2004 Land Rover Freelander Reviews from North America

2004 Land Rover Freelander HSE 2.5L Gasoline

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 2.5L Gasoline Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 2 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 kilometres
Most recent distance79854 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen JETTA

Summary:

Disappointing outcome to an exciting beginning

Faults:

At 68000km I started having overheating issues.

At 71000 km I needed to replace the engine due to a coolant leak and overheating. After sending a letter to LR they conceded and paid for the engine ($7500.00 cdn), but I still needed to cover Labour ($1700.00).

At 79500 my rear passenger side window popped from its track and no longer works.

At 79000 km, we noticed coolant starting to disappear again.

General Comments:

I'm getting rid of it as soon as I find a suitable alternative.

The vehicle handles well and still looks brand new, but I'm very disappointed that a "high end" vehicle like the LR has documented problems such as coolant leaks into the engine.

My next options for a SUV/Truck will be Ford, Toyota, Nissan or Mazda.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th August, 2010

2004 Land Rover Freelander HSE 2.5

Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 2.5 Automatic
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6 miles
Most recent distance1167 miles
Previous carHyundai Sonata

Summary:

You'll stand out in a crowd

Faults:

There were no problems other than the passenger door squeaking when shut and a little excessive brake dust.

General Comments:

With a little over a thousand miles on the Freelander it seems to be a very solid vehicle.

I know I haven't even broken the car in yet, but I feel that it drives and handles much better than any other SUV I have driven for my style of driving. With the 17" wheels it drives like a sports car, but goes of road like a truck and you can even park in a regular parking lot without taking up two spaces like most new SUV's today The HSE package is very nicely equipped, but a little high compared to the SE. The 2004 are a much-improved vehicle from the inside out compared with the 2003 and earlier and at a much better price also.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 19th February, 2004

10th Oct 2004, 15:15

I owned a brand new 3 door SE Freelander from April 04 to Sept 04 unfortunately the power fold mirrors would not power fold or did when they felt like it, there was a grinding noise on full left lock, dealers "realigned the sub-frames" still grinding, 4 attempts to fix mirrors all abject failures, constant creaking and grinding noise from the rear suspension and finally intermittent starting (it often would not) problems. Not bad for less than 6000 miles. Fuel economy terrible. Bare paint (door interior trims) on a "premium" vehicle I think not. Nice looking SUV, fun with roof off, very over priced, very poor build quality. Sold it!

27th Apr 2005, 14:08

With a little over 20,000 miles on the vehicle now, the only thing that has gone wrong is the windshield wiper has stripped out. The door used to make a small noise when it was new but it went away after a couple of months. I average about 20 mpg and have no trouble maneuvering in and out of parking lots, can you say that about most SUV's? What could I possibly complain about.

22nd Jun 2005, 09:57

We've had our 2004 Freelander SE for just over a year now and it's been a pretty good vehicle. We did have an issue with the engine control module (caused the Service Engine Lights to come on), but the dealer took care of it and there has been no further issues. MPG has been right around 20 for combo City/Hwy.

16th Jan 2009, 09:10

Nightmare car to buy, the minute you buy, you end up spending loads of cash repairing it.

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews