definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,246 miles

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2004 Land Rover Freelander electrical problems

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2004 Land Rover Freelander Owner Comments

problem #8

Jul 052011

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 94,501 miles


Rear tail lamp housings failed numerous times causing the bulbs not to work. This created a situation where only one or none of the lamps were working. I replaced them and later found out that a recall or investigation was issued but I was never notified. Interior dome light has failed twice. Headlamp failure has occurred in low beam six times and in high beams three times. The vehicle has stalled on numerous occasions when the heated seats, heated windshield and headlamps were on simultaneously.

- Booneville, KY, USA

problem #7

Dec 292012

Freelander 6-cyl

  • 97,200 miles
Vehicle had engine failure and transmission locked up during acceleration. After a diagnoses it was the result of a defective thermostat housing that released the coolant onto the top of the engine. At the current time the automobile has had 39 different problems diagnosed since the purchase date in 2004.

- Booneville, KY, USA

problem #6

Jun 172010


  • 87,950 miles
Replaced thermostat due to coolant leakage. Service engine soon light keeps coming on and car looses power and shakes violently. Have had to pull over numerous times and shut engine down and leave for a few minutes, service engine soon light stays illuminated. Now tc (traction control) and downhill decent light keep coming on. Took to repair shop and they replaced brake light switch, but lights illuminated while on their final test drive. They told me everything was fine, it could be a wiring issue with the harness and would need to schedule time to investigate. I left the shop and drove 1.5hrs home only to have my husband follow me in the car while I had our 3yr old child with me and tell me the brake lights aren't working at all! when is enough to do something about these unsafe vehicles"?" we have also just changed brake discs/rotors and pads for the 3rd time at 87,000 miles.

- Albany, OR, USA

problem #5

Apr 292009


  • 23,318 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Land Rover Freelander. The contact noticed fuel leaking from the fuel tank. In the presence of an ignition source, the vehicle could have caught fire. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop and the mechanic stated that the fuel line disengaged from the fuel pump. The fuel line was reconnected. In addition, the traction control would sporadically engage. The contact took the vehicle to the dealer and was informed that there was a faulty connection to the throttle body. Also, he experiences difficulty when attempting to remove the key from the ignition. The SRS warning light illuminated on the instrument panel. A technician stated that the SRS module needed to be replaced. Lastly, the heater cooler was replaced due to a persistent burning odor emanating from the vehicle. The manufacturer would not assume any responsibility because the vehicle exceeded its warranty. The failure and current mileages were 23,318.

- Whitestone, NY, USA

problem #4

Oct 222007


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
June 31 driving 30 miles, the vehicle made sounds as though gears were shifting, & check engine lights, tc light, & track control lights came on, & vehicle lost major power, resulting to a drag in transmission allowing to drive about 2-5 miles. Jul 1 vehicle taken to carmax service (cm), of which both lights had gone off. I was advised that the vehicle was still under manufacturer?S warranty, & cm would have it towed asap. July 5 cm sr advised me that they determined no problems, & the issue I experienced was most likely caused by a loose gas cap. July 19 upon my travel, I experienced no engine trouble, but my back passenger window wouldn't roll up. July 23 vehicle taken to cm; they sent the vehicle to lr to have the back window motor replaced. I didn't bother with advising of the every so often engine problems, because I assumed it was the gas cap. July 25 I refused to take possession due to a very loud clicking sound coming from the engine. It was sent back to lr. On July 26, cm sr advise me that lr says the clicking sound is one of the characteristics in a lr; however the clicking is a little louder than usual, & they would order a few parts to quiet the clicking sound down. Early Aug while driving down peachtree St in atlanta, ga with ample traffic, in rain, thunder, & lightening, 40 miles, vehicle engine gave out again, with all lights coming on, & no power. October 20 driving I75-S, it happened again. It lost power while driving 60+ miles, as the lane curved. Turning into a service station, it lost power again. Oct 22 vehicle is currently at the lr, while incurring a rental car cost, I am uncertain as to what the temporary fix will be. I want out! I will be contacting cm to inquire about a buy back, of which the lr service advisor informed me of.

- Ellenwood, GA, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Mar 252005

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
The free lander service engine light and service engine soon light came on and the vehicle lost all engine power. The vehicle was returned to the ascot import cars with less than 12000 miles. Ascot (the dealership) cleared the error codes and returned the feelander. The next day the lights came on again, and the car's engine lost all power. Ascot claimed to replace the wiring harness and the ECU; however, this is hard to verify because it is very difficult to get accurate service records from them. On March 25, the lights came on again, the car's engine lost power; however, after the car was restarted the lights went out. Ascot import cars is reluctant to give us service records, and when they do they are very vague. Although each time the problem occurs, it is the same, the diagnosis is slightly different. I believe this is an attempt to avoid a lemon law claim.

- Kittanning, PA, USA

problem #1

Dec 302004

Freelander 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
While driving the car, first the check engine light came on, few minutes later a second light(the check engine soon light) came on, then the car stalled completely from a speed of 40 km/hr. This is the third time im sending the vehicle to the dealer to be checked for engine lights, but its the first time the car stops completely. All in all this is the 5th time I had a serious defect, requiring the car to be sent to the dealer.

- Moncton- Canada, 00, USA

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