I know the early Freelander models had a shocking record for reliability. I have no idea if they ever improved them so be careful before you buy one. If you want a very reliable true 4WD SUV that is rugged and a true hard working 4WD try a Suzuki Grand Vitara. They are the only true small proper 4WD with a proper chassis and transfer box and have a reputation for reliability and 4WD abilities. Most small SUVs are basically city 4WDs with a car body on a 4WD platform not meant for driving off bitumen roads. They do not have a chassis or a transfer box like the Suzukis so are not great out in the harsh rough bush. I have a 1999 Suzuki Grand Vitara that has been Fantastic and had many people who I have talked to me telling me they have owned Grand Vitaras and had a fantastic run from them. Mine has had to bush bash its way into isolated farming properties in heavy rain that would stop most vehicles. People tell me not to even try driving in to their property due to the wet boggy conditions, but I like a challenge and always seem to make it. Some people tell me they are on their third one as they are such great vehicles.
if you look on any reliability website for vehicles ..landrovers ..or derivatives are always bottom …look at it another way …in australia ..where life in the outback can depend on your vehicle not letting you down ..more than 90% are toyota`s .land cruiser being the best …landrovers are less than 3%
Hi in terms of reliability due to age probably the worst idea ever. it was a concept idea by the FORD motor company when they owned land rover. it has to be said as Land Rover have such a bad reputation for breaking down a lot. Having been taken around a mud and plug circuit by a works driver some 8 years ago and being disabled i was advised not to buy one. so i brought a Toyota land cruiser instead a far better buy. reliable and not the worst ever 4×4 by far.