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pauline

Brooklyn, NY

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Dec 28, 2006
 
I Purchaced a 2002 freelander in march with only 38,000 miles.I have replaced the timing belt, water pump,and radiator since
Jon

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Mar 21, 2007
 
Did you have any more problems since ? I'm considering an '02 Freelander, with 31000 miles. However, a lot of the forums (esp. in Europe) dont' say anything good about it. Obviously I don't want to buy a lemon. BTW, anyone has experienced rusting on the underside of the body, esp. the rear ?
Kristen

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#3
Apr 1, 2007
 
I own a freelander 2002 and am looking at the third transmission. I think these cars are ALL lemons! Beware! My heater core cracked and I replaced that in July 2006. I don't know what to do about the trans. I think Land Rover should replace it. My car has 40,000 miles on it.
Bentley

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Sep 24, 2007
 
I have owned an 02 freeland since new, that has just crossed the 100,000 mile mark. I haven't had any major mechanical problems, but have had many minor problems and they are all very expensive to repair (live in northeast USA). My biggest complaint is that most oil change shops don't carry the filter. I have to take it back to the dealer to have it serviced and they charge a lot more than a local mechanic. I won't buy another Land Rover.
Dave

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#5
Nov 12, 2007
 
I bought an 02 new and have owned it since. Lived in the south east and now in CA, now at 72k. I have had a lot of little problems most of which were covered under warranty until that ran out. Now more are popping up. Yesterday the tail door stopped working. I can't open the back door at all. The latch and lock have stopped responding. Not sure what to do. Seems the electric line to the tail door is out since I can't lower the window or unlock it. Any thoughts?
roberto martinez

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#6
Nov 14, 2007
 
The 02 and 03 LR Freelanders seem to have been put together by morons using parts made by retarded cockroaches. Just read the other discussion strings - engines, transmissions, drive trains - these vehicles are a nightmare. We all paid LR a lot of money for these vehicles and most of us are paying a lot to have serious problems fixed. If you're in the US, file a complaint with the national highway traffic safety administration at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ . If enough people complain, they'll investigate and hopefully recall these buckets of bolts.
Ron Rhode Island

Enfield, CT

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#7
Jan 4, 2008
 
BEWARE!!!!!!!!

LAND ROVER HAS NO PRIDE IN CRAFTSMANSHIP WHATSOEVER!! THEY ARE MASTERS AT MARKETING!
Terri

Santa Fe, NM

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Jan 20, 2008
 
roberto martinez wrote:
The 02 and 03 LR Freelanders seem to have been put together by morons using parts made by retarded cockroaches. Just read the other discussion strings - engines, transmissions, drive trains - these vehicles are a nightmare. We all paid LR a lot of money for these vehicles and most of us are paying a lot to have serious problems fixed. If you're in the US, file a complaint with the national highway traffic safety administration at http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/ . If enough people complain, they'll investigate and hopefully recall these buckets of bolts.
At 67,000 miles, I'm being told I have to replace the engine since coolant is leaking into the oil. This is the latest in a long line of problems with this vehicle. I filed a complaint today with the TSA

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Since: May 08

Salt Lake City

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#9
May 30, 2008
 
I have an 03 freelander, I have had every problem imagineable with this car. I thought I had just picked a lemon, but apparently there are alot of owners having the same exact problems. Land Rover North America, has treated me so poorly & basically blamed me for all of the problems I've had with my freelander. I urge any Freelander or Land Rover owner to contact & complain to the FTC. The Freelander is not a safe car, It has died on me going 70 MPH on the highway, I had no steering, no brakes, no control of anything. My brake lights went out & the switch was on recall, a recall that had been recalled twice. I called Land Rover N.A. thier response was "Drive your other car." I don't have another car, unfortunately. the next response was "Drive carefully!" Thanks alot, I always do. The back passenger side window dropped & shattered with my 2 yr old niece sitting next to it. The gear motor had twisted around itself & busted, they wanted $500 to fix it. I replaced the engine at 48,000 miles it was still under the original factory warranty. Land Rover squirmed there way out of that one, they stated that It was negligence on my part, improper care & maintenance. I had all of the paper work to prove that I had done everything according to thier maintenance schedule. They had my car for 6 months, I got a rebuilt engine and paid $6,500.00 plus the rental car fee's that Land Rover stated that they would not cover, once again due to my negligence that was another $3000.00. Ive replaced the fuel pump, once again after the car stalled on me in the middle of a busy intersection in the middle of the night, I was on call & had to get to the hospital & my job was jeopardized, due to patient abandonement. You can e-mail landrover_lawsuit@hotmail.com we are trying to start a class action lawsuit. I think if we can convince the FTC that this car is a consumer nightmare & that its not safe to be driven we will get a better response. feel free to e-mail me pccdrive@yahoo.com. I am doing everything I can to get rid of the money pit, unreliable, POS, that LR has completely washed there hands of.
Gina

