The thermostat housing can leak causing a low coolant condition and you may also notice a sweet burning smell.
Resources for the Repair and Maintenance of your 2003 Land Rover Freelander
2003 Land Rover Freelander
2003 Land Rover Freelander Problems
A hydraulic valve lifter "tick" type noise may be noted at high engine speed. This commonly caused by lack of oil to the lifters. Our technicians recommend following the recommended oil service intervals to help prevent this problem.
If the window motor for the rear cargo door fails, the rear door may not unlatch.
A rattling noise from the right side of the vehicle can be caused by worn timing belt rollers. These tend to fail and should be maintained to avoid serious engine damage.
Broken doors inside the intake manifold, that vary the length of the manifold, can cause an abnormal engine noise.
2003 Land Rover Freelander Recalls (Recent)
Summary: ON CERTAIN FIVE DOOR SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, IT IS POSSIBLE TO OPERATE THE INTERIOR DOOR HANDLE TO OPEN THE DOOR WHEN THE CHILD SAFETY LEVER IS IN THE "ON" POSITION.Learn more »
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The child saftey lock on the left side rear door may become disengaged. This could lead to the door being opened while the vehicle is in motion, increasing the risk of injury. Dealers will replace the left hand rear latch assembly to correct this concern. The Land Rover recall number is B163.
Summary: CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 201, "OCCUPANT PROTECTION IN INTERIOR IMPACT." DURING TESTING, THE FREE MOTION HEAD FORM REGISTERED A MEASUREMENT MARGINALLY ABOVE THE PERMITTED 1000 HEAD IMPACT CRITERIA. AT THE LEFT AND RIGHT HAND A-PILLAR TRIM AREA.Learn more »
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On 4 vehicles, a problem with the subframe mounting nuts and bolts may lead to cracking or deforming of the subframe. Problems with the subframe can result in vehicle instability, increasing the risk of a crash. Dealers will inspect and replace the subframe as necessary to correct this concern. The Land Rover recall number is B175.
Summary: ON CERTAIN SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES, THE BRAKE LIGHTS MAY REMAIN ILLUMINATED EVEN WHEN THE BRAKE PEDAL IS NOT DEPRESSED. HILL DESCENT CONTROL (HDC), TRACTION CONTROL (TC) AND CRUISE CONTROL WARNING LIGHTS MAY ALSO BE ILLUMINATED.Learn more »
2003 Land Rover Freelander Questions and Answers
Engine turns over but does not combust. Would like to check spark plugs
My landrover started to overheat and the fluids were leaking. After investigation it seemed the thermostat housing was split. After repair it is still overheating. The fan cuts on but seems to be a...
Usually happen first thing in the morning when I start the car but sometime when I am on the road. I heard high pitch frequency noise, seem like it is coming from the dashboard... The noise somthim...
My vehicle is overheating replaced thermostat i bleed the system the fan clutch dont turn in the on position they work unpredictable for a while I ruled out that the head gasket is not damaged . re...
2003 Land Rover Freelander Reviews
I agree that this car is problem after problem and service at Land Rover is not to helpful.It is do it or go with them, They will not work with you except to trade it in for a bigger headache. It is a cute car but very costly to keep. I wish I would of never gotten it.
Pros: The Freelander is solid, quiet gets fairly good gas mileage, and is pleasurable to drive.
Cons: Sucks money from wallet. In its first year with me the fuel pump failed ($750) Window regulator ($330) Light Switch ($220) also Rear window, Radio, Door locks (awaiting repair. Also AC is fairly weak and loud, and the front brakes wear out quickly. Required maintenance is going to cost $300 to $2000 in any given year. Nov 2009 -- Cylinder Sleeve slipped -- >$5000 to fix KBB value ~$3200 what a piece of junk (parts car for sale)