Before I purchased my Freelander 2 I looked at and test drove lots of 4x4s. I decided on a Freelander 2 due to economy, reliability, its performance on and off-road... and my wife saying yes! I was also impressed that the SD4’s 0-60mph time was 10.5 seconds, so not too bad for a 4x4.
I use the Freelander for my everyday transport, pay-and-play, and greenlaning. It’s a great off-road vehicle and never runs out of grunt. The traction control is excellent and certainly helps when in the mud.
Like any 4x4 that is pushed hard, it will get stuck, as I’ve found out for myself… but in my experience the Freelander is truly a wolf in sheep’s clothing! It’s a great feeling when other 4x4 owners are expecting me to get thoroughly stuck and the car rises to the challenge.
My modifications so far include a tank guard, CB radio, General Grabber AT tyres, and I’ve had the EGR blanked.
After coming close to writing the engine off while wading I looked for a snorkel and breather kit but I couldn’t find any on the market. So with a bit of welding, I made my own snorkel using 76mm steel tube and two-ply silicone pipe.
For the breathers I used 11 metres of 6mm flexible hose, plus one metre of 8mm, and some union joints. Now my hippo can wallow in mud and water all it wants!
Next on my to do list is to make a front winch mount and rock sliders.