Land Rover Freelander 1996-2006 parts, spares and accessories
To maintain your Land Rover Freelander in a way that ensures that it remains reliable and fun to drive, we’d recommend that you seek Land Rover approved parts for ultimate peace of mind. It’s our pleasure here at Heritage Parts Centre to provide you with the Land Rover Freelander parts, spares and accessories you need to look after your vehicle well, so that it looks after you too. To get started, choose from the options below.
Land Rover Freelander
Land Rover released the Freelander in 1996, its first model to be built on a unibody, or monocoque structure, instead of their previous body-on-frame four-wheel drives. Available in three and five door versions, the Freelander was a smaller SUV option for those who were looking for a vehicle that bridged the gap between car and full-blown off-roader. The Freelander is, in fact, the best-selling four-wheel-drive in Europe.
Largely considered the Mk1, the 1996-2006 Freelander was available in a range of engine types, including a 1.8L petrol engine, and a 2.0L diesel. You’ll find that many early models are home to a manual gearbox, but that doesn’t mean you’d struggle to find an automatic - by the time the original Freelander handed over to the Freelander 2, automatic gearboxes had become much more popular on their V6 models.
Find Land Rover Freelander parts, spares and accessories
Maintaining your Land Rover Freelander is a big responsibility, but we’re here to help at Heritage Parts Centre. Choose the right Land Rover approved part for your Land Rover Freelander so that it can continue to handle just about anything, from the school run to the odd farm track! Start your journey to the right part by selecting from the categories above.
Land Rover Freelander FAQs
Are Land Rover Freelander’s Reliable?
The Land Rover Freelander 1 was launched in 1999 and quickly became a leader in its class, and as expected, the second-generation version, the Freelander 2 was even better. Having refined the rough edges and added some extra luxuries it scooped multiple best compact SUV awards from Auto Express in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
As a used vehicle, it can be a fantastic purchase, offering comfort, practicality, and safety for a sensible sum of money. However, when things go wrong, it can get expensive.
Suspension bush movement will lead to a poor driving experience, possible knocking noises and uneven front tyre wear. It might not leave you stranded, but it is certainly not the driving experience any of us would strive for!
Coolant leaks from the thermostat housing and starting issues due to faulty electrical sensors are a known issue, as are problems with the power steering. There are tendencies for clutches and gearboxes to fail too. Jumping out of gear isn’t uncommon, nor is a whining noise or the clutch slipping on acceleration.
As with most things you get what you pay for, and vehicles which have been looked after will generally look after their owner in return. If there is a big gap in the service history, or lack of evidence to support it being a well-maintained vehicle we’d suggest walking away unless you have the skills to undertake the work yourself. Or it is very, very cheap!
Be sure to read our Freelander buying guide over on the blog before you hand over any money!
Need to service your Freelander? We’ve written a blog on that too!
Is the Land Rover Freelander 4-wheel drive?
All Freelander 1 models were permanent 4-wheel drive, although it is possible to convert these earlier cars to 2wd by disconnecting the prop shaft.
Ask the seller and/or check underneath: This may have been done as a money saving move to get around an issue with the VCU viscous coupling unit that helps to distribute the power front and rear.
The Freelander 2 eD4 was launched in 2011 and only had 2-wheel drive. Aimed at the city driver looking for an elevated driving position and Land Rover badge, but without plans to tackle terrain any trickier than a speedbump or a local village green for a picnic or boot fair.
On the plus side, these vehicles do return a more attractive fuel economy, and are likely to be a little softer on tyre wear too.
How much is a Land Rover Freelander?
A roadworthy Freelander 1 can be purchased in the UK for as little as £1000, however it is likely that the vehicle will require further maintenance in the coming months to pass an annual inspection.
‘Good examples’ of the Freelander 1 are likely to be at least double that figure, depending on engine and specification.
The Freelander 2 is the more refined vehicle all round and prices range from £4000 - £10000. As before, this is dependent on specification, mileage, and condition.
Should you have concerns, a specialist seller offering a warranty could be the best place to start.