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Old 12th-April-2012, 18:24
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Default 2 Wheel drive

Following a heated discussion in the pub last night, one of my friends suggested that a 2 Wheel drive Freelander TD4 Auto would give a much better MPG than a 4 Wheel drive version. Is this correct?
Logic tells me that it must be correct, but is it worth doing and if so what do I have to do. I have never ever needed 4 wheel drive in all the years I have owned the vehicle, and I bought it for the looks, driving position more than for it"s off road capabilities.
Is it OK to do, or is it a totally stupid thing to do?
If I do it now, will I be able to revert back to 4 wheel drive in the winter?
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Old 12th-April-2012, 18:40
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search on here for mondo mode
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Old 12th-April-2012, 19:05
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Hi mudinuri,

If you think that 4X4 is only for off-road you need to think again.

BMW X5s are not for off-road although some folks think so.

How about an Audi Quattro.

Any small saving in mpg will be at the expense of road holding in the wet, especially starting off from traffic lights in the wet where there is often a layer of oil and rubber on the road, and safety on roundabout exits.

I've driven a 4X2 Freelander and for me it's a no-no. Too much wheel-spin.

I need 4X4 every day. I can't afford to sacrifice safety.

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Old 12th-April-2012, 19:42
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mine is currently in 2wd and i am going to put it back in 4wd pretty sharpish. Fuel saving or not its not saving my tyres....
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Old 12th-April-2012, 21:33
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Default Re: 2 Wheel drive

Sort of been donne to death on here, and quite recently, someone even posted fuel figures before and after removing the rear propshaft (that or I've had one hell of a wierd dream), they improvement wasn't great but it was there.
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Old 13th-April-2012, 09:29
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Thanks for your answers, but surely Defenders/Discos/Range Rovers are all switch able to 4 wheel drive and I would have thought drive for 90% of road time in 2 wheel drive!
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Old 13th-April-2012, 09:51
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No - they are permanent 4wd and selectable locked centre diff. Do not mistake 4wd with 4 wheel traction. Drive always goes to the point of least resistance. I suggest you look up how these drive systems actually work.
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Old 13th-April-2012, 18:25
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I didn"t know that, thanks for putting me right.
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Old 13th-April-2012, 18:30
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4x4 is far better especially when leaving other drivers behind when going round corners and putting your foot down they try to follow and end up going of road eeer! is that not where we are supposed to be but not in the hedge
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Old 13th-April-2012, 18:43
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i am not sure that mine has a selectable locked diff :S
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