definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,272 miles

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problem #4

Jan 162014

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 120,090 miles
The brake lights sometimes work and sometimes do not work (cited in 2 incidents by the police). All parts are fine (by check-up of a repair workshop), and no repair can be possibly done. Probably, the height of the brake lights above the ground is too low, so that it is sometimes too damp or wet (after snow or rain) for the brake lights to work properly. When they dry up, they work again. Next, the 2 brake lights are on the 2 corners of the bumper, and the central brake light is high on the tailgate. Theoretically, the 3 brake lights give warning enough when the car stops. However, there are 2 tail lights are high on the fenders (the 2 sides of the car's tailgate), relatively far away from the 2 brake lights on the bumper. The 2 tail lights give a wrong impression to any drivers behind this car, and let those drivers misunderstand the tail lights to be the brake lights (even the 2 police officers misunderstood in the 2 incidents). This will cause collision in reality.

- Fort Lee, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 012009


  • miles
Engine issues. Replaced vacuum hose to 6th cylinder. Also, the timing belt is making noise and the mechanic has advised I will need a new engine. The car only has 68,850 miles. Also, have repaired the brakes on five occasions and they still squeak. Had to repair the window regulator. The SRS light and engine service light is on.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #2

Dec 092007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The engine/head gasket issue is the repair that is the most critical and terminal condition for the vehicle. The dealers mechanics will never fix the gasket, so they will only offer the engine replacement, but either repair will cost you more than the SUV is worth. And yes, the brake pads and then rotors wear out very quickly, because of the weight of the vehicle (the dealer says). I personally think it has more to do with the fact that there are 2 disc front brakes and 2 drum rear brakes on the vehicle, hence the wear and weight all goes to the front of the vehicle. Another poor design flaw issue, and I was told the drum brakes were there to better allow the off-roading. Yeah, who ever could off road these things, they fall apart on the driveway!

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #1

May 262003


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I strongly urge the modification of the brake light and turn signal configuration on current Freelanders in the United States. The placement of these crucial signals is located in an unexpected and less visible location to other drivers. I have been involved in a rear-end collision (and have had many close calls) on the highway likely because the drivers behind me do not notice my brake lights illuminating. The brake lights could easily be moved to the current fog light location and the turn signals could be moved to where the reverse lights are now located - this would provide a cost effective solution to this serious safety concern.

- Boerne, TX, USA