2002 Land Rover Freelander
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Piece of junk

by from Ohio on September 2, 2008

I was a big LR fan till the Freelander. The Freelander is a total lemon. Mine needs $12K+ to be road worthy again. All the horror stories are true. For those stating they haven't had problems, give it...
I was a big LR fan till the Freelander. The Freelander is a total lemon. Mine needs $12K+ to be road worthy again. All the horror stories are true. For those stating they haven't had problems, give it time. Window motors deficient, sunroof problems, coolant resivoir and thermostat leaks, transmission didn't last 75K miles. Those are all specific problems I have had with my Freelander. Futher, LR doesn't make any parts for repair. Didn't know about that one, huh? That means even the most minor defect or maintainence results in a huge repair bill. The sunroof doesn't seat and seal itself- LR dealer wants $1400 to replace. This, despite the fact that the sunroof is about 98% operational. I cannot warn you in strong enough terms to avoid this vehicle, regardless of date of manufacture. Don't be sucked into the LR brand like I was.
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Nice little SUV if you've got some cash

by from Tewksbury on April 1, 2009

I bought this SUV because I needed an AWD vehicle at a low price point. The freelander fits that description when compared to many other SUV's. I like the styling, performance and handling. I've had m...
I bought this SUV because I needed an AWD vehicle at a low price point. The freelander fits that description when compared to many other SUV's. I like the styling, performance and handling. I've had mine for about 2 years. During that time I've had cam shaft seals break(tow truck), needed a new thermostat and housing(tow truck), and had to have all the timing belts and other related parts replaced(tow truck). We're not talking a trivial amount of money here. You're biggest problem will also be finding a good foreign auto mechanic who can service you. Unless of course you want to pay dealer labor rates;). The parts are very expensive and regular oil changes anywhere can run around 70.00+. Synthetic oil and non-standard filters. All that being said I do enjoy it but do wish I had purchased something less expensive to maintain. Don't look for a bargain with this vehicle.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does not recommend this car

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it's a car

by from Buffalo, ny on November 9, 2009

This Suv is a good car but breaks down to easy. I have had trouble with the ac.Also the engin light has come on way to many times for the smallest things. I would buy a another car if I could.
This Suv is a good car but breaks down to easy. I have had trouble with the ac.Also the engin light has come on way to many times for the smallest things. I would buy a another car if I could.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car

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lots of repairs

by from denver colorado on July 14, 2009

The Freelander SE is a real nice looking SUV but the repairs are outrages. I wish i would of done a little homework on the car before I purchased it. I like the all wheel drive and it does great in th...
The Freelander SE is a real nice looking SUV but the repairs are outrages. I wish i would of done a little homework on the car before I purchased it. I like the all wheel drive and it does great in the snow.
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Does not recommend this car

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Never, Ever buy this car, stay away from it!

by from Connecticut on March 8, 2007

I am the second owner, my brother was the first. I heard bad things, but never thought that a company would sell such an unreliable vehicle, and not even acknowledge via recall the inherent problems ...
I am the second owner, my brother was the first. I heard bad things, but never thought that a company would sell such an unreliable vehicle, and not even acknowledge via recall the inherent problems with this particular model. Dealership tells me they made big mistakes when producing this car for America, the engine and transmission being the source of many problems. It has always overheated, required a new heater core and intake manifold gasket. Thermostat was replaced and it still overheats. I own it for two years and dump more than 4,000 into it. Now the transmission is blown with no warning at 98,000 miles. Dealer tells me to put a new one in, because the used ones will only have the same failure problems, but the new one has been corrected. Sounds like another recall avoided on the back of the owners. $4,300 for a new transmission. I sold it with a blown transmission. I will never purchase a Land Rover product again, period. You should consider this your warning.
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Does not recommend this car

