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.
by Sarah on Oct 1, 2009 Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander HSE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I bought my car in 2005 and it was under warranty until 2008. While under warranty, they had to replace 2 window motors, the sunroof motor, a fuel valve and eventually they put a rebuilt engine in this money pit! Fortunately, I did not have to pay for any of that-I just spend endless hours/days at the dealer. I should have been forwarned. In the past month (mind you I am 8 months pregnant)it's left me stranded on the highway twice. Battery was the first cause (ok, batteries need to be replaced) but 1 week later, here I am stranded without a car again (it died while driving and I'm waiting on the problem this time.) I am furious and WILL NEVER BUY any sort of Land Rover product again!!
by sripley on Apr 16, 2008 Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander HSE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
This SUV has a major design flaw affecting the Head Gasket, causing Coolant to seep into the Oil and Cylinders. The SUV cannot be repaired once this issue occurs. I would not recommend buying this vehicle, as it will only cost you thousands of dollars and in the end result in the SUV's engine seizing.
by Diana Sargent on Mar 27, 2007 Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander HSE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
The ride was ok. felt safe. Loved the looks. No pick up. wipers broke motor in window went out. engine problems. LR does not stand behind there product. Warranty was denied under bumper to bumper. Inside controls were in a weird spots. seats were to stiff.
by Julie on May 29, 2005 Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander HSE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I have had my Freelander 16 months. So far the battery had to be replaced, a vaccum hose has been replaced, the heater core went and when fixing that the vaccum motor had to be replaced. I am now on my 3rd radio due to problems with the radio or GPS. And my new problem is the lighter has quit working. Of course this has all been covered by warranty but should all this be wrong with a new car and an inconvience to me as I had to keep taking the vehicle to the dealership until my husband bought the LR3 so now they bring me a loaner and pick mine up. I really like the design of the vehicle but service was not good until we became a 2 Landrover Household.
by aatk on Nov 18, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander HSE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I'm a Brit. I bought a British car
built by scousers. I should have known
This must have been a Friday vehicle.
So far we're up to a new engine
management computer, a new nav system,
2 heads (for the stereo) and it's back
in the shop for a problem with the
airbags that they can't seem to
diagnose. There have been other minor
problems (faulty power windows etc).
At least it's all under warranty...
If it hadn't lost 1/3 of it's value in
12 months I'd be getting rid of it and
going back to a BMW. As it is I'll
probably amortise the cost over another
by NewRoverOwner on Sep 17, 2003 Vehicle: 2003 Land Rover Freelander HSE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)
I have always like the Land Rovers but
could not accept the 12-14 MPG of the
larger Discovery or Range Rover. The
Freelander fit my needs with many of
the features I would expect from a Land
Rover. Was surprised it lacked several
features listed below in the "Suggested
Improvement" section. Great car so
far. Also had a great experience with
the dealership sales staff.
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.