really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,323 miles

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problem #5

Dec 282008


  • miles
I have a 2002 Land Rover Freelander. The car is more trouble than its worth. From the truck not starting, windows rolling up and down when they feel like it, engine coolant leaking, intake manifold problems, misdiagnosed from landrover, the locks don't work. The car basically starts when it wants to, it doesn't need a new starter, or spark plugs or an alternator. When driving the car wont accelerate as a car should it rides bumpy as if the engine is about to drop out. Land Rover wont help with anything because they say that the company who made the engines for the truck went out of business. Many people complain about this truck. When I took the car to Land Rover to see what the ticking noise under the hood was they charged me 200 for a diagnostic and diagnosed the problem wrong. The major problems are the windows rolling down, that's a safety hazard when you have people in the car and have the window lock on yet the window still rolls down. The coolant leaking because once a Land Rover engine overheats you have to replace the whole engine. The locks don't work meaning you cant lock the vehicle also a safety hazard and the car doesn't accelerate past 30 mph sometimes and its not the transmission.

- Bowie, MD, USA

problem #4

Oct 162008


  • 97,000 miles
I was driving on I45 on my way to work, when my 2002 Land Rover Freelander stopped working without any notice. I had to quickly do anything I could to ge out off the freeway with no power. It was one of the scariest days of my life. Thankfully the other drivers noticed that there was something wrong with the car and slowed and I was able to exit. I had to get the car towed to a shop where they told me that I needed a new fuel pump. I got it replaced and it worked well for 2 month and now its leaking fuel. The motor is also leaking antifreeze all over the place. You need to look into this cars. There's to many problems with it and complaints to go along. Thanks

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #3

Jul 152003


  • miles
2002 Land Rover Freelander experienced a vehicle fire. The consumer addressed dealership several times, Land Rover told him that the vehicle did not meet the Mexico lemon law guidelines and they were not in any position to repurchase the vehicle. The consumer also complained about other problems with the vehicle such as electrical problems, the rear passenger door did not unlock with the remote, drivers rear seat did not fold, the rear window did not go up when it was cold and the drivers seat was squeaky. The consumer had made numerous complaints to the dealership before the fire occurred.

- Tijeras, NM, USA

problem #2

Oct 082003

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,615 miles
Engine will stall when vehicle is on an incline, in dive gear, and allowed to roll back. Also, if vehicle is allowed to rollback and brakes are applied, vehicle will stall. Dealer says that this is a "safety feature" and that all same model vehicles does the same thing. If this is indeed a "safety feature, " then brakes should have automatically engaged when the engine stalls. This is not the case, however as the vehicle will continue to rollback with the stalled engine.

- South San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 042002

(reported on)


  • miles
Dealer can't fix and has returned car to me. At a loss as to what to do at this time.

- Evansville, IN, USA