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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 1 of 4)

problem #72

Mar 172009

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 53,305 miles

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

A car made to break down on you. I bought a landrover Freelander 2002 and barely drove it...it had been a leased vehicle and was well taken care of...however...it broke down as soon as I got it. First it was a coolant problem, it overheated while I was driving it home from work. I live 5 miles from work. The first year I bought the car I put less than 1000 miles on it and had already brought it in at least 3 times for problems. The first was the coolant, and then I brought it in a few times since it constantly had this feeling as if the breaks were being applied. It has a hill decent button that would come on and I thought that was part of the problem, but it still did it regardless. It's as if the breaks were on and were stuck. And every time I brought it to landrover they said they couldn't find a problem....of course not. And then I had it in there and they said they had a bunch of "strange" codes pop up they hadn't seen before so they just "wiped" them as the man said. "?? he didn't bother to figure out why??? now...my car has been sitting for almost 3 years since I couldn't afford to fix the broken transmission. I have a total of 55350 miles on it..bought it at 43603 in 2005. All I see all over the internet is how these same problems have kept occurring and no one was held responsible for all the work and money that has to go into for fixing this....it doesn't make sense that a company as large as landrover would be able to make a car that was bound to break down...and not have to fix the problems??" it ends up coming out of the pockets of the poor consumers who at this point are all on their own. I'm exceptionally disappointed. This was the first car I ever bought...I thought it was safe and I was having a baby 4 months later. All this vehicle has done is make my life more difficult. Thank you landrover...I will never ever buy a car from you...or anything you make. You have no honor not to take care of your obvious mistakes in the creation of these cars.

- Spokane, WA, USA

problem #71

Dec 262010

Freelander

  • 50,008 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Land Rover Freelander. While driving 20 mph, the contact depressed the accelerator pedal and as the vehicle shifted gears, the contact heard a noise. She then noted a problem shifting gears. The service engine soon light illuminated along with an F4 light. The vehicle had not been inspected or repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The current and failure mileages were 50,008.

- Hialeah, FL, USA

problem #70

Nov 142010

Freelander

  • 120,840 miles
1 numerous problems over several years, including (but not limited to) sudden loss of coolant and oil. And yesterday, a strong smell of hot oil, and sudden squealing from right, front wheel. 2 complete loss of engine power. Vehicle is no longer drivable. 3 contacted landrover.

- South San Francisco , CA, USA

problem #69

Apr 042010

Freelander

  • 101,000 miles

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

I took my 2002 Land Rover Freelander into Land Rover to be service because my transmission was slipping and the check engine light was on. They said it wasn't the transmission but it was the upper intake manifold, the vacuum hoses, and sensor that was causing the problem. So we had them replace the manifold, hoses and sensors. The service manager keep narrating that it wasn't the transmission. We picked up the car the next day again the service manager assist it wasn't the transmission and the car is running perfectly. As soon as I went about 2 miles my transmission started slipping. I took the car back to Land Rover the next day irritated. The car spent 5 days at the shop trying to find out the problem. Which was indeed the transmission, they didn't offer to fix the transmission but to refund the money and put the old parts back in. Which we agree to unless they guarantee it would be in the same condition. It was making more noise then before, 2 weeks later the timing belt broke. This car is a lemon. Its doesn't make since how the engine, the timing belt, the transmission, and the upper intake manifold all fell at once. The car is not running and stuck in my drive way.

- Sarasota, FL, USA

problem #68

Oct 212009

Freelander

  • 37,583 miles
My 2002 landrover Freelander is now dead. For the second time in less than 8 years the car have experience transmission problems. I had the transmission replaced after only 8 months of owing a brand new out of factory vehicle. Now about 5 years later the identical problem is happening again and the mechanic claims I need another new transmission. The car has less than %50,000 miles. The company needs to take responsibility for these lemons. I have replace all the window regulators except the rear door which needs to be replace but because of the current problem I haven't bother. The cooling system is always having problems. My goodness.

- Christiansted, VI, USA

problem #67

Mar 022002

Freelander

  • 90,000 miles
2002 Freelander SE transmission problems at 90,000 miles.

- Carrollton, KY, USA

problem #66

Jan 052010

Freelander

  • 93,400 miles

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

I bought a 2002 Land Rover Freelander hse with 92,000mi, about 6 months ago, few months after this the check engine light started flashing, so I took it to the repair shop, it turned out to be the thermostat and some related parts, I ended up paying 600 dollars. Then a week after that my transmission felt weird and showed a code in F-4 in the dashboard so I took it to the repair shop and it turns out it is a solenoid, the repair cost will be about another 300 dlls.

- El Paso, TX, USA

problem #65

Sep 162009

Freelander

  • 38,000 miles
While driving up a hill, my car jerked forwarded as if it got hit from the back. It happened at least 2 more times before I got it to the mechanic that same day. This is the second time since obtaining the vehicle in January 2003 that the transmission has failed. It was replaced in 2004. In 2009 my Freelander is now dead. The transmission is dead and it killed my battery. This vehicle has been a constant problem, transmission, locking devises, brakes.

- Christiansted, VI, USA

problem #64

Jun 222009

Freelander

  • 49,800 miles
At less than 40,000 miles I needed to have my transmission replaced and less than 50,000 I needed to have the engine replaced because of a headgasket problem. Also many other problems with the vehicle but these were the major ones.

- Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA

problem #63

Apr 252009

Freelander

  • 67,000 miles
2002 landrover Freelander. Bought with 4,000 miles from landrover of asheville, nc. Today at 67,000 miles they said the transmission needs to be replaced for 5K. I have had other problems with this vehicle but the sends me over the edge. I have been reading bloggs from other owners who stated having the same problem. What can be done.

