Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: falkirk, scotland
Car: MG ZT-T
you`ll never get a freelander 2 for that budget. period.
i own an 04 plate petrol freelander and work for landrover. in all honesty, the whole landrover fleet is a nightmare to work on. the are ill thought out in the way off mechanics and electrics. that said, they are head and shoulders above any other 4x4 on the road. infact, i`ll put my neck on the line and say i don`t consider anything else a 4x4 on the road. honda crv? why not just buy a civic and some big springs? a rav 4? now that`s funny!
earlier freelanders are woeful for IRD boxes, props, clutches and many other common faults found in this section. however your budget will buy you a very nice TD4 with fairly low miles. as said, the clutches are soft, particularly if they`ve had a hard life towing caravans and what not. injectors do go occasionally as does the wiring harness to the fuel pressure regulator and fuel pumps. there`s no rhyme nor reason for them going. i`d go for a landrover dealer or something with dealer history. dealers know the faults, and good servicing ususally prevents most. make sure the crankcase breather filter has been changed at the last service. they should be changed every service as they swell, harden and can cause seizure from oil starvation. 99% of the time other garages do not even know the filters are there. also dealer services should clean out the front pads at every service, again this is a simple job but helps avoid the pads sticking and warping the discs.
if you are doing motorway miles, i`d avoid the petrols. the are very low geared, and i feel mine would benefit from a 6th gear no end! autos, again as said, zapp all power from the engine but motorway driving wouldn`t really be an issue. chips are widely available and offer a good more oomf when you need it! i`ve never had an issue with any fitted (yet) and they are straight forward enough that you could do it yourself.
your budget should see you good with a late model with all the toys mate, shop around and take your time. bear in mind they are quite expensive to maintain and repair.