I passed my test at 18, and soon got this Freelander - I'm 19 now. Was a Freelander what I wanted? Not really! First I wanted a Defender, then a P38 Range Rover, but couldn't afford the insurance on either.
The Freelander is well looked after because I'm always tinkering with it. The company I work for runs a welding academy and I'm hoping to complete a Level 1 Welding Course. It's mostly used as a road car but I've been to Land Rover Experience twice with my Dad - I'm waiting for him to buy me a half-day training (hint, hint) so I can hit the greenlanes.
The lowest part of Land Rover ownership in the past year was cylinder head gasket failure in the Lake District, stuck in the middle of nowhere up a high mountain pass - six hours for recovery due to no phone signal. I've also had problems with the heater matrix, radiator, viscous coupling and changed three central-locking door motors. I try to do what I can - but for the more major jobs, I'm supervising dad.
I'm always on the look-out for parts - I bought the radiator new and the heater matrix from a dismantler. I've scoured the LRO's Peterborough show for bits - but I won't persuade my family to courier home an entire Freelander leather interior shared between three cars and a caravan again!
This is all I've known since I was two years old and my dad bought his first Range Rover. But it isn't only about Land Rover ownership - there's the social side of attending shows and rallies which I really enjoy.
Originally featured in the October 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner International. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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