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#974 of 1536 Re: Look at all the same complaints: the 2002 is a lemon [barbara6]
Sep 09, 2006 (10:50 am)
Has anyone investigated the possiblity of a class action lawsuit? My Freelander 2002 SE has 29,000 miles on it and overheated due to a slipped sleeve in the piston - A new engine is needed at the tune of $6,500!!! It seems to me that better customer service and product backing is the least they can do - given that these are well known problems. A suit would likely reveal that Land ROver new about these problems all along, but has chosen not to recall or do anything about it. Fresh grounds for a suit.
#975 of 1536 Re: 2002 Freelander - BEST WAY OUT??? [caly]
Sep 11, 2006 (7:04 am)
Hi, I am updating my post #846 to let let you know how our problem was solved. After all the problems with our 02 Freelander I did a lot of searching and found a Lemon law lawyer in the NJ,Pa area. We sent in all of our service reports. I also sent certified letters letters to Ford and copies to all dealer management from where we purchased the truck. After the lawyer is involved the ball starts rolling. Now the phone calls from Landrover come in after they did not want to listen earlier. The case was settled I think more because they just wanted to get rid of us. Not being able to look anyone in the eye and sell them a hunk of junk and afraid they would come back with revenge if we sold it privately we traded it in. On the way to trade it in we had to stop and pull up the back passenger window it kept falling down. So we knew there would be problems again. With the money we received plus the trade we bought a Honda CRV. It is not as comfortable and nice but it starts every day and has not been in the shop at all. I do feel very sorry for the poor soul that bought our 02 freelander. Be aggressive and I hope this information can help someone else with their problems. Thank You, Chris
#976 of 1536 Re: 2002 Freelander - BEST WAY OUT??? [caly]
Sep 11, 2006 (8:03 am)
How did you qualify under lemon law?? I have looked into this option as well, but found that due to the car being out of warrenty and over 2 year old that we didn't qualify. My '02 has been nothing but problems as well... sitting in the shop right now actually needing a NEW TRANSMISSION with only 37,000 miles. We have been waiting for 3 weeks for LRNA to call us back and to no avail. I would appreciate any additional advice you would like to pass along and also the name/number of the attorney you used. Thanks. c.
#977 of 1536 Re: 2002 Freelander - BEST WAY OUT??? [cstoltz]
by Stever@Edmunds HOST
Sep 11, 2006 (8:42 am)
Please mark your email public in your profile or set up your CarSpace page and use your CarSpace email account for passing the contact info back and forth instead of posting phone numbers in the discussion. Thanks.
#978 of 1536 Re: 2002 Freelander - BEST WAY OUT??? [cstoltz]
Sep 14, 2006 (4:10 am)
Hi, I posted my number on the site would be easier if you just called me. I'll be going away at the end of the Month so try to catch me during the week before than. Thank You, Chris
#979 of 1536 Re: 2002 Freelander - BEST WAY OUT??? [caly]
Sep 14, 2006 (9:43 am)
I'm not condoning Land Rover and had my share of troubles with our 2002 SE, but if it's causing you so much personal grief, why not take the loss and move on? I know it's hard to do and goes against principles and stuff, but you'll feel so much better afterward.
Good luck in whatever you decide.
#980 of 1536 Dangerous! Brakes locked up suddenly
Sep 16, 2006 (6:12 am)
A very disconcerting event occurred last night to my daughters 2002 Freelander. While driving along on flat dry pavement at 25-30 mph the antilock brakes engaged with just a slight touch to the brake pedal bringing the car to a sudden halt in the middle of the street. The brakes are locked and will not release. Any Ideas on why this happenred and how to unlock the brakes so i can have the vehicle towed to the dealer for service? I shudder to think what might have happpened if this occurred at highway speeds.
Thanks in advance.
#981 of 1536 Re: Head Gasket Resolution--the Hard Way [cstoltz]
Sep 18, 2006 (9:30 am)
We have an '02 Freelander S. At 72K miles, that thing has more leaks than a baby does in a 2-day old diaper. It's a miserable car to maintaince. Considering that LR was trying to appeal to people who may have also been considering small SUV's from Hyundai, KIA, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, etc., they CERTAINLY did not consider that people shopping in those price points would be thinking "What will the new timing belt change cost?"
Think again - $2K! That's right. Two grand for a belt change. At the dealership, no less.
We put a new tranny in it at 47K, and are now having the seals in the rear axel fixed. WE HATE THE MAINTAINCE COSTS FOR THIS THING!
Gawd, I can't wait to trade this thing.
#982 of 1536 Landrover from HE*&
Oct 03, 2006 (12:54 pm)
I've had terrible problems with my Freelander. This is the letter I wrote to Land Rover of North America...I'm considering some type of class action against them. Thanks for reading. Lora
I have owned a 2003 Land Rover Freelander S since October 17th, 2003 and I can say I fear for my life while operating the vehicle due to the overwhelming hazards associated with the automobile. Your automobile has not only been an inconvenience with the number of times it has broken down but has cost me valuable time and money.
The vehicle has broken down 13 times in the past 18 months.
