2003 Freelander

Consumer Reviews

2003 Land Rover Freelander

$2,088 - $6,768  MSRP Range
2003 Land Rover Freelander

Review Score

3.2 out of 5 stars

3.2

13 Reviews
Score Breakdown
3 out of 5 stars Comfort
3.1 out of 5 stars Value for the Money
3.4 out of 5 stars Interior Design
3.4 out of 5 stars Reliability
2.9 out of 5 stars Performance
3.6 out of 5 stars Exterior Styling

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3 out of 5 stars

Very unreliable

by Don't be fooled from DC on Fri Feb 03 2012

When I first got this car I loved it. It had 63,000 miles on it. I had it for four years and It was constantly in and out of the shop. I had to take it to the Land Rover dealer because most mechanics do not know how to work on them. First the ignition switch had to be replaced. Then the battery and brakes. The fuel pump died with no warning which is a common problem with this vehicle. Land Rover sent a recall letter for the issue after I had to pay to get it repaired. It was constantly leaking coolant and the mechanics could not figure out why. It was driving fine until one day the engine died at 98,000 miles and the dealership gave me a quote of $12000 for a new engine. Never again!

3 out of 5 starsComfort
2 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car!!

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1 out of 5 stars

not relible car

by mike from chicago on Fri Mar 19 2010

expensive parts, I lost a lot of dollars for repair.Common problems: transmision, oil leaking, sun roof stopped working, back door window, hot air inside smells like coolant fluid- coolant fluid radiator leaking, and many more defects. And that car is 7 years old. Has now 72000 miles. Stay away from this car.

1 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
2 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car!!

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2 out of 5 stars

Do Not buy a Land Rover

by BeWise from west coast on Mon Jan 17 2011

While our Land Rover was surprisingly reliable for about 5 years before it fell apart, Land Rovers are absolutely overpriced (people buy it for the name and prestige) and practically "illegally" expensive to maintain. There is absolutely no reason to pay $169.99 for an oil change when your car is under warranty. The whole Land Rover brand is poor value for the money and the cars are built for a short life span. If you want value, do not buy the Land Rover brand. If you have a lot of money to spend, don't worry about your image, save $30-40,000 and give it to your favorite charity.

1 out of 5 starsComfort
2 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
2 out of 5 starsInterior Design
2 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
2 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does not recommend this car!!

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2 out of 5 stars

Not recommended

by freelander bitten from Toronto, Ontario on Wed Mar 10 2010

Great when first purchased. Super handling and nice ride. When warranty ran out engine problems began. Finally finished with broken camshaft that bent the valves. Diagnosis new engine!

3 out of 5 starsComfort
2 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car!!

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1 out of 5 stars

junk

by b from pa on Wed Jun 10 2009

The engine will blow!!! This is a common problem with the engine build. Stay away from this evil car. It is a nightmare!!!!

2 out of 5 starsComfort
1 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
1 out of 5 starsInterior Design
1 out of 5 starsReliability
1 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Uses car for Transporting family

Does not recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Great for off road

by Offroader from Bay Area, CA on Fri Aug 24 2012

Bought this car new in 2003 & still have it after 9 years. Works great. Love to go travelling & camping with it. Unlike big clumsy SUVs, this is nimble on the high ways, little city streets as well tight off road trails.

5 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Uses car for Just getting around

Does recommend this car!!

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4 out of 5 stars

A little unreliable

by landrovers from rhondda cynon taff on Sat Jan 05 2008

an expensive vehicle if things go wrong the fuel pump went on mine i have a 2 litre kalahari special edition black and it cost me nearly a #1000 to put it right at #989

4 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
2 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Dont be fooled by the brand name

by PSYCO from Bay Area on Thu Nov 01 2007

There are some annoying design flaws, like the seats should move electrically for a luxury line, but they are manual. Flimsy cup holder's lac of engineering force you to maneuver the vehicle constantly cautious of spillage.I dont know if the decision to put the hood release lever on the passenger side,& gas cap that requires a key is european, outdated, or just poor design.

1 out of 5 starsComfort
4 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
4 out of 5 starsPerformance
3 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does not recommend this car!!

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5 out of 5 stars

Drives like a car, amazing traction in rain/snow!

by LR fan from Chicago on Thu Aug 30 2007

Handles like a sports car, not like the typycal SUV, has low center of gravity, stops from 60-0mph in 112 feet, faster then most sports cars, and is completely equipped for off road adventures, with traction control, and 1st-3rd gear are geared for low range work for steep inclines, descents, hill descent control (works forwards and reverse!) great fun with the top down, even at highway speeds of 80mph, you can have a conversation without raising your voice, great engineering!

4 out of 5 starsComfort
5 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
5 out of 5 starsInterior Design
5 out of 5 starsReliability
5 out of 5 starsPerformance
5 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a New car

Does recommend this car!!

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3 out of 5 stars

Happily owned vehicle

by Cowboy from Carson City, NV on Tue Nov 21 2006

I have been happy so far with this vehicle. No car is always perfect. I have owned MB and BMW and have found this car to bode well with these others that I have owned.

3 out of 5 starsComfort
3 out of 5 starsValue for the Money
3 out of 5 starsInterior Design
3 out of 5 starsReliability
3 out of 5 starsPerformance
4 out of 5 starsExterior Styling

Purchased a Used car

Does recommend this car!!

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