hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
55,279 miles

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2003 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments

problem #7

Aug 262010


  • 73,000 miles


I have a landrover Freelander 2003. The car needed a new engine at 41,000 miles and right after that transmission seals had to be repaired right after that air. Heating units were replaced now the car is at 73,000 miles and the dealer is telling me that I need a new engine again for the same problem coolant and oil mixing, which was the problem I had in 2007 when they replaced the engine. The car is at the dealer for the past two weeks and they are refusing to give me a loaner because I have contacted Land Rover to see what they are going to do about the garbage of a car and they are taking their time resolving the issue.

- Miller Place, NY, USA

problem #6

Jan 152008


  • 85,000 miles
Flapping sound constantly coming from engine that requires complete replacement of the intake manifold to repair. Transmission is slipping, shifting hard and vibrating heavily under acceleration. Tail light went out and turn signal switch needed to be replaced. Window regulators have gone out and needed to be replaced in passenger, behind driver's door and rear cargo areas.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #5

Sep 142004


  • 10,956 miles
I purchased new a 2003 Freelander Land Rover. This vehicle has had so many conditions including the engine, cooling system, brake and lights system, corrosion. At this point the coolant has manage its way into the engine and mixed with the engine oil, which I attribute those whom have had the engine abruptly stalled, the cause for it. There are many sites and mechanics that will explain this failure to be a badly design and constructed engine. Land Rover continues to replace the broken parts but they continue to brake. It needs a totally different construction for this problems to stop. I have all records of maintenance if needed.

- Bayamon, PR, USA

problem #4

Feb 232009


  • 100,000 miles


Prior to this major problem, the car has had several minor electrical issues: Windows getting stuck in up and down position, rear wiper malfunction; also, unable to defrost driver's side of windshield. Car has been in the shop on two separate occasions for issues that were not quick fixes: 1. brake work 2. car got stuck in gear and was unable to reverse. For the past few months, car has been revving when driving between 10 and 20mph. Most recently, it braked hard and suddenly without the driver pressing the brake. Currently, the car is flashing F and 4 in the dash display and is unable to accelerate. The car is unable to climb even the slightest of inclines. The driver was able to drive it to an auto repair shop. The mechanic at the shop believes the transmission is "shot", but suggested having it diagnosed at a Mr. Transmission.

- Bristol, TN, USA

problem #3

Sep 052007


  • 48,000 miles
My car has endless problems in every aspect!! anyone that owns one are having the same issues and nobody can seem to fix it, nor can I get parts to fix it, and the parts you do get to repair the vehicle break faster than the original parts on the car !! my engine has not failed yet but my transmission has and the dealer ship wont fix it and said there is nothing wrong with it !! iv paid more money fixing the car than I have for the car !! I can't go more than 1000 miles before something else breaks !! I have owned the car for about 18 months and its been in the shop for about 12 of those 18 months !! everyone that has one of these landrover Freelanders has the same issues and nobody can get parts for this car ! nothing works right and nothing runs like it should and even the mechanics at the dealer ship will take you aside and tell you get rid of it while you still can !!! I cant and neither can allot of others like me because of the money they have put into the car just to keep it on the road !! this car has left me and my 20 month old son stranded in the middle of nowhere on more than three or four or five occasions !! I lost track of how many times !! and when something goes wrong with this car your stuck wherever your at !! its not safe to walk down a freeway with a baby at any time during the day or night and that's exactly what iv had to do on many different occasions !! this is not a safe car by any means ! when my fuel pump went out my car just died at 60 miles an hour on the highway and nearly caused an accident with me and many other cars and I thank the good lord nothing happened when the car died and it felt like someone was slamming on the brakes !! this car is a safety hazard in the worst way !! kids should not be allowed too ride in this car do too the fact they might get hit by a car when it dies and leaves you on the freeway or anywhere else your at !! I don't let my son in this car unless its absolutely necessary !! I'll borrow my moms car just to go to the store with him !!

- Beaverton , OR, USA

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problem #2

Mar 242008


  • 70,000 miles
Land Rover Freelander: The vehicle is a time bomb, at some point early in the vehicles life it will die on you while driving....you then have a very short time to get of the road before it locks up. It then becomes a money pit!!!

- Greensboro, NC, USA

problem #1

Mar 012003

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I purchased a 2003 Land Rover Freelander. It was not until after other drivers commented to me that my brake lights and turn-signals were to low to be seen, that I realized they were on the bumper, not up where I thought they were. These lights are only 20 inches off the ground. In this day and age with so many high profile vehicles on the road, this height is well below these drivers field of vision. I realize Land Rover did this because of the spare tire, and the need to adhere to the 45-degree-inboard-visibility law. However, there fix made things worse. This problem is the talk of the internet on all the internet Freelander sites. Everyone that owns a Freelander is concerned, and some have gone so far as to wire the brakes to the upper lights. I feel this 45-degree law is dangerous, and should be ended or at least modified to an angle of 30-degrees so Freelander owners can have their lights modified legally. Sure there have not been any major accidents so far, but maybe it's because Freelander owners are aware of the problem, and are extra cautious. I am sure we all would like to be less paranoid when we use our brakes and turn-signals.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

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