Yes, I've seen those...and one that had a turbo..well, the turbo whine, but no apparent benefit..heh. That said, they do have a following, there's LOTS of Vx engines you can bung in them, and the bits are cheap...
For that kind of money you wont get anything decent except perhaps for this:
Might be going to look at this tonight.
2000 LAND ROVER Freelander 2.0 Di Hardback
Can people in the know give me a list of what to check to make sure I don't get stung?
mitsubishi delica or toyota estima loads of these in nz ultra reliable.
My comment on the Freelander 1 is the lack of head height in the front, if your 6ft plus no chance of getting comfortable unless you got fully adjustable seats which seemingly were only on a few models / extra, I cannot sit comfy in ours to drive it and im 6ft 1, its not much fun doing any mileage with a crick in your neck.
Boot space is also a joke, its tiny for such a large vehicle, I joke that we cannot get a weeks shopping in the boot without piling it high, my toolbox and box of general IT Junk I carry with me for spares just about fills the boot in ours (without stacking up obviously!) so its a bit of a joke in my opinion. The Freelander 2 is a better vehicle but will be out of your price range I suspect as its too new.