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    Default Is a freelander perm in 4 wheel drive?

    hi as I am choosing a freelander for the first time. is it perm in 4 wheel drive and does this cause problems? ie short tyre life? thanks

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    Default Re: Is a freelander perm in 4 wheel drive?

    It's permanent 4WD with bias towards FWD. This is done via an intermediate reduction gear box which drives the rear wheels at a slightly slower speed than the front and a viscous coupling unit in the rear prop shaft which is meant to stop the transmission locking up. The VCU can seize which then can lead to problems with the IRD and rear diff mountings. Do a search on here for drive problems, and how to check for them.
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    Default Re: Is a freelander perm in 4 wheel drive?

    Cheers for that. I did hear the VCU needs changing every 75,000 miles. Own ex owner said this perm 4 wheel gives a short tyre life. he quoted a set of tyres lasting 900 miles, but this can not be true they would be changed every few weeks wouldnt they?

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    Default Re: Is a freelander perm in 4 wheel drive?

    Well I know personally of 2 Freelanders that have exceeded that mileage on the original VCU's............mine!!

    I've had this Freelander nearly 3 years, average 1500 miles a month and have bought 4 tyres for it so far, and I only ever buy 2 at a time, so I wouldn't worry about tyre life too much.
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    my td4;s first set of tyres lasted 45k and my second set are going strong at 70k...cant really fault that can you...
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    The Freelander is a very well sorted bit of kit, my dad has had 3 F1's [early boat shaped 1.8 petrol & 2 TD4 facelifts] and now has an F2 HST as well as F1 no 3 which he adores.... I don't think he EVER replaced a set of tyres on any of his Freelanders, ok, he goes steady, but the tyre life doesn't seem to be any worse than anything else..... The Freelander is basically a front wheel drive car with a clever 4x4 system tacked on the back I think, a very good compromise and, with their low weight, almost unstoppable off road....

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