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2002 Land Rover Freelander SUV - Consumer Reviews

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By harndt
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2002 Land Rover Freelander SUV HSE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)


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What was Land Rover thinking?! I have replaced the engine, transmission, heater core, thermostat, exhaust plenum, rear window actuator (twice) and have had my car in the shop longer than I've been able to drive it! Land Rover will not take responsibility for this mistake of a vehicle. I was told the engine broke because the valves bent. They built the engine with "Interference valves" meaning they do interfere. If they are slightly off, the pistons will smash into them, causing them to brake- causing you to need a new engine. I only have 60,000 miles on mine and have spen more repairing it than I owe on it. Does anyone know of any class action lawsuits? Because I am on board.


Best Features

navigation, disc changer, all wheel drive


Worst Features

New mechanical system! New engine, tranny, and all parts conncected. New wiring and electric would be nice, too.


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on my 3rd engine
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By Lisa
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2002 Land Rover Freelander SUV S 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I am now on my 3rd engine it this vehicle, and I only have 60,000 miles on this car. Land Rover is offering me 50% off the engine. It's not drivable... please get these cars off the road as they are seizing up on people while driving.


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Been there done that
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By Shermie
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2002 Land Rover Freelander SUV SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Purchased a brand new Freelander and it is the only regret I have in my life. So you can assume exactly what kind of ownership experience my family and I had to endure for over 5 years. When the motor finally dies at 58Kmiles, and the transmission had been slipping for 1 year, the car still smelled brand new when it was sold for scrap parts. Never ever buy a Freelander, unless you have a high tolerance for a cheaply built, outsourced funky japanese tranny and a Chiness built motor with epoxy glue holding the cylinder sleeves together. The 5 years of missing coolant was nothing compared to what this car did to my life and finances. Pure junk.


Best Features

Looks and ride. Seating position.


Worst Features

This car needs a different transmission and motor. Plus it also could use improved electrical parts such as door motors, etc. Especially the leaky and noisy sunroof.


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Mine must have been the good one
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By Relatively happy
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2002 Land Rover Freelander SUV SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I've seen all the reviews on the Freelander and I realize I was just lucky - mine's been fairly trouble free in the five + years I've had it. It hasn't been babied, either, but I've also been picky about maintenance. But for snowy weather, it's always been the best.


Best Features

No-brainer AWD, and the couple times I've used hill descent control it's been useful. But how many times does anyone actually use it? And believe it or not, the reliability. I've never been left sitting.


Worst Features

Moot point since it's discontinued


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Don't buy
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By yeahstyle1
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2002 Land Rover Freelander SUV SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Looks good, fun to drive, great in the snow, but the 2.5l is a lemon. The head gasket will need to be replaced. Because of a design flaw the engine will eventually need to be replaced and LandRover does not make them any more and they are hard to find. Stay away from the 2.5L v6 engine, it is a ticking time bomb.


Best Features

Great for off road


Worst Features

New engine and better mpg


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