hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
52,326 miles

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2002 Land Rover Freelander engine problems

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2002 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments (Page 3 of 3)

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problem #12

Jul 152007

Freelander 4WD 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 52,400 miles


My landrover Freelander SE (2002) stop in the middle of the road due to loss of power... so many customers have various complaint against Land Rover product, .... see following complaints from various people. Landrover still selling cars in us, how long it will take for us government to interfere and help consumers to provide support? we must do something asap and don't approve any cars from manufacturers like Land Rover. Please respond at your convenience,

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #11

Jan 072007

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 79,200 miles
During the repair of our transmission, we began to get check engine lights. After the transmission was fixed, it was taken to the dealer for service. Upon driving to the dealer, the car had no power. This became very difficult to drive and dangerous. Trying to get up to the 65 mph speed limit on a freeway took almost 2 miles. I was also worried the car would stall in traffic due to this condition. The car was serviced and it was determined that the mass airflow sensor and the variable intake motors 1 and 2 had failed. The variable intake motors had failed 15,000 miles /12 months before and were replaced during the long block replacement. After all repairs were completed the car was taken home. The next day the check engine light came on. The following day I scheduled an appointment. During the drive to the dealer, the same power problems were present. This made driving this car dangerous in that there was no way to know if it would accelerate. The dealer then determined that the air intake manifold gasket had cracked. This too was a new part from the long block repair 15,000 miles /12 months prior. Right now this repair is being performed. The Land Rover dealer acknowledges that these car should not be owned without any type of warranty due to the numerous problems.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #10

Dec 202006

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles
Head gasket failure.

- Medway, MA, USA

problem #9

Dec 072006

Freelander 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 73,888 miles


In October of 2002 my husband and I purchased a 2002 Freelander from landrover North dade of Florida. The car was in the showroom with minimal miles. Within three(3) days of purchase we returned the car because it shook violently after reaching a speed of 50 mph. I must admit the dealership advised us of some type of malfunction and offered us an exact replacement Freelander. At that point we should have asked for a refund of our cash payment and left landrover alone. It has been a completely expensive nightmare diving this lemon with its myriad of problems: Repeated overheating, loss of power without warning (often times resulting in close call situations, replaced brakes and rotor (lost count), not to mention an air conditioner unit that only works on full power(imagine that in Florida). At present, the vehicle is at an authorized landrover repair shop because the warranty has ended. The landrover dealership has been negligent even rude when approached regarding all these mechanical defects. Two weeks out of every two to three months, my young children and I are without transportation and at least $800 minimum, each time. Most importantly however is my fear to drive the car at all, and to add insult to injury, we are offered $3000 by carmax when we attempted to sell them a car we purchased for over $30,000. With 73K miles.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #8

Nov 182006

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,654 miles
Land Rover, Freelander hse 2002. Engine valve leak, 5th cylinder not firing, catalytic sensor went bad, pressure valve leakage. The car stooped all of a sudden. Just crossed the manufacturer's warranty, by 700 miles.

- Malden, MA, USA

problem #7

Aug 072006


  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,100 miles
I purchased a new 2002 Freelander from Land Rover fort worth (tx) in January of 2002. While under warranty the car had numerous problems. My warranty expired in February of 2006 (4 years), but due to my low mileage 32,000 miles, I did not purchase an extended warranty. Since February 2006, I have replaced the brakes for the 3rd time ($1000), had the engine overheat due to a faulty temp gauge which in turn blew the intake gasket ($1500), replaced the heater core again (pd. For by dealership), and am now faced with replacing the entire transmission ($5000). My transmission trouble began in early August 2006, when the car began to jerk and shudder unexpectedly. I immediately took the car into the dealership to check out the issue. They replaced the transmission temp sensor and said the care was fixed. I picked up the "fixed" car and 4 hours later the dangerous jumping/shuddering happened again. While attempting to drive the car back to the dealership, the problem grew worse and several warning lights lit up on the dash. I pulled over and the car was then flatbedded to the dealership. The next diagnosis was that an electronic computer chip (ecc) for the transmission needed to be replaced. The part was ordered and installed - but this did not fix the problem. The dealership now states that the entire transmission needs to be replaced for $5000. The car currently has 37,000 miles (highway and city miles only - no off-roading) and has been serviced on time and only at lr dealerships for routine maintenance. I find this entire situation unacceptable.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #6

May 122006

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 39,100 miles


This is about transmission failure for 2002 landrover/Freelander. Keeping the car in best shape and maintaining on schedule, still the transmission went bad with less than 40,000 mileage. Car warranty is for 50K or 4 years. Unfortunately, the warranty was up in January 2006. Engine has special noise and car is coming apart. Window does not roll up and down, rear seat got stuck and wouldn't get its position. One problem after another, but the main one is the transmission.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #5

Sep 042005

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
My Land Rover Freelander has had 2 engine failures under 50K mi., the first at 26K and the second 24K later. 2 sunroof replacements, 2 side window repairs, 1 overheating incident, and the car just runs hot all the time, with hot coolant smell.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 102004

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
2002 Land Rover Freelander has problems with faulty cam sensor, faulty sunroof, transmission and battery. The battery and struts were replaced. The driver's side window would not close or open easily, so the dealer replaced the regulator. The vehicle overheated. The engine light illuminated and different componets were replaced to try and rectify the problem.

- Locust Valley, NY, USA

problem #3

Mar 122005

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 76,600 miles
The passenger cabin filled with smoke. Apparent cause is a blown cam plug. Dealer claims cold climate causes build-up of vapor presure in the engine. The plug blows out and oil pours onto the hot exhaust system. Dealer claims they have seen this before, and that a cold climate kit that is used in Canada resolves the issue. But Land Rover will not pay for the modification which cost me $296! this could have easily caused a fire of an accident.

- Merrimack, NH, USA

problem #2

Nov 072002

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,000 miles
While applying the brake pedal, the consumer heard a loud squeaking noise. Then, the vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and pulled over. The vehicle was towed to the dealer for inspection, who determined the brake rotors and pads needed to be replaced, and replaced them. However, the problem recurred. The consumer stated the coolant system failed and the vehicle had electrical problems.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #1

Jan 152004

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 45,000 miles
Numerous times the engine of my Freelander loses compression and the vehicle will not travel at a speed faster than 5 mph. The vehicle lurches and won't maintain a proper speed. The vehicle has been into the dealership several times. I have been told that they aren't sure what is wrong with it. Approximately 8 months ago the replaced the throttle body. The vehicle worked properly for 7 months. A month ago it happened again. This time I was on the expressway in between semi trucks. The vehicle lost speed and I could not tracel faster than 5 mph. I was able to get the vehicle off to the side of the road. I let it coll down for 20 minutes. When I started the vehicle it was able to drive. I took it to the dealership and they said that they didn't know what the problem was. However, they did state, "we have been having problems with this model." I was told to drive the vehicle home and bring it back if it happened again. One week later, it happened again on the highway. Again' I let it cool down, and I was able to get it home. I made contact with the dearlership and Land Rover of North America, and not once have they asked to see the vehicle, offer to fix it, look at it. All the have attempted to do is for me to trade up to a discovery. The vehicle sits in my driveway because it is too dangerous to drive and Land Rover refuses to take the vehicle back, or even offer to fix it.

- Saline, MI, USA

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