hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
58,684 miles

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2002 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments

problem #10

Jan 302007


  • miles


Freelander 2002 has had many defects. The transmission failed at approx. 50K miles & was replaced. Power windows failed. A/C hose cracked & repaired. Manifold replaced. Exterior brake lights have been replaced. Electrical power to passenger door lock system have been replaced. Now, at 70K miles the coolant leaking and engine knocking. Not worth replacing engine at this point. This car has cost more to repair than what is was worth. It should be recalled as a lemon & law suit against Land Rover.

- Schaumburg, IL, USA

problem #9

Nov 142010


  • 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 #8

Apr 042010


  • 101,000 miles
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 #7

Sep 162009


  • 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 #6

Dec 282008


  • miles
I have a 2002 Land Rover Freelander. The car is more trouble than its worth. From the truck not starting, windows rolling up and down when they feel like it, engine coolant leaking, intake manifold problems, misdiagnosed from landrover, the locks don't work. The car basically starts when it wants to, it doesn't need a new starter, or spark plugs or an alternator. When driving the car wont accelerate as a car should it rides bumpy as if the engine is about to drop out. Land Rover wont help with anything because they say that the company who made the engines for the truck went out of business. Many people complain about this truck. When I took the car to Land Rover to see what the ticking noise under the hood was they charged me 200 for a diagnostic and diagnosed the problem wrong. The major problems are the windows rolling down, that's a safety hazard when you have people in the car and have the window lock on yet the window still rolls down. The coolant leaking because once a Land Rover engine overheats you have to replace the whole engine. The locks don't work meaning you cant lock the vehicle also a safety hazard and the car doesn't accelerate past 30 mph sometimes and its not the transmission.

- Bowie, MD, USA

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problem #5

Oct 052006


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Land Rover Freelander. While driving 60 mph, the contact's son was able to open the rear passenger side door while the child safety lock was engaged. The toddler was seated in the rear of the vehicle and properly restrained in a child safety seat at the time of the failure. Upon further investigation, it was found that the child safety lock was operating backwards. As a result, the door could be opened from the inside of the vehicle, but not from the outside. There was a recall for the following year, make, and model vehicle; however, the manufacturer stated that his vehicle was not included. The failure mileage was 50,000 and current mileage was 90,000.

- Durham, NC, USA

problem #4

Nov 152007


  • 72,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Land Rover Freelander. When the contact attempted to open the tailgate, it would not unlock, regardless if she used the keyless remote or manually attempted to open the door. She also noticed that the front passenger and rear driver side doors would not unlock with the keyless remote. The doors will only unlock manually. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and they stated that all of the malfunctioning doors needed the door latches replaced. The vehicle has not been serviced for the failures. The current mileage was 84,000 and failure mileage was 72,000.

- Ronoake, VA, USA

problem #3

Jun 132006


  • 85,000 miles
I bought this vehicle used (landrover Freelander) just over a year ago in early 2007. At the time it had just under 40,000 miles on it and within the first week of having it the sunroof malfunctioned and broke. I contacted the dealer and they referred me to my extended warranty that I had purchased. After going round and round with the dealership and the folks at the lr dealership we got it resolved to the tune of $1,200. Since then the vehicle has had numerous visits to the lr dealership to be repaired (fuel pump, front end, transmission, etc...). at this point I am considering driving the vehicle until it can run no more and then just letting the bank take it back. I have no choice because he lr dealership basically said the vehicle is junk, even though it looks great and is in great condition for a 2002. What's going on with the sale of these Freelanders is nothing less than fraud by landrover and the car dealerships that choose to sell these models used. Even if you buy a extended warranty as I did, no one told me I should have had it at the dealership every day and pushing the lr dealership to go through the car with a fine tooth comb to make sure every item is in working order, before the extended warranty runs out. I believe that Land Rover knows that the Freelander has serious issues & at this point they are merely using it as a means to drive revenue sales at their service departments throughout the world. Please help, this problem has reached epidemic proportions. Will it take a death(s) due to a malfunctioning part(s) on these vehicles before someone takes Land Rover to task on this lemon of a vehicle. I have three small children and I am scared to death for them to ride with me in this vehicle, but it is our only vehicle and we have no choice. Please someone hold Land Rover accountable for duping the american public. This is similar to the adjustable rate mortgage scam that has put a strangle hold on customers throughout the country.

- Lansing , MI, USA

problem #2

Jan 012005


  • 75,000 miles
Vehicle was purchased with 40,000 miles on it from a dealership in December of 2004. Day after vehicle was purchased rear window motor broke. Dealership replaced. Two weeks later car began to lose power, dealership replaced sensor. Loss of power again dealership ending up performing engine work. Vehicle continually displaced hill decent / track control light. Dealership replaced. At 65000 miles keyless entry stopped unlocking all doors with the exception of the driver's side door. Doors can no longer be unlocked from the inside as well. Rear passenger window on driver's side does not go down. Loss of power issue is happening again now at 75,000 miles.

- Keene, NH, USA

problem #1

Dec 092007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 45,000 miles
The engine/head gasket issue is the repair that is the most critical and terminal condition for the vehicle. The dealers mechanics will never fix the gasket, so they will only offer the engine replacement, but either repair will cost you more than the SUV is worth. And yes, the brake pads and then rotors wear out very quickly, because of the weight of the vehicle (the dealer says). I personally think it has more to do with the fact that there are 2 disc front brakes and 2 drum rear brakes on the vehicle, hence the wear and weight all goes to the front of the vehicle. Another poor design flaw issue, and I was told the drum brakes were there to better allow the off-roading. Yeah, who ever could off road these things, they fall apart on the driveway!

- Staten Island, NY, USA

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