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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,067 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 engine problems

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2004 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments

problem #3

Jan 142013


  • 86,000 miles


I have a Land Rover free lander 2004 I bought it with 30,000 miles on it, it ran fine for a while then the child safety locks mal- functioned. The people who sat in the back seat could not get out I had to open the rear doors from the outside.the sun roof stop working as did the rear windows on both sides of the truck. I tried to start it three weeks ago no luck it was towed to the dealership they told me I needed two sensors $800 then they tested the engine the left side no longer worked $5800 to repair the truck that now has 87,000 miles. I thought these trucks were built to last.I loved the safety of these trucks but what good is safety it they do not last "!?!"

- Asbury Park, NJ, USA

problem #2

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 #1

Apr 302012

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 57,000 miles
My son turned 16 on March 18, 2012. We wanted an SUV that would be safe to drive. We wanted a car with lower mileage. We found a 2004 Land Rover Freelander at a local dealer with only 56,000 miles. Car was in awesome shape inside and out. New tires, etc. Paid $9,500. A few days later took the car to my local Land Rover dealer in portland Oregon to have the car looked over. You know the normal oil change, or whatever else they do on a car at 55K miles. After they looked it over they told me the coils needed to be replaced. And also the plugs. I said sure whatever. $1,200 later I had my son's car back. A few weeks later it had a odor to it, and it was having problems going up hills and the engine was making strange sounds. A day later it stalled. Had it towed to Land Rover dealer in portland Oregon and they told me it appears that is was out of coolant. They thought at first it must be a faulty thermostat or possibly the water pump. Nope. They came back with there is coolant mixing in with the engine oil. That it would another $1,200 to $1,500 just to find out what the problem actually is. Told me if it was head gaskets or something in the block, it would cost at least $5,000 or more to repair. The Land Rover dealership offered to replace the blown hoses and they told they could get it working again but it was not going to run for very much longer. I checked with other Land Rover service companies and they all refused to even look at the Freelander as they knew it was not going to turn out well. I finally found a mechanic in portland Oregon who agreed to take it apart and fix it. They told me no more than $3,500. What was I suppose to do, we paid $9,500 and selling it for scrap seem like a bad idea. So as of today, June 6th I am still waiting for the repairs at a local shop on our 2004 Land Rover Freelander with only 57K to be completed.

- Tigard, OR, USA

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