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#859 of 1535 Land Rover Reliability Issues...
Aug 05, 2005 (3:58 pm)
I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of you that took the time to post your issues with the Freelander. After reading through all forty plus pages of messages, I decided not to purchase a Freelander.
This was no easy decision I can assure you! I have wanted a Land Rover for as long as I can remember, and the Freelander seemed like a great start. In addition, it was at first quite difficult for me to connect the information provided here as applying to ALL Freelanders.
Well, it really does seem as though the majority of brake, electrical, power, and transmission issues are almost universal for this particular vehicle. In fact, after reading this forum I finally reviewed the Consumer Reports scores. I am sure many of you are now aware that the 2002 Freelander failed miserably in the above (and other) categories.
Good luck with your Land Rovers...hopefully I can join the club when they work out the more serious problems.
#860 of 1535 Re: 02 freelander [kyfdx]
Aug 06, 2005 (5:00 pm)
Its not a warranty matter The overheating & failed HG is the result of a design fault which is not detectable during servicing.
I'm UK based but I believe your consumer laws are similar in that you cannot sell a vehicle, even a second hand one, that is not fit for the purpose. So any owners out there have got a claim. Type in Freelander head gasket problem & wait for the hit but if you own one, be sitting with a stiff drink.
#861 of 1535 Re: Any 2005 Issues? [cestanton]
Aug 06, 2005 (5:10 pm)
No they haven't cured their problems type in Freelander Problems then wait fo the hit. Be sitting with a drink!!
We are UK based but we do have a OZZY members who join through an OZZY website. You'll find it in these posts under the name of Junklander.
#862 of 1535 Re: 2002 Freelander HSE exhaust / coolant smell [lrowner]
Aug 06, 2005 (5:14 pm)
Yes you probably have a blown HG this could be caused by the garage not refilling the coolant as per the manufactures instruction thereby leaving an air pocket restricting the flow of coolant with too obvious results. Get it checked ASAP
#863 of 1535 Re:Thank You on Any 2005 Issues? [elmor]
Aug 06, 2005 (5:42 pm)
Thanks for the replies to my question regarding the 2005 model Freelanders. I've decided not to proceed at this point after reading the past entries and the current model's end. High hopes for all those with Freelanders.
#864 of 1535 Re: 2004 freelander, 2004 liberty or 2005 escape? [gallovescars]
Aug 08, 2005 (6:15 am)
Motor vehicle complaints
It is widely accepted by 4WD mechanics that Freelander K-series 1.8lt engines are known to drop the cylinder liners into the block. Because the liners are steel and the block is alloy, the liners being harder, work their way into the block. The bad news is; If the liners are too low, the engine needs to be replaced - this is fact, confirmed by Land Rover. In some cases engines have been replaced several times, at average intervals of only 50000 km. That's not just bad luck.... that's a design fault.
Just a reminder to all "Land Rover Freelander Head Gasket Failure" victims in Australia. If you have made a claim against Land Rover Australia and are unhappy with the response, you should put your concerns in writing to the ACCC office in your state. Go to http://www.accc.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/54229/fromItemId/3634 for postal addresses.
The ACCC is now collecting data on this issue and will pursue the case if there are sufficient complaints indicating a pattern.
#866 of 1535 Re: Any 2005 Issues? [jons1]
Aug 13, 2005 (5:51 am)
Thank you very much to all who responded with their insights on Land Rover in general and the Freelander in particular. Like a few other recent posters, I've decided against getting one. I feel for all those who've gone through the kinds of problems I've read about here. If it's any consolation--and I'm sure it won't be much--sharing your experiences is most likely saving several others (including me) from having to suffer the same kind of aggravation. So, thank you.
#867 of 1535 Edmunds and really bad vehicles...
Aug 15, 2005 (5:33 pm)
Do edmunds or other real car review sites post articles on really bad vehicles? This freelander forum is full of nightmare stories from almost everyone who posted?
While it could seem like brand bashing...it would be refreshing to see something like...This vehicle has had major problems and potential buyers should review service contracts, etc in the pros/cons section.
Pros Excellent on-road handling for an SUV, permanent all-wheel drive, still capable off-road.
Cons Expensive for a compact SUV, tight on cargo space, V6 engine on the weak side, no side airbags, SE3's hard top is hard to install.
Even something as light-handed as (insert website here) cannot endorse this vehicle due to problems reported? Consumer reports got a lot of flack for negative press, however the truth you can uncover in forums is never accurately represented in articles.
#868 of 1535 Re: Edmunds and really bad vehicles... [sbcooke]
by steve_ HOST
Aug 15, 2005 (8:45 pm)
For another data point besides the editorial side here and the forums, check out the Consumer Reviews and Ratings. There's a link at the top of the discussion with 22 current reviews listed.