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Land Rover Freelander



  • 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.
  • noeshnoesh Posts: 1
    Does any one know how to reset the ABS function after the broaches has been replaced????? It is a 1999 model!
  • I am very ready. I spoke to a lawyer this weekend as my 2002 freelander has been in the shop over 25 times for a variety of problems. Not only did Land Rover install a strut backwards and let me drive away, they installed a faulty steering column as well. Right now I am driving a loaner car as my car has gone into 'limited performance mode' for the second time in two weekds (btw, both time were on the Massachusetts turn pike during rush hours 8 am and 6pm, and my life was in danger both times.....); This happening two weeks after my full transmission was replaced (which I had to fight the Land Rover extended coverage as I got my 60,000 mile fluid switch at 63,000- isn't that some bullsh**) This car and the dealerships have done nothing but cause me stress and aggravation. I believe that we can really make this work. I have media packs that I also intend to send to every reporter in the MA and RI area with all of my invoices and email to the Land Rover owner asking for help. I have a very good lawyer that we can contact who specializes in class action.
  • I'm very much interested and have a lawyer that we can use....I've gone through hell and almost been killed b/c of my car failing.....
  • msouthwmsouthw Posts: 14
    Please keep me posted. [email protected] I am in NJ area and will do whatever I can to help. I would love to give u my number but I think they frown upon that here...
  • A good way to start with a major complaint would be to start a petition. Anyone know how to get one started via email .. Then we can send it directly to Land Rover... just maybe this would get their attention..
  • Hi.....The same thing has just happend to me. I have a 2002 freelander and 2 days ago at 51,000 miles This happend to my car. The bad thing is I have only had it for 5 months. Is there any recourse for us?...........Donna
  • If you are finding the engine failure before the warranty expires, you are lucky. Land Rover will fully honor the warranty up until the last day, and then drop you like a hot potato the day after it expires. (In the end I did get 25% discount on my third motor which failed 20 days after it's coverage) I'm a little concerned for you if you still have the original tranny. Not HIGHLY concerned however, because they were mainly having a problem with 2002's, and the tranny got updated. Everyone with a replacement has an updated unit that should last. Let me ask you this ......Point the vehicle up a hill and proceed from a stop. Does the vehicle shake at all? That's the first sign you have the bad version. My suggestion: even if it doesn't, register a written complaint of shaking while acceleration up hills with the dealer, that way if the tranny goes after warranty expiration, you might get some partial coverage (with a fight). Cheers, Dave
  • Hi my name is Ms. Wilson and I live in Philadelphia. I own a Land Rover Freelander 2003. When I brought my car in 2003 everything was fine. One year later the engine light was coming on. It was taken back to LR 3 times before they discovered a gas leak. He told me that the car was unsafe and he gave me a loner. I went through Pennsylvania Lemon Law and sued LR for a small amount. The Lawyer suggested that I should take the money and not worry about a new car at this point as it is still under warrenty. I took the deal. Now in 2006/2007 I am having more engine problems. The antifrezze contiues to leak out and the car overheats. I have 47,800 miles and LR suggest that I need a new engine and i should bring it in to be repaired. It will take 6-8 weeks to complete but we can not give you a loner for that long period of time.LR of Wilmington DE (thats where I brought that piece of sh***. So yes I am ready for a class action law suit. When I asked what happens when my warranty is up and I am still having the same problem what do I do. They told me that I would be out of luck at the point. I really believe that the public needs to know whats going on. I have emailed my local news station with no reply. So I think that if we get enough people and as I see there are plenty of people with this same problem we can do this people. DONT LET LR GET AWAY WITH THIS! ITS TIME
  • I have had nothing but problems with my 2002 Freelander. Everything from the transmission to the windshield wipers. Right now my SES light is on, My windshield wipers, heater, heater core and blower, windows, sunroof, and stereo all do not work. My tranmission dropped out within the first few months of driving it off the lot. I have replaced my fuel pump, starter, battery, etc. Any solutions?
  • Join us in a petition for a lawsuit! Contact attorneys. Have you seen the RIDICULOUS amount of people complaining on this site? Help us find an attorney who will take this on :)
  • I have received a contact from a lawyer friend for another lawyer who specializes in class-action lawsuits. I will be contacting him and then, hopefully contacting all of you. It is going to a be a long process, but with this, and any media attention you can try to get (I'm going to send my story along with all of the invoice copies and emails to the owner of LR-Hanover to reporters on local news stations). I think we are all in the same boat in saying that our rights as consumers (93A) have been violated in one way or another. I just don't want any other people to have to go through this abuse. I'd also like to get out of this car, but I'm stuck with it b/c of it's poor trade value. Together, this can be a successful, landmark lawsuit. I would like to have the lemon-law revamped so that car companies can no longer stick it to the consumer. I'm fired up about this and truly believe in my convictions. So pass the class action information onto anyone that you think will fit. I have created a seperate email account for all class action inquiries where I can put your emails and then, the correspondences. This will help our lawyer get organized on just how many people he is working with. The email address is [email protected]
    I look forward to hearing from all of you. Thanks :lemon:
  • How does one sign up for the petition?
  • tpeeltpeel Posts: 17
    Hi guys,

    I filed a complaint with the DMV (attorney general)of New York back in December. They have contacted me and are going to contact the Land Rover dealer directly with the complaint. Seems like they are going to pursue this. I've also contacted the local news stations too.
  • My dealership instructed me to contact my state Attorney General as well. They know this model has serious issues, hence the reason it was only in production for a few years in the states. :(
  • I have to do that as well, it's the one thing that I haven't done yet. I tried to trade it in and the other dealerships pretty much laughed at me.....the value is so far below what I owe that I will never recover from this. I am currently working towards a class action lawsuit. Please email me at [email protected] I am keeping all people interested in order to have a list compiled for the attorney. Hopefully we can get this resolved. :lemon:
  • Can this CLASS ACTION SUIT be international. I'm not joking, I'll head it up if necessaary. I am from Canada and have a 2002 Freelander and after 4.5 years of small to medium sized headaches, the head gasket blew out and the liner in the engine moved causing my coolant to leak into my oil and then causing my oil and coolant to leak into the engine...end of engine is gone!!! replacement value thru dealer 12K(CAD). Value of the Freelander prior to this was 9K. These cars did not do well for good reason and I don't understand how a vechile with no warning can deteriorate so quickly on a "quality car".
  • Hey,

    I tried to email u but it says "bad address". Try me if u can @ [email protected]
  • tidestertidester Posts: 10,059
    You need to enter the @ by hand if you took the addy off the screen. :)

    tidester, host
  • I did email you at [email protected], but no reply yet. My lawyer told me we should piggy back our cases together as a Noth American Class Action Suit. Obviously they proceeding would be different, but to have the support of fellow consumers across the border would make each case stronger.
  • Oh, sorry, I thought I replied to everyone. I am glad to join or start a class action. I have about 6 other people that have emailed me expressing extreme interest. Let me know.
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