October 11th, 2006 – This was a truly horrifying experience for me. The engine lost power but the tachometer raced into the red zone. I was traveling about 60 MPH on and interstate. I was pulling over to the right shoulder and suddenly the vehicle regained power and shot off down the shoulder. Imagine if I went down an embankment and died or perhaps I shot into other vehicles? In addition to this, my engine thermometer showed the engine was running hot and steam started rolling out from underneath the hood. Mileage 42,040
TOWED TO LAND ROVER OF SEATTLE – REPLACED HOSE, REPLACED FAULTY WINDOW REGULATOR.
October 26th, 2006 – This was another frightening episode regarding the engine racing out of control. I was driving at about 30 MPH when the car lost power but the engine was racing out of control. The tachometer was almost reaching the red zone. Let me ask, if somehow the engine had engaged again, would I have been so lucky again to keep control of the vehicle? How does the death of your customer or other drivers weigh on your minds Land Rover of North America? Mileage 41,430
The vehicle was towed to the Land Rover dealer. I explained via phone I was frightened to operate the vehicle and reiterated that point when I picked up the vehicle from the service department. I spoke to one of the service representatives and also asked the service Manager to contact me.
TOWED TO LAND ROVER OF SEATTLE – TRACED TO FAULTY THROTTLE BODY. REPLACED THROTTLE BODY.
August 15th, 2006 – The vehicle would not start again today. I cancelled all of my appointments and waited for the tow truck (again). Mileage 40,093
TOWED TO LAND ROVER OF SEATTLE – STARTER FOUND CRANKING TOO SLOW AND SMOKING. TRACED INTERMITTEN FAILURE TO FUSE BOX. REPLACED ENGINE FUSE BOX & STARTER ASSEMBLY.
July 27th, 2006 – Again, the vehicle would not start. Mileage 40,371
TOWED TO LAND ROVER OF SEATTLE – DIAGNOSES TRACED TO FAULTY IGNITION SWITCH. REPLACED IGNITION SWITCH AND RETESTED OPERATION.
May 15th, 2006 – This time the vehicle would only start after the fifth or sixth time. It was towed to the Land Rover dealer. This time it was big news. The original Land Rover engine had broken down so many times, it was time to replace it with a new one. I thought, “Maybe this will be the end of my problems”. Obviously, not….. Mileage 37,525
TOWED TO LAND ROVER OF SEATTLE – INTAKE MANIFOLD REPLACED AND REPLACED THE ENGINE.
February 16th, 2006 – It broke down again. There’s a strange smell coming from the vehicle. Mileage 35,160
TOWED TO LAND ROVER OF SEATTLE – REPLACED GASKETS AND THROTTLE BODY ASSEMBLY.
January 20th, 2006 – Today the vehicle was overheating again. I’ve still been adding coolant every one to two days. Thank god I didn’t need to have the vehicle towed, that saved me a few hours of lost productivity. Miles 34,206
DROVE THE VEHICLE TO LAND ROVER OF SEATTLE - REPLACED COOLANT BOTTLE CAP. RENEWED UPPER INTAKE MANIFOLD. REPLACED BREAK LIGHTS. DROVE THE VEHICLE 134 MILES.
January 18th, 2006 – The vehicle lost power today along with my power steering. It was a frightening experience. I was traveling downhill so was able to pull into a parking lot while I waited for the tow truck. Mileage 34,748
TOWED TO LAND ROVER OF SEATTLE – FOUND THROTTLE BODY TO BE FOULED.
November 25th, 2005 – Now the vehicle overheats at random moments. I’m not sure if the vehicle is safe to drive. There’s also coolant leaking from under the car, not a good sign. Mileage 33,059
DROVE THE VEHICLE TO LAND ROVER OF SEATTLE - LEAKING UPPER RADIATOR HOSES, OVERFLOW BOTTLE LEAKING, BY-PASS HOSE LEAKING.
February 15th, 2005 – The engine doesn’t turn over and all I hear is a clicking sound. Sometimes it starts, sometimes not. It’s frustrating. The break lights come on for no reason also there’s coolant under the car. Mileage 20,807
DROVE THE VEHICLE TO LAND ROVER OF SEATTLE – VEHICLE HAS A FAILED IGNITION SWITCH AND WEAK RELAY. REPLACED FAUTLY SWITCH AND RELAY.
VEHICLE NEEDS A COMPLETE SOFTWARE UPDATE. UPDATED SOFTWARE.
VEHICLE HAS FAULTY BRAKE PEDAL SWITCH. REPLACED BRAKE PEDAL SWITCH.
LEAK IN A COLLANT HOSE. REPAIRED LEAK AND ORERED HOSE.
ENGINE HAS FAUTS. VEHICLE HAS FAUTLY VARIABLE INTAKE ACTUATORS. REPLACED FAULTY MOTORS.
#983 of 1536 Re: Look at all the same complaints: the 2002 is a lemon [edmendez]
Oct 04, 2006 (4:27 pm)
Please, Please somebody let's get started on the class action lawsuit Our transmission went out at 60,000, new sunroof, new engine, various other bad news, we have 2 loans now just to drive this 02 Freelander and absolutely no sympathy or concern from the dealer sign me up