Brake Light Problems of Land Rover Freelander

Land Rover Freelander owners have reported 8 problems related to brake light (under the exterior lighting category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Land Rover Freelander based on all problems reported for the Freelander.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2005 Land Rover Freelander 1
Failure Date: 12/02/2013

My brake lights don't come on took my car to the landrover dealer and they told me they where not going to check my car I explained that their was a recall on brake lights and tom was very nasty telling it was not for my car but. I have read the recall and I tried to get him too look it up and he just refuse told me it would be 150 to look at the truck. I took it to paul miller Land Rover dealer in parsippany NJ he was very rude. . I have a 2005 landrover Freelander and my brake lights don't work I tried channing the bulb and it still doesn't work so if theirs a recall why do I have to pay 150. 00 for them to even check it out. And he was surprise to do a complimentary service check he did nothing. I have gotten stop by cop for having no brake lights. Please help,,,,.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Land Rover Freelander 2
Failure Date: 02/23/2007

Land rover Freelander hse 2002: at 70,000 miles, transmission halts, seizing, rapid rpm jumps; less than one month later, the transmission completely died. Inoperable car towed and transmission rebuilt at private shop. Five miles from shop after pickup, car seized and died. Now, an additional repair of the "transfer case," which we were told caused the transmission failure. Now, service engine soon light on; battery keeps dying. Rapid depreciation, frequent repairs of brakes, brake pads, headlights, etc. Complained to manufacturer 2/23/2007. Car inoperable as of this date. Don't know what to do -- owe more than it's worth, cannot get full nada/kbb trade in value. . . Frustrated and disappointed. And out of money.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Land Rover Freelander 3
Failure Date: 02/07/2006

Brake lights do not illuminate. Checked fuse, bulbs and wiring. All were operative. Had brake lamp switch replaced. Lights still not operational. (new stop lamp switch was the same manufacturer as the one that is currently under NHTSA investigation. ) since new part didn't work, old part was reinstalled and new one returned to dealer. The dealer wants to charge 300. 00 just to tell me why brakes won't work and is aware of what has already been tried. Brake lights still not operational.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2003 Land Rover Freelander 4
Failure Date: 03/01/2003

I purchased a 2003 Land Rover Freelander. It was not until after other drivers commented to me that my brake lights and turn-signals were to low to be seen, that I realized they were on the bumper, not up where I thought they were. These lights are only 20 inches off the ground. In this day and age with so many high profile vehicles on the road, this height is well below these drivers field of vision. I realize Land Rover did this because of the spare tire, and the need to adhere to the 45-degree-inboard-visibility law. However, there fix made things worse. This problem is the talk of the internet on all the internet Freelander sites. Everyone that owns a Freelander is concerned, and some have gone so far as to wire the brakes to the upper lights. I feel this 45-degree law is dangerous, and should be ended or at least modified to an angle of 30-degrees so Freelander owners can have their lights modified legally. Sure there have not been any major accidents so far, but maybe it's because Freelander owners are aware of the problem, and are extra cautious. I am sure we all would like to be less paranoid when we use our brakes and turn-signals.

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car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Land Rover Freelander 5
Failure Date: 12/16/2002

I feel the design of the tail lights has caused many close-call near accidents with my Freelander. The design is counter-intuitive for the drivers behind me, who expect the light assemblies on the corners of the vehicle to illuminate when braking. The brake lamps are in the bumper, however- which doesn't seem intuitive or sometimes aren't visible to a close-following vehicle. When not illuminated, it's difficult to even see the bumper lamp assemblies exist, yet the corner mounted assemblies are at eye level- but they have no blinkers or brake lamps. Some people have started modifying their own brake lamps in response to this issue! I'd rather have them changed legally than modify my vehicle without dot/NHTSA approval.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Land Rover Freelander 6
Failure Date: 01/05/2002

Both brake lights and rear turn signals are located far low down into the rear bumper; difficult for other drivers to see; could easily cause rearend collisiion.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Land Rover Freelander 7

The brake lights on this vehicle are designed very poorly. I have been pulled over twice for faulty brake lights. I have also almost been rearended. Due to the set up of these lights. This is not a safe vehicle and I will not let my pregnant wife and kids ride in it. Dt.

car image   Brake Light problem of the 2002 Land Rover Freelander 8

The brake lights on the 2002 Land Rover Freelander (which we just purchased) are extremely misleading to anyone traveling behind the vehicle are bound to be the cause of accidents, if they havent been already. Although there are light clusters on each side of the tailgate (as there are on every vehicle in the us), they do not light up when the brakes are applied. Instead, the thin, rectangular lights in the bumper light up. We werent aware of this problem until my wife was pulled over by a connecticut state police officer for faulty brake lights. The dealer where we purchased the car then said they were unaware of the problem, agreed it was confusing, but were "powerless" to fix it because Land Rover north America says it meets all NHTSA regulations. Although the lights maybe within the 15-72 inch from the road range, the placement of them is deceiving. Ive yet to see any other vehicle in the us with brake lights only in the rear bumper. My fear is that this will not be addressed until something tragic happens because of it. Everyday this isn't fixed is a day we have to drive a vehicle with deceiving brake lights, putting our safety and the safety of those behind us at risk. Unfortunately, we have no choice but to continue driving the vehicle, even though wed rather not. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.

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