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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
57,040 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Land Rover Freelander drivetrain problems

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2004 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments

problem #5

Dec 292012

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 97,200 miles


Vehicle had engine failure and transmission locked up during acceleration. After a diagnoses it was the result of a defective thermostat housing that released the coolant onto the top of the engine. At the current time the automobile has had 39 different problems diagnosed since the purchase date in 2004.

- Booneville, KY, USA

problem #4

Jun 042010

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 81,000 miles
I bought this vehicle in April 2010 and have had nothing but problems ever since. It had 79,600 miles on it when I bought it and was told by the dealer that it had just recently had a transmission replaced. They didn't even know how to open the hood - passenger side. 2 months later and it dies on me going down the street. I pull over and antifreeze is running everywhere. The thermostat housing had separated in two and caused the car to overheat. I called the closest Land Rover dealer and he quoted me $800 to fix it. I searched on the internet and found the parts to fix it for $80. I replaced the thermostat and housing (1 piece) and got it running again. Since then, the sunroof has quit, both rear windows have quit and the rear sliding window won't open by key. The driver side windshield defroster will not work (only the passenger side) and I have never had an owners manual. The drivers side door will not unlock with the keyless entry either. Now I get to the engine - it started running real rough and lost alot of power. I had a local mechanic run codes on it and this is what he found: P0303 - #3 cylinder misfire; P1319 - misfire emission relevant; P1471, 1472 - vis motors evap purge valve flow blocked; P1475 - leak detection pump leakage diagnostic pump reed switch did not close; P 1775 - gearbox fault transmission system mil fault. I asked his opinion and he told me it was probably not worth fixing. He didn't even know what all of this meant. He was just going to start tearing it down and see what he could fix. I can't afford that. I live paycheck to paycheck and I really thought that Land Rover had a good name and reputation. I emailed and called them and have had no luck to this point. Everything I have seen on this model proves that it is a vehicle that should be put to rest. I am looking for any help I can get.

- Denison, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 022012

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 60,000 miles
Transmission began to have a rough 2nd to 3rd shift around 60,000 mi. Complete 3rd gear failure by 69,000. Car will accelerate to about 25 mph and then shift into 3rd and its like being in N car will coast and engine will rev. Have to install new transmission. Shop said it was clear from the condition of the car that it had not been abused, and that a transmission should last to about 150,000 miles.

- Iuka, IL, USA

problem #2

Nov 012004


  • 32,000 miles
During high speeds (55-70 mph) car would down shift into low gear for no reason. Check engine light would come on shortly after and car ran rough. On one occasion while pulling out onto a highway the car would not accelerate. Brakes replaced at approx. 11K miles. All recommended service was done on time according to the passport schedule. Stopped to get gas and car would not start. Had to get car towed 40 miles and take a taxi home. I went to arbitration with lrna and I got a 2005 replacement. See my 2nd post about this truck - engine is shot- head gasket broken, thermostat shot, breaks at 25K miles, cracked manifold, cracked engine hoses.

- Morris Plains, NJ, USA

problem #1

Jul 202004

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 15,000 miles
2004 Freelander - four heater and ac blower repairs; water leaked from roof into dashboard; replaced transmission at 15,000 miles, windshield wiper motors blown out.

- Chatham, NJ, USA

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