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Freelander Maintenance and Repair



  • audiodudeaudiodude Posts: 2
    I have a 2003 freelander with the same issues and would be interested in a class action.
  • hrevillehreville Posts: 4
    I have been trying to contact lawyers and it has been hard to find one to take on this case. If anyone has any leads I would be happy to contact them.
  • Please let me know if you find one, I am very unhappy about the 2002 HSE Freelander I owned and all the stuff went wrong and now transmission on top of it, it is really bad.
  • lrnnclrnnc Posts: 1
    Beware of the unexplained coolant leak. We had the same problem from date of purchase on a 03 Freelander. We took it back repeatedly to the dealer but they could find nothing. Months later, it resulted in us needing a new engine. Fortunately for us it still under the preowned certified warranty, but they would not have replaced the engine had we not insisted that our concerns be documented each time it was taken to the dealership.

    What the mechanic told us was a sleeve inside the engine was slipping causing the coolant to disappear with no explanation because could not see any coolant leaks. When the sleeve finally wore out - the engine was toast.

    so, all Im saying is the overheating and coolant leak is a definite problem. A new engine through LR is 9500. We are now facing a transmission replacement. The problems never end.
  • ga0417ga0417 Posts: 1
    I bought my 2002 Freelander about 3 months ago and today
    the transmission went out. How much does a replacement cost? This is just not right. It sounds like there are way too many problems with the 2002's.
  • atalexaatalexa Posts: 6
    The replacement for mine 18 months ago was around $4300 and that was for a rebuilt transmission.
  • atalexaatalexa Posts: 6
    Thanks for the input. The coolant from mine doesn't disappear, it winds up on the ground, the problem is trying to trace where it is leaking from The cooling system on this thing is pretty complicated and some of the hoses are hidden beneath the exhaust manifold. Interestingly, a week or so ago the temperature gauge shot up. I shut the vehicle down and checked the reservoir. It was about half full. After letting it cool for a half hour or so I took the cap off and some of the fluid evacuated the reservoir. I put more in and it hasn't leaked or overheated since. I beginning to think the thermostat was sticking and plan to go ahead and replace it. I'd love to trade the thing off, but it's hard to do when it's dripping coolant.
  • tyacostatyacosta Posts: 1
    My transmission went out on the 2002 Freelander S model just 2 years after I bought it. Fortunately it was under warranty, but it was still a shock, as the car barely had 15,000 miles on it. Then there have been various minor electrical issues and hose replacements, but now I have a serious issue. I also had the mysterious coolant leak. After almost a week at the dealership, I picked up and drove it home, about 2 miles away. The next morning, the car wouldn't start. The technician and service manager came to my house, rolled back the car, and there wasn't anything on the ground such as motor oil. After they took it back to the shop, they called me and told me I had a broken cam shaft! People who know cars have told me they think that they didn't replace the motor with motor oil which they had to drain when they were looking for the coolant leak. Of course the car is now out of warranty--just 3months out, and the damn thing only had 36,700 miles on it. The dealership is talking to Land Rover Co. to see what they can do "to help me out", but I don't think that any of this is should fall on me financially. Any suggestions?!!
  • trburtontrburton Posts: 22
    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. LR said no help to replace my engine- "out of warranty". My suggestion to you is to join lawsuit & tow it to junk yard.
  • wilreyeswilreyes Posts: 1
    I have had my freelander for 1 1/2 yrs and I already replaced battery, BRAKES & ROTORS 2 times, at 12 and 24K. I complained with the manufacturer and they said "the car is too heavy and is common they wear pads fast", I send letters and e-mial and they didn't care and just said "is not covered by warranty". I was considering a Land Rover LR3 to replace my other vehicle, but since all of this cars have this problems, please think twice or get ready to have brakes replace often.
  • tiggertymetiggertyme Posts: 1
    I too have a 2002 Freelander HSE. I am amazed at the horror stories that I am now reading. I wish I would have seen them BEFORE purchasing this vehicle. I just picked it up from the shop (needed to replace the two timing belts and water pump) but now that I get the car back, the rear window is not wanting to stay up. It beeps and goes right back down. I have gone several places trying to figure out how to correct this problem but all of the "fixed" that have been provided ...DON'T WORK! I have already put the car online for sale because I don't want to deal with it anymore. Love the look, hate all of the EXPENSIVE problems. I'd almost rather have a car note....
  • warrantedwarranted Posts: 1
    Adding one more confirmation -- '02 Freelander, coolant leak, engine blows -- so does Land Rover. We have all been cheated of the "value" we thought we were paying for. They know this engine is a POS and do NOTHING to help the people they have ripped off. If there is a class action, please let me know.
  • 2003g42003g4 Posts: 1
    I was wondering if there was anyway you and I could discuss the issue you had/have with your 2003 Freelander. I am working with Lawyers to get LandRover to buy back mine or a cash settlement b/c after several visits trying to resolve coolant just disappearing they replaced my engine. My email address is
  • hanzelhanzel Posts: 2
    I am in Bloomington IL and am having problems with peoria landrover. my Landrover Freelander just after turning over 50,000 miles has blown. They are quoting me $6100 for a new engine and are not even providing a rental car. i am so lost! Any insight on this would be of great help! right now we are waiting a decision by landrover of america and i am not holding my breath!
  • hanzelhanzel Posts: 2
    i am interested in working with a lawyer, and do not think class action suit should be far off. my engine is totally blown! freelander 2003!
  • crissiecrissie Posts: 1
    Hello there. I am a soldier stationed in Germany and currently in possession of the worst vehicle ever produced. I am the original owner of a 2002 LR Freelander. European specifications and regular service. While the truck was under warranty, the transmission, stereo, gear box (twice), window regulator, downhill descent button, and windshield had to be replaced. I rode it out, hoping that LR would continue to replace what it should. I was wrong. Since the warranty expired I have blown two head gaskets, a stereo, my driver side window does not roll down, the locks had to be replaced and still only work when they want to, the battery died the day it came back from LR dealership, the brakes have been replaced annually. It now feels that the transmission is going out again. The truck has locked me out a few times with the key in my hand!!! The truck has not started twice this week. As soon as the key is turned, everything goes blank and does not work until the truck is ready to be driven I guess. My co workers are highly amused, but I am not entertained by this piece of crap that I am stuck with. I am in need of join the LR Rebellions and jumping on board with whomever I need to in order to let the British Company know consumers have grown accustomed to purchasing quality products and when we don't get quality products, we get quality service and then quality products. The only thing worse than my truck itself is the service at the dealership. They are liars and apparently incompetent. For the past year the truck was taken to the dealership 10 times. Every time it is the same, a cheap, quick fix less than 300 euro. Until I drive home to play my new favorite game. I call the game, "What the hell is wrong with my Freelander, now?"
    Like I said, I drive around with a driver side window permanently in the up position thanks to the dealership breaking the regulator while repair the severely corroded master lock which controls all the other locks and wasted my day trying to figure out how to rescue my lunch from the Land Rover fortress. Also, the TC light and downhill descent light are permanently lit on my dashboard. The level of coolant drops suddenly every few weeks. I can't stand the service I receive at the dealership and would rather drive the truck till it drops. Please, if anyone you know is thinking of purchasing a Land Rover, strike them. Also, was anyone else aware of the safety recalls, b/c I was never notified.
  • muwarrr90muwarrr90 Posts: 2
    I own a 2002 Freelander SE. Unfortunately. :lemon:

