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Land Rover Freelander Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.5 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 174 hp @ 6250 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 15/19 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2003 Land Rover Freelander

  • Small inside and lacking a low-range transfer case, the Freelander won't appeal to buyers looking for a seriously capable small SUV, despite the Land Rover name on the hood. Although it handles well on and off the road, a drab interior and sluggish performance leave us questioning whether it's worth the premium price tag.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Hill Descent Control, permanent all-wheel drive, four-wheel independent suspension for good on- and off-road handling.

  • Cons

    Tight on cargo space even with rear seats folded, priced at the top of its class, cheap interior materials, V6 engine on the weak side, rear drum brakes.

  • What's New for 2003

    Engineering changes for Land Rover's mini-ute include a larger fuel tank and an improvement in the climate control system for quieter operation and more efficiency. Body side moldings have been added to protect the Freelander against scrapes. The 2003 model year sees the introduction of the three-door SE3 version, with removable top and rear panels for topless fun like a Jeep Wrangler.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews


2 of 3 people found this review helpful

2003 range rover freelander

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander S 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)

Just purchased a 2003 Land Rover, I have had this for 1 week and it is already given me problems. The first day I found out ignition key will not unlock the drivers door, which by the way is the only lock on this rig besides the tailgate, the gas cap fell apart in my hands, the gas mileage is really bad. Driving today it is shifting on its own going down the road, but is shifting hard. The dash is blinking 4F and is says that it is decending down hill,. Being in park is it saying 4F. I took it to the dealership had their mechanic come out and take a look, he checked it out and is saying that I have a Transmition Problem. This is NOT GOOD, used dealer is not anwering our calls to him,NOT GOOD



1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Free at last!

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander S 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)

At first I loved this car but as with many love affairs it wasn't long before the honeymoon was over. We did everything we were supposed to do to take care of this car but despite that it still was a nightmare. If it wasn't one thing it was another. Very expensive to repair and LR's customer service isn't very good (understatement). We were also told by them to trade it in before it was too late and that's exactly what we did. We are now proud Toyota owners. If you have one and it hasn't given you any trouble it won't be long before it will. GET RID OF IT! If you are thinking of buying one, STOP!



2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Avoid this money hole

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander S 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)

Endless expensive electrical and mechanical failures. The engine however is well known for it's self-destructive tendency and poor design. (It costs over $800 to replace a thermostat O-ring) The cylinder sleeves tend to slip sending coolant into the oil. The engine is no longer made and parts are extremely expensive. There are 2 catalytic converters (about $1000 each)




What was i thinking?

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander S 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)

Thought Landrover and Range Rover were reliable vehicles until purchasing my Freelander.What a mistake! After the 5th month of driving it I was left stranded. The thing just completely shut down! Come to find out it was the fuel system. The thing sat at the mechanics for two months, until the part came in from the Dealer in Albuquerque. The fuel pump cost $595! The recall for the fuel system came in August so off to the Dealership we went! & they said the timing belts need replacing (cost: $1800 - it has three). The oil changes we do ourselves for $65 everytime! Or $100 if you can find a decent place that'll do it. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS VEHICLE! Unless you like to throw away your money!




Nightmare on wheels

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander S 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)

If you own this car you need to run, not walk to trade it in! Do a little research and you will be sick. This car turned evil out of nowhere. There is a defect in the cooling system that should have been recalled and can't be fixed. I was stuck without a car for nearly 2mnths because of this devil. Had no choice but to have it repoed, because the cost of repair is equal to what I owe...not that it can be fixed anyways! Took it to 4 different foreign shops and they don't want anything to do with it. Now I'm stuck having to file bankruptcy over this mess. I would hate to see anyone go through this, wish I would of done some research before buying Land Rover.




Agree with the class action

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Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander S 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)

Had my car for 2 yrs, has 83000 miles on the car. The fuel pump went, upper air intake needed replaced and it too leaked coolant into the oil causing me to need a new engine. All in a 7 month period. The Land Rover dealer told me these cars are unreliable and they have this problem at least once a month. He told me to get rid of it because I will only have more problems. What does that tell you when the dealer thinks it is a piece of junk!!!



Full 2003 Land Rover Freelander Review

What's New for 2003

Engineering changes for Land Rover's mini-ute include a larger fuel tank and an improvement in the climate control system for quieter operation and more efficiency. Body side moldings have been added to protect the Freelander against scrapes. The 2003 model year sees the introduction of the three-door SE3 version, with removable top and rear panels for topless fun like a Jeep Wrangler.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 15
  • cty
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  • 19
  • highway
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