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Hi I bought a 2003 freelander(96,000 miles) like a year ago as a gift to my wife and since I bought we have not been able to drive it for two days straight! It's been on the shop for all this time, First was the coolant coming out the muffler cause of a head blown off, Tried to repair it but the parts are so expensive and impossible to find, even ... Read More
I have a 2003 Freelander with major motor issues and less than 60,000 miles on it. I took it to the Land Rover dealer I bought it from because It was using antifreeze and we never saw any on the ground. Long story short antifreeze was in the oil. They dropped it off saying if you drive it will blow the motor. So I now have a ticking time bomb in ... Read More
I have read all post concerning the problems with the 2003 Land Rover Freelander. I've had all the same problems with mine. Does anyone know of any law suit imposed on Land Rover because of so many consumer complaints? Did Land Rover get away with this? My car has 65,000 miles, and I'm still fixing stuff on it. I'm so dis-appointed in them.
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 ... Read More
My wife"s 2003 Freelander se blew its engine on the highway yesterday,luckily a DOT truck driver saw the oil pouring out and pulled her over before the motor seized.I cannot believe there is no class action suit against Land Rover.These vehicles are dangerous.She brought the vehicle in faithfully to the dealer for all scheduled maint.And the engine blows without warning!
Mr. Iceclimbr -- enough time has passed now.. Still got the Freelander? how did it work out? I thought about buying a 02 HSE with 54,000 miles -- what r your thoughts?
I have paid over $13,000 in repairs in the last year on my 2003 Land Rover Freelander...all through the dealership. After just getting it out of the shop,it would not start and now they tell me it needs a new engine for ANOTHER $12,000!!! I have written to Land Rover,complained to the dealership, written to the transportation board, what else can I do? Are there any lawyers handling cases against Land ... Read More
Why didn't I do the research BEFORE financing my 2003 Freelander 8 months ago!!! The problems have begun and they (the mechanics, the dealer, and all of the other money mongers) are ready to put me on the rollercoaster!!! It started in September when the fans were running excessively hard... the mechanic quelled that problem; then 1-month later, the temp gauge was reading "red"... the mechanic kept it for 4 days ... Read More
Hi His name is Howard Gutman & he is in New Jersey. He is working on my case as well as others with Freelanders. My 2003 needed the new engine at 40,000 miles. It took my Freelander being towed to the LR dealership 10 times (really) before they figured that I needed a new engine-mine cost $15000-it was not under warranty anymore. After I got the new engine-I waited 6 months ... Read More
I bought a 2003 freelander used for my daughter 4 years ago -- it sure was a darn cute car for a high school girl -- this was the two door version in bright yellow. As a freshman in college -- she started to have engine heating problems. She was 3 hours away and at the mercy of the local repair shops. $1200 later she had replaced some fans and the ... Read More
I have had my 2003 for almost 3 years and it has been in the shop almost every 2 to 3 months. the coolant seems to be going somewhere but the dealer has never found where. But it all came to an end the last week when the engine died. On a road trip the oil light came on so I so I stop put in oil. When I got back ... Read More
hi i have a 2002 freelander s. yup i bought one . now i have the freelander transmission problem the F4 from hell. and i have been studing all these manuals and i have got my parts on order,but first i'm going to explain why the replacement of these transmissions is a huge waste of time. first the transmission as a whole has a alot good points and the faults with ... Read More
Hello all, We just purchased a 2003 Land Rover Freelander SE3 (2 Door) from a dealer in our area. It has 56K miles on it and seems to be running properly - for now. I'm concerned about the reviews of the Freelander and did not know there were so many issues before we purchased. My question is; Is the Freelander SE3 2DR riddled with as many problems as the 4DR companion ... Read More
I'm happy and relieved to announce that I'm no longer the owner of a 2003 Freelander. Amen! I am now the proud owner of a brand new 2009 Scion XB. It will be my personal mission in life to make sure nobody I know ever owns any vehicle ever made by Land Rover.