    Outside of the service issue, I've really liked this car. It has many positive attributes but the many problems that have cropped up have finally driven me to decide I must dump it soon.

    The car is slightly more than 5 years old and has 51,000 miles on it. In that time I've had the following repairs:

    Cracked coolant reservoir replaced.

    Radiator replaced due to pin hole leak.

    Coolant hose replaced after failing while driving.

    Sun roof replaced.

    Window regulator replaced.

    Front brake pads (twice).

    Battery replaced.

    Starter replaced.

    and now the killer....

    at 51,000 miles the "Service engine soon" light came on one morning. After a few blocks, the engine temperature spiked. Took it into the dealer and was told that a cylinder sleeve had shifted, dumping the coolant into the engine. As a result the engine must be completely replaced. $5600.

    I was completely shocked. Then I did some poking around on the internet and discovered that this was a widespread problem that Land Rover refuses to address, and then I got just plain angry.

    As much as I've enjoyed my Freelander at times, I will probably be parting with it soon for something that I can have more confidence in. All I know for sure about what will replace it is this....It won't be a Land Rover.
  • Freelanders are crap. I have a 2003 and it had the same coolant problem. Luckily the engine hasn't gone out because i have no warranty. So I'm getting rid of it as soon as i can. Thanks to all who posted their story. Now that i've heard what goes on with these vehicles I can make a decision on getting rid of it. My shop told me that the airflow meter and motorized inlet manifold are not working correctly when I brought it in because the "service engine soon" light came on although it was apparently running fine. So they want me to replace those and charge me 1,500 dollars. But I was thinking; if the air flow meter didn't work than why is the car running at all? I am no expert, but I think that its just a scam that the shop wants to replace those items. Does anybody know?
  • 2003 Freelander just out of warranty period: the coolant keeps disappearing and does not leak. I had the car dealer check twice and say that "the cylinders are 'dropping' and burn out the coolant in the space left on top. There is nothing to do, except change the engine, whose manufacturer (by the way) has gone out of business."
    Conclusion: LandRover KNOWS about this issue and denies Factory Default. But obviously looking at all the postings, we are not an exception!!! Any lawyer bought a Freelander and willing to help???
  • wally10wally10 Posts: 1
    My 2005 Freelander also had all of its coolant vanish (it was fully serviced for 26K miles in June) with no apparent leak anywhere. Land Rover repaired it Monday and said it was a crack in the coolant hose, no problem. I was doubtful since prior to taking it in we filled it up and drove it and watched the level drop (and again, no coolant in the garage or driveway) On Wednesday, while driving the car, it died on me. All the dash indicator lights went on and it simply failed on the road. Although I speculated that the coolant had somehow leaked into another area of the engine, etc..the service manager at the dealer said it was coincidental that the two problems occurred within a day of each other, the alternator just died. It was replaced under warranty.

    I traded it in the following Friday. The Freelander had been in the shop for a variety of warranty repairs 5 times since January. This was my second LandRover. I owned a 1998 Discovery that was relatively trouble free for 7 years. There is no comparison between these two vehicles.

    Land Rover would not buy the car back under any circumstances...except a trade in for an LR2 or Range Rover. I had to PAY another new car dealer $7K (representing the difference between what I owed on my loan and the value of the car) just to take the Freelander on a trade. This with 22 months remaining on the warranty. Suffice it to say, my new car is Japanese.
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