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#22 of 145 Re: Freelander nightmare over [dkershaw]
Dec 02, 2008 (11:22 am)
I have a 2002 Land Rover Freelander. Last Wednesday, my windshield cracked when I put on the defroster and the a/c at the same time. My brake lights don't work and my sunroof and rear passenger window do not operate, as well. Not to mention, I can smell coolant every time I put the air on. All these problems came to light right after my warranty expired. Is there an advocacy group or someone in the Better Business Bureau that can do something about this?
#23 of 145 Re: Freelander nightmare over [Chadland]
Dec 02, 2008 (1:34 pm)
We have been filing complaints at the National Highway Traffic Safety Admin, it would who sold you the vehicle that you would want to see if they violated any lemon laws when they sold a knowingly defective vehicle.
I would not recommend making the repairs as based on what you said you have
the following issues/costs:
- Coolant Leak is part of the Head Gasket Failure issue, so new engine for $7000
- Sunroof & Rear Window Regulator cost $700 & $450
- Brake Light (could be the brake light switch which was the only recalled
part on the vehicle--- No charge if is that any dealer will do that).
Just is not a vehicle you want to keep, see if you can somehow get it back to
who sold it to you.
#25 of 145 Re: Freelander nightmare over [sripley]
Dec 29, 2008 (3:11 pm)
I have disposed my 02 freelander S about 2 weeks ago. It was a good car but had too much problems. Guess how much I got for the trade-in? $ 2500.00 for a 7 year old car with less than 80K miles on it. The dealership even told me that they might even lose on my trade-in because they were sending it to auction right away. I am now the happy owner of an 05 X3 3.0. I finally got myself a real luxury SUV.
#26 of 145 03 electrical problem
Jan 01, 2009 (4:49 pm)
I have an 03 Freelander with about 78k on it. I have to admit that other than a few minor problems it has been fairly reliable. Two nights ago, whilr sitting and idling I noticed that the decline and traction lights had come on. Then I noticed that the shift indicater lights, dome lights, clock lights did not work. The transmission shited out of Park and into Reverse but the only forward gear was 4th.
It turns out that the fuse f4 in the engine fuse compartment and another fuse in the inside fuse box had both blown at the same time. Turns out f4 is for the transmission. Replaced the fuses and all was well.......for about an hour when they both blew again. I have no idea what is blowing the fuses. Can anyone help?
#27 of 145 2004 Freelander coolant problems common?
Feb 02, 2009 (5:15 pm)
I have a 2004 Freelander SE, bought brand new off the lot in 04. I currently have about 54k miles on it and in the last week have noticed coolant leaking, causing the over heating light to come on. I have read this forum about the 2002 and 2003 problems, but I'm not reading much about the 04 model having the same problems. I have it in the shop now being looked at and waiting to hear what the verdict is. My question is... can any one tell me if the 04 model is doomed to what appears to be a major quality issue with the earlier models? While I'm here... is it common for the rear differential to go bad at 52k miles? I had that fixed about 2 months ago. I want to figure out how much more $$ to put into this thing or if I should off load it sooner than later. Thanks!
#28 of 145 2004 Freelander coolant problems
Feb 02, 2009 (5:47 pm)
Yes, all Freelander models from 2002-2005 (year was discontinued) have the same design-flawed engine (specifically the Series K engine which I researched and found primary components were manufactured in China). If your coolant leakage is found inside the engine it is absolutely the Head Gasket Failure widely reported. If the leakage is attributed to a cracked hose or visible drip/coolant evidence on the ground, could be non-gasket related.
I would recommend trading in or unloading the vehicle no matter what, the problem cannot be repaired and the dealer service department will only say engine replacement (for which there are no replacement engines available and all refurbished engines will have the same defect).
Save every dollar you can towards purchase of a different vehicle, Freelanders are doomed for inevitable failure and it is extremely unfortunate Land Rover is not more liable for the travesty it sold so many SUV buyers. Do not waste money on trying to repair the problem or dealer tactics to extract money from you in a purposeless effort, you should use every cent towards the next vehicle.
#29 of 145 Re: 2004 Freelander coolant problems [sripley]
Feb 03, 2009 (12:34 pm)
I was told today that it was the thermostat that was bad... $500 bill with a suggested coolant flush bringing the total bill to $630. They did the pressurized test and found no leaks. I'm going to have it fixed seeing as I can't trade it in with them knowing there's a problem and then actively look for another vehicle. It's too bad because I really do love the Landy! It's the perfect size and I love the AWD which isn't easy to find in an SUV.
It definitely sounds like this means it's on the way out and only a matter of time...
#30 of 145 Fuel Pump Recall
Feb 23, 2009 (1:59 pm)
I took my 2004 freelander hse in for a parking light issue and was told there is a recall on the fuel pump. Apparently the recall is very hush hush because I never received a notification from land rover and can find any mention of it anywhere.
#31 of 145 The checklist of freelander problems
Mar 09, 2009 (4:46 pm)
I need some help, someone had posted an idea about getting together some kind of list in regards to the freelander & the problems, we the owners have had. So I just kind of threw this together & Im definitely open for ideas. You can copy and paste and add whatever you think will make it simple, for us to fill out. Also, I need input on whom we should send this too. Im not sure if this will help or if anyone is interested in the idea. I just turned my 03 flander over to the bank. My credit is ruined & I still owe $8000.00. I am without a vehicle as of now and unsure of what is going to happen in the near future. Read over it & let me know what you think.
Dear Freelander owner, please take a few minutes to fill out this questionnaire. In an effort to compile evidence based on owning a freelander and your experience.
What year did you purchase your Freelander
What year was your Freelander
Did you purchase your Freelander from a Land Rover dealership?
If you did Purchase your Freelander from a Land Rover dealership what was the location?
How many miles were on your Freelander, at the time of purchase?
Did you lease your Freelander?
What was the purchase price on your freelander?
Was your Freelander under the original factory warranty, when purchased?
Who financed you Freelander?
PROBLEMS MILEAGE COVERED
brake light switch
Did you purchase an extended warranty thru another company?
If yes, which comapny.
Did you contact land Rover North America
Number of times your vehicle was taken to the LR dealership, due to engine light coming on?
Do you have documented proof of the times your car was at the dealership?
Did they fix the problem on the first visit?
If not how many visits?
Did you contact the NHTSA?
Did you replace the engine in your Freelander?
If yes, what was the mileage?
what was the dollar amount quoted to you to repair the engine?
Was your Freelander under original factory Warranty?
How long did you have to wait for an engine?
Did they provide you with a rental car?