Preloved | uk land rover freelander – cars reviews

21 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Preloved | uk land rover freelander – cars reviews

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I own two – one is to go. Head gasket blew this year after 30 owenership, had it replaced with the layered steel variety by a friend, so not too expensive, but the head replacing, and it won’t pass its MOT, so its going. This is a 1.8 Xi.

The one, to replace the first is a 1.8 I’ll own up now that I knew all about the head gasket so it came as no surprise. The XEi has had this job by the previous owner, in fact the have all been replaced/repaired by the owner in the last 18 months miles):

Catalytic converter –

Timing belt –

Clutch – replaced

electric window regulator replaced

Rear door and – replaced

Additionally the also appear to have replaced (though there is no evidence):


Fuel injection

Remote thermostat housing

So, I bought the second Freelander all the issues associated with cars, and basically found one most of these issues been addressed. In fact the owner spent over carrying out these repairs. As its an old Freelander, needless to say, more than I paid for it, so if it two years I’ll have had my worth.

Issues not rectified by the owner:

Poor radio – on inspection this was to be a broken centre pin on the aerial plug, and was easily rectified. this appears to have a problem from new as the radio is with none of the usual loose or missing.

Clock/radio display – digit segments missing will try to rectify or replace probably with a cheap variety from ebay as new LR cost over 80 quid!

fuel sender – gauge all over the place, when stationary for about 5 with the ignition on – replace sender.

Anyway, here’s what I to say to all those slagging off the K-series its a fine engine, and has been in a variety of cars over the including the Lotus Elise, strangely enough also from head gasket (see link below). Primarily the location of the thermostat and the use of locating dowels for the head.

The caused thermal shock to the the second caused head both resulting in head failure. Land Rover’s – multi layered head gasket, steel to reduce shimmy, and remote housing placing the thermostat in a position that thermal was no longer an issue. Lotus owners also use these Rover mods on their strangely Elise owners seem to whinge quite as about the problem!

The design of the engine has been copied, and varieties can now be found in cars. Honda in particular developed their own K series.

You can see if there is a remote thermostat installed by looking at the radiator behind the radiator. There be a bulbous white nylon housing with the hoses to it, if there isn’t, this has not been carried out.

If you do intend to buy an earlier K-series Freelander, check to see if much of the has been carried out, in the IRD, head gasket and housing. If they haven’t, and you decide to buy, then you WILL probably encounter That aside, many have their problems, things are not confined to just one and model.

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