- Cedar Bluff, VA, USA

problem #62

Nov 272008

Freelander

  • 77,000 miles

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

Have owned 2002 lr Freelander since May 2008, for around $9,000, have spent $4000 on repairs since. Transfer case went in the end of November, then the transmission died in the middle of January. The car was returned to me "fixed" early February but the transmission died again within 25 miles of the auto shop, luckily the work was under warranty, they found that an electrical issue was the true problem and returned it to me "fixed" again March 6, 2009, not even 20 miles this time and I'm getting the F4 signal, hdc warning, and the gears won't shift. I owe to much on the car to scrap it, but can't imagine wasting more money to have it sit in the shop for another couple of months (while im making payments on it) just to suffer the same fate.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #61

Jan 232009

Freelander

  • 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 #60

Feb 162009

Freelander

  • 128,000 miles
After multiple repairs to my 2002 Freelander including multiple window regulator failures. The transmission goes out. Dealer says they cant repair must replace.

- Hohenwald, TN, USA

problem #59

Feb 052009

Freelander

  • 105,000 miles
2002 Land Rover Freelander - manifold failure - transmission failure.

- New Braunfels, TX, USA

problem #58

Oct 162008

Freelander

  • 97,000 miles
I was driving on I45 on my way to work, when my 2002 Land Rover Freelander stopped working without any notice. I had to quickly do anything I could to ge out off the freeway with no power. It was one of the scariest days of my life. Thankfully the other drivers noticed that there was something wrong with the car and slowed and I was able to exit. I had to get the car towed to a shop where they told me that I needed a new fuel pump. I got it replaced and it worked well for 2 month and now its leaking fuel. The motor is also leaking antifreeze all over the place. You need to look into this cars. There's to many problems with it and complaints to go along. Thanks

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #57

Oct 182008

Freelander

  • miles
I took my 2002 Freelander into british motors in san francisco in March of 07 with 55,000 miles on it and asked for the 60,000 mile tune up. They said no - sold me new brakes and tires instead and did an oil change. I only drive 5,000 miles a year and so I knew it would be a while before I hit 60K. I tool the car in when I had 63,364 miles on it and they did the tune up. There were many sloppy things that happened during this time but the bottom line is that after the tuneup the transmission failed - and then they said I was over the limit for the miles and voided the warranty. I have since read about hundreds of other Freelander owners who have had the same or similar problems. When they change the transmission fluid the transmissions sometimes fail. I had a friend who has the exact same thing happen only she drove a range rover. British motors blamed Land Rover and Land Rover customer complaint dept is useless and does nothing. This is happening to so many Land Rover owners that it is appalling and something needs to be done. The Freelander should have been recalled - and those of us driving it should have been warned about engine problems and what could happen when the transmission fluid is changed in routine tune ups. I paid $2,300 to get the transmission repaired so I could get my car out. I have filed a complaint with the bureau of automotive repairs in ca. This whole thing is a scam and has cost me a lot of money and time. From googling: Freelander engine and transmission problems -- II see that hundreds and hundreds of others have had the same problem and that very little gets done about it! 1

- San Francisco, CA, USA

problem #56

Jan 022003

Freelander

  • 10,000 miles
Many problems. 1st. Thermostat failure before 200 mile mark. Replaced. Coolant leaks. Heater replaced, leaking coolant. Engine sound like a diesel truck, never told what it was. Sunroof broke 3 times. Transmission replaced twice. Steering column was not bolted correctly, steering wheel always off center. Coolant still leaks...

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #55

Nov 232008

Freelander

  • 60,000 miles
Multiple problems expensive and hard to find parts, fuel pump, thermostat and transmission. SUV stalls in traffic, thermostat leaks constantly and transmission jerks violently in second gear.

- Murfreesboro, TN, USA

problem #54

Jul 292008

Freelander

  • miles
My 2002 landrover Freelander has spent more time in the mechanic shop than it has spent in my driveway! before the warranty expired, I took it into the encino dealership several times with the same problem. The last time I had it towed there, the car had just dumped all of its fluids onto the floor and was smoking again. This keeps happening over and over and over. Dealership said they checked and the car was fine. Warranty expired and problem continued to occur. Took it to another mechanic and was told there is a major problem with the transmission -- must be replaced. Also having problems with the coolant leaking--have tried to fix the issue several times--still have same problem. Mechanic discovered a crack in the engine. If this is starting to sound familiar it is because there are several different forums online with 2002 Freelander owners all saying the same thing! what is being done about this"?"!!!! the repairs were extremely costly for me as a college student and now as a mother of a newborn I am terrified to drive the car for fear of something serious happening! I have even been told by mechanics and even the service manager at the pasadena landrover dealership that landrover is aware of the problems and warned me it is a lemon! I have been calling landrover's corporate offices for weeks and am still waiting for some kind of answer...

- Burbank, CA, USA

problem #53

Nov 122008

Freelander

  • 70,000 miles
Bought a 2002 Land Rover Freelander used a little over a year ago with under 55,000 miles. Just got it back yesterday from the shop with an estimated repair cost of over $10000 and that is just in parts not labor. Did some research on the vehicle and come to find out others have had the same problems with less mileage on there vehicles and there have been absolutely no recalls on this vehicle that include any of these problems. The worst of which being the engine leaking antifreeze into the oil. This could cause the motor to overheat and seize and lock up. Who knows what kind of damage or what kind of accident this could have caused if this had happened to the vehicle when my wife was driving to work. We lucked out and discovered the problems before my wife, myself or anyone else got hurt. There are major problems with these vehicles and landrover should be held responsible.

- Milton, VT, USA

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