Freelander transfer case headaches
I own a Freelander (2001 model) and it’s been giving me some problems with the transfer case. Could you please assist in telling me if there is an improvement in the newer models and if so, from which model?
- W.P. de Wet (Brackenfell) Ed – The older model Freelander was a bit of a lemon, and the list of problems are endless. First of all, the Freelander doesn’t have a transfer case but an IRD (Intermediate Reduction Drive) that splits the drive to front and rear through a viscous coupling to prevent transmission wind up. When the viscous seizes it tends to damage the IRD. In late 2000, the IRD was replaced with an improved unit, but problems persisted. In 2006, an all-new Freelander 2 was launched with a 2.2 Td4 engine also adding a more efficient Sd4 version. Some of these models gave problems with the rear diff where the Haldex unit was not functioning correctly and damaged the diff. From 2009, the Haldex unit was improved and could be electronically updated which seemed to solve the problem. My suggestion would be to save up some money and go for a model of 2009 and upwards or for approximately R40 000 you can have a Golf engine and gearbox conversion done by Roverland in Cape Town. Although this will only be a front wheel drive vehicle, it will be a reliable run-about.