Written on: 17/06/2013
Bought 2003 Free lander se3 new. Countless electrical problems, mainly minor blows fuses regularly. Rear main seal had to be replaced around 20,000 miles. Dealership had nerve enough to ask if I wanted new oil (at a charge)when the RMS was replaced. Rear window gasket leaks and destroyed subwoofer and rusted metal in rear cargo area. Replaced coolant reservoir twice. Replaced coolant fittings and hoses. Thermostat went bad and engine blew head gaskets at 70,000 miles. Thought I would... (read more)
Written on: 02/11/2010
Looking on here its apparent that a lot of people havent had a good technician working on there cars or just a cheap job done.I Bought the car with the head gasket gone after a so called mechanic fixed it!This had been done in Gappers garage in Flint north wales by a mechanic who apparently used an airgun to torque up the bolts!!!!!!!!!!!!! on a new head gasket without having the head skimmed!!!!
Anyway head skimmed,pressure tested,valves reground and new multilayer gasket later,cambelt... (read more)
Written on: 17/07/2009
If you get all the right things fixed the Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi 5 door never lets you down and is a very safe and comfortable ride. You won't get stuck after the pic-nic. (read more)
Written on: 24/05/2009
The Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi 5 door is a good practical 4x4. loads of room , drives like a car, bit under powered but alright for light use off roading (read more)
Written on: 11/02/2009 by bigkahuna (1 review written)
The Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi 5 door has a good design, drive is pleasant, good 4x4 if you know what you're doing. If you will keep an eye on cooling system, it will last forever. As a must - mount PRRT - thermostat fix from Land Rover, and change head gasket to latest type - MLS with black shim. Having done those two - be sure - it will make no problems again. (read more)
Written on: 20/01/2009 by AndyAus04 (1 review written)
Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi 5 door- Handles well in all weathers. Drove to St Tropez and back. Comfortable and easily my fave car. Had Audi A4 Vauxhall Vectra. A liitle noisy but that was not a problem. I would take another Freelander any day. Have sold mine and on the look out for a replacement. My father in law has bought mine. (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2008 by wolfgangknoepfler
Bought the car with a full service history and 112,000km on the clock. Last service was done at 106,000. I still did a full service when I bought it and paid 7,300 Rand. Opted not to have the electric sunroof fixed which would have cost 10,000 Rand. It drove for 1,000km and needed a new catalytic converter for 6,500 Rand. It drove for another 1,000km and the head gasket was blown. Left the car with mechanic, picked it up 42 days later and it had a bust engine - refurbished engine will cost... (read more)
Written on: 01/07/2008 by Kewnet (1 review written)
I've owned a 1999 1.8 XEi since January and I've just bitten the bullet and traded it in for a X-Type Jaguar.
Whilst I've had it, the head gasket has blown ( £950), timing belts have gone (x2) ( £400) and now the starter motor is about to give up.... this on a vehicle that has covered a mere 68,000 miles.
