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NHTSA — Power Train: Automatic Transmission Problems


definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
26,450 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2004 Land Rover Freelander transmission problems

transmission problem

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2004 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 232009


  • 63 miles


Im an owner of a '04 Freelander Land Rover hse. The car is properly maintained, has 63K in the odometer. I bought the car last Oct 07 with 49K on it. A few weeks after the 50K warranty ran out, the front axle broke down with out any reason at all. The car was 3 yr old, never driven off road, all highway miles on Florida flat terrain. Then a two week ago, the car just suddenly stopped with an F4 warning on the dash. Brought it to Land Rover orlando and was diagnosed with a failed transmission, which will cost me $5700 to replace. Im now stuck with a broken car, with an upside down bank debt, and an almost value less "kelly blue book" car. For someone that has only been a year and a half in this country, and still building my credit record, I feel that this car was a real rip off. The manufacturer of the car should be able to help me out in the deep hole that im in now.

- Orlando, FL, USA

problem #3

Oct 122008


  • 53,000 miles
I purchased the 2004 Land Rover, Freelander in 2006. It has only 28000 miles on it. About a month after the purchase, I had to take it in to replace the window regulator. A few months later, I heard knocking noises under the hood. I took it back in (lr dealership) and they said there is loose washer somewhere. They were not able to replace the part, thus they only repaired the problem. I could still hear the noise, especially from a coldstart. I also had took it in for them to look at an ac problem. It sprays water out through the air vent. I report the problem at least 4 times. Everytime, they said they have fixed the problems. However, as of now, we still have that problem. Recently, we have a thermostat leak at 52000 miles. The SUV maintenance schedules are up to date. The SUV is 5 months and 3000 miles pass the warranty period. I have to pay $800 to repair the leak. Two days ago, will on the freeway (going 70mph), the service engine light came on. Then the engine stalled for a second and jerk forward violently. The service engine light went off and the tc (traction control) light turns on and the 'down hill' car symbol on the dashboard illuminates. The car was unable to start when I turned it off. I then let it sit overnight and was able to start. After the car has started, I notice the 'service engine soon' light illuminate. The SUV has only 53000 miles on it as of now. I feel that this car is poorly designed. Not only it put my life in danger, but it also put the lives of my wife and my 1 year old daughter. When we bought the SUV, we thought that it a safe SUV for our family. However, the incident two days ago almost put our lives in harm ways.

- Louisville, KY, USA

problem #2

Jan 022008

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,739 miles
Transmission failure with 50,739 miles.

- Silverdale, WA, USA

problem #1

Nov 152004

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
In mid-October 2004, I bought a new Land Rover Freelander from the jim coleman of frederick, md dealership. The vehicle has had massive electrical issues. Since November of '04, the "hill descent" light (the lr manual suggests this means a major problem), SRS (airbag) and the check engine light come on several times. Car has left me stranded twice before 2 months old. When we went to get the car for pick up, the car was dead. Other recurring problems include: Not accelerating properly for highway entry/intersections/left turns. Sluggish, hesitant, lunging forward, very slow pick up. A nauseating burning smell continues to come through the vents into the car and surrounds the hood area when vehicle is running or shortly after turn off. Brakes are shuddering and brake pedal pushes back on my foot when stopping fast. I parked and turned off vehicle. Came back to vehicle an hour later with the ac fans blowing on high. Car was off. No key in ignition. Mechanic and I witnessed the rear gate window drop without the car being on and the key out of the ignition. This happens regularly. Air conditioner spits through vents. Water pouring out vents when going around curves. Significant amount of ac-related water on floor. A/C broke completely. No cold air, only fans. A/C light would not come on. Air would come out, only hot air. Fans stopped working. Front and rear windows completely fogged up on trip to Mississippi. Had to use towels to wipe windows down. Drastically cut visibility as windows fogged up. Forced to leave windows down in thunder storms. Drivers side wind shield wiper is dragging at the bottom creating a smeared effect.

- Kill Devil Hills, NC, USA

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