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#285 of 295 Re: How many of you have a problem with the Freelander? [redrovy]
Feb 03, 2010 (9:32 am)
Those are the symptoms of the Head Gasket Failure problem with Landrover Freelanders 2000-2005(yr model was discontinued). The way to know for sure is by noticing your coolant level dropping more quickly and you can check the underside of the oil cap sometimes has some of the emulsified oil and coolant mixture stuck to it.
This problem is widespread, even the Landrover Dealer mechanic knew the problem as soon as I brought it in for service (before the cars engine eventually died, oil completely filled up the radiator system). The only repair is a new engine, which is not cheap (if any engines are available at all out there) and Land Rover North America does not help.
My advice would be to have the problem formally diagnosed by a mechanic and there was an attorney Howard Gutman (search this forum for his name), who supposedly will assist in legal avenues. Unfortunately for us owners, Landrover only has claimed responsibility for a recalled Brake Light Switch and Gas Fuel Pump to date.
Feb 03, 2010 (11:36 am)
I have a 04 freelander Landrover has anyone else had a problem with the display screen going out on it. For a long time it would go off and on and now it is just off...it is really a pain. the readio still works as dose the CD player but no display screen.
#287 of 295 Too bad LR isn't being as responsible as Toyota currently...
Feb 09, 2010 (5:58 pm)
I don't know about all you of past and current ticked off LR owners, but watching all this scrutiny over Toyota sure is making me feel like WE have not been heard regarding the lack of response and ownership LR has shown to the general public regarding their faulty and UNSAFE Freelanders! Watching the government say they are going to hold Toyota's "feet to the fire" to produce a safe vehicle really irks me! Shouldn't they hold ALL car makers "feet to the fire" to produce safe vehicles, without defects such as engine failure? Someone needs to hold LR accountable for the lemon vehicles they made!
Just needed to vent - NOT that I feel any better!
#288 of 295 Re: Too bad LR isn't being as responsible as Toyota currently... [cwoolner]
Feb 10, 2010 (8:53 am)
They are holding Toyota's feet to the fire because there traditionally have been two car makers that have been consistently making high quality dependable vehicles:
When my Freelander shriveled up and died, knowing I lost $9,000 on it, my boss (who knows his stuff and is quite protective of me, like a father) said to me: "You will replace this car with a Toyota or a Honda. Don't buy anything else." (He drives a Porsche, go figure.)
Anyway, I think people have come to expect Land Rovers to be crap since Land Rover has been passed around from manufacturer to manufacturer (BMW, Ford, and whatever company owns it now) over the past decade. But, yes, ALL car makers should be held accountable. But government no longer works for the People. It works for the corporations. Pharmaceutical companies have the FDA in their pocket, big monopoly communication companies have the FCC in their pocket. I'm amazed the gov't is holding Toyota's feet over the first. Maybe they're out of marshmallows.
#290 of 295 2005 Freelander
Mar 28, 2011 (2:19 pm)
I absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my 2005 Freelander! I just put a new lemon scented air freshener in it because it is now sitting in my driveway with a blown engine.
#293 of 295 Re: Piece of Junk [goatgirl26]
May 23, 2012 (1:01 pm)
according to my 30 years driving used cars
(1) milky caramile when you take out the oli level stick it means your top engine gasket is gone sorray I dont know the mechanic tearm but any ways
if it is at the begining you should stop it and take it to the machanic to replace the top long gasket only,plus after that you have to replace new filter oil and oil for at least 2 times and than check the status of the oil color via engine oil stick.soory do not forget to clean the corporator if it has the same with all the best
people keep adding the colant for so many times ,you will end up with what you called milky color,and this is how it started with my mazda 1981 back than.and found out that the water am adding it goes to the engine and this how i got the milky color,due to the broken top engine gasket
that all i know my friend with all the best
#294 of 295 how do i find previous maintenance records and lawsuit question
Nov 05, 2012 (1:51 am)
Hi just bought a 03 freelander yesterday and REALLY wish i would have found this link first as i would not have done it. All the professional reviews seemed to rate the car very well, even here on Edumunds, and that is WHY i bought it - dont understand that contrast. But its my problem now. Anyone know how i can find previous maintenance records to see if any of this repair work has been done? Car seems to run great and not overheat or lose anti-freeze right now - but check engine light came on on my drive home. Is there anything i can do in way of preventative maintenace right now to delay what seems like it will be the inevitable? Car seems to have numerous electrical problems too- moon roof, vanity lights, map lights, clock, and cruise control not working - have any suggestions for a do it yourself fix? Also seem to have the 3 amigos problem - any suggestions on that also? The vehicle has 82K on it now and Blue Book Private party is between 7200-7400 - how can it have such a high blue book when its known to have so many serious problems? Any comments or suggestions will be sincerely appreciated!