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Least Reliable Car I have Owned

by from Tennessee on January 7, 2007

I babied my Freelander for 55000 miles. Not a scratch. Never replaced rotors & replaced pads only once. Loved the handling & snow traction (800 miles from TN to DC & back in 8 inches). No problems unt...
I babied my Freelander for 55000 miles. Not a scratch. Never replaced rotors & replaced pads only once. Loved the handling & snow traction (800 miles from TN to DC & back in 8 inches). No problems until transmission started slipping at 45000. It was replaced under warranty. Engine made noise when I picked it up at Dealer. Noise continued in cold weather at startup. Dealer said "not to worry". In August noise started & engine disintegrated at 55000 miles. Land Rover said it was my fault & out of warranty.
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Does not recommend this car

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Really annoying, poorly engineered car

by from Highmount, NY on January 8, 2008

I've always liked Land Rovers. My son was a finalist in the Land Rover Camel Trophy tour back in the '90's. Last year I decided to buy one. The best I could do on my budget was a 2nd hand 2002 Freelan...
I've always liked Land Rovers. My son was a finalist in the Land Rover Camel Trophy tour back in the '90's. Last year I decided to buy one. The best I could do on my budget was a 2nd hand 2002 Freelander. It looked good when I bought it. The foreshortened hood looked remarkably like my new Lab puppy. I liked the handling, much better than my previous all wheel drive, and the V6, while not peppy was at least perky. About one month into my ownership, things started to go downhill. The car (LR people like to call it a truck) developed a persistent, intermittent skip - a misfire of one or more cylinders. The warning light 'service your engine soon' came on. The skip would come and go, with no apparent reason. I have a reliable and intelligent mechanic who really enjoys a challenge. The Freelander has been at his garage for nearly 1/3 of the time I've owned it. So far he has not resolved the problem. I have great faith that it's not his fault. Attempts to contact Land Rover to get information have been unsatisfactory. Surely my car is not the only one with this problem, but LR is not about to admit this. There are other smaller deficiencies that bother me - power window controls that don't work, scary remote door lock controls, etc., but the main concern is the engine skip. I've heard horror stories about the Freelander regarding transmission problems, head gaskets, engine failure, and fear that I'm about to go down that slippery slope: owning a car that has no resale value, which will require unknown amounts of $$$ to make right. I'm hoping someone out there can give me some information about my car's problems. Thanks
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Does not recommend this car

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LEAST RELIABLE CAR I'VE OWNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

by from WINCHESTER,VIRGINIA on February 6, 2007

I HAVE HAD MY FREELANDER LAND ROVER ABOUT 8 MONTHS. I TOOK MY CAR TO THE SHOP AND THEY SAID THE INTAKE MANIFOLD WAS CRACKED. MY MECHANIC CALLED THE DEALER TO ORDER A NEW ONE AND THEY (THE DEALER) SA...
I HAVE HAD MY FREELANDER LAND ROVER ABOUT 8 MONTHS. I TOOK MY CAR TO THE SHOP AND THEY SAID THE INTAKE MANIFOLD WAS CRACKED. MY MECHANIC CALLED THE DEALER TO ORDER A NEW ONE AND THEY (THE DEALER) SAID "YEAH IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME". TOO MAKE A LONG STORY SHORT I REPLACED THE INTAKE AND MY CAR IS STILL IN THE SHOP W/ MANY PROBLEMS!
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Purchased a used car

Does not recommend this car

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Very good car, if taken care of and maintained

by from NC on March 14, 2015

This is a very nice car with a clean fill and smooth driving and handling, however if taken poor care of and neglected will deteriorate quick. I recommend this car for first time car owners who will n...
This is a very nice car with a clean fill and smooth driving and handling, however if taken poor care of and neglected will deteriorate quick. I recommend this car for first time car owners who will not not drive long distances everyday. (5-8 hours) without stopping is not recommended, safe car overall and nice off road ability.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Commuting

Does recommend this car!!

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Danish

by from Greenville, South Carolina on July 12, 2006

I purchased this vehicle for my daughter and we have had too many problems with the car. I believe it is a lemon.
I purchased this vehicle for my daughter and we have had too many problems with the car. I believe it is a lemon.
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Does not recommend this car

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