To put that in perspective, I also own a 1991 Toyota MR2 GTLimited 2.0 that has covered 160,000 miles..... so far, this has needed (outside normal service)...errr..... 3 sets of tyres and... (read more)
Written on: 16/04/2008 by Jlopge (1 review written)
Had a Land Rover Freelander from New (2004) head gasket blew just out of warranty only done 40,500 miles nothing really, dealership didn't want to know - Out of Warranty and that's it. (read more)
Written on: 12/03/2008
Ideal for a safety very handy in adverse driving conditions. Flooded roads. Safe ride solid vehicle. Good locking system. Lights and electrics. Air conditioning
It's classed as a car and has enough 4 wheel drive to get out of a mess if necessary. (read more)
Written on: 09/02/2008
I've owned mine from new (2001) It's had head gasket problems, clutch problems and has leaked since new even though new door seals and a new sunroof have been fitted. Another problem is that water collects in the rear cubby box and causes condensation. Land Rover should be held accountable, their customer service department even admit that there isn't a cure for the head gasket problems and I notice from postings on the internet that water leak problems have started occurring on the new... (read more)
Written on: 11/01/2008 by Mr BC Smith (1 review written)
Got ours 6 months ago with full dealer service history for what its worth. Cam belt broke and engine shagged and all Land Rover can say is its outside of warrenty, so sorry 2,750 of damage is ours to pay.....Thanks Land Rover for brining us such a rubbish car. (read more)
Written on: 30/11/2007 by shaun j
landrover to me have to me built a car on looks and not for driving and should pay back moneys to any person daft enough to buy one. what a crud 4x4 they are and must be the worst designed car that landrover ever built. I had one two weeks trying to sell for my sister and in that time at 58000 miles the tranfer box broke at a cost to replace 1800.oo clutch started to slip rear window kept falling down when on the move. Faulty sunroof and windows these are common faults so keep clear. (read more)
Written on: 18/07/2007 by Larry Gillard
I bought this 'heap of rubbish' 3 weeks ago thinking that with it being a land Rover it would go on for ever and would be built to last. I should have read the reviews before buying, I agree with virtually everyone that this is a poor car, in fact I would say it's the worst car I have ever bought. I have owned several Japanese 4x4's and they are so much better in every respect. (read more)
Written on: 17/07/2007 by jber55
This Land Rover Freelander has been a total nightmare! I bought it 8 months ago from a dealership and it was running fine. Then is starting overheating recently and become very noisy while running. Turns out my oil pump failed and I need a whole new engine. This car is a complete joke.... I would never buy another land rover in my life. They are made to break.. and thats exactly what they do. Not only are they off the wall expensive to work on..... most of the parts are dealer only. It is... (read more)
Written on: 31/05/2007 by doings (1 review written)
Head gasket blown twice, oil pump failed, needed new engine, after 4 months same problems starting again. Dont buy one - it will cost a fortune and will be difficult to sell. (read more)
Written on: 13/10/2006 by jhughan
I would advise anyone who is considering buying a Freelander to forget it, as it will cost a fortune in repairs if you do not have a full Landrover warranty. My Freelander is in the garage at the moment, and it has just cost me £1500. I could buy a small runaround for that! (read more)
Written on: 11/06/2006 by JOHNNIK
My wife bought the Land Rover Freelander after seeing and driving one, overall I thought it was a good car for what she needed, we are farmers and in earth moving construction. It did nearly a years faultless motoring until, the clutch master cylinder failed,(we have our own workshop). I was staggeredd to find not only could I not get a repair kit (usually around $35 or so) but had to buy the entire set of clucth master cylinder,hydraulic line and slave cylinder at a cost of over $300. Then... (read more)
Written on: 03/02/2006 by nfk2 (1 review written)
I bought my Land Rover Freelander from a dealer. At first I and my wife loved it and immediately paid £8000 for it, a W reg. After 2 days I realised it loses water and temperature went up to red zone. After taking it to the dealer 5 or 6 times back, and dealer put different new pieces at each time, from changing sensor to headgasket. The dealer decided to put a new engine. After that, in less than two months, the same problem started and this time not only losing water but also a lot of... (read more)
Written on: 29/12/2005 by MartinMac
I've had my Land Rover Freelander for 3 whole weeks, and on the way to Gatwick the engine blew. It cost me my holiday, flights, car parking, hotel, plus the luxury of getting us home (£150 tow). It cost me £6000 new, so a very expensive mistake. It's in between Christmas and New Year, so looks like beans on toast for January! Before you buy look at all of the forums - search the internet and err on the side of caution! (read more)
Written on: 28/12/2005 by mrp (1 review written)
My first fault occurred 7 months into ownership when the battery appeared to be flat after a 2 hour drive to the Lakes. Landrover Rescue were excellent. No apparent reason for the fault.
Second fault 11 months into ownership when the fuel sender proved faulty and I ran out of petrol. Dealt with the immediate problem myself and sender unit replaced at annual service.
