definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,850 miles

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2002 Land Rover Freelander steering problems

steering problem

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2002 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments

problem #4

Jun 222013

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 93,400 miles


We were traveling about 35 mph when we had to make a sudden and hard stop as a car almost pulled out in front of us. The right front tire moved back about three inches and was rubbing against the tire well. The brakes were making a horrendous noise. We had to be towed to a repair shop. The right front control arm that supports the tire was corroded and rusted out to the point it collapsed and bent. We were lucky we weren't in a serious accident. If we had been traveling at highway speed I don't know what would have happened. It cost $426 to be repaired. The repair shop gave me the defective part so I could contact Land Rover as they said this never should have happened. I contacted Land Rover and emailed them pictures of the part. They said they couldn't investigate further without having the car shipped to the united kingdom. Can you believe that! I have the part and would be happy to send it to the NHTSA. I am sure there are other Freelanders out there being driven with this same problem and they are serious accidents just waiting to happen.

- Old Saybrook, CT, USA

problem #3

Jan 012010

Freelander 4-cyl

  • 0 miles
To begin, purchased the vehicle new in 2002 and consistent maintenance at Land Rover dealership since purchased. First issue is the engine, seems to make noise like a diesel loud and vibrates. Told that the engine was ok for over 2 years then now all of a sudden the engine has a leak, leaks water into the engine oil area and that the engine needs to be replaced. Only after the warranty expired. Still an issue. Secondly, the transmission began to have issues after the 2nd year of ownership and and was told that this the way the car handles. Third and most important, this car has been maintenanced at dealership, no accidents. The steering began to wobble and wheel began to move around quite suddenly. When I took the car into the service department, they acknowledged that the bolts within the steering pack had sheared off and were broken and needed to be replaced. I stated that this was a serious safety issue and should be covered, even though the warranty has since expired. We were told that the unit needed to be replaced and that Land Rover knew about the problems however it is not their issue to assist customers. I want these problems fixed. I carry my grandchildren in this car, have kept it maintenenced consistently and always at the dealership. There are no accidents with this car and I want it fixed. I am getting the run around from Land Rover that it is my issue and not theirs, when it is clearly a design defect all around for both the steering pack and the engine issues.

- Redwood City, CA, USA

problem #2

Jan 022003


  • 10,000 miles
Many problems. 1st. Thermostat failure before 200 mile mark. Replaced. Coolant leaks. Heater replaced, leaking coolant. Engine sound like a diesel truck, never told what it was. Sunroof broke 3 times. Transmission replaced twice. Steering column was not bolted correctly, steering wheel always off center. Coolant still leaks...

- Evanston, IL, USA

problem #1

Jan 252005

Freelander 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
2002 Freelander. Used 1 quart of oil per 1000 mi. At 12000. New engine was put in. Back window would not roll up. Sunroof leaks. Coolant blew everywhere. And the worst, while driving on a right curve, steering went out and was nearly a 3 car accident. Dealership wants me to drive it without knowing why it's happening.

- Madison, IN, USA

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