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#1470 of 1536 Freelander Upper Intake Plenum
Apr 13, 2009 (6:02 am)
Hello - I recently noticed a fluttering noise coming from the engine compartment while at idle, but even more so when accelerating. The Land Rover dealership assessed the issue and diagnosed the problem being with the upper intake manifold being internally worn and that my vehicle needs an upper intake manifold plenum. The quote to fix the issue was $1900, which seems extremely high to me. Has anyone had any experience with this? Do you think a qualified mechanic could fix the problem for less? Thanks so much!
2004 Land Rover Freelander HSE
#1471 of 1536 Re: Freelander Upper Intake Plenum [awise003]
Apr 13, 2009 (9:37 am)
I had the same problem with the manifold needing to be replaced, however, at the same time I was told not to put anymore money in my 2002 Landrover Freelander because the transmission was also on it's way out. The costs were going to be well over the value of the vehicle. I just couldn't afford putting more money in this junk when I know there were going to be other things to follow. I work for an Auto Parts company that took the car and did their own diagnostics and confirmed that it was not going to be to my advantage to fix the car.... So, I ended up returning the car to the Dealership and they sold at an auction for $3100.00 (now owe the balance of $5,000) and yes, I now have a charge-off on my credit report. I plan to pay off the charge-off, however, the headache is gone. So, with the way the economy is right now, I have a lower credit score and am working on getting it back up--- it will be a while before I see 700 ever again, but it was worth it...
#1472 of 1536 Re: Freelander Upper Intake Plenum [awise003]
Apr 14, 2009 (6:05 am)
I owned a 2004 HSE for about 3 years. Had to replace the intake motor 3 times, and the entire intake manifold twice.
It's a know problem with the Freelander.
#1473 of 1536 Re: starting issues [msouthw]
Apr 14, 2009 (10:42 am)
My issue isn't resolved yet. The process is suppose to take 40 days. My start date was April 2. I haven't heard anything yet. I'm not sure if it's a good thing or a bad thing. This is in California, I'm not sure if it applies to other states. BAR is a section of the Better Business Bureau. You should check it out.
#1474 of 1536 Re: Freelander Upper Intake Plenum [awise003]
Apr 14, 2009 (10:51 am)
Get rid of it! This is what started with my car and I'm in a mess with it right now. It's sitting in the driveway of my parents house on non op! The engine will sooner or later go out on you.
#1475 of 1536 Hey Spunky2-
Apr 15, 2009 (10:17 am)
If your on number 3 you might be our saving grace for getting something done with the lemon law! I'm at number 2 and cannot/will not be on #3. Seek help through the lemon law.
#1476 of 1536 Contact FTC, BBB and let voice be haerd
Apr 20, 2009 (12:39 pm)
I too have a 2002 Freelander with the intake manifold problem. I went right to Land Rover and got caught up in the webs of ROBOT Rep's that open up bogus case files. The best thing to do is keep writing to the FTC,BBB and Land Rover themselves and not give up till you get somewhere because that is what they expect for us to give up and feel there is no where to turn!!!! When are companies ACCOUNTABLE for their PRODUCTS!!
#1477 of 1536 2004 FREELANDER SE3 (WHITE)
Apr 22, 2009 (10:41 pm)
I`VE BEEN READING THE FORUMS SINCE BOUGHT MY SE3 ON MARCH, 2004, BUT NEVER POSTED A MESSAGE. MY SE3 HAS NOW 110,000 MILES IN 5 YEARS, AND AT THE BEGINNING I WAS A LITTLE AMAZED ON HOW BAD THE VEHICLE RESULTED FOR OTHERS EVEN THOSE WITH LOW MILLEAGE FREELANDERS. THE COOLANT LEAKING PROBLEM WOULD ALWAYS PERSIST FOREVER AND EVER, THATS BECAUSE THE PARTS RELATED ARE PLASTIC MADE, THIS HAS HAPPENED TO ME EVERY 30,000 TO 60,000 MILES, THAT INCLUDES THE EXPANSION TANK, THERMOSTAT AND MAYBE A HOSE, THE REPAIR COST ROUNDED $150 TO $350. BUT, RECENTLY I HAD SOME SEVERE COOLANT LEAKING FROM THE WATER PUMP AND THE LOWER RADIATOR HOSE. FOR NOW, THE LEAKING HAS STOPPED.
ORIGINAL BRAKE PADS FADES TOO FAST, IT HAD COST ME A PAIR OF NEW FRONT ROTORS. BEFORE THE NEW ROTORS, EVERY 5,000 TO 10,000 MILES I HAD TO REPLACE THE PADS. BUY BRANDS LIKE PAGID OR MINTEX THAT HAD LASTED LONGER. I ALSO THINK THE ORIGINAL ROTORS WEARED OUT TOO FAST, SO I FOUND A PAIR OF AFTERMARKET BREMBO ROTORS AND AFTER THAT THE PADS HAS LASTED MUCH LONGER, COST $200.
AMONG OTHER THINGS I'VE CHANGED ARE: THE SHOCKS (AROUND $1,000 AND THE ORIGINALS LASTED THROUGH 80,000 MILES), AND ENGINE MOUNT, A SUSPENSION BAR, A COIL (SPARK PLUG), GAS FILTER, FEW TIMES THE COOLANT TANK /THERMOSTAT, THE MUFFLER BROKE AND WELDED IT, AND OF COURSE THE COMMON MAINTENANCE LIKE THE BELTS, ETC...
THE REASON THAT PUSHED ME TO WRITE, IS THAT I JUST TOOK OUT THE SUV FROM THE SHOP A MONTH AGO WITH THE LOWER RADIATOR HOSE AND WATER PUMP PROBLEM TO STOP THE COOLANT LEAKING PROBLEM, AND THEN THE ENGINE STARTED TO FLOOD WITH NO POWER FEEDBACK. THE SHOP TOLD ME IT WAS THE UPPER INTAKE MANIFOLD (PLENUM CHAMBER?) THAT COST AROUND $1,200 WITHOUT LABOR. IM SO FRUSTRATED, MY SE3 GAVE ME GREAT SERVICE BEFORE THE 100,000 MARK, AND AFTER THAT HAS BEEN A PROBLEM AFTER PROBLEM. AT 120,000 GOES THE BELTS CHANGING FOR ABOUT $1,500-$2,000 AND THAT WOULD BREAK MY ACCOUNTS. IF AFTER THE INTAKE REPLACEMENT IT DOESN`T FAILS SO FREQUENTLY, I`LL KEEP IT, BUT IF ANOTHER THING THING EXPLODES RIGHT AWAY I`LL SELL IT. HOPE MY EXPERIENCE COULD HELP SOMEONE. ATT. BETOC
#1478 of 1536 Re: starting issues [mechsfriend]
Apr 30, 2009 (4:25 pm)
hi , I have a 2003 freelander and something happen to my truck that look like is what is wrong with yours, I had to chang the cam sensor.
Apr 30, 2009 (4:29 pm)
I have a 2003 freelander and I am having problem with my power lock, I can lock all doors with my remote but I can open all the doors exept the driver`s door. any body can help-me?