2002 Land Rover Freelander


The new mechanic said, "It's not worth fixing, just drive until it dies."


I have an 02 Freelander.

I have it serviced at the dealer for all required services. They did some warranty work when I first got it, but the results were always questionable. Nothing has ever really been fixed.

The car clunks in the back when accelerating. Everyone says U joints, dealer said they didn't know, but it wasn't that, not U joints.

Coolant smell with defrost. Everyone said water pump, but was the thermostat. Replaced the thermostat for over $1500 to find that when the dealer did warranty work on replacing intake manifold gaskets, a repair was not made; had original seals. Still has coolant leak smell. Was told the pressure test could blow additional things, so not to do it.

It just started leaking oil. Luckily I checked (no oil on the dipstick at all) but no oil light came on.

'Needs Service' light is on, and so it won't pass emissions, and after dealing with faulty codes forever, finally got a waiver.

I also take issue with the wire for the airbag under the passenger seat, so I drive around with the airbag light on too.

Rear right passenger window works intermittently.

Rear window always freezes and I can't open the tailgate. It appears to be bad design.

Not so happy with it being listed as a "cash for clunkers vehicle" and severely destroying any resale value left.

General Comments:

I really like the off road AWD features, including the down hill assist and the front window defrost here for the snow.

It has never left me stranded.

It rides rough. You can't hear anyone talking in the back, even without the A/C on.

My paint is fine and it's outside a lot. No problems with the mirrors either as some reviewers have mentioned.

Definitely not the fine luxury European automobile it is perceived to be.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 22nd May, 2010

4th Jun 2011, 21:30

Same thing with my 02 Freelander... Please do not waste your money on this kind of truck...

2002 Land Rover Freelander SE




Transmission, thermostat.

General Comments:

I bought a 2002 Freelander SE with 78000 miles on back in May 2009 for $6500. Was really excited to get a LR, since I heard they were a reliable brand.

Whatever, within the first week, the transmission went; cost me $3500 for AAMCO to fix, LR wanted $6800.

Then a month later, it overheated while going to work; coolant emptied out of the bottle. Towed it home, and the engine sounded good.

I planned to change the thermostat, but after 7 months of taking up space in my driveway, I traded it in for a 2011 Kia Sorento. The best thing I ever did.

I wouldn't recommend buying a LR vehicle to anyone, except maybe an enemy.

Good luck to all who are still stuck with a LR Freelander.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 16th February, 2010

17th Feb 2010, 09:23

Land Rover was once a reliable vehicle, sadly not anymore.

18th Feb 2010, 05:16

Honestly, Land Rover has had a bad reputation for decades, but they are amazing offroad; when they actually work that is.

26th Feb 2010, 15:50

Just bought a Freelander this week and you guys are scaring me to death!! So far so good, but I'm starting to wonder if I should take it back while I still have the chance!

8th Mar 2010, 11:40

After thinking about it and looking for a family car too, people don't have to tell me twice.

2000-2003 Rover, no way Jose.

2002 Land Rover Freelander 2.5L V6


Good truck, but too much money to fix


Well so far I have had to replace two coil ignitions.

Had to bring the truck in at least 4 times because my service light has come on.

I'm going in again because now I'm losing power It wants to go, but real sluggish off the line till about 40 miles an hour.

I did find out though where the coolant was going; there are sleeves holding the pistons in place, and when it seats and the motor is cold, the sleeves somehow shrink and coolant falls into those sleeves. The way the manufacturer built these trucks, well they didn't do a very good job.

I also found out that a M3 BMW motor fits as a replacement for 02 Freelander SE models. This is because BMW is one of the co-manufacturers for Land Rover.

All these trucks need is some TLC and money to go with it, but overall I'm OK with the Freelander; it gets me from A to B; just needs to be fixed too many times, which is the only thing that sucks about this truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 2nd December, 2009