Land Rover Freelander | Auto Express

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Land Rover Freelander

a reliable used Freelander can be Here we tell you what to out for before you part with money.

The Land Rover is the nat­ion’s favourite SUV, more than 200,000 finding homes in the UK alone 1997.

Used prices from only a few thousand and the model’s attractive combination of dyn­amics, excellent value for and smart styling explains its on second-hand forecourts.

However, off-roader isn’t with­out its and early cars in particular numerous gremlins – which the job of finding a good one more than you’d imagine. we show you how to avoid the most pitfalls when buying the Rover baby.

What to look for

Performance the K Series 1.8-litre isn’t good, while the four-cylinder well documented cooling can lead to head gasket and costly repair bills. The V6 unit is thirsty, and when it to diesel models, the noisy Di is to be avoided.

If used hard, the automatic transmis­sion fitted as to the 2.5 V6 can fail. So on models with tow find out what they been pulling – there are weak spots in the Freelander’s without putting it under stress. The Td4 oil-burner is the only choice for most buyers.

Checklist

Engines: best buy is the The 1.8 K Series has a very low coolant so even small leaks can to blown head gaskets. oil filler cap for white goo.

a whining noise from the may mean differential or gearbox while a clonking suggests the and driveline joints need to be

Leaks: look under the but examine the ground for gearbox and oil leaks. Also, be very of examples which have been steam-cleaned.

Damp cabin: water gets into the cockpit, so the footwells and load bay. will go mouldy and the floorpans can so have a good look the trim.

Alternatives

There was a when the Land Rover had the market to itself, but Japanese have since stolen a on the Freelander. Cars such as the X-Trail, Honda CR-V and RAV4 all offer superior with good dynamics, equipment and reasonable off-road What they can’t is the affordability, image and availability of the

Verdict

Find a good example and the Rover will reward you a great combination of style and But don’t be tempted by the cheapest many of which have sold on due to their poor

Later models offer improved build quality and so buy the most recent car you can afford. Aim for a Freelander, and the Td4 is the undisputed engine

Extra Info

Running

All Freelanders need a service or every 12,000 miles, the 1.8 and 2.5-litre petrol models a fresh cambelt after miles or six years. The early Di needs a new cambelt after years or 48,000 miles.

Brake fluid and coolant be renewed every three or 36,000 miles. Costs are £300-£400 per service up to 96,000 for all derivatives, but there are exceptions to Cambelt replacement services for the 1.8 and 2.0 Di are £700; for the 2.5 V6, this rises to

Nov 1998: possible failure of suspension locating links on built from June to June 1998.

Oct 2001: seat backrest may give way on made from Aug 2000 to end Feb Engine wiring loom on Aug-Nov 2000 cars. And may release on Freelanders built October 1997 to end of February

Nov 2002: diagnostic connector on petrol cars made July 2000 and March

Aug 2004: possibility of left-hand lock disengaging on five-doors from July-Sept 2002.

Nov incorrect manufacture of passenger on models made from to October 2004.

Jan 2005: nut on rear subframe, Aug 2003

Sep 2005: left-hand rear child safety lock can fail on Nov 2000 to April five-doors.

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