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Old 10-07-2008, 01:36 PM
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With all the Freelanders out there blowing engines and with no new engines available, there will eventually be no way to repair a Freelander. This should mean they will be cheap! So, what about swaping with a Toyota engine or something like that? Is this remotely possible?
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:54 AM
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buy a blown up freelander for no more than a grand and swap the euro spec diesel and tranny and a 2 inch lift and you'll have some fun and said and done if you do the work yourself i would think you would be in the car for about 6 grand
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:37 PM
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Interesting. The gas milage would be great for a DD that would also do well in the snow. As these things don't have any engines to replace, I'd think one would be able to pick one up cheap in the next couple years and do exactly what you said. Well, we'll see what happens.
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Old 10-08-2008, 01:47 PM
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I work in at a dealership and i wouldn't be surprised if someone here has one done in the next year.
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:23 PM
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Let us know if it happens, and how much it ends up costing!

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Old 10-09-2008, 11:58 AM
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what would a diesel cost? my wife was going to sell her freelander this winter and maybe get an LR3. should I keep it around? maybe I could hide it in one of my parents barns. definatly keep me informed of any further information that comes up.
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Old 10-09-2008, 01:50 PM
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I know of an individual who is swapping the engine and part of the drivetrain from a RAV4 into a Freelander.

I stupidly suggested it to him when he brought it to me with a junk engine.

Thankfully, he hired someone else to do it!
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Old 10-09-2008, 05:20 PM
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Any of these companies who are importing defenders and series trucks could give you a quote on a motor and all the running gear im sure.
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:50 AM
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I think a diesel freelander would be awesome. How are these things on reliability, when the v6 issues are removed?
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Old 10-18-2008, 02:29 PM
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I drove the shit out of a diesel Freelander in the UK in '03 or '04. It was incredible! 100 mph, 30 mpg, fun little car (I won't call it a truck).

Once they got the IRD issues settled, they were OK. But, the autoboxes are junk, if you could find a diesel and manual transmission, you'd have it made (well, as much as you possibly could with a Freelander).

The only Freelander worth a shit to me is my cat named Freelander! And that's only if I keep him on his hairball meds!
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Old 10-18-2008, 11:02 PM
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I drove a Camel Freelander for a weekend and it was pretty cool actually. Not quite my cup of tea, but I did like the diesel engine, and it did OK off-road. Also beat the livin' piss out of it.

Get rid of the crappy TC crappity crap, and it would be a decent little off-roader. I did like the diesel engine though. The RHD, stickers and CT stuff made it fun to drive...a plain-jane version with the diesel engine wouldn't be as cool. I don't know if a swap would be worth all of the hassle TTYT...
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Old 10-20-2008, 05:13 PM
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there is a guy here who is swapping out a Subaru Outback engine / drivetrain into a blown up freelander. Should be interesting.
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Old 10-20-2008, 11:56 PM
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Won't be anymore interesting than if he just kept the Subaru intact IMO.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:47 AM
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I'm sure you're right, but from what I understand the Subaru was already rendered usless by a T-bone collision. After some thought, it does seem like alot of work when you could just go out and buy a Subaru Forester and be miles ahead of any Freelander conversion project you could ever come up with.
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:25 AM
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The freelander is a great vehicle...when you're saving the miles for the other rover.

Has anyone tried to bring over a diesel freelander? are the regs the same as a disco?
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:06 PM
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Anyone looked at a Honda engine for size? Rover did a lot of 'sharing' wih Honda UK when they developed the Freelander - hence the clock and some switchgear etc.

You could also look at getting the Austin Maestro diesel engine and g'box (it was front drive too) - I think it's a Perkins 'Prima' 2 liter engine. The mules used to develop the Land Rover were Maestro vans so about the same size. They'd be really cheap since the vans are all crap and there's likely a bunch sitting in scrap yards somewhere. A lot of them were used by the Gas Utility and other service companies.....
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maybe I could hide it in one of my parents barns.
or under your bed.

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Old 10-29-2008, 10:05 PM
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kia sorento used the freelander engine for a while
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:06 PM
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have also seen a freelander body on a discovery frame, it has the same wheel base
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:14 PM
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Hey. I will maybe have some info on this topic soon. Once I get settled. There is a 3 door Freelander for sale on base $500. Manual, and diesel I think, but needs a new engine. I'm tossing around the idea of getting it and putting a new engine in it. Will see what the options are over here and report back if I end up doing it.
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Old 11-04-2008, 02:35 PM
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Really? Which engine in which market?
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Old 11-04-2008, 06:24 PM
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The KV6 engine was also used in early Kia minivans sold in this country.

If you want to put a diesel in get the engine and gearbox out of a TD4 Freelander. Its a BMW unit. 112hp (as many as the 300tdi disco) and 160ftlbs torque.

Just have to order the complete unit from the UK.....
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Old 11-15-2008, 12:52 PM
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Well somebody beat me to it replaced or fixed the engine and is now selling it for a lot of money. That could have been fun.
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hmm, can one source a chinese one? look at the bottom of this link:



http://www.aronline.co.uk/index.htm?news200701f.htm


and also
see
http://forums.mg-rover.org/showthrea...150818&page=25

http://www.chinacarforums.com/forum/...read.php?t=930
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Old 12-07-2008, 04:37 PM
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The freelander is a great vehicle...when you're saving the miles for the other rover.

Regardless what you are using it for, the Freelanders were and are pieces of shit. There is no way to debate otherwise.

It was Land Rovers version of Pontiac's Fiero. Something only a few middle aged balding men with poor social skills and still living in their mothers basement will cling on to.
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