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Six Great Things Your Probably Didn't Know About Your Land Rover Freelander

  • The Land Rover Freelander was conceptualized back the 1980s and took over two decades to fully realize into the compact SUV that it was when it came out in 1997. The reason? Land Rover has been known for its big trucks and big SUVs and wasn't yet confident that it could pull off a compact. When it was finally launched in 1997, it became Europe's best-selling four-wheel drive model up until 2002!

  • Can you imagine an American SUV designed by a Japanese giant? Well, keep imagining. It almost happened, though. When the Land Rover Freelander was in development, Land Rover partnered up with Honda to create what would be the first cross-company SUV that presumably combined the best of both worlds. It was not to be, however, as Honda left the partnership to eventually come out with the CR-V.

  • The American-Japanese mega alliance might have been a pipe dream, but the Land Rover Freelander was still a product of collaboration with another automobile manufacturing powerhouse. "Collaboration" is used somewhat loosely, however, because BMW acquired Land Rover in 1994 and injected its famous German quality and design sensibilities into the already amazing mix.

  • Quite the actor, the Land Rover Freelander has appeared in several dozen films and TV shows. None of the titles would be recognizable to you, however, as most of them were foreign films and shows in France, Germany, and even Sweden. This is a rare case of an American vehicle being predominantly cast in a foreign-language production.

  • The Land Rover Freelander first debuted in 1998 at the Camel Trophy-an off-roading extravaganza that featured a lot of Land Rovers. The Freelander represented a compromise of sorts as it wasn't built as bulky and powerful as its contemporaries. It proved to be a perfect test bed, however, and shortly after, the Freelander was released with a unique and innovative Hill Descent Control system.

  • Most vehicles are discontinued because of poor sales or terrible performance, but the Land Rover Freelander ended its run in 2006 for an entirely unique reason-the company ran out of the MG Rover K18 and KV6 engines that it used for its Freelanders!

Land Rover Freelander Articles

  • Top Two Common Gripes with the Land Rover Freelander 26 February 2013

    The Land Rover Freelander had a very colorful development history. It was almost a collaboration with Japanese giants Honda, that eventually got picked up by German giants BMW, and was the very first compact anything out of the Land Rover marquee. When it came out in 1997, all the way up to 2002, the Freelander was Europe's most successful four-wheel drive model. A lot will peg this success down to the versatility of the compact SUV, as well as its reliability despite the fact that it was much smaller than its other Land Rover contemporaries. Like any vehicle ever made, the Freelander isn't perfect. Here are the two most commonly reported problems with the Freelander-it pays to be informed.


    Un-cool engine cooling system

    This is a problem that is most commonly observed in the 2002 release of the Land Rover Freelander. It starts with the observation of frequent overheating as well as the illumination of the check engine light. These symptoms would normally prompt a check of the levels of coolant in the coolant tank. Exacerbating the problem is the discovery that the problem is not a common external leak as one would expect, but rather a leak into the engine. It's a very serious problem that is affecting quite a few years and models.

    At this point, not only are no recall orders issued, but there are also few replacement engines available-the Freelanders was discontinued precisely because there were no engines available. The best thing to do is to consult your dealer or have the engine replaced with a different model altogether.


    Automatic transmission failure

    Again, this problem features most prominently with the 2002 release of the Land Rover Freelander. In general the problem is specifically tied to the gearing between second and third. Worst cases have the gearing mechanism seize and fail-like one would experience when driving manual and a gear sticks. Due to the automatic nature of the transmission, it doesn't even allow for common troubleshooting that can be forced onto a vehicle equipped with manual transmission.

    Surprisingly enough, no recall orders were also issued for this specific problem-in some cases, consumers have reported that the dealers and manufacturer do not even acknowledge it as an existing problem-much less come forward to replace the transmission. The effective solution-albeit costly-is to seek out an aftermarket replacement.