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1.8 vs td4

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by smallzoo, May 21, 2012.

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  1. WLJayne

    WLJayne Well-Known Member

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    I think they offer a pretty generous warranty, not sure what it is off the top of my head but they're pretty good about replacing dead ones when they do go. Of course Freelaner is right, nout is certain - but I wouldn't have to worry about it any more than any other car. Hopefully.

    The controller is optional yes, but I like the idea of programmable temps and the post shutdown running. Seems like that's the best way to get value from the pump itself. I'll read that thread :).
     
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    BTW the 3000 hr life would get you 120k miles assuming an average speed of 40mph over that period. So even if loses 10% of life due to stop and start operations you're still looking at a pretty decent lifespan for something that cost just over a hundred quid. IMHO :).
     
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    Call me naive but....
    My '98 1.8 had done 104k when I bought it (without any research whatsoever) for £1850 and, unless it was about to go bang anyway, the previous owner had the car for 6 years and about 30k so can assumed to be basically ok.

    In the year I've had it, it's only done 2k but it still seems to be holding together.

    Allowing for the fact that it has done over 100k, surely there must be some thought that it might possibly hold together for a little bit longer. I have no way of knowing what had been spent on it but only need it to last another few months to justify the cost.

    From what I have read, the smuggies with Disco's in particular have nothing to crow about on the reliability or longevity front and in the short time I have been a member of this illustrious forum it seems that all LR's are c**p.

    I only bought the car to survive winter and tow my bike trailer into and out of a field so when the time comes to change, no Land Rovers seem to be recommended that will also give me a comfortable and speedy enough longer drive - hence no TD4's. Diesel is the word/work of the devil anyway - I'd rather pay for a V8 petrol's thirst.
     
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    congrats :)


    Do you play Russian Roulette as well? ;)
     
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    It's all about choice innit?

    The Diesels are reliable, when they aren't it's (usually) cheap to do a self fix, if occasionally frustrating to diagnose, that goes for the L series and the M47R Beemer lump.

    Factor in the purchase price difference and the 1.8 isn't that bad a gamble, as long as it's not been abused on too may short trips (chelsea tractor) you have a decent chance of it doing 100k plus.

    Personally I'd go for the M47 lump every time, and we have two of them in different guises, the reliability and ease of maintenance of the one in my Rover 75 was the one of the factors that gave me the confidence to let the wife buy a Td4.

    Altough the Japanese and Korean equivalents have reasonable reps for reliability they aren't flawless and they don't have the sort of support that Land Rovers have on forums like this.

    At least with the 1.8 you aren't too likely to have the thing to eat its own engine oil and self destruct when the turbo dies :)
     
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    I have had my 3 door 1.8 for a year now and it is fine needs a new exhaust but it still has the original and has done 102000 miles. I use it for getting off road in pursuit of wildlife to photograph and it worls well for me. I paid 1350 for it I wanted a defender but could not find any for under 3000 when i was looking.
     
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    That has pretty much knocked the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned. I had a Rav4 mk 1, and although you could get a fair few bits for them, I was having to buy certain parts second-hand, and normally wait for quite a while until what I needed came up on fleabay. With my FL, parts are available, both genuine LR or aftermarket, and are relatively straightforward to fit too. And the backup on here so far has been quality too ;)
     
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    ^ What he said. I think I would have come very close to selling mine on without the ease of getting parts and the massive support here. Don't underestimate the strength of those things :).
     
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    I have both a TD4 and an older 1.8 XEi, for the limited mileage the OP is wanting to do I would go for the 1.8 - well I did when I wanted a cheap winter runabout 2 years ago and its been brilliant and reliable but, if it goes wrong, I can fix it myself.

    The TD4 is more reliable but if it goes wrong, being a diesel it can be expensive to fix, 1.8 K series are ten a penny if you need one :)
     
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    Good way of getting rid of tratterboys from the Freelander section. :D

    All that to change a light bulb. :eek: :rolleyes:
     
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