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#1221 of 1536 Another very unhappy Freelander owner.
Sep 25, 2007 (3:38 pm)
I will be contacting Bridget at the listed E-mail address. I have experienced identical issues with the cooling system on my daughter's 2004 Freelander. This vehicle is equipped with the 2.5L V6 MPIDOHL 24V engine.
I just authorized the dealer , Matheny Imports Inc. in Jacksonville Florida to replace the original engine, 53060 miles, with a rebuilt. The vehicle has been at the dealership 11 times prior to the installation of the rebuilt engine. In addition to the work at the dealership 4 new tires were installed and the front brake rotors and brake pads were replaced at 26456 by an independent repair shop. The rebuilt cost 6,247.97 and is warranted for 1 year.
The vehicle is out of warranty by 3000 miles and I was denied any relief from Land Rover even though the issue with overheating first became apparate at 45805 miles. My daughter noticed the temperature gauge momentarily spiking and then returning to normal. The service invoice from the dealership states that the problem was due to the expansion tank and cap were leaking. These parts were replaced.
During the 3000 miles after the expansion tank and cap were replaced coolant was added several times approximately a pint at a time, from the low mark on the expansion tank to bring it to the max line. The vehicle was in Ocean City Md. where my daughter has a summer job. The closest dealer is in Virginia Beach which is 250 miles away from Ocean City. When I tried to arrange an appointment at that dealership I was told that since they were the only LR dealership in 450 miles that they were to busy to look at the problem in a timely fashion.
Because of the proximity of a LR dealership and time issues I topped off the expansion tank gave her a gallon of coolant with instructions to her and boyfriend, he is a mechanic, to check the coolant level in the expansion tank every 100 miles and she returned the car to the dealer in Jacksonville Florida. During the trip it was not necessary to add any coolant.
I thought that Land Rover was a quality company that stands behind their products, what an expensive mistake.
I hope to hear from more Freelander owners, misery likes company.
#1223 of 1536 Re: One more very unhappy Freelander owner
Sep 26, 2007 (6:30 am)
Add my name to the growing list of Freelander owners that has had a Freelander SUV in the shop for on going cooling system problems, only to now have the engine go out at 56K miles.
Without any warning the engine lost power, and stopped dead going up a hill on West VA I-77S. I should add this location was 20 miles from any town having a tow service.
Now the fun starts trying to get to Mableton GA. to see our new grandchild.
I asked that the car be towed to the Land Rover Shop in Dayton OH. Cost $420
Next we found a hotel and had a late dinner. Cost $130
In the morning we found it would not be easy to rent a car for one-way out of state. We would need two rental cars, one to get us to a larger city and one to get us out of state. Cost $210.
We made it to GA and have rented the third car. This is for a week allowing time to get back to Dayton. Cost $350.
The Land Rover shop tells me they have looked at my car and it needs a new engine. Cost $3,973.20 plus tax and that Land-Rover will pay $1,500 of the bill.
I will review my options but in the end it will cost me both time and money. The cooling problem should have been fixed the first time it was in the shop. Also I should not need to surf the net to find this is a problem that will take the engine's life at a early age.
I ask the shop what was found to be the cause of the problem and they told me that they do not get paid to check for cause. I then asked if the cooling problems could be the problem and was told no.
If anyone has any ideas other than what is listed on the board let me know.
This engine problem, just after warranty is out, is just one more reason not to own a Freelander.
#1224 of 1536 Re: One more very unhappy Freelander owner [badrover]
Sep 26, 2007 (6:38 am)
Goodness, i am so sorry to hear that. If you haven't already, please send me an email at landrover_lawsuithotmail.com Please note that the sign may be dropped if you copy and paste. I will send you all the lawyers information so that you can be formall added to the lawsuit. Thanks, Bridget
#1225 of 1536 Re: One more very unhappy Freelander owner [badrover]
Sep 26, 2007 (9:15 am)
It took me less than 10 minutes to file a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and it didn't cost a dime. If enough of us complain to the NHTSA, they'll launch an investigation. That's the only way I know of to get these engines recalled. Here's the site where you can file your complaint: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ivoq/.
#1226 of 1536 Freelander problems
Sep 28, 2007 (3:12 pm)
Hello fellow Freelander owners.
I have a 2003 that is my wife’s car which has 17k miles. She is a stay at home mom, hence the low mileage. I have two months left on my warranty.
Today I dropped it off at LR because the rear passenger side window motor went bad, the right side was replaced 8 months ago.
Although I have not had any engine or drive train problems, I did have to replace the front brakes at 15k miles which I thought was unusual.
So when I’m sitting with the service writer, he warns me that I should get rid of this vehicle as soon as I can. He goes on to mention all the horror stories about this vehicle that I’ve read here. So when I got home I googled “Freelander problems” and found this site.
The car is paid off and I was actually thinking about keeping it for a while as my wife’s previous car (Mazda MX-3) we had for 10 years and sold it with 30k miles because we had a kid on the way and needed something like an SUV. We never had a single issue with that car. But now am reconsidering.
Can someone please advise at what mileage is the earliest that these engine troubles start to come on?
#1228 of 1536 Re: Freelander problems [73tr6]
Sep 28, 2007 (7:34 pm)
I'm not sure what the earliest mileage point is but I can tell you that we had our first troubles with overheating at about 20k. At that time, the LR service center in IL did not mention needing to replace the engine. We had trouble thereafter with the transmission (they replaced it) and with goofy things like the rear hatch latch. We also have had brake work done about every 10k - 15k miles. I chalked that up to pulling a motorcycle trailer between IL and FL a few times but now I think it's just because LRs are made with poor quality parts.
The LR service guy told you to unload the car?!! Wow - there's an endorsement. You shouldn't need to hear that advice twice. Unload it fast before it becomes difficult to sell. Sooner or later the LR name is going to lose its luster over these poor quality vehicles and the failure of the corporation to respond effectively.
#1229 of 1536 Re: Freelander problems [73tr6]
Sep 29, 2007 (5:14 am)
The soonest I have seen an engine failure in the Freelander is around 30,000 miles.
If you are going to keep it get an extended warranty you have up to one month or 1,000 miles before the factory warranty expires. If you want to dump it do it now and take it to carmax. They seem to be completely clueless to how troublesome Freelanders are as they keep buying them up left and right.
#1230 of 1536 Freelander problems
Sep 29, 2007 (7:27 am)
Thanks for the advice, the service writer also suggested taking it to CarMax. As soon as I pick it up I'm having it detailed and taking it to Carmax.
By the way, he also was trying to get me into a new LR2 lease, but no more LR for me.