What to consider when buying.
Here are our top tips on things to consider when buying a Freelander. Discuss prospective buys on our message boards, too.
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Intermediate Reduction Drive (IRD). Listen for noises underneath, and try low-speed manoeuvres on full lock. If it feels as if the brakes are being applied there's likely to be an expensive problem
Viscous coupling. Its job is to allow the rear wheels to turn at a different speed to the fronts (essential when cornering), but if worn it will lock up and can damage the IRD.
Tyres. Wear extra fast if the IRD or viscous coupling are dodgy
Wheels. Alloys are expensive, so make sure they haven't been kerbed.
Rear window. This slides down a touch when the rear door is opened. Make sure the mechanism works.
Bodywork. Front wings are plastic, so they can't be repaired with filler. Look for scratches in good light.
Off-road damage. Ground clearance is limited, so if it has been off-road there could be some damage.
Electrics. Lots of them, so make sure everything works and all switches operate
Hill Descent Control - might never have been used in anger off-road, so make sure it operates
Exhaust. Look for severe corrosion on the intermediate and tail pipes of early Td4s
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