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Land Rover Freelander, Transmission, SUV
#59 of 178 Re: 2003 Land Rover Freelander "A piece of trash!" [eyezonebony]
Oct 24, 2007 (11:51 am)
You are so right. I actually had bought an extended warranty on this truck (Thank God). I have 87K mles and just replaced the whole engine because the water resevoir in the engine busted. The repair is $10,000. Of which, the dealership is trying to get me to pay $3,000. They claim that is took 41 hours!!! to repair the engine. NO WAY!
I have also had a sensor shut down the whole engine last summer while driving down the road at 70 miles an hour. Thankfully we were able to pull of the road safely. But what if the next person is not able to do that???
#60 of 178 How can I sell a Freelander 2002, any idea?
Oct 29, 2007 (3:38 pm)
I have a Freelander 2002, HSE which according to a few sources it seems might need new transmission. Where do I post a car with transmission problem to be sold "AS IS". The car is in Northern California, it it HSE and has only 66k miles, and it is beautiful we did add ons to the front and step sides, etc.
Any idea will be greatly appreciated it.
#61 of 178 Freelander Bad Transmission
Nov 09, 2007 (10:39 am)
My transmission went out on me the other day - no warning, nothing, just suddenly lost the ability to accelerate while on the freeway. I have only 48K miles on it, but I'm out of warranty at this point. I've had no problems with the car until this event. I've been quoted $5,700 to fix it and no help from Land Rover to date. I've really enjoyed my car and as I mentioned, never had any problems with it until now. I appreciate hearing that I'm not the only one to have a bad transmission and I will be taking the advice of other posters as I deal with the LR company. Thanks for sharing the info! If I find anything out myself, I'll post it here.
#62 of 178 Re: Freelander Bad Transmission [aimeeh]
Nov 09, 2007 (2:56 pm)
I had the same problem as you - a little more milage on it but all of a sudden it would accelerate....and Land Rover said I needed a new transmission and quoted me $5,075 for it - I was shocked. I did some research and found out that a lot of the freelanders have a transmission problem but that it can be fixed for roughly 600 to 800 dollars. Land Rover doesnt "fix" transmissions, they only replace them - so that is why they quote you such a high price - conveinent for them, right? I took it to a transmission repair shop/car repair shop - ask them to check out the solonoids (esp. if your car is flashing a f4) and they can fix it for you in a couple of days. I had my car fixed about 9 months ago and it is running perfectly, like it was when I first bought it. And my final cost - 760 dollars.
#63 of 178 2002 Explorer
Nov 12, 2007 (10:48 am)
I had to have a brand new transmission.
When I braked it felt like the engine shifted forward and it made this clunking noise.
The dealership asked if I had ever driven a 4-wheel drive and when I said no, they said, that noise and feel just comes with the territory of 4-wheel drive vehicles.
Amazing, after the new transmission, it no longer does this.
They kept my car a week...to change the oil.
#64 of 178 Re: 02' freelander bad transmission [tiredoflr]
Nov 14, 2007 (10:08 am)
Here is my history so far:
Water pump failed, took to dealer for replacement, Gas Pump failed took it to Shop to replace it, Gas tank lid failed, bouth one from dealer to replace it, engine cooling system failed, transmition failed, took it to shop they refuse to fix, they say is not their fault and is not cover by warranty anymore, Window motor failed, winshield wiper swicth failed, headlights failed, Coolant container crack, replaced with new one from dealer. stop light recalled. air filtering system retains water wich allows mold to grow, air filters replaced.
Im only at 80K miles, i'm trying to sell it so bad! I spend about $4,000 on repairs and the clang noise from the engine sounds like another $5,000 coming.
this is the worst nightmare I ever had. I still owe 16,000 to the bank Ouch!
I feel the pain, good luck everyone!
#65 of 178 Re: Another Transmission Victim [cmarsh2]
Dec 01, 2007 (5:32 pm)
I have an '02 Freelander with 45,000 miles.
The transmission was replaced under warranty in November 05(under warranty which expired 2006) and needs to be replaced once again , and as of today it went out again ..............
please may I join these lawsuit !!!!!!!!!!!!!!.......
#66 of 178 Re: 02' freelander bad transmission [tiredoflr]
Dec 01, 2007 (5:38 pm)
I have an '02 Freelander with 45,000 miles.
The transmission was replaced under warranty in November 05 and needs to be replaced once again now.
I have a terrible experience dealing with the dealer place and I reported them through a survey sent to me by Landrover, ...and on on
Please let me know if I may be able to participate in this lawsuits.
#67 of 178 Dealership morons...
Dec 02, 2007 (5:29 am)
I know this isn't a lot of comfort but here's some interesting info about the FL transmission failures. It has been discovered by some mechanically inclined folks that most of the failures when the dealership says you need a new transmission is really just a failed solenoid in the transmission pan. Something that can be fixed with a $50 part and a few hours of labor. Land Rover undoubtedly produced and sold us a poorly designed drive train and should be held accountable, but for those that experience this problem should look into this before shelling out the $1000's the dealership wants to replace the whole tranny. My 03SE has 54,000 miles on it and I've had very few problems really but after trying to trade it in a couple places it's obvious these issues are well known. Both places I've taken it they say after they drive it "well it feels like there's some transmission problem" and give me some rediculous trade in price. It's in excellent condition and I've been offered $4,000 and $4,700 for trade in (I still owe $4,500 on it). I've been driving it since it was new and it drives the same as it did when I bought it. I've learned a lot about these little trucks and know what to keep an eye on now. The coolant reservoir should be a recall. If you haven't replaced it I suggest you do so. Lift the label around the cap and see if it's got spider cracks. It's a pressurized coolant system and when those cracks get bad enough it loses pressure and (I believe) is the main cause of most of the "losing coolant/engine failure" problems. Also the temperature sensor is in an assanine place, after the radiator not the engine. By the time the temperature gauge goes up it's too late. The engine has already overheated. Hopefully I can avoid the major problems until it's paid off and then still take a beating trading it in. (On a Honda or Toyota!) It still sucks to have been sold an inferior vehicle but I'm trying to make the best of a bad situation It's just a shame because it's a great driving vehicle. Here is a link to read more about the tranny solenoids and other problems:
#68 of 178 Re: 02' freelander bad transmission [lediakaraj]
Dec 04, 2007 (11:37 am)
I have an 02 Freelander with only 34,000 miles and it's falling apart around me. I had been trying to sell it for a week and had a very interested buyer when the transmission went out! I had decided to sell it fearing that this may happen and it did! LR paid for 60% but I still had to pay $1400. The other things that have gone wrong in the past couple of months include the front driver door, the rear window and just this morning the back driver door went out! aagh! I'm at my wits end. A volvo dealership just offered me $7000 for a trade-in. I had been hoping to sell for $12800, should I just ditch this lemon and get the hell out now?