This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org seeking advice on the purchase of a Freelander 2 TD4 auto.
I’m hoping to buy a low-mileage (c.2012) Freelander 2 TD4 auto. What sort of things should I look out for? Generally speaking, are they reliable?
John Gudgin, Burton Latimer, Northamptonshire
The TD4 is a good, reliable engine. Manual gearbox failures are rare, although I have come across a few problematic autoboxes. The biggest problem area, though, is the rear diff and/or Haldex unit, both of which can fail and require replacement.
Differential failure usually shows as a whining or rumbling noise from the rear of the vehicle. The pump or solenoid can fail in the Haldex unit, bringing up a transmission warning light, sometimes saying there is ‘reduced performance’; the vehicle would also have only front-wheel drive if the Haldex unit isn’t working. The cost of repair can be between £600-£1800 depending on what has failed.
But don’t let this put you off buying a Freelander 2. It’s the cheapest and most reliable modern Land Rover to own and maintain. If buying from a garage, ensure that any warranty would cover any potential diff or Haldex problems. Avoid any vehicle without a complete service history from a franchised dealer or an independent Land Rover specialist, as this will give some reassurance that it’s been well looked after in its previous life.
This workshop advice appeared in the January 2016 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.