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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling: Cooling System Problems

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
49,694 miles

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2002 Land Rover Freelander cooling system problems

cooling system problem

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2002 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #12

Mar 102008

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 80,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I have a 2002 landrover Freelander. I just had a head gasket replaced at 80,000 miles. And now I think the transmission is going out. There are to many complaints on the land rovers for something not to be done. They need to be held responsible. These cars are not safe.

- Cincinnati, OH, USA

problem #11

Dec 072007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 66,000 miles
We had just had our car in for servicing prior to a longer drive. While we were driving at highway speeds, our car accelerated without warning. The engine "revved" without any increase in speed. Once home, contacted our dealership where they proceeded to tell us that we would require a new transmission when we were only just out of warranty. They could not tell us what the cause of the problem was - only that it would cost upwards of $6000 to fix it by replacing the transmission. Prior to this, our dealership had our Land Rover Freelander for 4 weeks fixing other known problems such as the coolant system, again, just out of warranty for a fix of over $3000; once it was returned, the engine light came back on immediately (I.e. on our way home from picking the car up) - I returned immediately with the vehicle and was told that the engine block had been cracked which would require an additional $2000 plus in repairs (although they did discount us on this repair - more than likely because they had caused it). We have had nothing but difficulty with this vehicle. The issues began almost immediately from the date of purchase. Additionally, the Land Rover service people are less than helpful. I believe they are deceptive, arrogant, and lack the knowledge and skill required to fully service a vehicle. I have gone through three different dealerships to locate someone whom I trust to service this vehicle; finally, now that the care is out of warranty we will be going to a local repair shop where they were able to walk me through what was wrong with the vehicle and fix the problem.

- Palatine, IL, 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

Sep 142007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Complained to dealer of overheating 2X's. each time system was pressure tested and reported ok. 3rd time a problem was detected and parts replaced, to no avail. Now am told that I need a new engine at 46K mi. Water must be added every day to use the vehicle, but the dealer refuses to do repairs because the warranty expired a month ago.

- Cherry Hill , NJ, USA

problem #8

Oct 032007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 landrover Freelander 52,000miles engine overheats, coolant leaking into engine engine replaced with new from landrover. 52,300 engine defective replaced again 60,000mi engine again needs to be replaced, no help from landrover.

- Henderson, NV, USA

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problem #7

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 #6

Jan 272006

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On two separate occasions, one days after my car was cleared for a second time by a Land Rover dealer. My car went into 'limited perfomance mode' while I was commuting to work....I was in the high speed lane and the middle lane and my car would not accelerate about 20 mph. I had to call 911 on the second occasion as it happened because I was in the merge of 2 highways in the evening. My car also had downshifting problems where the downhill decent control would come on out of nowhere causing my car to buck forward and drop down to second gear. The dealership again said that is could not be duplicated 3 times before they finally found something and then it kept happening anyway. My transmission let go on the highway at just over 60K miles and then my engine lining shifted spewing oil only about 2 months after. The dealerships are well aware of the poor quality of these vehicles and yet, they sell and re-sell them to the unsuspecting consumers. I have a lawyer and will be suing lr for everything I can, including lost wages, emotional and physical distress, and anything else that can be tied into my two year nightmare. I strongly suggest you get these vehicles off the road before someone gets killed. Thank you

- Auburn, MA, USA

problem #5

Sep 042005

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Engine temperature spiking. Engine sucked a lave into the engine - engine seized. Had to rebuild engine - $5500.

- Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #4

Jul 012004

Freelander

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2002 landrover freeland has overheated 5 times since I purchased it in 2003. Each time the rand rover dealer repaired it and said it was something different. It just happened again and I brought it to a gargage. (since my warranty is up and the dealer ship claimed it was something different each time.).. this time it was fixed costing me $800. Not only has this been a problem, but I have had the headlights go out on me while driving across state at night on the thruwa and now the rear window is now not working. I have had nothing but problems and have spent alot of $$ on this truck. Unfortunately I cannot afford to buy something else. I am a single mom trying to out her kids through college... : ( I hope something can be done to prevent another consumer having these problems and someone really getting hurt. I have been very lucky I havent been in an accident or had the truck blow up while it over heated !!! lol thanks....

- Penfield, NY, USA

problem #3

Jan 102006

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,548 miles
Engine coolant, transmission failure overheated, leaking fluids. Dealership replaced transmission when vehicle overheated. Paid 2500 for a new transmission then dealer indicated that this vehicle needed more servicing unrelated to the transmission for another $3000. Dealer was negligent when fixing transmission and caused further damage.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 262005

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 63,000 miles
(1) defrost/heat not work;2) engine overheated;3) replaced heater vac at a cost of $830, old part kept at delear.

- Farmington Hills, MI, USA

problem #1

Apr 122002

Freelander 4WD

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Mundelein, IL, USA

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