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Freelander 1 Motorway

Discussion in 'Land Rover Freelander' started by anubis757, Mar 31, 2021.

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  1. anubis757

    anubis757 Active Member

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    2004 HSE TD4 Manual 121k

    Hello
    In July I'm going to drive my FL from Santander to Lisbon. Around 530 miles.

    Mine is a front wheel drive.

    I would like to ear your comments about driving in the motorway, best speeds for best economy? Mine being a manual doesn't have cruise control. Is it the kind of car that keeps always loud pulling?

    How is driving it for long distances?

    And what to prepare and be careful with mechanically

    If you guys could give your thoughts and experiences

    Many Thanks
     
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    I've seen cars more comfortable on long roads. And definitely safer.
    Without the vcu/4wd you have no esp or any sych safety features, abs only.
    Fuel economy advisable 60 mph instead of 70 you will see a small difference.
    Dunno about the rest, make sure the clutch is alright, and no screaming issues.
     
  3. Wet Cubbyhole

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    You absolutely don’t need to worry about this journey. The car will enjoy it. It’s the easiest 530 miles it will ever do. Cars do nothing on straight, flat motorways. For example, brakes and clutch are hardly used. Engines can get warm on long stints but even that helps blow off the heavy carbon deposits and it might feel more ‘alive’ by the end of the journey.

    Check oil level and tyre pressures, fill with fuel and let it do it’s thing. 60mph is widely accepted as an economical flat road travelling speed.
     
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    Many thanks,
    SO far for preparation I already....
    Change and clean the cooling system , intercooler all clean, new air and fuel filter new crankcase breeder filter (mine still has it and egr also), new 4 injectors (well used ones but reconditioned) a few days before I will do an oil change and filters
    Front disk changed and pads, back brakes also replaced. new control arms. new drop links, new bushings on the torsion bar , new track rod ends. 4 new tyres. 225.
    Next it will be MOT and I guess it will be ready

    Below that's my boy....
     

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    kermit_rr Can't Remember Full Member

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    around £55 per tyre, fitted and balanced? that sounds very cheap!!
     
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    You’ve done a lot of work on it then. Looks mint. Love that orange detailing. Would be interested to know the colour code?
     
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    LOL !!!!
    Kermit 225 its the how wide the tires are because the with is important on mpg.

    Thank you Wet. I bought a gloss orange (photo) out of Ebay. 2 cans
    I clean it then 1000 sand paper just to take the shine. Then plastic primer. Then the orange (3 coats) then Semi Gloss varnish (4 coats)
    Im glad you like it.
     

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  9. GrumpyGel

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    Blinking heck - you should rename your account slowpuss!

    If you did that in the UK, you would have juggernauts rear ending you.

    Coming from UK/Europe I struggled to keep to the 100kmh limits here, it felt like town driving on the open road! After lots of speeding tickets, I got used to it after a few years and just poodle around at the 100. Not sure I'd get much better economy from the motor if I dropped it another 10/15 kmh - well I suppose I would because I might as well take my push bike. :D
     
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    Not just width, but profile makes a difference too. ;)
    I'd fit 60 or 65 instead of the standard 55, as it makes the vehicle much nicer to drive, and helps MPG a bit too.
     
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