really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
32,114 miles

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problem #15

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 #14

Jan 232009


  • 72,601 miles
2002 Land Rover Freelander - 72,000 miles: Replaced 3 window regulators last year. On my way to work one morning & hill descent light came on, F / 4 light flashes, and it is jerky / jumpy while driving. No one can figure out the problem - 3 Land Rover dealerships in 5 weeks. My car is now 100 miles away, I was told it was fixed, but when I got there it was still doing the same thing. They looked at it again & I was told I need a new transmission for $4800. For some reason, no one could pick up the problem with the testers. I loved my car but after reading about all the chronic problems I don't know what to do with it. Plus, I owe about the same amount as the transmission! I will never buy a Land Rover again & they should be held responsible for all of these defective vehicles!

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #13

May 212008


  • 65,000 miles
2002 Freelander with 65,000 miles - rear window regulator replaced at 55K; now the entire transmission needs replaced. Land Rover can no longer get the parts, so looking at a re-manufactured one at about $4,000. Dealership closed down and there has been no help!

- Urbandale, IA, USA

problem #12

Dec 202007


  • miles
Less than 50,000 miles landrover Freelander gives F4 fault, will not shift out of 2nd gear. Has overheating problem, sunroof died, dealer said needs new transmission, completely new wiring harness, new ECU, new door to fix window failure, and!!!!!!!!!!!! a new engine to fix the overheating problem that they tell me is a common thing, and they haven't seen any Freelander's get over 65,000 miles without an engine and transmission replacement. Luxury vehicle my ass. Dealership gave me an 18,000 dollar repair estimate. I guess luxury means it costs a lot to drive not you have the luxury of driving without worrying about sitting on the side of the road in a 30,000 dollar piece of crap. Read some forums online. All of these problems are happening everyday, and nothing is being done to make this luxury vehicle company make a better vehicle. I mean damn I should have bought a Honda...... at least they have heated seats to keep my ass warm when I wait on the side of the road.

- Key West, FL, USA

problem #11

Jan 182008

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Have had multiple problems with vehicle with replacements needed for the following items: Sunroof assembly, brakes and rotors twice, coolant tank, coolant tank lid, intake manifold assembly, wiper switch, 2 vacuum hoses, window regulator, sunroof drain tubes and headliner. Now, despite maintaining the recommended service schedule, we are going to have to have the engine replaced at 67K miles. The coolant is leaking into the oil and after having the head gaskets replaced and a cooler part replaced, the dealer now believes that there is a crack in the sleeve. There apparently is a back order on replacement engines so I will have to cough up $$$ to keep the oil drained and coolant filled until one is available. Why should a $35,000 vehicle need an engine replaced at 67K miles?

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #10

Dec 022007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
2002 Land Rover Freelander with only 65,000 miles has had repairs that are beyond what should be normal, including a new transmission at 45,000 miles, two window regulators, multiple coolant leaks, blown head gasket. Dangerous on the road, due to stalling out for no reason, and overheating constantly. Have had to pay for multiple tows. Today, engine overheated in mall parking lot, leaving me stranded. All coolant poured onto the ground. Car needs a new engine at only 65,000 miles.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #9

Jun 152007

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Water pump failed, took to dealer for replacement, gas pump failed took it to shop to replace it, gas tank lid failed, both one from dealer to replace it, engine cooling system failed, transmission failed, took it to shop they refuse to fix, they say is not their fault and is not cover by warranty anymore, window motor failed, windshield wiper switch failed, headlights failed, coolant container crack, replaced with new one from dealer. Stop light recalled. Air filtering system retains water which allows mold to grow, air filters replaced.

- Novato, CA, 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 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 #6

Nov 012006


  • 43,000 miles
In Dec '05 I had the right rear window of a 2002 Land Rover Freelander fail to operate. It was two days before the warranty expired, and covered. In November '06 the left rear window failed to operate. The vehicle on has 43K miles but is now out of warranty due to years. Both were a result of a poor cable operating system, and is a known common problem according to the Land Rover dealer.

- Broken Arrow, OK, USA

problem #5

May 122006

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,100 miles
This is about transmission failure for 2002 landrover/Freelander. Keeping the car in best shape and maintaining on schedule, still the transmission went bad with less than 40,000 mileage. Car warranty is for 50K or 4 years. Unfortunately, the warranty was up in January 2006. Engine has special noise and car is coming apart. Window does not roll up and down, rear seat got stuck and wouldn't get its position. One problem after another, but the main one is the transmission.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #4

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 #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

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 #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