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Old 16 January 2006, 17:50   #21
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Was thinking diesel - want to steer clear of K series head gasket problems.

Any significant differences between the Di and TD4 - I was thinking of getting an earlier one.

Any experience with rusting - or have yours been new/ish?
Some people on the landrover forums, prefer the Di's (read montego lump)
Wife's had all diesel's a couple of Di's, both to 100k miles plus, no troubles
no rust at all,, but would say the best was a 01 TD4 ES with 110 k on it,,i think for valve, go high annual miles 30/40k, BUT full service history,,
She's now on a late 04 one with low miles, and just does not go like the old one did,,
A few years back, had a Discovery, and had to put a complete rear floor in it, all gone to the rust bug !!
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Old 16 January 2006, 18:21   #22
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I had a newish (54 plate-not the new shape) TD5 (think it was a td5-3 litre turbodiesel) Disco on hire for a few weeks but it really wasn't much to write home about-it seems the low range shift seizes from lack of use and it took 10 attempts to engage low range each time I tried to use it.


Course, you could always go the whole hog and buy a Transit County... Huge amounts of fun, effectively a Landy with a transit body- and somewhere to sleep after a hard day out.
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Old 16 January 2006, 18:34   #23
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I run a 1999 1.8 5 door freelander. Bought from main dealer 2 years ago. I did make sure head gasket set up was modified and that they put a heavy duty clutch in it. Its now got 80,000 on the clock and will be looking to change it soon. Have not had any significant problems though does go through rubber reasonably sharpish.

I wanted a small 4x4 but didn't like the look of the jap models so have to confess that I bought it purely for the looks. It definately is not the most sensible option there are better 4x4's and tow vehicles. I'm looking at a Nissan Navara Outlaw to replace.

It tows my rig very well, never had any problems but would guess it is quite a bit lighter than yours. Had no problems towing down through France and over the Pyrennes and regularly runs from Cardiff over to Milford Haven.

I went for the petrol as at the time it seemed more refined than the diesel of the time but I hear the TD4 is much better and has more torque.

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Old 16 January 2006, 23:38   #24
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Both the TD4 and earlier L series diesel are very good. To be honest I have found the only fault with the L series is the torque comes in lower down than the TD4 - not so good for high speed work but far better suited to the Freelander.

We ran a small fleet of Rover 400s with the L series engine and had NO problems with the cars racking up over 160,000 miles each. The best thing about them is they will go something like 96,000 miles without needing the timing belt changed.
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Old 17 January 2006, 03:08   #25
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[QUOTE=Mike B] I run a 1999 1.8 5 door freelander. Bought from main dealer 2 years ago. I did make sure head gasket set up was modified and that they put a heavy duty clutch in it. Its now got 80,000 on the clock and will be looking to change it soon. Have not had any significant problems though does go through rubber reasonably sharpish.

I have a pal who reckons that his missus' XC90 costs about 100 a month in tyres!!
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Course, you could always go the whole hog and buy a Transit County... Huge amounts of fun, effectively a Landy with a transit body- and somewhere to sleep after a hard day out. [/QUOTE]

Trannys make surprisingly good tow vehicles, someone does a 4x4 conversion for them i gather.
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Old 17 January 2006, 03:18   #27
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I have a pal who reckons that his missus' XC90 costs about 100 a month in tyres!!
???????? Best he sort's her out,, now on my 4th XC90, run them to 20-25k each, NEVER bought a tyre for any of them !!
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Old 17 January 2006, 04:26   #28
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I luv's landies me

But you have to go an awful long way to beat a trooper in my opinion. They are cheap, have a great engine 2.8TD and come in a short wheelbase and in common with the Landie they are ugly . They don't like the water much however so launch on a rope

If you want to know how reliable they re ask ribshop
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Old 17 January 2006, 04:43   #29
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First Freelander 1.8 towed 1.8 tonne Searay/trailer OK-ish down to Cornwall and back but struggled up hills (not enough power) and down hills (brake fade - though trailer brakes not helping much) and also clutch struggled on slipways/hillstarts. Also dodgy with head gaskets.

Second Freelander V6 auto tows a lot better (but ribcraft/trailer perhaps half weight of Searay) and respectable speeds possible. Has no trouble on hills or slipways/hillstarts. Is quite thirsty though - 16-17 mpg when towing. Great car for everyday use as well. Could do with larger boot though, the missus will pack the kitchen sink.
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The former owner of my boat used a diesel Freeloader without too much trouble. He did quite a lot of miles with them tied together. It was an improvement on the Suzi SJ 310 he used before. He now swears by, not at, his X-Trail.

I replaced my old rangy with a P plate V8i ES Disco 1 with 58,000k (full electric leather, twin air con, heated galss both ends etc) for 6000. The beast tows easily even with the trailer brakes left on.
I get over the fuel consumption by reminding myself it is a lot better than the RIB.
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