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Land Rover Freelander?


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I'm thinking of purchasing a Land Rover Freelander (2001 - 2004) model. I'm defiantly going for a diesel model as I've heard the petrol model is shocking. Does anybody own one of have in the passed?. Just want some advice as to what to look out for / pit falls off buying / owning one.

Thanks in advance.



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We had a 2.0 XeDi which was the Rover L series diesel. Bought it new and ran it for a several years with very little trouble. Serviced it once a year and it gave us no problems.

Engine (2.0 Diesels) are fairly bomb proof. Cars are durable although interiors a bit dated now and never had many toys - even the top of the range XeDi from the first FL incarnation.
The early diesel (Rover 'L Series') will just plod on and on. The later BMW variant is quicker and better economy (plus facelift looks better aesthetically), but just check diesel pump and injectors have been sorted as they are weakish points.

Also check transfer box (not whining) and that all tyres match and are not cheapy cheap brands. The Freelander *can* be susceptible to uneven tyre wear which can cause problems and big bills. Not always, but worth asking and ensuring that it's all working ok. You should change in fours too, like a few of the small 4x4's that use electonics etc. Tyres are not expensive - particularly on Mark 1 (L Series) as they are 15" wheels.

Electic door locks and electric rear window all fail in time, so check they are all working. When looking in the rear make sure it's not damp as that means door seals are gone. All easy fixes, but expect to pay (parts) just under £100 a door lock and just over £100 for a rear window reg. It's easier to replace the full thing than mess about repairing.
Check sunroof as they fail and are a ball ache of a job. Some owners sealed them rather than repair - especially if they have air con.
If a FL has the fixed mirrors (not folding) if you crack the back (common occurance) you have to buy the full unit - around £90, so make sure mirrors are either folding (TD4 on) or are complete.

Check underneath because if the previous owner(s) have not waxoyled or treated it then it might need a bit of remedial work. Also check bushes, joints and oil pipes as they need changing at 8-10 years as they perish. Telltale signs are small oil leak (oil pipes breathing oil) and noise from underneath/bak on acceleration (bushes and drive shaft bearing).

As you say - avoid the K series petrol engines like the plague as regardless of engine cc (1.8 or 2.5) the headgasket will have gone and will go again. They are moneypits.

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