fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,833 miles

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problem #6

Feb 232007

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,000 miles
Land Rover Freelander hse 2002: At 70,000 miles, transmission halts, seizing, rapid RPM jumps; less than one month later, the transmission completely died. Inoperable car towed and transmission rebuilt at private shop. Five miles from shop after pickup, car seized and died. Now, an additional repair of the "transfer case, " which we were told caused the transmission failure. Now, service engine soon light on; battery keeps dying. Rapid depreciation, frequent repairs of brakes, brake pads, headlights, etc. Complained to manufacturer 2/23/2007. Car inoperable as of this date. Don't know what to do -- owe more than it's worth, cannot get full nada/kbb trade in value...frustrated and disappointed. And out of money.

- Mount Laurel, NJ, USA

problem #5

Feb 072006


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Brake lights do not illuminate. Checked fuse, bulbs and wiring. All were operative. Had brake lamp switch replaced. Lights still not operational. (new stop lamp switch was the same manufacturer as the one that is currently under NHTSA investigation.) since new part didn't work, old part was reinstalled and new one returned to dealer. The dealer wants to charge $300 just to tell me why brakes won't work and is aware of what has already been tried. Brake lights still not operational.

- Gainesville, GA, USA

problem #4

Jan 052002

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Both brake lights and rear turn signals are located far low down into the rear bumper; difficult for other drivers to see; could easily cause rearend collisiion.

- Irvine, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 162002

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
I feel the design of the tail lights has caused many close-call near accidents with my Freelander. The design is counter-intuitive for the drivers behind me, who expect the light assemblies on the corners of the vehicle to illuminate when braking. The brake lamps are in the bumper, however- which doesn't seem intuitive or sometimes aren't visible to a close-following vehicle. When not illuminated, it's difficult to even see the bumper lamp assemblies exist, yet the corner mounted assemblies are at eye level- but they have no blinkers or brake lamps. Some people have started modifying their own brake lamps in response to this issue! I'd rather have them changed legally than modify my vehicle without dot/NHTSA approval.

- South Riding, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 172002

(reported on)

Freelander 4WD

  • miles
The brake lights on this vehicle are designed very poorly. I have been pulled over twice for faulty brake lights. I have also almost been rearended. Due to the set up of these lights. This is not a safe vehicle and I will not let my pregnant wife and kids ride in it.

- Arlington, TX, USA

problem #1

Mar 182002

(reported on)

Freelander 4WD

  • miles
The brake lights on the 2002 Land Rover Freelander (which we just purchased) are extremely misleading to anyone traveling behind the vehicle are bound to be the cause of accidents, if they havenT been already. Although there are light clusters on each side of the tailgate (as there are on every vehicle in the us), they do not light up when the brakes are applied. Instead, the thin, rectangular lights in the bumper light up. We werenT aware of this problem until my wife was pulled over by a Connecticut state police officer for faulty brake lights. The dealer where we purchased the car then said they were unaware of the problem, agreed it was confusing, but were "powerless" to fix it because Land Rover North America says it meets all NHTSA regulations. Although the lights maybe within the 15-72 inch from the road range, the placement of them is deceiving. Ive yet to see any other vehicle in the us with brake lights only in the rear bumper. My fear is that this will not be addressed until something tragic happens because of it. Everyday this isn't fixed is a day we have to drive a vehicle with deceiving brake lights, putting our safety and the safety of those behind us at risk. Unfortunately, we have no choice but to continue driving the vehicle, even though weD rather not. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

- Milford, CT, USA