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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems

2.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,770 miles

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2002 Land Rover Freelander transmission problems

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2002 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments (Page 3 of 4)

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problem #32

Jan 202008

Freelander 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,500 miles

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

The car is just poorly designed and a disaster. Despite our regular maintenance at manufacturer's dealers & at normal intervals, the car's engine & transmission failed. Repair costs readily exceeded the value of the vehicle. All with less than 65,000 miles. Land Rover & Ford were un-willing to assist in any way. We are out of the car and will not purchase lr or Ford products in the future.

- Kingston, WA, USA

problem #31

Dec 012007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 70,000 miles
Automatic transmission failure at 70,000 miles.

- Glen, NH, USA

problem #30

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 #29

Dec 022007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles

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

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 #28

Oct 262007

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I always had a problem with transmission which was replaced once 2 year ago and now I need to do out of my pocket all over again.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #27

Aug 152007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles
Transmission failure at 75,000 miles. Excessive check engine light warnings. Bad sensors. Engine noise.

- Davenport, IA, USA

problem #26

Aug 092007

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 55,433 miles

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

2002 Land Rover Freelander needs transmission replaced at only 55K miles. Need help in forcing Land Rover North America to issue a recall.

- Cleveland, GA, USA

problem #25

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

problem #24

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 #23

Jan 272006

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65 miles
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 #22

Jun 302006

Freelander 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

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

My 2002 Land Rover Freelander has experienced sluggish acceleration to a jolt and dowshifts on its own at freeway speed. About 2 weeks after buying it used I took it to a local repair shop and they said I needed a new transmission, had it towed back to the dealer and they said it didn't. needless to say they wouldn't replace it. It has a overheating problem which is continuous. The engine sounds like it has no oil in it, even after an oil change I have to check it to make sure because the noise is so loud. The hdc light comes on and the vehicle seems to drive in an almost 4wheel low at all times. There was antifreeze in my oil. This vehicle has major problems!!!!!!!!

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #21

May 242007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
Transmission failed, in reverse and then in drive.

- Waterford, MI, USA

problem #20

Jul 162007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
Transmission failure in middle of rush hour traffic, nearly rear ended. Less than 60000 miles on vehicle. It lost forward momentum, then slammed into lower gear. Rpms jumped. F4 flashed on dashboard. Dealership quoted $5000 to replace transmission. February or March 2006 car overheated running errands on a cool day, engine rebuilt completed by dealership to replace thermostat $2000$ as warranty expired in January. Purchased new in January 2002, services exclusively at lr dealerships in richmond va, and charlotte nc. Anti-freeze odor inside the vehicle within first 3 months. Inspected and dismissed by dealership. Brake failure, used emergency brake to stop vehicle at less then 8500 miles, three months of ownership. Brake pad and rotor replacement required. Told it was driving habits. Dealership replaced an updated sensor. Sun roof fixed per recall within first year. Right door speaker vibration/feedback, new speaker installed, but problem persisted. Told that wasn't an issue.

- Charlotte, NC, USA

problem #19

Feb 222007

Freelander

  • miles
Our 2002 landrover was purchased used and the mileage started at 3,500. It was a show room car. When the mileage reached mid 40,000 miles the check engine light came on. We heard strange noises coming from engine, and the car had trouble accelerating. We brought it to the dealer, and made it so that the check engine light went away. However, the car still did not accelerate well, making it difficult to drive on freeway. After a while, the light came on again. We brought the car to dealer again, and once more they worked on it, but the results were similar. When we passed the 50,000 mileage mark the car started to fall apart rapidly. The transmission went out, the rear door didn't open from outside, the sun roof broke, and the starter also broke. This all happened very fast. When we went to dealer, they said we were no longer covered under the warranty, even though we bought the car at 3,500 miles to start with. So we thought that we would be covered until 53,500. Therefore, we had to pay for all the repairs ourselves, and the transmission alone cost us $5000 to repair. We are worried that the car will continue to break down the longer we have it and we don't know what to do.

