2004 Land Rover Freelander HSE 2.5L Gasoline from North America


Disappointing outcome to an exciting beginning


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 SE 1.8 petrol from UK and Ireland


Would not recommend anyone to buy one


I wouldn't recommend to anyone as I had some very bad experiences with this car. I bought it from the first owner who had done high mileage, and soon as I bought it I had to spend over £1000 on repairs.

It's a nice car as far as comfort, but what you really want is a good car that will not rip you off, but this has ripped me off big time.

The head gasket goes after 50000 miles, and you will have an engine problem for some time, and you will keep spending money like nothing.

If you have one, get rid of it before it's too late, so soon as I got rid of it I bought a Shogun GDi 4 door Mitsubishi; it has not given me any problem yet, and I'm loving every bit of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 16th January, 2009

2004 Land Rover Freelander SE 2.0 turbo diesel from UK and Ireland


Fantastic vehicle, safe secure comfortable driving position.


Tailgate not shutting correctly. Bouncing back open when pushed firmly shut.

General Comments:

Very pleased with car. Plenty of torque and fantastic off road. Nice high driving position. feels a lot safer than my previous car. Sold on hardtop being removable by one person with roofbars still fitted, though even with these removed, is really a two man job.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th November, 2004

2004 Land Rover Freelander HSE 2.5 from North America


You'll stand out in a crowd


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.