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Freelander 1 Automatics: as good in the snow and what to look out for

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by badfelafel, Nov 15, 2015.

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  1. teddywood1

    teddywood1 Well-Known Member

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    change Judder? if you have that I would be looking at other things is your vcu ok is the back diff ok
     
  2. badfelafel

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    Well... picking up a 2001 auto on Sunday.
    Wondering if it's a Jatco or Getrag and how to tell, and if there's any practical difference between the two for me?
     
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    It's quite easy to tell between the getrag and Jatco boxes

    Ones manual the others auto :)
     
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    Auto is a Jatco ;)
    Do a fluid change to keep it healthy;)
     
  5. badfelafel

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    Lol thats hilarious! I thought there was 2 types of auto boxes fitted depending on when made! Well, if I can't tell the difference between a manual and an auto there's something wrong. (Some people already tell me there's something wrong with me if I like Freelanders this much!)
     
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  6. Epicuser

    Epicuser Ex Freelander Owner

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    I had no regrets getting the td4 auto hse.
    (No regrets getting rid of it either). I don't miss the sub 25mpg around town, which is where mine spent most of its time.
    I will never buy a manual again.
    Probably not a petrol or diesel engine either, but that's another story!

    Absolutely brilliant off-road. Mud or snow, but I did always use winter tyres as I like to stop and go round corners. Don't rate AT tyres as high in snow or ice.

    Oh, mine had a 40mm lift and larger tyres.
     
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    Those larger tyres wouldn't have helped with the fuel usage. Larger = heavier and increased rolling resistance ... could effect it by as much as 7 to 8% more fuel used.
     
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    I was thinking that there was something wrong with it. My D3 does just undder 25 Mpg round town. It is almost twice the weight of a Freelander and has a 2.7L V6 diesel. A TD4 Freelander should be much better than a D3 on fuel.
     
  9. badfelafel

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    Picked the car up. Runs great, very smooth compared to my old facelift manual! No clunks, bangs or rattles at all. VCU was changed last year, and it's amazing how free it feels compared to other's I've driven. Only thing is the ABS trio lights up sometimes... will have to do some searching about that. Oh and the sunroof doesn't work, but that's not a surprise!
     
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