- Princeton, NJ, USA

problem #18

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 #17

Jan 072007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,200 miles
During the repair of our transmission, we began to get check engine lights. After the transmission was fixed, it was taken to the dealer for service. Upon driving to the dealer, the car had no power. This became very difficult to drive and dangerous. Trying to get up to the 65 mph speed limit on a freeway took almost 2 miles. I was also worried the car would stall in traffic due to this condition. The car was serviced and it was determined that the mass airflow sensor and the variable intake motors 1 and 2 had failed. The variable intake motors had failed 15,000 miles /12 months before and were replaced during the long block replacement. After all repairs were completed the car was taken home. The next day the check engine light came on. The following day I scheduled an appointment. During the drive to the dealer, the same power problems were present. This made driving this car dangerous in that there was no way to know if it would accelerate. The dealer then determined that the air intake manifold gasket had cracked. This too was a new part from the long block repair 15,000 miles /12 months prior. Right now this repair is being performed. The Land Rover dealer acknowledges that these car should not be owned without any type of warranty due to the numerous problems.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #16

Oct 302006

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 78,606 miles
While driving down the street, the transmission seemed to slip. I scheduled a service appointment with the dealer whom stated that the car could still be used. As time went by, the failure became worse, up to the point that you could not depend on the transmission to work safely. We decided to park the car and wait for the day of service. The car was taken in and the transmission was deemed to have failed. The torque converter and all gear clutches had failed. The transmission was replaced. The repair shop did admit that Land Rover was aware of defective units, but did not make this public. The repair house was supposed to confirm off the old transmission that it was from the bad set and this was the case. Our transmission was replaced.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #15

Dec 062006

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,000 miles
Transmission started slipping. Needs new transmission.

- Lake Ronkonkoma, NY, USA

problem #14

Dec 102006

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 69,000 miles
While driving on highways and inclines I noticed my truck engine slipping and losing speed...when the decent indicator light came on, I looked into the manual only to find that the manual shows that particular control - but states nothing about the transmission- it says my problem is the brakes. I took my truck to the brake shop and yes my brakes were in need of its set of 2nd rotors. So I had that fixed. On my way to work a few nights afterwards, I was driving up a hill when my truck died. Transmission dead. My 2002 Land Rover Freelander's has only 69,000 miles on it. It is in need of rotors, a back window regulator and a transmission. I have already had overheating problems over and over again. This truck has been in the shop more than I have driven it. Headlight issues, brakes, water pump, temp gauge, engine problems, radiator and a few recalls. : (.

- Penfield, NY, USA

problem #13

Aug 072006

Freelander

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,100 miles
I purchased a new 2002 Freelander from Land Rover fort worth (tx) in January of 2002. While under warranty the car had numerous problems. My warranty expired in February of 2006 (4 years), but due to my low mileage 32,000 miles, I did not purchase an extended warranty. Since February 2006, I have replaced the brakes for the 3rd time ($1000), had the engine overheat due to a faulty temp gauge which in turn blew the intake gasket ($1500), replaced the heater core again (pd. For by dealership), and am now faced with replacing the entire transmission ($5000). My transmission trouble began in early August 2006, when the car began to jerk and shudder unexpectedly. I immediately took the car into the dealership to check out the issue. They replaced the transmission temp sensor and said the care was fixed. I picked up the "fixed" car and 4 hours later the dangerous jumping/shuddering happened again. While attempting to drive the car back to the dealership, the problem grew worse and several warning lights lit up on the dash. I pulled over and the car was then flatbedded to the dealership. The next diagnosis was that an electronic computer chip (ecc) for the transmission needed to be replaced. The part was ordered and installed - but this did not fix the problem. The dealership now states that the entire transmission needs to be replaced for $5000. The car currently has 37,000 miles (highway and city miles only - no off-roading) and has been serviced on time and only at lr dealerships for routine maintenance. I find this entire situation unacceptable.

- Washington, DC, USA

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