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#70 of 149 2003 freelander HORRIBLE!!!
Aug 10, 2010 (5:18 pm)
I always dreamed of having a land rover and after my accident i had the chance to do so. I bought a used 2003 freelander for a good price and lets just say a good price is not always best! Ten days after having the vehicle I noticed that there was no anti-freeze in truck. I took inot shop and it cost me $1000.00 to repair... Of course, about 4 days later I noticed there was no anti-freeze again! So I called LR dealer and they say oh well just bring it in and we will take a look. They said everything looked okay. So I went and about 4 days later again there was no anti-freeze, I went and bought a thing and put in truck. Then 4 days later there was no anti-freeze again! When I started vehicle up it was also making a loud ticking noise. I am think on my what is going on.. I called the dealer again and they told me to bring in again. Now mind of I have only had this vehicle for about 2 months now, and it had 112k miles on it or so. So I had to wait until my next off day to take in to shop, but it didnt make it. The saturday before I was due to take into shop the car would not start!!! So I had it towed into dealer and after a day they called saying I needed a new cam shaft sensor. So I got it replaced for $500.00 then they called that same day in the afternoon and said your car still wont start, but we think its the computer that fried the cam shaft and the computer will be another $1000.00 and I would have to pay in advance. So Im pissed by this time and went to get vehicle towed to another shop. This shop it was the keyless remote along with other issues and they could not help. I then towed to another LR dealer on the other side of town. They did another diagnostic and it said no compression on cylinder and they recommend replacing the engine for $9000.00, but I can find a used one for around $4000.00!!! THIS WAS MY DREAM TRUCK THAT QUICKLY TURNED INTO A ~NIGHTMARE~ if anyone can help, please let me know!!!
#71 of 149 Re: 2002 Freelander Severe Nightmare!!! [nofreelander]
Sep 13, 2010 (7:34 am)
Did you ever get a response on a US Attorney handling the Class Action Lawsuit against the Freelander Land Rover?
#72 of 149 Welcome to Land Rover Freelander Hell
Sep 13, 2010 (8:56 am)
Just another person that found Land Rover Freelander Hell. There is no recourse from this. I have one with 39000 miles that has the classic Freeelander Blown Motor. They will do nothing and hum ho around about anything. Then charge you major $$$ for any diagnosis then more major $$$ for repair, when they know it will not help correct any problems.
They have extorted money from many people when they knew it would not fix any problems and will continue to do so. There is going to be NO RELIEF from these problems with this car NOR company. They are a company with NO HONOR, NO INTEGRITY, NO CUSTOMER SUPPORT. The sooner the word gets out the sooner the company will not sell cars except to Dumbass Stars and Starlets. Hopefully they will go under and out of business.
#73 of 149 Re: 2002 Freelander Severe Nightmare!!! [landrovercrap]
Sep 13, 2010 (8:08 pm)
I emailed all my paperwork to him and he said it would be a few months this was in early August. I emailed a few days ago, which is now early September and no response. His name is Howard Gutman, in New York. If you google him you should get his contact information.
#74 of 149 Re: 2002 Freelander Severe Nightmare!!! [tomika]
Sep 27, 2010 (3:34 pm)
My wife purchased a used 2004 Land Rover Freelander in May 2009. The engine failed on August 15, 2010 with approximately 52,000 miles. I wrote a claim letter to LR on August 17, 2010 after doing some research and finding out about the defective engine. I received a response on August 18, 2010 from LR's customer service, referring my claim to their consumer affairs department. On August 19, 2010 I received a letter from LR's Consumer Affairs department, acknowledging receipt and informing me that they would get back to me on or before September 17, 2010. On September 16, 2010, LR offered me $6,950 for my wife's 2004 Land Rover Freelander HSE. I rejected the offer. LR increased their offer to $9,085 on September 20, 2010. I rejected that also. I am now awaiting their response to my last demand of $12,385.
#75 of 149 Re: Please list your Freelander Yr, Model, & Miles [jeffs05se3]
Sep 28, 2010 (8:29 pm)
I have Free Lander 2002 just hit 104,000 at 52000 I had the Land Rover Dealer the only one in town replaced the "Transmission" that was a nightmare. That ended up costing me 6grand. we are just buying names not good strong and lasting car. Whoever importing this vehicles need to have a serious look. The Land Rover I know back in Africa is not the same as this one. The one I know on that non asphalt road they go for ever. Why not here there is something wrong. I would like to join the lawsuit this suv is costing me more than it is worth. Please let me know how I can be part of the claim.
#76 of 149 Re: Please list your Freelander Yr, Model, & Miles [getua69]
Sep 29, 2010 (3:27 am)
We need to put the Freelander to rest - the final one.
Freelander was the idea of then-owner BMW. The Freelander in the UK with the diesel engine is a fantastic car. (note: I did not say truck!). BMW believed at the time that there was a market for a small SUV (or cross-over as they are known now). If you question that - just compare the markets for the BMW X3 and Freelander - same idea - different implementation.
It was LRNA that has a strange anathema towards diesel engines. The engine sourced for the North American Freelander was chinese-built in a rush.
If you are looking at an older Freelander: Stay away unless it has had it's engine replaced under warranty. The replacement engines are very solid. It's just too bad they came too late.
I have a lot of Land Rovers. The newest being a 2006 LR3 (The 2011 LR4 arrives later this week).
The most reliable are the ones that have no electronics in them beyond what is required to turn the lights on and start the engine. (Series and Defender) Those are the trucks that conquered Africa. There is nothing to go wrong on them.
Unfortunately, those trucks to do not do well in North America. They are slow, heavy, get bad mileage and if you live in the snow belt - rust.
That being said, whenever I turn up to an All-British car show and pop the top on my completely restored 1968 Land Rover Dormobile, it always draws a crowd - way more than the Rolls Royce's, Lotus's, Triumph's, etc. Even my Defender gets more stares than any other British vehicle I see at the shows. Perhaps it was that I entered it in the show completely covered in fresh mud! The judges didn't get it, but the Land Rover folks in the crowd did.
#77 of 149 Re: 2002 Freelander Severe Nightmare!!! [pjohnesq]
Sep 29, 2010 (4:07 am)
Can you please post the mailing address for the consumer affairs dept? I am sure this is what the lawyer who has made some claims has used, and I'd rather get the entire amount rather than half!
Btw -- 2003 Freelander, 70,000 miles, replace thermostat, temperature gauge, water pump, etc. LR service dept. told me to not bother fixing the latest problem as it was due to engine failure
#78 of 149 Joining the community of Freelander issues
Sep 29, 2010 (3:43 pm)
After reading this page of freelander headache makes me wish I had done some research on them. I have owned a 2002 Freelander for the last 4 years and the amount I have paid to keep it going, till I get my loan paid off, I could have bought a brand new car. I had to replace the transmission on it after 70,000 mile. The oil changes, tune-ups, flushing the transmission, getting new tires, and brakes cost so much to get done. Just replacing the 3 timing belts costs almost more than I make in a month. Best advise is to stay away from this car at all costs. The owners of the Land Rover should have recalled these cars a long time ago.
#79 of 149 Re: 2002 Freelander Severe Nightmare!!! [pjohnesq]
Oct 04, 2010 (10:32 am)
What contacts did you use at LRNA? I am in desperate need to getting some type of compensation. I have 2002 Freelander 65k miles needs engine same story leaking coolant and now check engine light on and will not drive it now. I owe $10k on the the loan. Any information would be most appreciated. Did you contact them via e-mail with no attorney representing you? Thank you!