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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
61,000 miles

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2002 Land Rover Freelander body / paint problems

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2002 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 012008


  • 48,000 miles


Mechanical problems immediately after purchase required 4-5 trips to dealership before they fixed it. I don't' recall the exact problem. Sunroof motor died & had to be replaced. Left rear window regulator died and had to be replaced. Right rear window regulator died and had to be replaced. Broken latch on hood had to be replaced. Check engine light and excessive cranking 6/1/02 and 8/17/02 dealership cleared codes no repairs. Service engine soon light and excessive cranking 9/17/02, dealership replaced leaking fuel pump. Service engine soon light and shifting problems 3/2006, dealership sent me home no repairs. Service engine soon light and car lost power while driving, throttle body had a short and dealership replaced. Service engine soon light and delay in shifting from 2nd to 3rd 9/1/08. Have not had this diagnosed yet. Suspect bad solenoids or transmission failure.

- Fort Collins, CO, USA

problem #2

Jun 132006


  • 85,000 miles
I bought this vehicle used (landrover Freelander) just over a year ago in early 2007. At the time it had just under 40,000 miles on it and within the first week of having it the sunroof malfunctioned and broke. I contacted the dealer and they referred me to my extended warranty that I had purchased. After going round and round with the dealership and the folks at the lr dealership we got it resolved to the tune of $1,200. Since then the vehicle has had numerous visits to the lr dealership to be repaired (fuel pump, front end, transmission, etc...). at this point I am considering driving the vehicle until it can run no more and then just letting the bank take it back. I have no choice because he lr dealership basically said the vehicle is junk, even though it looks great and is in great condition for a 2002. What's going on with the sale of these Freelanders is nothing less than fraud by landrover and the car dealerships that choose to sell these models used. Even if you buy a extended warranty as I did, no one told me I should have had it at the dealership every day and pushing the lr dealership to go through the car with a fine tooth comb to make sure every item is in working order, before the extended warranty runs out. I believe that Land Rover knows that the Freelander has serious issues & at this point they are merely using it as a means to drive revenue sales at their service departments throughout the world. Please help, this problem has reached epidemic proportions. Will it take a death(s) due to a malfunctioning part(s) on these vehicles before someone takes Land Rover to task on this lemon of a vehicle. I have three small children and I am scared to death for them to ride with me in this vehicle, but it is our only vehicle and we have no choice. Please someone hold Land Rover accountable for duping the american public. This is similar to the adjustable rate mortgage scam that has put a strangle hold on customers throughout the country.

- Lansing , MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 022007

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 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

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