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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,979 miles

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2002 Land Rover Freelander engine problems

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2002 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments

problem #9

Dec 082014


  • miles


What is to say that has not already been said about this nightmare! I have replaced everything on this car: Power steering system, engine manifold, coolant reservoir, water pump, radiator, brakes 2X, camshaft and crankshaft sensor, crankshaft pulley, timing belt, and now I am lucky enough to have the same transmission failure happening that everyone else who owns this junk experiences. This is not to mention that the sunroof does not work, the passenger door lock, and 3 of the 5 power windows do not work either. In the last year alone I have put more than $3000+ into this thing, and that is but a fraction of total I have put into it during ownership..and the blue book value is less than $5000 at best! words cannot express how angry it makes me, and how pathetic it is of Land Rover to knowingly ignore the problems associated with this vehicle and the suffering that owners of it have to endure. The transmission problem alone should have a mandatory recall forced on Land Rover to fix for all Freelanders, and that should just be the beginning! I cannot tell you how many Land Rover technicians have blatantly told me that lr knows these are a money pit nightmare full of defects, and that they hate to work on them and feel bad for us. When will this sort of treatment by big corporations end" what ever happened to standing behind your product? whatever happened to government agencies assigned to enforce rules governing this sort of thing actually doing something for the consumer" I could go on and on about this nightmare, trust me, but I am too worked up at this point as it is. Please NHTSA, do something, anything for us unfortunate Freelander owners!

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #8

Aug 062013


  • miles
The contact owns a 2002 Land Rover Freelander. The contact stated that the engine overheated when the vehicle was turned on. The vehicle was taken to the mechanic for inspection who confirmed that the engine coolant was consuming prematurely and there was no evidence of a leak. The mechanic replaced the thermostat, the water pump, and the motor fan regulator; however the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 96,000.

- San Juan , TX, USA

problem #7

Jan 012010

Freelander 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
To begin, purchased the vehicle new in 2002 and consistent maintenance at Land Rover dealership since purchased. First issue is the engine, seems to make noise like a diesel loud and vibrates. Told that the engine was ok for over 2 years then now all of a sudden the engine has a leak, leaks water into the engine oil area and that the engine needs to be replaced. Only after the warranty expired. Still an issue. Secondly, the transmission began to have issues after the 2nd year of ownership and and was told that this the way the car handles. Third and most important, this car has been maintenanced at dealership, no accidents. The steering began to wobble and wheel began to move around quite suddenly. When I took the car into the service department, they acknowledged that the bolts within the steering pack had sheared off and were broken and needed to be replaced. I stated that this was a serious safety issue and should be covered, even though the warranty has since expired. We were told that the unit needed to be replaced and that Land Rover knew about the problems however it is not their issue to assist customers. I want these problems fixed. I carry my grandchildren in this car, have kept it maintenenced consistently and always at the dealership. There are no accidents with this car and I want it fixed. I am getting the run around from Land Rover that it is my issue and not theirs, when it is clearly a design defect all around for both the steering pack and the engine issues.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #6

Feb 172013

Freelander 4-cyl

  • 50,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Land Rover Freelander. The contact stated that while parked, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where it was found that the ignition coils would have to be replaced and antifreeze had leaked into the oil and a flush would have to be performed. The technician also stated that the camshaft was fractured and needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 50,000. Updated 05/08/13 the consumer insist the camshaft was damaged byt the service repair technician. Updated 06/17/2013

- Amboy, NJ, USA

problem #5

May 102007


  • 70,000 miles
The year is accurate, month and date are approximations started having problems with overheating and coolant leaks. Coolant wouldn't puddle under vehicle, though.but I could smell it sometimes with windows open. Then, one day it would not start. Towed it to Land Rover dealer and over the course of 3 days, they couldn't start it, either. Was told it needed a new engine.paid out $, with 104,000 miles, it's losing coolant, again. They claimed the over flow container was leaking. Had it replaced. And it is still losing is not puddling under the truck.I saw, online, where the Freelander has a possible engine defect, with cylinder sleeves and gasket I have any recourse with Land Rover" or, could the lemon law come into effect" I, also, have experienced rear window and sunroof motor failures. I am retired. I cannot afford to replace another engine ! thank you.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #4

Nov 012012

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 49,807 miles
On November 1st my wife and I left la proper headed towards phoenix, AZ. With the mileage now at 49,807 and approximately 2 hours of driving on I 10 the car was losing power, so I did my best to safely pull over to the break down lane which was next to the on ramp (very scary). I had been driving at 65 miles per hour when the car would no longer accelerate. I had to call a tow truck because after I let it rest a minute or two it wouldn't turn over. When I looked under the hood I didn't see anything out of the ordinary, no smoke, the coolant tank was full, I checked the oil dipstick and it seemed fine. There were no lights that came on inside the auto to signal that something was wrong, no overheating etc. I had it towed to the nearest dealer and was told to come back next morning. I was told that the engine blew a gasket and was advised due to damage to the engine was to replace it. I was quoted a price of $10,000! I ended up selling it for salvage for $500 since we were traveling so far away from home and the cost to tow it to Rhode Island didn't seem worth it. Since then I have contacted Land Rover and have been given the run around like many other owners. I also have had the chance since this occurrence to check via internet that this is not unusual for the 2002 Freelander. I feel this engine should of been recalled.

- Providence, RI, USA

problem #3

Jul 202012


  • 103,000 miles


I began accelerating on a viadock (bridge) when I felt a snap underneath me, as I reached the peak of the brigde, the car stalled out and I began descending on the bridge with my 2 daughters in the car. It completely stopped before I was able to reach the bottom of the bridge, which put me in harms way of traffic coming over the hill. I immediately hit my hazards and prayed everyone would see me before rear ending me. I was able to get the car towed. Then I found out it my timing belt broke; causing my engine to shut down. Total cost to fix will be $4000. I researched this make and model and found that hundreds of other people have reported similar issues. There seems to be a lot of issues with this particular make/model/year. The reviews on how Land Rover has been handling this particular issue are mixed with some saying they rectified the problem immediately and others saying they would not even respond to their complaints. I am nervous to see how they handle mine.

- West Unity, OH, USA

problem #2

Apr 042010

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 114,000 miles
I bought the car new and it operated well until aprox. 80,000 mi when I would go through a reservoir of coolant every 20 miles. I took it to the dealer several times and they would keep it for a week, charge me $2,000 each time and say they could find nothing wrong. I addressed the problems documented on the internet about this problem and they responded that I should stop believing everything I read on line. On April 4, 2010 I checked the oil and it was full of coolant. The dealer said they still could not find the problem but the engine was shot and they would give me $800 for the car. Land Rover has been defensive and unresponsive in dealing with the problem all along.

- Santa Fe, NM, USA

problem #1

Jun 012012


  • 90,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Land Rover Freelander. The contact stated that coolant was leaking from the vehicle and the vehicle would not start as a result. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection where they informed the contact that the vehicle needed a replacement engine. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000. The VIN was not available.

- Midlothian, IL, USA

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