Third fault in 13th month of ownership when Inertia Switch fault caused the vehicle to stop dead at a traffic light.... (read more)
Written on: 20/12/2005 by pcook (1 review written)
Head Gasket leaked, No warning, the Cylinder liners embedded themselves in head all after being MOT'd two weeks previously. The Land Rover Freelander has only driven 63000 kilometers! Response from LR as it was imported from Germany, you have to take it up with them. (read more)
Written on: 29/11/2005 by pkaide1
Do not buy the Land Rover Freelander a piece of garbage. I bought one in 2001 and on 51000 miles, just when the warranty expired the transmision died. I had to replace it with a brand new transmission and pay 5000 dollars. (read more)
Written on: 26/11/2005 by mercbrown
Bought the Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi Feb 2003. 1st day sunroof broke, 2nd week f/f cd player broke, 6th week overheating caused by faulty gauge ,6 months prop shaft and front diff went ,then had new engine fitted at 55,000 miles ,terrible urban fuel consumption ,I was getting 21mpg urban,what more can I say. (read more)
Written on: 25/11/2005 by cocokatz
This is my second Freelander, I had to part ex the first due to a leaking rear door seal, and the Diff , which would cost over £1000. The door seal had been replaced by Freelander 3 times, yet water still continued to pour in
I bought a 52 reg, and my head gasket has blown at 27000 miles. A common fault I am told by several mechanics, including a friend who works for Landrover. Landrover do not want to know, I'm a month out of manufacturers warranty.
This fault will usually occur again... (read more)
Written on: 13/10/2005 by tforshaw (1 review written)
Purchased the Land Rover Freelander new after 3 months on waiting list! Must admit to being initially disappointed with a long list of small niggles, all of which were repaired under warranty, but did not expect this from a £20K car and BMW involvement in Land Rover!
I must have been lucky as after 6 years of ownership and 40,000 miles, I had no issue with the head gasket. In fact the running costs were extremely low due to the low insurance group and discount scheme operated by Guy Salmon... (read more)
Written on: 09/07/2005 by NetSpyder5 (1 review written)
This Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi 5 door 4x4 is one poorly built motor car. There are too many negatives to list here, suffice to say do your homework before considering a purchase. This car is best left in the garage. (read more)
Written on: 22/02/2005 by SJohnson (1 review written)
We bought our used Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi 5 door 4x4 through a Landrover dealer two and a half years ago when we found out we were pregnant with our first child - it seemed like a fun but practical option. We couldn't have been more wrong given that it seems to be in the garage or on the back of an RAC tow rope more than it's in use.
In the two and a half years we've had it we have had to call the RAC 7 times - 5 more times than we've had to call the RAC with all our previous cars... (read more)
Written on: 29/09/2004 by fie (2 reviews written)
We bought our Land Rover Freelander London M25 XEI 4x4 from new, it has never been off road and has always been serviced and maintained by Land Rover dealerships. So we have been astounded by the level of problems we have encountered with the car, so far the following have been replaced:
Gearbox 3 times
Clutch 3 times
Hydraulics 3 times
Engine 2 times
Intermediate reduction drive
Power steering... (read more)
Written on: 17/09/2004 by colinwigham (1 review written)
Today this Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi 5 door 4x4 is officially the worst vehicle I have owned in 25 years of motoring. My wife just rang to tell me it's broken down again - according to the recovery guy, this time it appears that the catalytic converter has collapsed. I suppose that's something new to add to the long list of problems for which the familiar response down at the garage seems to be, "that's a known fault with these". Apart from the consumable items I've replaced - although... (read more)
Written on: 25/06/2004 by Foxglossy
My much loved Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi 5 door 4x4 blew a head gasket recently in addition to needing a new clutch, exhaust system, heat shield and back bearings. I purchased the car eighteen months ago from a dealership and totally bought into the advertising - reliability, safety and going on forever! Having used it for school runs and shopping with the odd trip to Wales from the South Coast, I was appalled to discover that despite regular and expensive servicing; Land Rover refused to... (read more)
Written on: 01/06/2004 by maasz007 (1 review written)
The head blew on my Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi at 40k! One month out of warranty, Land Rover won't touch it due to a dodgy service at a non Land Rover 4x4 centre, the lack of work done at the service meant that the service schedule had not been maintained and so we were not elligable for assistance.