I have been reading a lot of these posts today, and only wish I had read them earlier. I am the original owner of a 2003 Freelander and was told that I need a new engine today by the same Land Rover dealership who sold me this "vehicle." Please understand that this "vehicle" has been well cared for, all services were done as scheduled, and at 61,000 miles the cylinder sleeves ... Read More
Hi everyone. This is my first post. (I feel like we all need therapy for what we're going through.) I bought a 2003 Freelander, 32K miles, one year ago. When I drove it off the lot, the "service engine soon" light was on. I called the dealer (Tempe Mitsubishi, which has since closed its doors) immediately and he said their service department had just done the standard pre-sale maintenance and that ... Read More
Well, let me join the rest of you who have been bitten by the Land Rover Freelander bug. Here is my brief story. My 2003 HS Freelander transmission display began flashing F and 4 while I was attending my aunts funeral 300 miles away from home. I call the 800 number for Land Rover seeking techincial assistant and said take it your nearest dealer. I got it back to Dallas and ... Read More
Land Rover sells junk. My truck had 6,000 miles on it when i bought it and i went through endless amounts of repairs and more than enough times vehicle-less due to the numeral times it was in the shop. My tranny went at 51,000. That was after the engine had went and just about everything else. The last straw was when the back window motor went at 52,000 miles on our ... Read More
I've owned this vehicle for a year and it has been a money pit to say the least it has 74k miles on it, I bought it with 67k. I use it as a spare car for teenage son, trips in town no real commuter driving so the usage is very low. In this short period of time I've replaced head gaskets ( which was under warranty I dodged a BULLET ... Read More
I just filed a complaint with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They told me that they only have 29 complaints and if there were more than they could require Land Rover to have a recall. We have a 2003 Freelander with 37,000 miles that has a problem too with the head gasket failure. The engine is shot, they can't get a replacement and if they could our car is over ... Read More
If you would like more information on the car's engine defective design (even Land Rover mechanics have posted in these other forums advising the Chinese Manufactured K-1 Engine is to blame for all of these over-heating & related issues), also I had the same regulator break on the passenger rear window, cost me about $450 to have dealer-service fix that, and Fuel Pump broke at about 70,000 miles, cost about $750 ... Read More
OMG! I wish i had stumbled on these posts before today. My story: purchased it from the dealer, it was a loaner car for the company at 9500 miles. Got ,what i thought, was a good deal. Did notice the yearly brake replacement and costly oil changes. at around 45000 miles, the car loosing water weekly. filled it up weekly, took it to the dealers, they did a diagnostic and said ... Read More
Just thought I'd update that my 2003 Freelander SUV is no longer functional, that oil from the engine has completely filled up the radiator and overflow cannister. The car showed sympomatic overheating and this time the head gasket seal completely failed. I have read that this is the final thing that happens with the head gasket failure and that there is no point to even trying to repair the head gasket ... Read More
I own a 2003 Freelander as well I have the same issue with coolant leak. I just spent $1700 on replacment of the head gasket and a week later tempature gauge spiked; too know avail coolant loose again. As I see in the forum there are many complaints regarding this issue, as we all know Land Rover had poor design on this engine and they should be held accountable. I am ... Read More
You are so right. I actually had bought an extended warranty on this truck (Thank God). I have 87K mles and just replaced the whole engine because the water resevoir in the engine busted. The repair is $10,000. Of which, the dealership is trying to get me to pay $3,000. They claim that is took 41 hours!!! to repair the engine. NO WAY! I have also had a sensor shut down ... Read More
Oh my as I hold my head reading all your writings.. my overheating problem of my 2003 Land Rover Freelander started at around 55-58,000 miles. My local dealer has no history of me reporting a problem with the coolant.. however I had just had my car in for repair of the ignition switch and then these coolant problems happen.. I wrote a letter to headquarters in N.J. and copied my dealer. ... Read More
I have a 2003 Freelander with a bad transmission. Land Rover and Dealer unwilling to help !! This week I will be filing suit against Land Rover and the Dealer. Will keep this forum posted with results !! Bob
I would like for Land Rover to buy back my 2003 Freelander. I purchsed it used on 4/30/07. It overheated less than a week later.I have brought it back to dealer(SEWELL) three times for a commulative period of about 50 days overall. They sent it to Land Rover to check out.Initially, the coolant dissapeared after 5 days, and then I found it to be leaking into the engine.The engine is also ... Read More
I have a 2003 Land Rover FREELANDER with currently 38,000 miles. I has been a total nightmare. Besides broken coolant reservoir, (3)changes of brake pads and discs, window water leaks, headlining damaged from manufacturing, sunroof motor and sliding replaced, jet washer defective, computer reconfigured, AC heater assy replaced and cooling system bled due to coolant leakeage on heater, front speaker replaced, codes P1472, p2070 intake chamber replaced, bad brake rotors replaced, ... Read More
I have an '03 Freelander and at only 58,000 need a new engine.LR doesn't care because I don't have extended warranty.10,0000 new engine!!!!!.I'm completely up for a class action lawsuit.
