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Land Rover Freelander



  • tpeeltpeel Posts: 17
    Get rid of it
  • tpeeltpeel Posts: 17
    The bastards have pinned against the wall.I don't know if it's too late, but I'll jump aboard.
    I purchased a new 2004 Freelander in February 2004. I have serviced my vehicle at the required intervals with Land Rover. At 48,500 miles, my truck started to overheat. I took it to my local mechanic who looked it over and was puzzled. He couldn't see where the coolant had gone and suggested I bring the car to my local Land Rover dealer in New Rochelle. I had the car towed to Land Rover and the technicians there fixed the so-called ‘problems’. The technicians informed me that a cracked reservoir and a malfunctioning fan were found. 5,000 miles later (now that the warranty had expired) the car begins to overheat. I went ahead and had the thermostat replaced by my local mechanic with a Land Rover Thermostat (where was I to tow my car at 9 PM?) , 2 weeks later it overheated again. I took it the dealership once again. They told me that coolant had leaked into the engine and that I needed a new engine. 6,800 dollars. A 3 year old car needs a new engine?
    I’ve been notified by Carolyn at Land Rover North America that they will not compensate any of the money because the car is out of warranty. I also spoke with Jeff Brown at Land Rover New Rochelle and he also said there’s nothing he can do( he was at his limit with “Goodwill” money. He also stated that I was offered an extended warranty which I declined. I would have never imagined an engine would be compromised so early.
    This is not the first time this has happened with the Freelander. A business associate of mine leased a 2003 Freelander from Land Rover Paramus and at 48,000 miles the same exact thing happened. There’s an apparent problem with the head gasket with the Freelander.
    I believe I should not be held responsible for a defective engine and that the manufacturer should be totally responsible
  • tpeeltpeel Posts: 17
    Why do they continue to manufacture and export a car who's engine is constantly prone to head gasket failures and their mechanics can never find the problem until it's too late.
  • It is off the market and has been for two years now.
  • wcf1wcf1 Posts: 1
    Has anyone taken any steps to file suit against Land Rover for the defective Freelander engine? Mine is in the shop now as I thought I had an exhaust leak. Dealer tells me no exhaust leak but oil is getting into the coolant. They don't know why! They are still doing diagnostics. This has led me to this site.
  • Freelander is worse vehicle I've ever owned!! I bought it on the internet in 2002, one of the 1st suckers in NJ to buy this thing...problems..transmission, water pump, rear window motor, coolant problems, engine problems. NJ dealer basically told me that it was leaking coolant, but they couldn't figure out were it was leaking... after 1 week in the shop they couldn't figure it out. A technician at this dealership said he has replaced over 100 transmissions, and 30 engines in the past 4 years... this car is a :lemon: LEMON!!! I just paid $1K to replace the top part of the engine to get the engine lite off. Just traded it in to a dealer, and bought a non Land Rover vehicle. Please everyone spread the word, these vehicles are crap, and the company should be sued for fraud! :mad:
  • guestguest Posts: 774
    Had the same with a 2002. $8000 for the engine. Reach out to the attorney general office or BBB. I was in contact with someone who got reimbursed with the help of BBB (Better Business Bureau). I hate land rover.
  • I just got my 02 Land Rover Freelander back and now I'm afraid to drive it for fear that something else will go wrong with it while away from home. I want to get rid of it, but need help. Anyone with ideas please let me know - URGENT REQUEST... I need to feel comfortable driving my car/any car and this should not be an issue.

    Thanks all
  • This is the exact story as mine! Purchased my freelander in 03, serviced at required intervals with Land Rover. The overheating problem started about six months ago. Today, the car's in the shop needing an engine replacement. They claim that the "timing jumped" but I know that this is not the case. $8400. Your quote for $6800 sounds like a deal.

    LR North America and the dealership both said that they can't do anything since it's out of warranty. This is unreal. I'm thinking of taking it straight to the junkyard where it belongs. I highly doubt that I could get anything on the trade in since it seems the dealerships all know what a lemon the car is.

    I agree, if anyone finds a lawyer I'm in. I know that the FL owners in Europe already started one against Ford. Maybe that's why the FL will be discontinued.
  • tpeeltpeel Posts: 17
    Is that for a new engine or rebuilt? and if it's a rebuilt one it can't be a Freelander because it's not made anymore.
  • tpeeltpeel Posts: 17
    Any word from those "certified Land Rover mechanics"?
  • Up for any lawsuit. I babied my Freelander for 55000 miles. Not a scratch. Never replaced Rotors & replaced pads only once. Loved the handling & snow traction (800 miles from TN to DC & back in 8 inches). No problems until transmission started slipping at 45000. It was replaced under warranty. Engine made noise when I picked it up at Dealer. Noise continued in cold weather at startup. Dealer said "not to worry". In August noise started & engine disintegrated
  • h2oleoh2oleo Posts: 6
    Whoa! Can't believe it's taken me this long to find this forum! My 02 Freebie has been in the shop for over a month with a coolant leak. And this is after I had the same reservoir leak fixed mentioned before that was fixed several months ago. They have no idea where the leak is.