Think it a bit rich that they sell a car with a fault they recognise as a problem with this model and then turn their back on you. Won't touch another Land Rover product unless they read the... (read more)
Written on: 12/04/2004 by Razuk01 (1 review written)
Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi 5 door, 37K on the clock and 4 years old altogether, it has had a new sun-roof (old one was rusted through), a new electric window regulator, and now the head gasket has blown. A common event it turns out and a design fault according to the RAC. British and good in the mud it maybe, but run this car beyond its warranty at your peril! (read more)
Written on: 06/03/2004 by bc
I had 1998 Land Rover Freelander for 2 yrs , in that time I have had 2 replacement sunroofs, new regulator to rear door window, driver door window and passenger door window, new gearbox and yes a new engine. Had to fight to get landrover to contribute half towards engine as I bought it from a non landrover dealer. However it did have a full landrover service. spent approx £4000 in repairs in 2 years. (read more)
Written on: 04/03/2004 by derickt
KEEP UP THE WARRANTY !!!!!
I bought a Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi '99 model three years ago, done over 60k miles and have had the following replaced not quite in chronological order:-
New exhaust as supplied with it knocking (resulting in hole)
Complete (turned out to be recon) engine when the head failed at 50k miles.
Brand new head at 70k miles as recon faulty.
Front Diff mounting.
Rear Diff mounting
Rear Suspension mountings
Rear wheel brake cylinder
Both front electric window... (read more)
Written on: 28/09/2003 by maverick (1 review written)
The 5 door Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi is very badly made , its riddled with design flaws that are breakages waiting to happen and yes land rover dont want to help in general . if your unfortunate enough to own a 1.8 and the gasket goes they tell you its a new engine just because they can get that job in and out of the workshop faster than a strip down , pressure test , skimmed head etc etc and so make bigger profit in short space of time , unfortunatly we all fall for it and do what they... (read more)
Written on: 12/06/2003 by Tony Gaitskell.
The vehicle itself is a 1999 Freelander XEI 50th anniversary edition with practically every extra you would care to name. Overall, no real problems... despite what i've read on this page.
Since the warranty ran out, I've had it serviced, the rear exhaust pipe and brakes changed and that's about it.
Compared to the Renualt, Ford & vauxhall I had before it's ten times a better vehicle. V6 next time though.
Written on: 27/11/2002 by baz.
I bought it second hand in feb 2002. Full service history at LR dealers since then had replacement window regulators on passenger window, tail gate window and sun roof. At 53,000 miles replacement engine needed as gasket on cyclinder head out of line and replacement gearbox required. Landrover head office not interested. Nice car but will have to sell in order not to become bankrupt!! DON'T BUY ONE IT'S NOT WORTH IT CAR COST £11,000 SPENT £5500 ON REPAIRS IN 9 MONTHS (read more)
Written on: 23/01/2002 by Jackarmy.
When I first bought my Land Rover Freelander 1.8EXi it was a happy time which lasted 6 months, then the problems started. Currently paying the labour on a new engine as the old one collapsed with less than 45,000kms on the clock. Also the dealership has informed me that the clutch will need replacing. The electrics "froze" up once when I was at the snow which cost me my weekeds ski-ing. Another time I was caught in a rainstorm and the electronic key got damp/wet in my pocket. Another weekend... (read more)
Written on: 07/09/2001 by Johnny.
I have had my Land Rover Freelander for 2 months and my overall feeling is that I have made a good purchase.
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