COUNT ME IN!! This 2003 Freelander is my 3rd Land Rover! I've owned 1 brand new 2005 Discovery, which I loved. and this is my 2nd Freelander. My first I had NO problems with. I loved it. I did know however NEVER to keep a LR past it's warranty. I guess I should've listened to myself. Seriously, let me k now if anything comes of the law suit
Some of this discussion is about buying what makes you happy even though the cost doesn't (make you happy). I leased a 2003 FL from LR for $399/month and was looking forward to the LR2 becasue I wanted a better car with better features and I like Land Rovers (personal taste). I don't care what anyone else thinks of Land Rover's so called "reputation" but I do care about over paying ... Read More
My 2003 Freelander is my 3rd LR, purchasing close to 90k from LR. I had taken it into the shop, still under warranty for the same issue of over heating, 2 times prior to it going out of warranty. The engine, at 61k miles finally crapped out, "blown head gasket"! it was not holding ANY fluids, it was smoking and I took it to the closest auto tech that I could ... Read More
I bought my 2002 Freelander early last year (around May) from the local Land Rover dealership. It was a certified pre-owned vehicle, but I went ahead and purchased an extended warranty plan just in case. I'm glad I did. For the past 5-6 months, I've had nothing but problems with my car. 2 weeks ago, I had dropped off my car at the dealership because the brakes seemed weird. They told ... Read More
Hi my name is Ms. Wilson and I live in Philadelphia. I own a Land Rover Freelander 2003. When I brought my car in 2003 everything was fine. One year later the engine light was coming on. It was taken back to LR 3 times before they discovered a gas leak. He told me that the car was unsafe and he gave me a loner. I went through Pennsylvania Lemon Law ... Read More
My 2003 freelander just went in the shop yesterday for overheating. I haven't had a call back from my dealer yet, but after reading everyones' post, I called land rover. They were generally unhelpfull and rude, with an end result of p**** me off. I think land rover needs to respond to what is happening with this car. (and isn't it odd that the new LR2 will be based off a ... Read More
OMG! I am so shocked and appalled at the service we have all been receiving regarding this vehicle, it make my blood boil! I have a 2003 Freelander and it has been in the shop twice for overheating the first time they said it was the heater core and they replaced that and when I went to pickup my car it was a mess inside since they had to pull out ... Read More
The bastards have pinned against the wall.I don't know if it's too late, but I'll jump aboard. I purchased a new 2004 Freelander in February 2004. I have serviced my vehicle at the required intervals with Land Rover. At 48,500 miles, my truck started to overheat. I took it to my local mechanic who looked it over and was puzzled. He couldn't see where the coolant had gone and suggested I ... Read More
Hi, I've had terrible problems with my Freelander. This is the letter I wrote to Land Rover of North America...I'm considering some type of class action against them. Thanks for reading. Lora I have owned a 2003 Land Rover Freelander S since October 17th, 2003 and I can say I fear for my life while operating the vehicle due to the overwhelming hazards associated with the automobile. Your automobile has not ... Read More
Consider a few things. The most recent JD power survey was for durability and therefore was based on 2003 models. (the one published last week or so). Alot of the complaints - so I understand - were from the Freelander. You are probably not buying that one because its been discontinued here to be replaced with the LR2. Further - and someone else should pipe in here as well - my ... Read More
We current own a 2003 Freelander SE and have had nothing but problems with the product and service provided by Bill Jacobs Land Rover of Naperville. We are trying to get some benckmarking information/data on how many problems (i.e., failures, etc.) that the freelander has had and if there are other folks out there who have experience problems with LRNA and/or Bill Jacobs?