Atlanta, GA

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Jul 13, 2008
 
Bentley wrote:
I have owned an 02 freeland since new, that has just crossed the 100,000 mile mark. I haven't had any major mechanical problems, but have had many minor problems and they are all very expensive to repair (live in northeast USA). My biggest complaint is that most oil change shops don't carry the filter. I have to take it back to the dealer to have it serviced and they charge a lot more than a local mechanic. I won't buy another Land Rover.
I own a 2005 Freelander since 2006. I have experienced minor problems with the speakers always blowing. I also agree with the oil changes, they are VERY costly! I am now preparing to purchase extended warranty, as the dealer warranty is about to end and this is scary because I cannot afford to pay out of pocket for costly repairs. If anyone can share an extended warranty company that has worked for you, please do so. Would I recommend buying one? Only if you want the status of owning a Landrover...otherwise, they are not anything to brag about!!!!
Gina

Atlanta, GA

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Jul 13, 2008
 
I am now preparing to purchase extended warranty, as the dealer warranty is about to end and this is scary because I cannot afford to pay out of pocket for costly repairs. If anyone can share an extended warranty company that has worked for you, please do so. Would I recommend buying one? Only if you want the status of owning a Landrover...otherwise, they are not anything to brag about!!!!
Ginger

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Jul 24, 2008
 
pauline wrote:
I Purchaced a 2002 freelander in march with only 38,000 miles.I have replaced the timing belt, water pump,and radiator since
I also purchased a Freelander in 2002 and have had to replace the Transmission, the brakes several times, the air conditioning has broken every year.... and now the engine has blown.
I have only 37,000 miles on it.
I am told by Land Rover that they no longer manufacture the Freelander and that they will not replace the engine BUT they agreed to give me a $4500 "credit" towards purchasing a NEW Land Rover from them!
Unbelievable.
This is hideous behavior.
They had a manufacturing defect in the engine they provided with the Freelander that I bought from them, and it is their responsibility to either replace it or buy the car for the bluebook value so that I can go somewhere else to purchase a car that won't break down.
I had to have the car towed when the engine blew.
Now I am in a rental car.
Ginger

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Jul 24, 2008
 
Terri wrote:
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At 67,000 miles, I'm being told I have to replace the engine since coolant is leaking into the oil. This is the latest in a long line of problems with this vehicle. I filed a complaint today with the TSA
I also have been told that the Engine on my Land Rover 2002 has to be replaced because the coolant is leaking into the oil. But the kicker here is that the dealer told me that the engine is not easy to find due to the fact that Land Rover does not make the Freelander anymore.... so he suggested I just buy a new car and they will give me a $4,500 "credit" towards buying an overpriced new land rover!
Totally absurd.
Chad

Gardner, MA

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Dec 28, 2008
 
Has anyone heard anything on the lawsuit? I don't want to go into what has happened to me because every post has said it all. I just want to know if there is any progress or are we just simply blogging with no action
Myra Preston

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#15
Feb 20, 2009
 
Ditto! My Land Rover Discovery has been a nightmare with no regard from the dealer. My engine blew up at 60,000 miles while still under warranty. Land Rover also said it was my fault even though they had performed all oil changes at the scheduled times. What is the status of lawsuit?
cyd68

Charlotte, NC

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#16
Mar 9, 2009
 
Im in the process of putting together some type of form that is easy to fill out for freelander owners or previous owners. we've all had the same problems I just need some input, or help with making the form quick & easy. Then once we get the info all compiled, we could send it to NHTSA, LR north america, Howard Gutman the attorney in charge of the civil action law suit & they attorney general??? I would appreciate any input on this matter. I turned my car into the bank, couldn't afford to repair & make payments & a rental. This is what Ive compiled so far:
cyd68

Charlotte, NC

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Mar 9, 2009
 
Dear Freelander/Land Rover owner, please take a few minutes to fill out this questionnaire. In an effort to compile evidence based on owning a freelander and your experience.

