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NHTSA — Engine And Engine Cooling Problems

2.8

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 4
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
51,007 miles

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2003 Land Rover Freelander engine problems

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2003 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments (Page 1 of 3)

problem #42

Nov 102003

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 350 miles

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

1.coolant system:strong antifreeze odor in vehicle cabin - replaced coolant reservoir;replaced coolant reservoir cap; thermostat housing failure; replaced all coolant lines and hoses as preventative measure; heater core failure - leaked anti freeze into heater chamber 2.transmission system (1 of 3): Code F4 appeared on odometer; hill decent fault light illuminated; traction control light illuminated; brake anti block light illuminated; transmission (while in automatic D) will not downshift past 2. transmission will not upshift beyond 3; manually shifting down to 1, transmission experiences harsh shifting accompanied by loud clunking sound shifting from 1 to 2; will not manually shift beyond 3. 3.intake manifold and induction system: Vehicle reverted to creep¿ mode and would not travel beyond 5 mph; towed vehicle to residence; discovered intake manifold butterfly valves were disconnected from actuation rod - replaced intake manifold 4.fuel system:vehicle lost all power while traveling at high speed on freeway - replaced fuel pump 5.sunroof, windows, and doors: Sunroof will not close replace sunroof actuation mechanism 3 times; power window regulator fail on: Left front (2 times); right front; left rear; right rear (3 times); rear door (2 times): 5.warning and caution system: Check engine light illuminates then extinguishes, then illuminates and stays illuminated (multiple repeat discrepancy and ongoing): Purchased obdm II code scanner/reader: Most common fault left #2 bank too lean; misfire detected on #2 or #1 spark plug - replaced all 6 spark coils; ¿ discrepancy not corrected; could not determine cause of lean condition possible ECM flash.

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #41

Feb 162012

Freelander

  • 77,000 miles
F-4 flashing on the odometer, both check engine lights on, and the hill descent/traction control lights coming on. Vehicle quickly dropped power to no power. Service engine soon light and car lost power while driving, something with the throttle was repaired the first time. Then the harness was repaired and two weeks later the vehicle is doing the same thing again. Mechanical problems continue now going on the 4th trip to the auto mechanic shop. There is no warranty left. Maybe there is something to be done. It is obvious that I am not the only one having the same problem and yet nothing has been done to correct any situation. I will never purchase another landrover in any model and will let anyone that is interested in purchasing a landrover of any model that they are not worth buying due to all the mechanical problems that knowingly seem to occur over and over. Where landrover is making no attempt to make it right or even notify such situations in their vehicle. I would rather drive a Ford at this point then to be stuck with this high maintenance problem of a high end vehicle. Landrover might not care about their consumers because they are selling the vehicle and who cares what happens after words we have our money. Thank you for taking time to read all reports of your worthless vehicles. Not impressed!

- Albuquerque , NM, USA

problem #40

May 042011

Freelander 6-cyl

  • miles
Bought car used in fall 09, had several what seemed like normal wear and tear repairs. There was no warranty on it as I bought it from another owner. Early may '11 the oil light came on but I didn't know what it was. I arrived at my destination. On the way home it came on again and as I was 2 blocks away from home the car just slowed and came to a stop. This turned into a 2+ month stinch in the shop, with the engine needing to be rebuilt. This was done by my mechanic. I wished I had read the info listed here prior to the purchase or even a year ago. Last winter the coolant constantly needed to be replaced like every few days and the car was over heating. My mechanic said the hoses needed to be replaced. Between then and this winter both were replaced and now I'm experiencing the car over heating when its full with coolant, having problems with it starting, there not being enough power to get it up a hill etc.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #39

May 162011

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 88,000 miles

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

At 88,000 miles, my 2003 Land Rover Freelander lost ~80% of power while going up a hill on a major high way and started to billow smoke. After steering the vehicle out of traffic, I popped the hood to find the material on the lower side of the hood on fire. Upon putting this fire out, I realized there was still a large amount of smoke coming from the underside of the engine cover and my anti-freeze was empty, when served only a couple weeks prior. After letting the vehicle cool, I took off the engine cover to find it had a mixture of coolant and oil resting on top of it; a dark-milky colored liquid. Upon having it towed and further inspected by a professional, not only is my head gasket gone, a fitting on the a radiator line had melted above the engine, and a catalytic converter is as well. I got it back to my house in this condition because I still owe $7500 and have only had it for 1 year. Mechanically totaled in my driveway, it now only sometimes will shift and when it does, only happens with force. Prior to this almost fatal disaster, I had three window assemblies brake; ruining the motors and causing them to fall while driving, and my brake lights do not function. I replaced the brake light switch, problem with brake lights still persists. I've given up hope on this SUV and have got not one reply from Land Rover costumer service. I am stuck making payments, and even if I could afford to fix it, would never put my wife and daughter in it again. Please get these vehicles off the road, before someone is even less lucky then I.

