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Member Since: 26 Jun 2021
Location: Sydney
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New and Looking for Advice

I am considering buying a 2014 FL2 and am hearing conflicting stories. I am trying to get an idea of future issues, and running costs.
The vehicle I'm looking at has jus over 120K on the clock and has been very well maintained (nearly all log book entries are present) and the yard seems very reputable. The dealer has said that they have replaced the transfer case. I don't know if that is a 'regular' thing at a certain kms or if this is indicative of further problems.
Any advice or indications of costs and dramas would be gratefully received. Obviously, looks and comfort wise is a no brainer.
Thanks very much.

Post #409455 26th Jun 2021 9:26 am
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United Kingdom 2014 Freelander 2 SD4 SE Auto Firenze Red

If by "well maintained" you mean it has been serviced according to the JLR service schedule then that may explain the need to replace the PTU as JLR doesnt really do full preventative maintenance and expensive transmission components (gearbox, PTU, haldex and rear diff) suffer because of that.
JLR prefers you to just buy new parts.

It should have had a cambelt change with 75K miles (120K Km) on the clock - due in 7th year anyway.

Welcome BTW Jules

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Post #409479 26th Jun 2021 4:35 pm
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Australia 2011 Freelander 2 SD4 SE Auto Ipanema Sand

Hi Cat, welcome.
Don't buy without a long warranty - even if you have to buy an aftermarket warranty to top up the mandatory 3 month warranty.
Have you had Land Rovers before? They are great but they are high on maintenance costs. LR dealers are terribly overpriced, find a local mechanic who knows Landys very very well. There are a few in Sydney.
A 2014 model should be connected to the Land Rover electronic maintenance records, which logs all the work. The dealer should be able to access those records and find out why the "transfer case" was replaced - Freelanders don't have one, they are probably meaning the Haldex unit, possibly the front diff. Find out about that. Also if the cambelt (not fan belt) has been changed.
Paper service records can be "retrospectively" filled in to give the appearance of a complete service history.

They can be a great car, I love mine, but they can be very costly as well.

I'll let someone else fill you in on the good points ...

HTH MY11 SD4 SE Auto

Post #409493 27th Jun 2021 3:02 am
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Australia 2013 Freelander 2 2.0T SE Auto Fuji White

I have one with a proper engine! Have always used my own mechanic & get him to check it before we go around Australia & also when we return. I let him know how many thousand km of corrugated roads it's done. No issues to date. Like any car have a healthy reserve for when things need fixing. Even getting a replacement tyre in remote areas costs a lot. Procrastination, mankind's greatest labour saving device!

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Australia 2008 Freelander 2 TD4 SE Auto Alaska White

Welcome Cat,

Don't know if you've already purchased or gone to a different vehicle.

My 2c = Watch for:
1-underside dents including the fuel tank and flattened heat protection (brand new mufflers are a give away on late models).
2-tow pigs that have been flogged out (lots of brake controller/ heavy rear wiring etc)
3-suspension bushings on cars from places with really rough roads (read Sydney)
4-SD4's which have had the guts flogged out of them by V8 drivers.

Sound like the PTU (Front diff) may have been replaced as the Haldex should not have given up at such a low km. Read tow pig above.

If you are fairly handy the FL2 Diesel is easy to maintain, with a little help from an LR dealer for the occasional reset of everything. I note the issue with computer controlled vehicles is not a LR only thing.

I am on my second FL2, it's a 2014 TD4 SE. Goes really well and makes interstate trips easy (when we are allowed) Statistics, where one can be one, two.

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