14   #14
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Might be a bit old for you but how about a SWB Trooper/Monterey 3.1TD? I get about 30MPG (sometimes 28 sometimes 32) around town and 36 MPg on a run in my LWB and is practically bullett proof. Cheaper 215/year Tax too.

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Old 28 March 2012, 12:54   #15
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John, also consider the Jeep Cherokee in diesel called the "Sport". Good car. Toyota RAV4 drives like a "normal" already mentioned the Subaru's are worthy motors.
L/R Freelander S1 td4 is economical with the BMW engine, unfortunately with a Rover clutch though.
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Old 28 March 2012, 14:37   #16
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Ribochet is right a Subaru Forester is the one to get - Not many hairdressers drive them either.
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Old 28 March 2012, 16:02   #17
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John, also consider the Jeep Cherokee in diesel called the "Sport". Good car.
Think you might suffer with headroom in one of those. Designed for the yanks whose larger dimension tends to be horizontally not vertically . Also, their diesels were pretty poor economy wise in the early models.
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Old 28 March 2012, 16:35   #18
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I've got a Jeep Wrangler at the moment and the price of parts is eyewatering. I assume the Cherokee would be the same, so not likely to be on my list.

Likewise I don't think I'll be getting a Subaru, based on previous experience with what became known as the "clown car" - every time anyone used it something else broke or fell off. It was the most disastrous car I have ever owned.

Might have a look at the Monterey/Trooper, but I reckon a Freelander is top of the list so far (assuming I can actually get into one!)
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If you're looking at a Monterey/Trooper why not look at a late(r) model Frontera Sport with a diesel in? They've got quite a bit of legroom.
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If you are over 6' you simply won't fit in a Freelander 1 and be comfortable. It's got no legroom if you have long legs, and if your altitude is mostly in the body your head will brush the rooflining unless you recline the seat right back so you can't reach the steering wheel. And, as described, you'll bang your head getting out. A lot. And getting back in again.

Td4 is a good little car but only for 5'10" and below! I had one, and sold it after six months because it can't tow anything compared to a real 4x4, there wasn't enough space for me in the front and there isn't enough space to fit suitcases in the back. I replaced it in 2002 with the Discovery I still have

F2 is a different story, much more room and a great vehicle.

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