definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,177 miles

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problem #9

Sep 222005


  • 65,000 miles
I bought a 2002 Land Rover Freelander as a 2nd owner of the vehicle from a local car dealership. Since the purchase of the vehicle, I replaced a sunroof, a transmission, the brakes require constant replacement (more often than should be necessary), a passenger door window motor and the engine has been replaced once and now has blown again - I am unable to have this engine replaced #1 there are no more engines as the landrover dealer only made this defective model 1 year and there have been so many engines replaced by other owners that there are no other engines available. Even if there were any engines I would not pay $10,000 to have another "defective" engine placed in this vehicle. There are over 1400 messages on the edmond forum.com outlining other peoples similar complaints. This defective vehicle has caused countless people's credit to be ruined, and financial hardship to untold families. I wonder why nothing has been done already with all the complaints that have been filed. Landrover needs to reimburse these owners the money they have spent - such as myself on repairs, constantly in the shop and having to pay for rental vehicles. The local dealer was rude and had absolutely no sympathy and actually told me after bringing my vehicle in to them over and over that "he will be glad when my husband and I get out from under this vehicle" and admitted that this vehicle had been a problem for them. But... the dealer wouldn't even offer us a free oil change for all of our hardships. It is a shame. I hope eventually something is done before this company "bellies up" and files bankruptcy and all of these families that have been ruined will have no recourse for their financial woes as a result of this horrible situation. Please help any way you can!

- Soddy Daisy, TN, USA

problem #8

Sep 212006

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,014 miles
My 2002 Land Rover Freelander had an engine failure in September 2006. This is a common problem with this make of vehicle and cost me $6,849.61 to replace since I was out of warranty. Other popular problems with this vehicle are problems with the window motors. My sunroof and two backdoor windows would not operate properly. I could only pay to repair the backdoor windows at the expense of $904.88. Also, the drivers side door lock does not function properly, but I was not able to have that fixed.

- Jersey City, NJ, USA

problem #7

Feb 222007


  • miles
Our 2002 landrover was purchased used and the mileage started at 3,500. It was a show room car. When the mileage reached mid 40,000 miles the check engine light came on. We heard strange noises coming from engine, and the car had trouble accelerating. We brought it to the dealer, and made it so that the check engine light went away. However, the car still did not accelerate well, making it difficult to drive on freeway. After a while, the light came on again. We brought the car to dealer again, and once more they worked on it, but the results were similar. When we passed the 50,000 mileage mark the car started to fall apart rapidly. The transmission went out, the rear door didn't open from outside, the sun roof broke, and the starter also broke. This all happened very fast. When we went to dealer, they said we were no longer covered under the warranty, even though we bought the car at 3,500 miles to start with. So we thought that we would be covered until 53,500. Therefore, we had to pay for all the repairs ourselves, and the transmission alone cost us $5000 to repair. We are worried that the car will continue to break down the longer we have it and we don't know what to do.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #6

Sep 042005

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
My Land Rover Freelander has had 2 engine failures under 50K mi., the first at 26K and the second 24K later. 2 sunroof replacements, 2 side window repairs, 1 overheating incident, and the car just runs hot all the time, with hot coolant smell.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #5

Aug 302005

Freelander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,580 miles
Power sun roof motor failed for the second time within 2 years. Service guy at dealership claims they are replacing these motors every year or so. My warranty runs out in less than 6,000 miles. Shouldn't this be covered even after warranty is up. I thought maybe there might a recall, if this is happening so often.

- East Earl, PA, USA

problem #4

Jul 102004

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
2002 Land Rover Freelander has problems with faulty cam sensor, faulty sunroof, transmission and battery. The battery and struts were replaced. The driver's side window would not close or open easily, so the dealer replaced the regulator. The vehicle overheated. The engine light illuminated and different componets were replaced to try and rectify the problem.

- Locust Valley, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 252005

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
2002 Freelander. Used 1 quart of oil per 1000 mi. At 12000. New engine was put in. Back window would not roll up. Sunroof leaks. Coolant blew everywhere. And the worst, while driving on a right curve, steering went out and was nearly a 3 car accident. Dealership wants me to drive it without knowing why it's happening.

- Madison, IN, USA

problem #2

Aug 282002

Freelander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,000 miles
I bought a Freelander in 2002. It was brand new. I have had so many troubles with the vehicle. The one that is currently being worked as a lemon law case is the sun roof. I have had it break for the 5th time now. They have replaced it once and swapped parts the other 3 times and still nothing will fix it. I am currently working with my local state office of Consumer Affairs to try and remedy this issue. They currently are working on the 5th breakage today. Not sure what they will do to try and fix that issue. Not to the mention the breaking system that is a nightmare. I had to replace the brakes at 30000 after they dug into the rotors. The downhill decent light comes on with the traction control light for no reason. The brain for the cruise control went out. This car is a constant headache.

- Nashville, TN, USA

problem #1

Jul 272003

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
I purchased my 2002 landrover in Aug 02. Since then it has been in the shop for over 30 days for repair work to the stereo, sunroof, throttle assemby, tranction control warning light, passenger window breaking, etc. However, I was most disturbed to learn that landrover is "finding" out, as quoted by two dealerships, that the breaks need to be replaced every 12000 miles becasue the vehicle is too heavy for the pads used during manufacturing. Landrover North America has provided no relief in this matter and maintains that it is my personal driving habits that are responsible and this is a normal wear and tear item. I have owned several other SUVS and have never had to replace breaks even up to 70,000 miles driving on moutain roads. I believe landrover na has a personnel responsibility to disclose the additional cost of $300 that each customer has to pay every 12K miles for break in addition to the $350 they have to pay for their scheduled service every 12K miles. I doubt they would sell another vehicle. Even the service manager at the dealership that services my car admitted he wouldn't by one either.

- Van Nuys, CA, USA