- Oak Harbor , WA, USA

problem #38

Jun 032011

Freelander

  • 70,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Land Rover Freelander. The contact stated that the engine coolant mixed with the oil and the engine seized as a result. The contact also stated that prior to the failure, the oil was changed and there were no signs of any failure. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer, where the contact was informed that the engine could not be repaired and would need to be replaced. The failure and current mileages were 70,000.

- Philidelphia, PA, USA

problem #37

Jul 012007

Freelander

  • 45,000 miles
1) driving on the highway at 60mph, my engine suddenly shut off and I lost all power except brakes. I was able to pull over to and allow my car to rest, and later drove my car to the Land Rover dealership where I was told something along the lines of "the coolant gasket was cracked/broke" and had caused the engine to overheat. 2) I was having my car fixed for random failure of window motor and sunroof, I was told that the the carrier bearings/support bearings that the driveshaft goes through are bad, yet this repair is covered. The problem is that the place where the shaft comes apart is rusted and corroded which is a $3200 dollar repair. The warrantied part (driveshaft) is $429, and the corroded piece + labor was $3160. 3) while getting a smog check in California, I had error codes indicating "engine misfire" and "fuel injection error" and my car did not pass, even though there was no service/check engine light, the car drove "fine" with fine meaning a grinding noise of my drivetrain and knock when going from 2nd to 3rd gear. Land Rover said that inside the upper intake manifold chamber, the actuator flap is stuck -a defect known to Land Rover but not covered since my car was out of warranty. This repair was $2000 4) while driving on the highway, suddenly check engine light came on at 65K miles, and all gauges shut down. RPM, fuel, mph, and temperature all fell to read 0, empty, 130+, and 0 degrees respectfully. I emergently pulled to side of the highway fearing the engine had overheated but everything was "fine." I then turned the car back on after 30 minutes and saw all gauges again functional except speed. Please look at the internet, this has happened to hundreds of people and this car is unsafe. It needs to be recalled! I was lucky that no one died or was injured in any of these 4 incidents. I never feel safe driving on highways anymore.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #36

Jul 012007

Freelander

  • 45,000 miles

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

1) driving on the highway at 60mph, my engine suddenly shut off and I lost all power except brakes. I was able to pull over to and allow my car to rest, and later drove my car to the Land Rover dealership where I was told something along the lines of "the coolant gasket was cracked/broke" and had caused the engine to overheat. 2) I was having my car fixed for random failure of window motor and sunroof, I was told that the the carrier bearings/support bearings that the driveshaft goes through are bad, yet this repair is covered. The problem is that the place where the shaft comes apart is rusted and corroded which is a $3200 dollar repair. The warrantied part (driveshaft) is $429, and the corroded piece + labor was $3160. 3) while getting a smog check in California, I had error codes indicating "engine misfire" and "fuel injection error" and my car did not pass, even though there was no service/check engine light, the car drove "fine" with fine meaning a grinding noise of my drivetrain and knock when going from 2nd to 3rd gear. Land Rover said that inside the upper intake manifold chamber, the actuator flap is stuck -a defect known to Land Rover but not covered since my car was out of warranty. This repair was $2000 4) while driving on the highway, suddenly check engine light came on at 65K miles, and all gauges shut down. RPM, fuel, mph, and temperature all fell to read 0, empty, 130+, and 0 degrees respectfully. I emergently pulled to side of the highway fearing the engine had overheated but everything was "fine." I then turned the car back on after 30 minutes and saw all gauges again functional except speed. Please look at the internet, this has happened to hundreds of people and this car is unsafe. It needs to be recalled! I was lucky that no one died or was injured in any of these 4 incidents. I never feel safe driving on highways anymore.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #35

