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Land Rover Freelander, SUV
#1418 of 1536 Re: Over heating [unbelievable1]
Dec 10, 2008 (1:15 pm)
I have a 2005 Freelander and have nothing but problems with it. Two weeks after I bought it, it just stopped in the middle of the road, they said it was engine related. There have been numerous things that have gone wrong with the car. New Intake Manifold, new moon roof, new visor because the light stayed on and burnt its way through the plastic causing my battery to drain, passenger side window calapsed, ticking noise when I drive. Coolant constantly leaking, new resevoir....too many to go on. It has been in the shop more than 10 times. We were told that we need a new engine at 52.000 miles. Since it was over warranty we have to pay however, the problem was a continuous problem. They just never found the reason for the ticking. We asked for our money back and are waiting for an answer. If this doesn't work, we plan to continue on with an attorney to have it declared a lemon. You said that financially things worked out for you, how so? A little light in the dreaded Land Rover Black hole!
#1419 of 1536 Re: Over heating [shamfam]
Dec 10, 2008 (3:05 pm)
Yes, things did work out for us. I wrote about it in an earlier post. I almost hate to say too much about it because I realize we were so very lucky with it in the end. I know others may not be so lucky and that makes me sick. We bought our 03 Freelander from Carmax in 04 and bought their extended warranty (Max Care). When we had trouble with the vehicle we took it to Carmax (that's what the warranty required) and they would always have to take it to Landrover . It then sat at LR for 9 months waiting on the motor. Max Care was to cover the cost of it but their aren't any motors to be had so finally after we found our car sitting on the LR lot unlocked with the entire guts from under to hood sitting inside the passenger compartment we took pictures and went to Carmax and said enough is enough. Carmax also disagreed with the way our vehicle had been treated and also realized that they too were being lied to by LR and the ball started rolling. Carmax then decided to use the warranty money allotted for the motor and they paid the rest of our loan and bought it back from us. Carmax was then going to sell it wholesale for scrap. During the 9 months, Carmax had been giving us loaner cars to use (since we had the warranty), so they were out a car for all that time too. A representative from Carmax called me everyday for 9 months letting me know the statis of my car. They also called LR everyday to check with them on the statis of a motor showing up. Carmax bought our car back and then reimbursed us the 9 months of payments if we decided to buy another car from them some day. Buying our car back was not contingent on us buying from them again though, just an extra bonus and they wanted to earn their good name back. They really didn't need to earn their name back though since we realized where the problem came from. After a few weeks we did buy a car from Carmax again and you can bet we bought the Max Care warranty. We used to not buy extended warranties.
I don't know if this helps you or not. I hope something will. You might check with Carmax about buying your LR. I have know idea what they would give you for it but they do buy cars from people. When you are ready to buy another car, Carmax obviously really took care of us whereas LRNA didn't offer or do anything to help.
#1421 of 1536 2003 landrover
Dec 11, 2008 (6:27 am)
There are alot of great deals out there form starving car dealerships. If at all possible I would get rid of it asap. Even if you go upside down on the loan it would be better than the finacial headache that Landrover causes. I wish you the best of luck. Sorry I meant to send message to 2003 owner. But you get my point
#1422 of 1536 Finally got rid of my POS!
Jan 08, 2009 (4:33 pm)
I have to say that I feel bad for everyone that still owns one. I am so glad to finally be rid of mine. I bought a new CUV on 2Jan and got $1200 for my 2002 Freelander that only had 86232 miles on it! Needless to say I still owed $6819 on it! It sucked but I would have paid anything to get rid of it! If they told me they would only give me $1 I still would have said. I am just so happy to be rid of it! I am writing my last post in here and wish all of you the best of luck!
Jan 14, 2009 (9:03 am)
OMG... I just found this forum and read through the posts since November. I have a 2005 Freelander SE with 34,000 miles on it. I haven't really had alot of problems with it so far (2 transmission issues, speakers, door handle). I am still under warranty (or think I am). I was just notified by my brother who visited for Christmas that I'm low on coolant. Is this the problem with the head gasket everyone is talking about. Does this engine failure issue apply to the 2005s?
Thanks for any info.
#1424 of 1536 Re: 2005 Freelander [Krystilia]
Jan 14, 2009 (9:22 am)
Krystilia, The engine issue applies to all year Freelander engines. Yours may not have gone bad yet however. Coolant can go low just over normal use ..... or the Freelander coolant reservoir may have cracked. They were known for that too ... mine did. The warranty is 4 years from date of sale or 50,000 miles. If you're under warranty, bring it in fast...... No matter what however, get rid of it. They ought to give you a heck of a good trade for an LR2 if they still have any. That car is all Volvo underneath and is very well made.
If you trade it anywhere else you're going to get nothing, but you still need to do it.
#1425 of 1536 Re: 2005 Freelander [dbfinlay]
Jan 14, 2009 (10:35 am)
Any idea what folks are getting for these on Trade-In at say someplace like CarMax? What is everyone else buying these days? I would like to stay with a small SUV but know next to nothing about cars.
I was just contacted by Land Rover to confirm that I am still under warranty until Aug. 22, 2009 or 50,000 miles (currently at 34,000).
#1426 of 1536 Re: 2005 Freelander [Krystilia]
Jan 15, 2009 (7:20 am)
I traded in my 2004 Freelander HSE (36,000 mi) in November on a Toyota Tacoma. After a lot of bargaining, I was able to get $10,000 out of my dealer. I guess Freelanders are getting to be difficult for dealers to sell because everyone knows about the problems they have.
FYI...mine was still under warranty as well. My decision to sell it was based on the fact that I had to travel 50 miles each way to my dealer, a total of 18 times in 3.5 years. In total, I think they had it about 6 weeks. Also due to the fact that parts, especially engines, are getting difficult to find. A warranty does you no good if there are no engines to replace yours with! I decided to take the hit on the trade in and be a little upside down, rather than take my chances on engine failure.
For what it's worth, I know several people that have CRV's from several different years and LOVE them. My mom has almost 200,000 miles on hers with no significant problems.
#1427 of 1536 Re: 2005 Freelander [04freelander]
Jan 15, 2009 (7:50 am)
Right now is a great time to get out of your Freelander, even if it is broken. Provided you can be approved for a standard car loan, you can trade your Freelander without being "upside-down" (owing more money than the new car is worth).
Car dealers are in such tough times they will sell a car on the lot listing at $25,000 for say .... $15,000. Because they will take $15,000 on a $25,000 car, they will write the paperwork differently. They will sell you the car for $25,000, and give you a $10,000 trade-in for your worthless Freelander.
They still get thier $15,000 (the difference), and your loan paperwork goes through the bank fine because the new vehicle carrys the book value of the $25,000 loan you now owe.
Car dealers have always done this to some extent to make trades look better. Insulting the customer's previous car can cause them to loose the sale.
FYI There is nothing illegal about it. Not even regarding tax. Sales tax is always on the cash part of the sale, which in this example is $15,000 no matter which way they write the paperwork.