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#751 of 1536 My 2003 FreeLander SE is a lemon
Jan 28, 2004 (10:22 am)
We bought the car for about couple of months and it has logged only about 2700km on it. So, it is pretty new. I only drive at about 110km on a HWY, so it is not too fast at all. However, during my recent business trip to US, it broke down right before the border. The display was flashing F4 and there was a burnt smell. Fortunately, there wasn't too many car and I was in a complete stop. It appears that there is a major oil leak and oil was all over the engine and on the road under the car. After a while, I was able to start the car and move it to the side of the road. I waited for almost 2 hours in a freezing cold (about -20C) for the tow truck. It was a really bad experience. It is a new car and it is not suppose to be like this. I also own a Suzuki sidekick, Acura and a Toyota Sienna. None of them had given me any problems. The Sidekick is 10 years old and has 300000+km on it. It still runs fine even after an over-night low of -25C. I could start the engine the next morning even though I did not plug in the block heater.
Right now, I am still waiting for the dealer to have it fixed and it has been 3 days.
In a couple of years, I will probably buy another car (SUV) and it will DEFINITELY not a Land Rover vehicle because I have lost my trust or confidence on its quality or lack of it.
So, my lesson to you is if you are thinking about buying a Freelander, think twice. For me, no more and I won't even put my family in the car because I cannot trust it not to break down in the middle of the road again.
Feb 01, 2004 (10:15 am)
first of all, thanks LR freelander owners of your honest impressions. i still like the freelander, especially the SE3. i've seen in los angeles that the 03's are being advertised at $7,000.00 off MSRP right now for all in-stock LR freelenders.
anyone believe that this time next year would be a good time to deal for an '04 SE3? right now my local LR dealer will take $500 off sticker...only cos it has the wrong wheels (16" as opposed to 17").
#753 of 1536 Landrover BOUGHT BACK my FREELANDER
Feb 02, 2004 (8:55 pm)
Landover finally bought my vehicle back after 60 plus cumulative days in the shop. I had electrical problems, brake problems, transmission replacement, full wiring harness replacement, ECM replacement, wiring harness in the dashboard replacement, rear seat belt replacement, window motor replacement, and a water leak in the rear hatch that you could raise gold fish in. I had to file a claim with the BBB http://complaints.bbb.org/Welcome.asp to finally make Landrover hear me. I of course had only written, emailed and spoken to Landrover twenty or thirty times prior to contacting the BBB. I even had a unique Landrover case number, which did me no good. When I returned the vehicle the 4 & F continued to blink on the odometer, the engine warning light continued to come on along with the hill decent failure light. The transmission still shifted hard on a vehicle that had very low miles on it. Through out the entire ordeal I carried a digital video camera to prove that the vehicle had problems. Landrover has repatriated the vehicle and it sits on one of their Landrover lots ready to be sold again, to some poor consumer. I saw this with my own eyes!!! All consumers should be aware of this when looking at used Landrovers at dealerships!! Last but not least Landrover treated me as if I was a second class citizen idiot. A word to the wise,when dealing with Freelander problems with Landrover.
1.Always carry a digital camera
2.Always take you vehicle in when a warning light comes on or the 4 & F blink
3.Always report the hard shifting between 2nd and 3rd
4.Always check the rear hatch where your jack is for water(lots of it) or rust around the lock mechanism
5.Always report the brake wear and rotor replacement on the front disk brakes
6.Always save all service paperwork
7.Always report all problems to Landrover North America in writing and via email(keep all correspondence)
8.Always be tenacious when dealing with Landrover and demand your rights
9.Always contact http://complaints.bbb.org/Welcome.asp
Feb 03, 2004 (7:02 am)
Geez, I wonder if I am reading the Yugo board. Is the LR that bad of a vehicle? Seems so.
Feb 03, 2004 (9:45 am)
Is the LR that bad of a vehicle?
No, but if you're plagued with problems by any given vehicle then it's hard to conclude otherwise. Usually a little sympathy allays frustration.
Feb 05, 2004 (7:44 am)
'Usually a little sympathy allays frustration.'
I don't visit Edmunds to patronize.
Feb 05, 2004 (9:43 am)
I don't visit Edmunds to patronize.
Nor does anyone else. Certainly, you're not here to deride folks who have had difficulties with their vehicles.
Let's move on.
#758 of 1536 Freelander Buyback(retlef)
Feb 11, 2004 (8:18 pm)
Congratulations on your buyback. I have watched your posts over the last few months and can honestly say I felt your pain. I too had owned one of those Freelanders. Thanks you for the honest insightful how to. Good luck with whatever your next vehicle is..
Feb 16, 2004 (4:08 pm)
Since I had the day off, I went to the local LR dealer to see about a test drive on an SE3. The dealer (who also sells other European brands) told me that I should make an appointment for a test drive and not just come in; since they are in an off-site location.
I felt a bit like I was inconveniencing them by coming in. I have written-off that dealer and will look for another in my area. Heck, I just may go off the board and purchase a Honda Element.
#760 of 1536 04 Freelander
Feb 17, 2004 (8:54 am)
I've compared everything to the '04 Freelander and still come back to it because of the soild feel and comfort. However, in reading all the comments I'm concerned about the engine build. Are these issues for real? The LR dealer advise they do not use parts from Lucas "anymore". Still have issues with the transmisson and brakes. Thoughts?