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#83 of 149 Re: 2002 Freelander Severe Nightmare!!! [martman99]
Oct 06, 2010 (9:51 am)
I went through their admin process. If we didn't reach an agreement I would have filed a lawsuit. I had nothing to lose since I don't have to worry about litigation cost and I'm sure a Los Angeles jury would have awarded me what I wanted. Land Rover figured it was better to pay us rather than hire an attorney to defend a losing claim. Now I have to send them the title in exchange for a little over $11,000 for a 2004 Freelander HSE. I do believe that their quick response and eventual settlement was based on the fact that I was representing my wife. The interesting thing is that we purchased the Freelander USED in 2009; we didn't purchase from a Land Rover dealer; there was no warranty on the vehicle and yet Land Rover resolved this claim with me in a month!
#84 of 149 Re: 2002 Freelander Severe Nightmare!!! [pjohnesq]
Oct 06, 2010 (1:00 pm)
That is wonderful. Since you mentioned the fact you are considering possibly taking on LRNA in a class action suite in the interim would you consider representing an individual claim as you did for your wife? Lastly if have a loan out on my truck how would the payment go LRNA would pay my lien holder directly. That is all I am looking for at this point which is around $11k as well. Have you heard of anyone settling with LNRA without legal representation via plan admin. I mean they should know anyone can obtain counsel if they do not settle. Would you advise this course of action or get legal counsel.
#85 of 149 Re: 2002 Freelander Severe Nightmare!!! [02freelander1]
Oct 06, 2010 (2:14 pm)
Land Rover knows that absent a class action, there is not much money in these individual cases for attorneys since the engine defects have not caused any deaths and the damages are strictly economic in nature. As such, LR knows that attorneys are not scrambling to sign people up to pursue what is essentially a breach of warranty/merchantability claim because the damages are small in comparison to say a claim where the defective product has caused a loss of life. That said, LR also knows that it can get costly to defend an individual case wherein the vehicle owner is represented by legal counsel and in my opinion, are more willing to settle early.
I would consider representing individual claims. However, I would have to charge a fee based on a percentage of what is recovered.
If there is a loan on your truck, Land Rover would probably pay the lien holder directly and if you recover more that the loan balance, the remainder goes to you.
I have not heard of anyone settling with LR without legal representation, but it's worth a shot if you want to give it a try. Unfortunately I cannot advise you as to which course of action to pursue.
Oct 28, 2010 (1:21 pm)
Since the member agreement frowns on soliciting, if you would like to contact other members about potential claims, etc. please mark your email "public" in your Profile and take it to email.
#89 of 149 Re: housekeeping [steve_]
Oct 28, 2010 (1:23 pm)
OK. Will do. I did not solicit however. I posted what happened with our Landrover Freelander and then other members began asking me for help.
#90 of 149 Worst car I have ever owned
Nov 11, 2010 (6:58 pm)
I have a Land Rover Freelander 2003 SUV. I have never owned a car as unreliable and troublesome as this car. I had the engine replaced at a mere 41,000 miles at a cost of over $6,000. Last Monday, I broke down on the side of the road. The car was towed to the dealership as the service engine light was illuminated. I was informed by the dealership that I needed another new engine! I could not believe what I was hearing. The service department said they would call Land Rover customer service who offered to pay for 50% of the new engine cost which was $8,000. When we informed them that we would pay nothing towards another new engine, they told us to write a letter to customer service. We have written a letter and are currently waiting to hear although it does not sound hopeful. The customer service representative was quite unhelpful and very short on the phone.
The service dept. informed us that Land Rover has been buying back Freelanders as they were known to have engine defects. We have yet to hear the final decision regarding the car and I will follow up with another post as soon as I hear.
DO NOT buy this car. It is the worst car I have EVER owned and I don't want others to make the same mistake I made.
Nov 11, 2010 (7:01 pm)
As a follow up to my previous post, my car only had 66,000 miles when the second engine blew up! So the second engine only made it for 25000 miles!
#92 of 149 Re: DebbieK [dkriznik]
Nov 23, 2010 (10:47 pm)
I have the same vehicle....just barely turned 100,000kms which is approx 62,000mi. Took out a loan to fix engine #1 for $6500 Cdn. Now just about 62,000 miles and my transmission is doing some weird thing not recognizing the gear its in etc and 3 transmission shops have told me they can't fix it! So basically I have a very expensive driveway ornament.
03 Freelander S - Victoria, BC CANADA