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2003 Land Rover Freelander SUV - Consumer Reviews

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Classic British - stylish and unreliable
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By John
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2003 Land Rover Freelander SUV SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)


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We wanted a car that wasn't a Ford Escape or Jeep Liberty and found the Freelander. It's a tad on the small side, but also a lot of fun and can climb a cliff in either direction. However, since buying (new) we've had all 5 window regulators replaced, the sunroof twice, all 4 brake rotors warped and had to be replaced, and most recently the car quit completely, with 6 different error codes in the computer, most notably that the camshaft position sensor had failed. The dealer treats us like poor cousins to the LR3 and Range Rover owners and we can't get a loaner, even for the latest issue. Bottom line, it's a fun car, but if you don't have a warranty, don't buy it.


Best Features

Off road capability, heated seats and windshield, hill descent control, uniqueness.


Worst Features

How about taking some of that FoMoCo build quality you used at Jaguar and applying it to Land Rover? And the electrical system should be "The Son of Lucas."


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Beware
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By Nigel
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2003 Land Rover Freelander SUV SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Transmission failed at 75 000 Km and will cost US$14 000 to replace. Re-con unit available for US$3 800. So had the re-con fitted and lasted 50Km. Now back being fixed


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Worst quality 4x4xfar
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By PAM
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2003 Land Rover Freelander SUV SE3 2dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Looks unique and feels great when it runs! POOR build quality and reliability. Roadside assistance called 4 times w/in 3 years. Towed to dealer 3 times! Trouble with engine, tranny, door speakers, brakes, antenna breaks often, hard top rattles, soft top a pain in the neck/plastic windows haze, engine has no oomf, wide turning radius, dated interior/controls, poor instrument lighting, need a key for gas- cap, dealer not helpful. Never buy again! Afraid to drive far from home.


Best Features

Cool looks. Supportive seats. Roadside Assistance/warranty for 4 years!!


Worst Features

BETTER QUALITY. Better engine/power, service loaner cars, interior (2004 was better), RELIABILITY.


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Think Twice
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By Kross98
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2003 Land Rover Freelander SUV SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)


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I thought buying a Land Rover would mean minimal problems but this vehicle has given me more headaches than any vehicle I've ever owned. Bought it used in 04 and have had it in the shop at least 10 times since. Mostly mechanical problems such as window malfunctions, door locks, etc. Have problems with it starting on occasion but LR says they can't find a problem. Very disappointed with the reliability of this SUV and usually disappointed with the customer service as well. Think twice before buying this vehicle.


Best Features

I love the look; very sporty and handles well in rough weather.


Worst Features

mechanical upgrades, realiability overall, strongly suggest improvements with customer service.


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Not a blessing!!
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By NOT A BLESSING!!
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2003 Land Rover Freelander SUV SE 4dr AWD SUV (2.5L 6cyl 5A)


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Anyone who says this car is reliable simply has not had it long enough. After 2 years we had to replace 3 sets of brakes (every 17000 miles) the heater core, the thermostat, the antifreeze bottle and cap, the rear window, the moonroof,and to top it all off the engine. Although it was all under warranty, we were treated as second class citizens by not only the service department of our dealer, but by the land rover north america corporate offices as well. We find ourselves just waiting for the next thing to break. A friend that works in the service dept. Confided that the freelander is a nightmare to most who own it. Getting a lexus rx300 tomarrow. Get out while you can.


Best Features

Great in bad weather.


Worst Features

Reliability, brakes, service, more head room, etc...


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