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Land Rover Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems for 9 Land Rover models based on complaints from actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems

From 2012 and up, the Land Rover Range Rover Evoque was built with a six-speed automatic transmission built by a third-party manufacturer, as is the case with most transmissions. For this specific automatic transmission, there is a common complaint regarding the harshness of shifts, as well as slight slippage when the transmission is hot.

In most cases, these issues arise from faulty software, which does not account for all variables as the transmission warms to normal operating temperature. In other cases, the valve body or shift solenoids are found to be faulty.

Software updates and software patches have been developed for these transmissions, and that is normally sufficient to correct drivability issues. If resetting the transmission controller and updating the transmission proves insufficient to correct concerns, the transmission will likely require rebuild or replacement before performance is returned to normal.

These transmissions were built and sold as ‘sealed for life’, but many have found that the automatic transmission fluid is not reliable for the complete service life of the vehicle. 

While driving the Land Rover Freelander 2, operators may notice harsh shifting or slippage of the transmission.

This is caused by software issues in many cases, however, internal transmission failure may be the culprit as well. In some instances, the failure has been attributed to the ‘sealed-for-life’ nature of the transmission, as the transmission fluid may break down before the transmission is taken out of service.

The manufacturer of the transmission, which is a third party, has issued many software updates, but when these updates fail to correct concerns, the transmission must be removed, disassembled, inspected, and repaired. 

The automatic transmission may exhibit a harsh downshift from second to first gear. Our technicians tell us that updated transmission control module software is available to correct this concern.

The thermostat housing can leak causing a low coolant condition and you may also notice a sweet burning smell.

A failed vehicle height sensor can cause deactivation of the air suspension.

The adaptive lighting system may stop functioning along with illumination of the warning light. Our technicians tell us this can be caused if the system has lost the position of a stepper motor. A software update for the lighting system control module to correct this concern.

Broken doors inside the intake manifold, that vary the length of the manifold, can cause an abnormal engine noise.

The parking brake may develop a screeching noise or fail to release. Our technicians tell us the is commonly caused by the parking brake cable being out of adjustment or failure of the parking break actuator. Cable adjustment and/or actuator replacement would be necessary to correct this concern.

A sticking windshield wiper switch can cause a delay in wiper operation, especially in cold weather.

The air suspension inactive message may be displayed with fault code 41 stored. Our technicians tell us the air suspension electronic control unit (ECU) software should be updated prior to attempting to diagnose this concern.

The tire pressure monitoring control module is known to indicate a defective wheel pressure sensor, when it is really the control module itself that has failed. Careful diagnostic should be performed for this repair.

The sunroof may jam due to broken guides. Replacing the guides and seal will generally correct this concern.

The fuel gauge may read incorrectly due to a failed fuel sending unit inside the fuel tank. Failed sending units should be replaced to restore proper fuel gauge operation.