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Freelander 1.8 petrol



 
 
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Old January 19th 04, 07:43 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Gareth Watkins
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Default Freelander 1.8 petrol

Hi all
Yet another post from me asking for opinions on cars, but this time it is
for the Freelander 1.8 Petrol unit.
Before you all jump on me and say get the diesel, I know it's a better
engine all round but thing is I'm on a tight budget and there's just so many
second hand 1.8 petrol ones around that I reckon I can get a good deal on
one.
So are they really crap as solo and towcars or are they worth a look? What
about the reputation I have heard of for blown head gaskets on them? Are
they thirsty?
Any opinions would be gratefully appreciated.
Gareth



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Old January 19th 04, 09:22 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
ALB
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Default Freelander 1.8 petrol

DON'T DO IT !!!!

118 lbft of torque in a 1600kg car wouldn't pull the skin off a rice
pudding. Trust me, I made that mistake once!!

Its also not very economical (23mpg solo).

I appreciate they are still expensive cars (but worth it) and if you can't
rafford the Td4 (192 lbft torque), then the earlier L-series diesel is OK
(155 lbft torque), but don't waste your cash on the aging K-series 1.8
engine which was plagued with faults, including the head gasket problems.

I have had two Td4's now (50,000 mile in the first, 20,000 in the current)
so far fault free, and thats towing a Coachman Pastiche 530/4 at 1450kgs to
Spain each year.

Adrian B


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Hi all
Yet another post from me asking for opinions on cars, but this time it is
for the Freelander 1.8 Petrol unit.
Before you all jump on me and say get the diesel, I know it's a better
engine all round but thing is I'm on a tight budget and there's just so

many
second hand 1.8 petrol ones around that I reckon I can get a good deal on
one.
So are they really crap as solo and towcars or are they worth a look? What
about the reputation I have heard of for blown head gaskets on them? Are
they thirsty?
Any opinions would be gratefully appreciated.
Gareth





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Old January 20th 04, 06:51 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Peter R.
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Default Freelander 1.8 petrol

On Mon, 19 Jan 2004 19:43:53 -0000, "Gareth Watkins"
wrote:

Hi all
Yet another post from me asking for opinions on cars, but this time it is
for the Freelander 1.8 Petrol unit.
Before you all jump on me and say get the diesel, I know it's a better
engine all round but thing is I'm on a tight budget and there's just so many
second hand 1.8 petrol ones around that I reckon I can get a good deal on
one.
So are they really crap as solo and towcars or are they worth a look? What
about the reputation I have heard of for blown head gaskets on them? Are
they thirsty?
Any opinions would be gratefully appreciated.
Gareth



Apart from what ALB has to say on the matter, the 1.8 is terminally
flawed. It cracks heads, blocks etc. Stay away from it.
The Td4 is your weapon of choice.

Peter R.
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Old January 21st 04, 11:05 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Graham Trimmer
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Default Freelander 1.8 petrol


Any opinions would be gratefully appreciated.
Gareth



They blow head gaskets like hoars blow punters on a busy Saturday night!


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Old January 22nd 04, 06:53 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
marc
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Default Freelander 1.8 petrol

In article , Gareth Watkins
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Hi all
Any opinions would be gratefully appreciated.




As an independent Landrover specialist I agree with the others DON'T DO
IT

Well documented engine problems. Lack of torque resulting in the need to
slip the rather weak clutch and that is with out a caravan on the back

They have very little room, they leak water into the passenger
compartment, they wear out there tyres in a ridiculously low mileage,
......
...... I could go on but there is little point

If you are on a tight budget don't buy any Landrover or make your budget
tighter and put the spare cash into repairs.

No point putting yourself into debt for a car that won't do the job.
--
Marc Draper

Forsale

Landrover Defender 90 300tdi county hardtop 1996 72K
Landrover Discovery comercial 300tdi S reg 70k
Landrover Discovery Comercial 300tdi R reg 62k
Toyota Hilux surf 2.4 AW/AC/EW/SR

Super winch X9 + genuine Landrover fitting kits for 200 Disco.
 



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