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#620 of 1536 Plans for Freelander 2003...final...
Jul 17, 2002 (9:31 am)
Unfortunately, I am a little disappointed in your response. Perhaps you can't say much in the way of details about your future plans--and that would certainly be understandable.
I would think that if you work for Land Rover, you might find it a matter of customer service to, at the very least, provide some details. Frankly, I've been looking at purchasing either a Freelander or a Discovery but have not found the dealership I have visited or the Web site much help at all. For example, no phone number on the Web site to call for brochures and not great information about vehicle options are presented. I would have given up on Land Rover except for the fact that the company does have a great reputation--and my father drives a Discovery and has had good customer service in his dealings from Land Rover (unfortunately, his ever helpful dealer is on the other side of the country).
Rather than provide a short answer, could you please consider addressing the following questions:
Is the Edmunds report correct that the 3 door Land Rover is coming in 2003? If it is wrong, then can we assume that by saying "the 3 door is definitely coming to the US" you mean not until 2004? This obviously impacts my buying decision.
Are there any published reports on Land Rover's plans for the Freelander for 2003? I am certainly not asking for any inside information, just looking to find out if Land Rover has made any public statements of their plans.
Tincup47, this note is certainly not intended to be negative and I hope it does not come across that way. Quite frankly, I am simply doing research to make an informed decision about which small quality SUV I should be buying in the next six months. Openly, I haven't had this much difficulty doing research on other products, such as the Honda CRV, the Jeep Liberty and the Subaru Forrester.
If there is anyone else on this message board who is also in the market for a small SUV and has any insight or suggestions, I would welcome them.
Jul 17, 2002 (12:07 pm)
I'm sorry for the lack of info, but i am not here in any official capacity and am not in the marketing dept. I do know it will be coming, but have no definite time line. I have heard it's planned to be a 2003 model, but not what month the intro will be. Our website does have a page to request brochures, the link is
There is no phone number because we are a very small company and do not have the resources to man a consumer line like that.
Jul 19, 2002 (3:52 pm)
jpfkk - my local LR dealer has many brochures on Discos, Range Rovers & Freelanders. Might I suggest you stop by the dealership and pick a few up. If I'm not mistaken, the brochures at the dealer and the ones LRNA mails out are the same.
When I was researching my purchase, I found this site (Edmund's) to be very helpful. Good luck.
#623 of 1536 Freelander Key
Jul 23, 2002 (2:15 pm)
Has anyone else had this problem with their Freelander: one of my keys simply stopped working - the chip died. Fortunately, the other key works fine but my concern is that the replacement key has been on order according to my dealer since April 11. They keep saying that this is highly unusual (to have a chip die) which is why it is taking so long. Otherwise I love the car, its just the nervous feeling that I'm going to be stranded every time I drive it. Anyone?
#624 of 1536 Annoying Chirping noise
Jul 31, 2002 (2:38 pm)
I have a new FL S model and have already brought it in once to resolve an annoying chirping sound that seems to be coming from the rear right wheel. The noise definitely happens with wheel rotation. They told me it was brake dust and cleaned them. But, 20 miles later...the noise was back.
Another FL owner I ran into is having the same problem. She was told it was a design flaw with the calipers ans could not be fixed. I have not had the time to bring it back in yet, but will have to soon...the noise drives me nuts!
Anyone else have this happen?
#625 of 1536 RE Monkeygirl
Aug 05, 2002 (5:17 am)
There is a great website for Freelanders called Freelanderowners.com. You will find people with similar problems to yours. For some reason there doesn't seem to be many postings on this site.
#626 of 1536 2003 improvements
Aug 11, 2002 (10:28 pm)
Since you're the "insider" here on this board, have you become aware of any improvements planned for the 2003 Freelander in the weeks that have passed since your last post? I was considering buying a 2002, but don't like several things I've seen and read, so I'm going to wait until the 2003s come out and see what's changed. Things such as incorporating that add-on "high mounted brake light" into the body above the rear window, where it ought to be. It was obviously stuck there as an afterthought just to pass federal regs. It's ugly, and gets in the way of one's rear vision. Any bumper changes, to prevent those astronomical repair bills? Any changes to the position of the regular brake lights, which would stop many rear end collisions? Any HP boost to the tepid engine? How about adding armrests to the front seats? Can you give us the email address of someone at Land Rover to whom we might address such concerns/comments? Thanks.
Aug 12, 2002 (7:12 pm)
The only major change for 2003 is the addition of a 3 door version. The 3 door version is why the high mounted light is where it is, the rear roof section on the 3 door is removable. The high mounted light has been available in Europe for years, so it wasn't just added on for the US. The Freelander was and is designed primarily for the world market in England, not just the for the US. The engine is actually not that "tepid" in real world driving, the vehicle has had very few complaints from owners on that score. Most of the low speed crash test concerns are shared with every other vehicle that has an external rear mounted spare tire, and due to the fact that our vehicle is designed to be off-road worthy, I doubt if it moves to another location. The lighting is unique, but it has not been an issue in over 6 years of real world usage as having a high rate of rear end collisions, but I'd like to see it moved myself. A center Armrest should be available as soon as it is approved by engineering. Our marketing dept. is aware of the more pressing issues regarding making the Freelander more mainstream in the US, but does not want to lose it's unique English identity among the other mini-utes in the market. I doubt if there is a major redesign before the 04 model year and more likely 05 is when you see major changes. I'm afraid I do not have any contact info for the design team in England.
#628 of 1536 2003 comments
Aug 14, 2002 (9:09 pm)
Thanks, Tincup. Appreciate the comments. You've made me feel better about the 2002. We tend to get into the mode here in the U.S. that all vehicles must be tuned for our shores only. I was just reacting to points I picked up from reading the reviews on Edmunds and other car sites. I'm sure your marketing folks are reading them too, and will take them into consideration when tweaking the design.
#629 of 1536 2003 intro date
Aug 14, 2002 (10:11 pm)
One more thing. Do you know when the 2003s will be available, and have you heard anything yet on pricing vs. the 2002? Most interested in the HSE. Thanks.