Top Two Common Gripes with the Land Rover Freelander
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.