Freelander 2 – 200k miles on the clock – what could possibly go wrong!

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  • Freelander 2 – 200k miles on the clock – what could possibly go wrong!
  • toomba
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    Mate of mine has one with 265k on the clock good chunk of these miles towing a race car up and down the country, he has had nothing major go wrong just serviced regular.

    Premier Icon burko73
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    I had one I bought ten yrs ago. It got used daily a# a foresters vehicle, off the public roads, a lot of stop, start driving on gravel roads and grass rides. Would go anywhere.

    I really liked it, solid, looked nice. Good resale value when I got rid of it. Nothing went wrong on it other than rear drum based handbrake used to seize and stay rubbing sometimes due to being covered in mud a lot.

    I had it after an fl1 which was actually pretty good for the same duties and the dog loved the opening rear window/ grill combo. Only thing that happened to that was it ate a few diesel injectors. It was the bmw period Diesel engine. Looking at the mot records it’s still on the Rd today. The fl2 isn’t.

    CountZero
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    Can’t be worse than Highlander 2 can it?

    Nice pop culture reference snuck in there! Well done that man. 😁

    Picked it up after work yesterday – drives like a dream, night and day between this and the CRV. Fingers crossed now! 🙂

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    …and the rear seats don’t look like they’ve been used at all.

    No doubt I’ll be returning to this thread! 🙂

    Premier Icon martymac
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    Wow, those seats don’t look like they’ve seen 200k of action

    Premier Icon tthew
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    Wow, those seats don’t look like they’ve seen 200k of action

    Probably replaced after a massive accident set all the airbags off. 🤣

    trumpton
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    looks real nice. Enjoy.

    First little niggle – air vents chucked a load of mist out last night and I thought ‘ooooh shit- here we go!’.

    Popped it into the garage next door and turned out to be filthy pollen filter and blocked AC drain. So easy fix.

    To be continued!…

    🙂

    wzzzz
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    I remember the pollen filter being a trauma to replace on mine. Pulled it out at ten years old and it was dated before the car was built. On a full dealer history car too.

    Oh and oil filter was a nightmare to access until I got a flex head ratchet spanner to fit and then it was easy.

    andyl
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    Only just seen this, OP if you hadnt taken it I would have asked where it was I would. For £2k that is a bargain.

    We have a 2004 FL1 TD4 on almost that mileage. Just passed it’s MOt with no advisories the day after pulling a caravan around france for 2 weeks. Granted the engine check light now comes on when going up hills with the caravan but tbh I was just amazed it survived as we are only keeping it going until the expensive Michelin tyres (off road for using on the farm) are worn down too much.

    Yes it has had a fair few problems like door locks, window regulators, injectors etc. I have just fitted new front wishbones as the outer ball joint rubbers split at 190k. It gets used for towing sheep and hay trailers and for transporting the dog and taking up kayaking and MTBing so it has a hard life.

    OH would like a FL2 and we did look at one like that for >£11k but what we really need is a 3.5T tow car and me to do my licence. £2k is peanuts for what you get in the HSE, even with 200k.

    It is a Ford derived engine so 2.2 diesel, not the crappy 2 litre BMW one. Chassis should be all land rover and you only have to look at the prince Philip crash to see how good the safety is. the FL1 body creaks and groans as it is a bit flexy but the FL2 is a much better car. Only weakness i know of was some of the early rear diffs and transfer boxes. Should be easy enought o pick a used one up though if they go.

    andyl
    Member

    just realised it has the updated terrain knob so is the refresh one too.

    Hi Andy – it’s got the sport auto box too, with the command shift. Didn’t think I’d use it but it helps when it can’t quite decide what gear to be in!

    Garage has said the power steering is a bit noisy so that may need looking at at some time. But other than that it’s all good underneath. I’ll run it for a few months and see if anything nasty crops up though.

    I’ve had the oil changed as it’s not clear when that was last done.

    Wzzzz – they said the pollen filter on this didn’t look like it had been changed in a good few years. A small child is recommended to get in the footwell to replace! 🙂

    Premier Icon Jamze
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    Hi Andy – it’s got the sport auto box too, with the command shift. Didn’t think I’d use it but it helps when it can’t quite decide what gear to be in!

    What’s the auto on the FL2? I have a bit of fun keeping an older RR going, which has a ZF, and one of the best things I’ve done is service the gearbox (fluid flush, new filter, sump and new fluid) which transformed it. Really makes a difference, no more hesitation. Land Rover said these were sealed for life, but ZF disagrees.

    wzzzz
    Member

    Chassis should be all land rover and you only have to look at the prince Philip crash to see how good the safety is.

    Its Ford EUCD platform, same as Galaxy, Mondeo, SMax and a load of very safe Volvos (XC70).

    Wzzzz – they said the pollen filter on this didn’t look like it had been changed in a good few years. A small child is recommended to get in the footwell to replace! 🙂

    Yup its weirdly inaccessible.

    Inbred456
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    Keep an eye on the power steering. The filter blocks in the reservoir and the rack can run dry. A fix was to rip the filter out.

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