Mar 012011

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 76,000 miles
I paid $2,700 for an extended warranty throughlandrover/easycare my (2003 Freelander ) in June of 2007. The warranty is for 60months and up to 100,000miles. My vehicle has not been operable for over 2 months largely due to the difficulties of conducting what should be normal business with easycare. Easycare has been so difficult to deal with that the first car repair shop I took the vehicle to ¿advanced auto service¿ chose to give up after getting nowhere with easycare. ¿advanced auto service¿ stated ¿they are just too difficult to deal with¿ and requested I pick-up/tow the vehicle to a Land Rover dealership, this was 3 weeks after I had dropped off the vehicle. I then had my vehicle towed to ¿[xxx]¿ and the vehicle is still at [xxx]and has been there for 2.5 weeks and counting. [xxx] has expressed to me that major repairs need to be performed on to the engine. They have also expressed to me this engine repair was not due to ¿lack of maintenance¿ and that the appearance of 'sludge¿ is not in excess. [xxx] has relayed to me that easycare informed them engine repairs will not be covered, and have only given the reason of ¿lack of maintenance¿ ¿ due to 'sludge¿. on two separate occasions I have asked three of easycare's staff (unknown name, [xxx]) to provide me with the reason for the denial of the engine repair claim. Both times they have refused to provide this documentation and/or the evidence for decision made. To date there has been no communication to me from easycare other than the 2 times I called. The requested information has never been provided to me, nor has easycare provided me with any documentation as to why they have denied, the required engine repair. Since I bought my warranty at [xxx] and through easycare, I expect them to work together to resolve these issues without me having to constantly waste my time. This car is truely a lemon. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Skokie, IL, USA

problem #34

Jan 012007

Freelander

  • 36,000 miles
TL-the contact owns a 2003 Land Rover Freelander. While driving at any speed the vehicle would stall. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer where they were unable to diagnose the failure. The vehicle was then taken to an independent mechanic where the contact was told the head gasket needed to be repaired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure continues. The failure mileage was 36,000 and the current mileage was 55,000. The VIN was unavailable. Sm.

- Palm Springs, CA, USA

problem #33

Jan 022006

Freelander

  • 25,731 miles
My Land Rover Freelander has been in to the dealership for coolant smells coming into the cabin 20+ times and has never been repaired. They have replaced external parts, (reservoir tank, hoses and thermostats) and never fixed the problem. After researching the problem while it was still under warranty on my own, I found a complaint about head gasket problems with the K series engine and was told by the dealer that they new nothing about it, and you can't believe everything you read on the internet. Since then I called the ca bureau of automotive repair and had an agent investigate. The dealership offered to send it to another warranty shop which found a bad head gasket. I also called L/R direct to try and find out what they may be able to do for me. They told me they would not replace the engine because it cost $11,000 +, and the replacement engine will fail also. The engine was manufactured incorrectly at the factory. The cylinder sleeves are the wrong alloy and loosen when the engine is hot causing head gasket and eventually total engine failure. Land Rover has known about this problem since 2004, technical bulletin #0036 and #0026 issued 06/18/2004. The manufacturer offered me $3500 to buy my car from me, and would not replace the engine. The vehicle only has 54,000 miles on it. This seems to be a safety hazard as well as a health issue from breathing in toxic fumes from the coolant. There have been other incidents with this vehicle which are to many to mention in this letter. Please contact asap about this matter.

- Santa Rosa, CA, USA

problem #32

Jul 152010

Freelander

  • 58,000 miles

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

The contact owns 2003 Land Rover Freelander. While driving approximately 10 mph he noticed that the temperature gauge displayed that the vehicle was hot. He pulled over, inspected the vehicle and noticed that the fan was running at a very high rate. The contact had to add anti freeze every other time fuel was added to the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who advised him to replace the engine because of a well know coolant failure. The local mechanic advised him to continue adding coolant and that if the failure continued to occur the seal could break, mix with the coolant and ruin the engine. The vehicle was purchased used in June 2010. The engine was destroyed when the complaint was filed. The vehicle had not been repaired. The failure mileage was 58,000 and the current mileage was 80,000.

- Fort Mills, SC, USA

problem #31

May 202009

Freelander

  • 51,483 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Land Rover Freelander. The contact stated that while driving various speeds, the vehicle over heated. A local mechanic performed a diagnostic test. The timing belt and the water pump were replaced. Two weeks later the vehicle over heated again and it was taken back to the mechanic who then replaced the over flow reservoir and hoses. When the vehicle over heated the third time it was taken to an authorized dealer. The dealer replaced the thermostat but the failure recurred. The dealer stated that there was air in the engine, which was removed; yet, the failure persisted. The vehicle was towed back to the dealer. The manufacturer was notified and advised the contact that they were willing to buy back the vehicle for less than the purchase price. The contact refused and was advised that they would investigate the failure and notify her of the results. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 51,483 and the current mileage was approximately 55,900.