If you are a US owner you have mercifully been spared the "joys" of ownership of a 1.8 litre petrol powered Freelander. Had this model been released in the US I can only muse as to whether Land Rover would have still been in business. For interest refer almost any non US forum. Head/Head-gasket/wet-sleeve-cylinder-block/coolant/circulation design issues combined to make the 1.8 K series petrol engine essentially a "consumable". For issues with ... Read More
Well here we go, I have a 2003 G4 edition Freelander. Like many others on here I have had some minor problems that the dealership took care of under warranty no questions asked. But...the brakes! The dealership replaced the pads at about 12K miles because they were pulsing, felt like the rotors were warped. Now I am at a little over 30K and am being told the same thing you are ... Read More
Like many here, we purchased...in good faith...our Freelanders only to find out about all the "normal" little problems. My vehicle currently sits in the parking lot...once again... of the dealership awaiting yet another repair...the transmission. Of the ~1250 days that I've had this vehicle, almost 100 days have been in the shop (~8%), and I've not been off-roading unless you count a country dirt-road. I've also had the problem with the ... Read More
I have bought a new Freelander S back in June of 2003 and so far haven't had any major problems with it other than the brakes. The rotors and the pads were replaced at 8,000 miles at no charge (LR said they weren't even that bad but I complained about brake noise) so I figured that Land Rover acknowledged that there is a design flaw in the system and that they're ... Read More
We bought the car for about couple of months and it has logged only about 2700km on it. So, it is pretty new. I only drive at about 110km on a HWY, so it is not too fast at all. However, during my recent business trip to US, it broke down right before the border. The display was flashing F4 and there was a burnt smell. Fortunately, there wasn't too many ... Read More
I emailed you a copy of the letter I sent. Ripple4: It's up to you if you want to purchanse one. I loved my 2002 freelander.. when it ran. It seems like the quality of the 2003s may be better than the 2002s. I don't know. Unfortunetly, I found customer service to be lacking with Land Rover, if that is an important factor for you,I would get everything in writing on ... Read More
Discovery I, Defender, Range Rover 4.0-4.6, Range Rover classic, and Freelander use Dexron III spec ATF as power steering fluid. Discovery II and the 2003 Range Rover are spec'd to use Texaco Cold Climate PAS Fluid. This is available at your Land Rover dealership as P/N LRN2261. ATF is not recommended for those vehicles.
I hate to post this, but after less than two months my 2003 Range Rover has turned out to be a nightmare. It has been in the shop for 3 weeks now, major electrical system failures including Air suspension system failure, Navigation system failure, won't start, etc. (supposedly caused by a leak in the sunroof drain? - hows that for a vehicle supposedly built to withstand anything?). Land Rover has been ... Read More
First Drive: 2003 Land Rover Freelander SE3 Steve, Host
Hi all stateside, I read your messages with interest and as I live 3 miles from the Solihull fcatory thought I could enlighten you a little. I have also just handed back my Oct 2000 Freelander having done 40,000 trouble-free miles and am waiting for my next one to arrive!! The 2003 model has just gone into production this week but has hardly any differences. The 3-door version for the US ... Read More
Tincup 47 Since you're the "insider" here on this board, have you become aware of any improvements planned for the 2003 Freelander in the weeks that have passed since your last post? I was considering buying a 2002, but don't like several things I've seen and read, so I'm going to wait until the 2003s come out and see what's changed. Things such as incorporating that add-on "high mounted brake light" ... Read More
Tincup47, Thanks. Unfortunately, I am a little disappointed in your response. Perhaps you can't say much in the way of details about your future plans--and that would certainly be understandable. I would think that if you work for Land Rover, you might find it a matter of customer service to, at the very least, provide some details. Frankly, I've been looking at purchasing either a Freelander or a Discovery but have ... Read More
Tincup47, Thanks for the response and the information. Do you have a source for the information you posted which suggests that Land Rover "is bringing in the 3 door model for 2004?" I believe the Edmunds report suggests something may arrive in 2003. I am trying to assess what new plans, if any, that the company has to modify the Freelander for 2003.
A quick question for the group here. Are there any published reports (published as opposed to "I heard that...") as to Land Rover's plans for the Freelander in 2003? Edmunds is reporting a possible two-door Freelander is in the works but the image shown is of a two-door English model which I can't see them bringing here (it is not particularly elegant). Much thanks.
Tincup: I saw four 2003 Land Rovers today driving in San Francisco today 3/6/02. All 2003 models: Disco, Range, Defender 110 Wagon and the Freelander. All were painted ORANGE and had safari/luggage racks on all of them. They all had tons of gear on the roof. What are they doing in San Fran? They looked GREAT! KK
Since there is nothing going on in this forum, I thought I would bring some new information. Sometime later next year BMW is launching X3 and Mitsubishi is launching ASX/Air Trek as 2003 models, which seem to be a good competition to Freelander. Air Trek is already on sale in Japan and seems to be doing well there. And X3 would be a smaller version of X5 and would be priced ... Read More