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Land Rover Freelander, SUV
#1053 of 1536 Re: suffering [suffering]
Dec 21, 2006 (4:04 pm)
The bastards have pinned against the wall.I don't know if it's too late, but I'll jump aboard.
I purchased a new 2004 Freelander in February 2004. I have serviced my vehicle at the required intervals with Land Rover. At 48,500 miles, my truck started to overheat. I took it to my local mechanic who looked it over and was puzzled. He couldn't see where the coolant had gone and suggested I bring the car to my local Land Rover dealer in New Rochelle. I had the car towed to Land Rover and the technicians there fixed the so-called ‘problems’. The technicians informed me that a cracked reservoir and a malfunctioning fan were found. 5,000 miles later (now that the warranty had expired) the car begins to overheat. I went ahead and had the thermostat replaced by my local mechanic with a Land Rover Thermostat (where was I to tow my car at 9 PM?) , 2 weeks later it overheated again. I took it the dealership once again. They told me that coolant had leaked into the engine and that I needed a new engine. 6,800 dollars. A 3 year old car needs a new engine?
I’ve been notified by Carolyn at Land Rover North America that they will not compensate any of the money because the car is out of warranty. I also spoke with Jeff Brown at Land Rover New Rochelle and he also said there’s nothing he can do( he was at his limit with “Goodwill” money. He also stated that I was offered an extended warranty which I declined. I would have never imagined an engine would be compromised so early.
This is not the first time this has happened with the Freelander. A business associate of mine leased a 2003 Freelander from Land Rover Paramus and at 48,000 miles the same exact thing happened. There’s an apparent problem with the head gasket with the Freelander.
I believe I should not be held responsible for a defective engine and that the manufacturer should be totally responsible
#1054 of 1536 get the garbage can freelander off the market
Dec 21, 2006 (4:09 pm)
Why do they continue to manufacture and export a car who's engine is constantly prone to head gasket failures and their mechanics can never find the problem until it's too late.
#1055 of 1536 Re: get the garbage can freelander off the market [tpeel]
Dec 21, 2006 (5:57 pm)
It is off the market and has been for two years now.
#1056 of 1536 Law Suit Anyone?
Dec 21, 2006 (7:58 pm)
Has anyone taken any steps to file suit against Land Rover for the defective Freelander engine? Mine is in the shop now as I thought I had an exhaust leak. Dealer tells me no exhaust leak but oil is getting into the coolant. They don't know why! They are still doing diagnostics. This has led me to this site.
#1057 of 1536 Re: Law Suit Anyone? [wcf1]
Dec 23, 2006 (10:14 pm)
Freelander is worse vehicle I've ever owned!! I bought it on the internet in 2002, one of the 1st suckers in NJ to buy this thing...problems..transmission, water pump, rear window motor, coolant problems, engine problems. NJ dealer basically told me that it was leaking coolant, but they couldn't figure out were it was leaking... after 1 week in the shop they couldn't figure it out. A technician at this dealership said he has replaced over 100 transmissions, and 30 engines in the past 4 years... this car is a LEMON!!! I just paid $1K to replace the top part of the engine to get the engine lite off. Just traded it in to a dealer, and bought a non Land Rover vehicle. Please everyone spread the word, these vehicles are crap, and the company should be sued for fraud!
#1058 of 1536 Re: Freelander Warning [tpeel]
Dec 26, 2006 (10:42 am)
Had the same with a 2002. $8000 for the engine. Reach out to the attorney general office or BBB. I was in contact with someone who got reimbursed with the help of BBB (Better Business Bureau). I hate land rover.
#1059 of 1536 Afraid to drive the Land Rover
Dec 26, 2006 (11:19 am)
I just got my 02 Land Rover Freelander back and now I'm afraid to drive it for fear that something else will go wrong with it while away from home. I want to get rid of it, but need help. Anyone with ideas please let me know - URGENT REQUEST... I need to feel comfortable driving my car/any car and this should not be an issue.
Dec 27, 2006 (12:50 am)
This is the exact story as mine! Purchased my freelander in 03, serviced at required intervals with Land Rover. The overheating problem started about six months ago. Today, the car's in the shop needing an engine replacement. They claim that the "timing jumped" but I know that this is not the case. $8400. Your quote for $6800 sounds like a deal.
LR North America and the dealership both said that they can't do anything since it's out of warranty. This is unreal. I'm thinking of taking it straight to the junkyard where it belongs. I highly doubt that I could get anything on the trade in since it seems the dealerships all know what a lemon the car is.
I agree, if anyone finds a lawyer I'm in. I know that the FL owners in Europe already started one against Ford. Maybe that's why the FL will be discontinued.
#1061 of 1536 Re: suffering [akfreelander]
Jan 03, 2007 (7:32 pm)
Is that for a new engine or rebuilt? and if it's a rebuilt one it can't be a Freelander because it's not made anymore.
#1062 of 1536 Re: Law Suit Anyone? [wcf1]
Jan 03, 2007 (7:47 pm)
Any word from those "certified Land Rover mechanics"?