- New Orleans , LA, USA

problem #30

Feb 182008

Freelander

  • 79,000 miles
I took my car to tuffy service center on 02/16/2008 to have my car serviced for a timing belt. After they changed the belt and put everything back. The odometer switched from mileage to kilometers. When talking to dealerships, they mention that they have seen this before and it is common. If it is common why they do not recall the vehicles and fix them.

- Columbus, OH, USA

problem #29

Jul 152009

Freelander

  • 59,500 miles
Known defective metal used in engine with this model... causes engine to overheat and engine failure, coolant loss... etc. First overheating in my ownership of the car... busted thermostat $1500 repair estimate.

- Oklahoma City, OK, USA

problem #28

Jul 202009

Freelander

  • 80,000 miles
After knowing about the coolant problems of this car we took care, had an coolant flush and regularly control that there was enough coolant. When we noticed that the coolant was running low, we topped it off, but this happened again and again without any obvious leaking. The repair facility saw some cracks in the coolant tank so we changed it, a few days later the car did not work at all and hand to be towed. The whole engine had to be change; the explanation was coolant was leaking and mixing with oil. Now, with the new engine there are again warning lights blinking and repair facility told us we could need a new intake manifold. Meanwhile the coolant was low again and we had to change the thermostat because they found a leaking there. There are so many complaints with the coolant and engine to find in the internet and even on this page, so when do they recall the coolant system and engine??

- Yonkers, NY, USA

problem #27

Mar 182009

Freelander

  • 82,000 miles
Engine needed to be replaced. Mechanic said that the coolant was going into engine and mixing with the oil causing oil pressure to drop. Also pistons were cracked because engine was running to hot (possible cause). I have numerous problems with this car windows, left passenger door jams up, thermostat needed to be replaced, fuel pump needed to be replaced after car stalled while I was driving, brake lights were malfunctioning dealership said I had replaced wrong bulb on one brake light and that caused malfunction. I found out after shelling out 400 dollars that there was a recall on brakes. I have also had to replace battery the battery twice in the five years I have owned this car. All window motors had to be worked on front right twice.

- Rosemead, CA, USA

problem #26

Jun 292009

Freelander

  • miles
Well I have had several problems with the landrover. Its a horrible car, I have already replaced the engine twice, along with a faulty brake light that was later recalled. This summer, my car began to smoke and overheat I immediately took it to the shop I was told there had been a crack and the coolant was leaking into my engine. They fixed the vehicle, a week later the crack came back but this time my sixteen year old daughter was driving and it began to smoke leaving her stranded on the freeway. I again took it to the shop and it was fixed they replaced the pipe and fixed the crack. 2 days later the same thing happened she was again stranded on the freeway, and it was taken back to the shop. We were told by our mechanic that I now needed to replace my engine for the third time and it was a complete lemon. I called landrover and they were very rude, and said they could do nothing. I began to read reviews about the vehicle and this apparently has happened to about 85 % of the vehicles. Please recall this car so people know the dangers of this vehicle, and me and the rest of the landrover owners can get justice!

- Detroit, MI, USA

problem #25

Feb 042009

Freelander

  • 70,000 miles
Car lost power on highway after driving 10 miles at speed of 65-70 mph, exiting the highway. Temperature gauge showed high temperature only when decreasing speed. Coolant was smelled in the engine compartment. Car was towed to repair shop. Repair shop did not have proper equipment. Land Rover of St.louis was called. Repair dept. Told me that the repair would total more than the vehicle was worth, the engine had known problems for that model year. Nothing has been done, due to lack of funds and the advice of the repair shop.

- Jacksonville, IL, USA

problem #24

Mar 052009

Freelander

  • 53,000 miles
2003 landrover Freelander with 35000 when problems started. Check engine light came on soon after purchase. Car wouldn't hold coolant and constantly overheated. We drove it as little as possible. Engine blew on highway. Certified mechanic said it was because of the head gasket and that engine needed replaced for approx $6500.

- Canton, OH, USA

problem #23

Apr 072009

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2003 Land Rover Freelander. The contact stated that the engine was warm and the vehicle failed to start after several attempts. The engine was overheating prior to the failure. There were no warning indicators illuminated on the instrument panel. The vehicle was inspected by a certified mechanic, who stated that the failure was contributed to the head gasket. The mechanic further stated that the engine needed to be replaced. The vehicle has not been repaired. The failure and current mileages were 55,000. Updated 8/10/09 updated 08/13/09.

- Canton, OH, USA

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