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Old 17 January 2006, 06:02   #31
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All of the new stuff is far too complicated to take anywhere near any salt water
Agreed, and the off road performance of Jimbo's 4x4 "Asian" thingy on Saturday morning was awful. Couldn't even drive across a wet lawn and needed the Disco to recover it onto the tarmac Jimbo you need to buy Ducans Range Rover.

Rogue Wave should sort out his 110 Landie for the occasional rib users on a cheap hire for the day basis.

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Old 17 January 2006, 06:17   #32
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Had a couple of these. First was a nightmare - headgasket, trim, exhaust etc...
Current one have had from new and just coming up to 20k. Very nice and civilised without being too big and it tows my boat ok. Definately go for td4 option it is very good. I wouldn't launch again with it though as a bit hard on the clutch but I guess it is a pretty heavy boat/trailer/engine.
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Old 17 January 2006, 06:28   #33
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Agreed, and the off road performance of Jimbo's 4x4 "Asian" thingy on Saturday morning was awful. Couldn't even drive across a wet lawn and needed the Disco to recover it onto the tarmac Jimbo you need to buy Ducans Range Rover.
I still blame the tyres! It needs a diff lock...

I've actually been looking at Rangies on eBay, there are some P38 bargains to be had, but I'm not sure I could be a student in a rangie!

I'm paying closer attention to Nissan Patrols and isuzu troopers - all points say they are excellent tow vehicles, and can shift offroad. Reliable, as they're jap, and they even look like 4x4's!
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Old 17 January 2006, 06:29   #34
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Rogue Wave should sort out his 110 Landie for the occasional rib users on a cheap hire for the day basis.

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Agreed about sorting out the 110. I am going back to the North sea in April so I'll chuck a couple of weeks into it when I get back.!

Afetr all that effort I am fkkd if I am gonna lend it to somebody else to use. You and Searider can borrow it though
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Call me fussy, but all this clutch, head gasket and high geared stuff would bring me to the conclusion not to go near one with a barge pole.
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I used to have a 52 plate Freelander TD4, and it struggled to pull my Avon 620 up the slipway at Cobbs Quay. Found I had to really work it hard to pull the boat generally. Sold it just after that and bought a Landcruiser Amazon, 4.7 V8 that did the job perfectly.
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Call me fussy, but all this clutch, head gasket and high geared stuff would bring me to the conclusion not to go near one with a barge pole.
go near what a stoodent or a Kia
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keep well away from the FREELANDER. I had the 2000 petrol model (1.8L) and had towed my first Seahawk from Poland in 2002. Towing the rib on a 4 wheel trailer (about 1400kg) was more or less ok but not a piece of cake . However when trying to recover then it is just useless. I had big problems in getting up the slip in Plymouth after the first RibNet conference, Just about burnt the clutch and on top of things at 40K experienced the head gasket problem. Mind you got a brand new engine cos the 3 year warranty was still valid. Last year I did a part exchange and now enjoy a TDI300 Landrover

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Towing the rib on a 4 wheel trailer (about 1400kg) was more or less ok but not a piece of cake . However when trying to recover then it is just useless.

The Freelanders kerb weight is 1457kg so using the recomended 85% rule this gives a recomended safe towing weight of 1238 kg - although the MAX towing weight is 2000 kg. Which may explain the problems it had when faced with a steep incline and no momentum?

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I still blame the tyres! It needs a diff lock...
Well the freelander has a viscous coupling over the cetral diff to negate the need for a diff lock - however it's sadly lacking a low ratio
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