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Freelander XDi - whats reliability like?

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by hangon_ralph, May 13, 2007.

  1. hangon_ralph

    hangon_ralph New Member

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    Hello all

    New to the forum, currently looking to buy a Freelander.

    My budget is not large but I do want a diesel. I have looked at a very clean XDi, yr 2000, 80k but I just wanted some feedback re: the landrover lump reliability.

    A lot of people I have spoken to say I MUST go for a TD4 as the rover diesels are very poor, both engine and drivetrain but as mentioned my budget won't stretch to that.

    Some other people have said they're great!

    What is the general consensus on the forum.

    Regards

    Ralph

    PS It has a full, main dealer service history.
     
  2. G13SJC

    G13SJC New Member

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    L series engine is very strong. I have seen L series Rover vehicles (same engine) with 200K + and still running strong.

    Regular servicing is the key to reliability. Oil is cheap and repairs are not.

    Sounds like a good purchase.

    Regards,

    Steve
     
  3. c13tay

    c13tay New Member

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    L series is bullet proof !!!

    As it always says in the motoring press "TD4 is more refined" - whatever that means ???

    oh and my 1999 XEDi is for sale !!!!!!
     
  4. cashybai

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    Ralph, read the attached thread..
    http://www.landyzone.co.uk/lz/f9/whos-oldest-hippo-them-all-33023.html
    Both Tinytdi and myself are running 150k( within 800 miles, in my case) Xedi's, and we're not the only ones..As for reliability, G13's got it smack on. Truth, mine has a few bits not playing, see my signature, but to be honest, for a 9 year old motor no probs. Tay's also right, the TD4 is a more refined, more powerful lump, but it can have its share of probs too, as you will find if you peruse the posts here, also the posts on Beemer forums as regards desisel lumps. Bottom line is, get one thats bin serviced smack on interval, FSH and generally bin well cared for.

    IMHO with a bit of fettling/tweakin and RoverRon's help & guidance, the L series can punch out more power than a TD4. Go for it Son!:D

    Just re-read yer post, 80k is baby miles, just make sure the service book is stamped or you got receipts fer services. Check the back tyres out fer castelation(do a search on that one), and if yer find owt yer not sure on, post it up on here........

    Re-read again( me eyes are wonky after a busy night shift....3am shouts again!) Full dealer service history speaks volumes...
     
  5. Boxer

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    I've got one 2000 143K miles. 17K by me since last August. Its a dream to drive now the tyre problem is sorted. I love it! The next door neighbour has a TD4 and although its more refined, I think because its better put together, he says he was more than happy with the 'L' series he had before. Go for it.
     
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    i fink you will find the l series is bomb proof. . .not as refined as the td4, but engine wise it has less issues, if you got service history then that a bonus. . . .:)
     
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    The L series ROCKS. ;)
     
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    We've got a L-series with 105,000 heavy miles on the clock, and a TD4 with 50,000 road/tow miles. The TD4 is a more exciting drive than the L-series, but we are ressured by its reputation for reliability.

    Cheers

    Blippie
     
  9. Rogue Trooper

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    I love my L series and would recommend one to anyone. Its not quitest smoothest ride, but if you want that you dont buy a freelander or a diesel. I find it ok on fuel consumtion, easy to drive, not too noisy and loads of room for the holidays etc. My wife loves it to.
    I change the oil often, but thats about it. Get one and enjoy it.:)
     
  10. JMM

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    Hi

    Found this link through google and hope you don't mind me posting in the same thread but i'm in the same situation to.

    Was looking at a 1.8 Petrol and almost bought one then saw the problems and put me right off, then saw the 2 litre diesel and decided on that one after reading this thread.

    When looking for them, i've come across 2, an XDI and an XEDI and was wondering what the difference is and if there is a difference, which is better and any things I should look out for when buying one?

    Regard Jake
     
  11. SteveW

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    i had an 98 freelander l series diesel with 185k miles on it when i sold it, the engine was sweet as a nut and pulled like a train
     
  12. JMM

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    Thanks, did you have any big issues with it in that time?

    Edit:
    Sorry a few other bits
    1) As before what is the difference between the Xedi and Xdi?
    2) Where is the best place to look to buy one? (been only looking on ebay at the moment)
    3) Read on here about ones going for under £2000 and budget is about £2000-£2500 but can't find much in this range? Any tips?
    4) Been put off the 1.8 Petrol for the reliability issues, but seen one less than 5 miles away that i quiet like with 68k on the clock, if i was to buy it and the petrol engine went, is there another petrol engine that can be easily swapped of similar power but with better reliability and how much would this cost?
    5) and if it did go, would it be possible to swap with a 2 Litre diesel instead or is it alot of hassle in terms of cost and would be it be more cost effective to just buy a diesel to start with?

    Thanks Jake
     
  13. Blippie

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    The XEDi is a model with a better specification, but I'm not sure exactly what the difference is - think you are more liekly to get a sunroof and aircon with an XEDI, but don't quote me!

    Cheers

    Blippie
     
  14. JMM

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    Unless you are prepared to rebuild the 1.8i engine after a head gasket failure, don;t consider one.

    On the other hand, if you are a keen amateur mechanic, and are preapred to maintain one well and confident to take the risk, you'll be happy.

    Cheers

    Blippie
     
  16. The Mad Hat Man

    The Mad Hat Man Well-Known Member LZIR Despatch Agent

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    funnily enuf - I think Blippie is selling one :)
     
  17. JMM

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    mine had a few issues, rear tailgate would not open when it was raining, water was getting on to the elictrical connector on the lock itself, fixed with a plastic bag, had the old cracked chassis aswel. I think that was it, all windows worked and sunroof, aircon worked, no starting probs or anything else i can think of. If you get 1 use good quality fuel, i first ran mine on tesco diesel but after filling up with texaco diesel it had a real noticeable affect on peformance. on a local long hill (not very steep) the car would stuggle to go up the hill in 4th gear, when i changed fuel the car would accelerate up the hill in 5th. The car is still going strong, sold it to a local lad who lives a few streets away
     
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    hi
    ave bin running an L series for over a year without any problems-just routine servicing. got 105k on it at and does early to mid 30's to the gallon. these also run very well on veggie oil. mines been upto a 80% mix this summer with tesco's finest in the tank-only ever run it on new oil tho
    hope this helps
     
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    L series and 55p bio FTMFW