What year did you purchase your Freelander

What year was your Freelander

Did you purchase your Freelander from a Land Rover dealership?

If you did Purchase your Freelander from a Land Rover dealership what was the location?

How many miles were on your Freelander, at the time of purchase?

Did you lease your Freelander?

What was the purchase price on your freelander?

Was your Freelander under the original factory warranty, when purchased?

Who financed you Freelander?

PROBLEMS MILEAGE COVERED
BY
WARRANTY

Timing belt
Brakes
Transmission
head gasket
coolant leaking
brake light
head light
brake light switch

Did you purchase an extended warranty thru another company?

If yes, which comapny.

Did you contact land Rover North America

Number of times your vehicle was taken to the LR dealership, due to engine light coming on?

Do you have documented proof of the times your car was at the dealership?

Did they fix the problem on the first visit?

If not how many visits?

Did you contact the NHTSA?

Did you replace the engine in your Freelander?

If yes, what was the mileage?

what was the dollar amount quoted to you to repair the engine?

Was your Freelander under original factory Warranty?

How long did you have to wait for an engine?

Did they provide you with a rental car?

pccdrive at yahoo . com

“Freelander Owners!!!!”

Since: May 08

Salt Lake City

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Mar 9, 2009
 
Dear Freelander owner, please take a few minutes to fill out this questionnaire. In an effort to compile evidence based on owning a freelander and your experience.

What year did you purchase your Freelander

What year was your Freelander

Did you purchase your Freelander from a Land Rover dealership?

If you did Purchase your Freelander from a Land Rover dealership what was the location?

How many miles were on your Freelander, at the time of purchase?

Did you lease your Freelander?

What was the purchase price on your freelander?

Was your Freelander under the original factory warranty, when purchased?

Who financed you Freelander?

PROBLEMS MILEAGE COVERED
BY
WARRANTY

Timing belt
Brakes
Transmission
head gasket
coolant leaking
brake light
head light
brake light switch

Did you purchase an extended warranty thru another company?

If yes, which comapny.

Did you contact land Rover North America

Number of times your vehicle was taken to the LR dealership, due to engine light coming on?

Do you have documented proof of the times your car was at the dealership?

Did they fix the problem on the first visit?

If not how many visits?

Did you contact the NHTSA?

Did you replace the engine in your Freelander?

If yes, what was the mileage?

what was the dollar amount quoted to you to repair the engine?

Was your Freelander under original factory Warranty?

How long did you have to wait for an engine?

Did they provide you with a rental car?


pccdrive at yahoo . com
cabiii

Charlotte, NC

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#19
May 20, 2009
 
Good luck my 03 Freelander was in the shop 19 times in 18 months. All for the same engine related problems. At 41000 miles & 14 times in the shop a new engine was needed but guess what? No engines were available. My car sat at the dealership for 6 months just waiting for a new engine. After the engine was installed it went back into the shop 5 more times in the next 4 months for the same engine related problem. First engine completed May 08.SECOND ENGINE NEEDED OCT 08. The dealer bought it back that God. The engine cost 15000-that DOES NOT include the previos 18 times it was towed,in the shop or just flat out broke down. Land Rover N.A. did nothing to help did not return calls or faxes. I faxed the vice president Mike Driscall & he never responded. Land Rover DOES NOT stand behind thier product or thier customers. I am now suing them but who knows how long that will take. For anyone who has a Land Rover without proplems-if your service engine soon light comes on GET HOME QUICK cuase your car is about to brake down & brake down soon. Land Rover needs to be held responsible for this . By the way I have all of this documented by Land Rover invoices.
Lou from California

Los Angeles, CA

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Jun 12, 2009
 
Im very sorry to hear about your nightmare. The the same exact thing happend to me with my LR JUNK. Waiting for news whether the extended warrenty will cover my loss. Wish me luck..
Ginger wrote:
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I also purchased a Freelander in 2002 and have had to replace the Transmission, the brakes several times, the air conditioning has broken every year.... and now the engine has blown.
I have only 37,000 miles on it.
I am told by Land Rover that they no longer manufacture the Freelander and that they will not replace the engine BUT they agreed to give me a $4500 "credit" towards purchasing a NEW Land Rover from them!
Unbelievable.
This is hideous behavior.
They had a manufacturing defect in the engine they provided with the Freelander that I bought from them, and it is their responsibility to either replace it or buy the car for the bluebook value so that I can go somewhere else to purchase a car that won't break down.
I had to have the car towed when the engine blew.
Now I am in a rental car.

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