    Worst part is that I DID buy the so-called "Land Rover Assured" warranty, and they are still refusing to cover the new engine because the technicians can't show where it's leaking from! Initially they told me that I just needed to keep driving the vehicle until it "broke more" so they could prove it to the warranty people. I told them that was unsafe and ridiculous. Now I'm in the process of trying to get them to give me a good trade-in value for the freelander and a great deal on a new LR3. I definitely feel stuck, though, because I don't think any dealer will give me much for trade-in value. At least with this Land Rover dealer, I can try to appeal to their sense of guilt (if they even have one).

    I'd be interested to hear if anyone has been able to get much for their freelander on as a trade-in after this coolant leak problem.
  • tpeeltpeel Posts: 17

    It's a long shot-

    Have your Radiator checked. It could be as simple as that. (by a REAL mechanic)- maybe some one that works on Mercedes, Porsche etc. If they (Land Rover)can't find where the coolant has leaked, then they are not qualified technicians. News to follow.
  • tpeeltpeel Posts: 17
    Have your radiator checked- by a technician other than Land Rover
  • My first Freelander engine was like yours. Replaced at 48K miles, loosing coolant. Your mechanic can find the coolant ..... it's in the oil pan. My Second engine is being relpaced right now at 66K miles for $6000. (20 days after the one year parts warranty from Land Rover expired) This time loosing oil into the coolant. Both failures due to the same defect. Iron cylinder sleeves break seal with the aluminum block and pass fluids. I'm up for class action lawsuit if anyone else is.
  • tpeeltpeel Posts: 17
    well here's one.

    I had a "seasoned" mechanic who rebuilds and works exclusively on Mercedes, Porsche and best of all Range Rover engines take a look at my engine. He was disgusted, and appalled that the dealership said I needed a new engine. Mmm. All he did was replace the radiator, because it was warm on top and quite cold on the bottom-and that restricted the flow of coolant! oh and he replaced the oil filter- it hadn't been been changed in quite a while and it was thick. Let's see, I took it in for the "scheduled" Land Rover
    maintenence, aren't they suppose to change the oil and filter? I guess for $104.00 an hour isn't enough. My mechanic has driven the car for 5 days and it hasn't lost any pressure, it hasn't overheated and the engine is sound.
    This is not the end..............
  • My 2003 Freelander is about to go out of warranty, only 24,000 miles on the clock, and everywhere I look there are reports of pre-mature engine and tranny failures due to cooling issues related to failed head gaskets. (btw, A clogged radiator sounds like oil sludge from a failed head gasket leaking oil into the coolent). The transmission is cooled by the same system as the engine, and will fail quickly if it gets too hot. Has anyone received compensation from LRNA for extended warranties or buy back offers? Had to leave my car at the dealership today, because, you guessed it, :sick: leaking coolant! :sick: (found oil/coolent foam under the oil cap this AM)

    Very sorry this car has the reputation it does, really enjoy driving it!
  • glowieglowie Posts: 1
    I purchased a 02 LR Freelander in Jan 2006 and by August of 2006 it went into the shop for the first time for overheating. 2 weeks later I got it back after they replaced a couple of hoses. November was the second time I had it towed in for overheating. After 2 days in the shop they told me they couldn't find anything wrong with it. I monitored the coolant levels and filled it with the coolant that landrover recommends in there owners manual. In December 2006 I took it back into the shop and told them that I had to fill the coolant every three days. It was in the shop for three weeks. They replaced the heater core and put in a new transmission pan and seals since there seemed to be a small leak. 4 days after having my LR Freelander back I get into and try to start it and it won't start. Once again towed to the dealership and I am still waiting to hear the sh**** news back from the warranty co. I purchased the vehicle used from a NON LR dealership with the Dealerships extended warranty so we will see how this turns out....This car is the biggest joke landrover ever made and they need to take responsibility for the sh** they made. I'm up for a lawsuit. I have also been to the LEMONLAW.COM site and filled out the paper work. I will be in contact with the BBB this week. Something has to be done to fix this. A car that only has 60,000 miles shouldn't have to have the engine replaced!!!!! :mad:
  • msouthwmsouthw Posts: 14
    I just dropped mine off AGAIN after replacing the engine ($8000) a few months ago. Leaking coolant...or oil leaking INTO the coolant...some bull...I read someone elses complaint about a similar situation and checked under the hood after smelling coolant but not seeing any leaks. Sure enough, the coolant looked a whole OTHER color. They are fixing the problem now, but gave me a bull reason for the problem... UP FOR A CLASS ACTION SUIT??? I'm trying to get this attorney's help, but its hard cuz my car is 2002 & 67k miles so it doesn't not fall under lemon law criteria anymore.
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