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