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Freelander Faults poll

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by Northern Irelander, Mar 14, 2008.

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What faults have you encountered on your FL1

This poll will close on Jul 31, 2035 at 9:57 AM.
  1. Petrol engine problems

    18.4%
  2. 2L L-series engine problems

    4.4%
  3. Td4 engine problems

    24.5%
  4. Transmission, VCU, IRD, Diff problems

    34.6%
  5. Electrical problems

    30.8%
  6. Body fittings, Window mechanism problems etc

    39.6%
  7. Suspension problems

    7.7%
  8. Steering problems

    5.9%
  9. Brake problems

    17.4%
  10. Misc/Other problems

    23.0%
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  1. DextheMax

    DextheMax Member

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    These things stated i don't know, i had the garage do the work, i have bought a D2 now.. the freelander runs perfectly but there is a water loss somewhere.. HGF or expansion bottle leaking.. all i know is.. fixing the engine was well over 600 quid...hmmmz
     
  2. Alibro

    Alibro Well-Known Member

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    Don't panic!
    I had a similar issue a thousand or so miles after replacing a HG and it turned out to be a leaky hose. With the engine running and warmed up go round all the hoses you can see giving them a push and pull. Mine was a leaking heater hose near the front of the engine
     
  3. Madmustang

    Madmustang Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like an excuse not to get your hands dirty to me...
     
  4. DextheMax

    DextheMax Member

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    More like i needed the car for work and not as project and never done a k series HG.
    And secondly if i don't want to get my hands dirty... then why did i buy a D2?... silly
     
  5. Madmustang

    Madmustang Well-Known Member

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    Do us all a favour and sell the Freelander to somebody that will look after it. We don’t need Disco owners playing with the Freelander as a toy :p
     
  6. DextheMax

    DextheMax Member

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    Yeah but.. i like the freelander!!!!

    It was my first land rover or is.. i did look after it.. got new tires new hoses fresh HG and cambelt, new oil and plugs.. just need a new bottle LOL.
    And anything electric works too :p
     
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    Madmustang Well-Known Member

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    Ok ok I will let you off a bottle never hurt any freelander...
     
  8. spinus

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    im actually frightened
    ive just brought one:(
     
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  9. Hippo

    Hippo Lord Hippo

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    Dun't worry. All cars have their problems. A Freelander is a land rover. Lr's have a big following int car world. Hence why there's so much talk of them ont web. Not all Freelander's are bad but there are some that need er bit more love ter keep them going. Enjoy yer Freelander and keep it maintained well. We'll help when yer stuck. ;)
     
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  10. brotherbear

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    I reluctantly took my Freelander of my father in laws hands as I was stuck and needed a motor back in 2014. I was apprehensive as I knew they were prone to electrical faults with windows etc but here we are in 2019 and I have put some 50K on the clock and she has been a reliable motor. A couple of years back one of the rear windows got stuck in the down position, caused by the cable snapping and ironically, the other rear window has just done the same but that has been it for me. In the last week, someone drove into the side of it, so I now need a new door and some attention to the sill but am going to keep her going. I think you will be fine.
     
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    bukko Well-Known Member

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    I regret not keeping my L series (profile pic).
    Ok, it would have needed a new engine as the last one detonated, but I still miss it.
    Would have had it 20 years this year...
     
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  12. Avocet1

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    I'm a relative newby on here and I've just completed the poll. To be honest, I feel a bit of a fraud doing so, because I've just been GIVEN (gratis!) a 2001 FL1 TD4 with about 150,000 miles on it. Frankly, this is a car that no longer owes anyone anything! It has been cruelly neglected for a couple of years at least, and for the previous 6 or 7 (at least) has been maintained on a shoestring. So far, I have found:

    Thermostat failed open.
    electromagnetic clutch wire to the aircon pump snapped (fatigue).
    rear diff bushes all utterly "cream crackered"
    At least one wheelbearing is noisy
    Most of the doors either have a locking motor or a window (or both) not working
    The headlining is hanging down
    Various hoses are chafed and damaged
    Handbrake doesn't work much
    centre silencer is pretty rusty
    Front discs pretty thin
    Front disc backplates rusted away
    Various seized / sheared fasteners in the engine undertray.

    Of those faults, I can only really complain about the headlining, door locks and windows - which in this day and age, I think it is reasonable to expect to last the life of the car. I could complain (slightly) about the aircon wire - just not allowing enough engine movement) and some of the induction hoses chafing (also poor design). Everything else I see as fair wear and tear on a vehicle of that age and mileage.

    It has to be remembered that we've just scrapped a Nissan X-Trail (albeit as a result of it being written off) that was 5 years younger and had 130,000 miles on it but up to that point it has had a great deal of work that has had to be done on it, so overall, I'm actually pretty impressed with the Freelander!
     
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    She's a minter then. :p
     
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    So with the seemingly endless jobs on the FL adding up, I thought I'd post the list of everything I've had to do (not including routine servicing like brake pads and oil changes, battery etc) just for a laugh. I was wondering what people's experiences are in terms of the number of jobs. These are over 6 &1/2 years of ownership and approx 70k miles.

    Done so far
    All four injectors
    HP fuel pump
    Three of the four door window regulators
    Boot fish tank
    One window rubber
    Leaky/corroded Sunroof
    All four main speakers
    Both front wishbones
    Wishbone snubber bushes
    Front drop links
    ARB bushes
    Rear trailing arms
    Drop links
    Header tank
    Boot door handle
    OSF strut bearing
    VCU and bearings
    VCU bearings again (should have aligned them better - or maybe the Bell ones aren't as good as they used to be?)
    Rear diff oil seal
    Starter contacts
    Seized brake caliper
    Side steps removed due to dissolving brackets
    Intercooler hoses
    Propshaft CV boot


    To be done
    Thermostat failed and leaking (water pump to be done at the same time since it's got to come off anyway)
    Aircon compressor (currently working but noisy - that can wait)
    Occasionally floppy drivers side mirror (that can wait too)
    Oil cooler leaking oil into coolant
    Battery clamp bolt
    Un-diagnosed front suspension knock (that is really getting on my nerves now)

    Still love it though.
     
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    Had my 53 plate td4 hippo for 10 years, its had all new window mechs in every door, no longer unlocks the front doors with the fob, 6 disc player is jammed and shows error3, leaking in passenger footwell from under glovebox, number plate light disintegrated and replaced with aftermarket led, running boards fell off as brackets disintegrated.
     
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    Leaking in passenger footwell is the Freelander self-cleaning mechanism, nothing to be worried about, top up is via the same cap for engine cooling ;)

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    Edit : Top up should be an anti-freeze mix and performed regularly. On K Series, self cleaning should be disabled :eek:
     
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    Nick the greek Member

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    It comes into the car via the black box thing above the footwell but only when its raining, coolant levels never change, I think there's a missing bung under the wiper mech, I'll investigate tomorrow if the weather allows
     
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    That's cool :)

    Often its corrosion on the heater matrix.
     
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