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    Freelander 2 HSE - GerlyTruk™ Softroader

    The nopics had been on my case the last few months about getting a new car. I guess it was a bit of jealously, I have the XJR and had spent quite a bit on it for the import and the then the work I did on it once it arrived.

    The X-Type had become "her car" back in Switzerland once I bought the XJR, but as you know we couldn't bring it back, so she's been driving around in a 2000 model Mazda 323 which had been driven by her sister since new, and as a result it was a total bucket. So "I need a new car" became a regularly heard statement round here. I had to get rid of the XR6 ute anyway, the ABS module had packed it in & it needed way too much money to get it roadworthy (long list of things needed doing), it would be heading to the scrappers when the registration ran out in a few months anyhow.

    Only stipulations for the new car were it had to be black, with a black interior, no diesel, and enough space with the back seat down to replace the ute. She was hoping for a Mazda CX-5, but no way was I parting with my own money for a Mazda, so I was on the lookout for a 4.2L Supercharged Range Rover Sport, but that idea was scuttled when she actually sat in one & said "no way, it's just too big" so I started looking for a Freelander 2.

    Looking at Feelander 2 HSE's on carsales, in black, with the 3.2L, and quite by accident changed the search to take in all models of Freelander not just HSE's, and an SE showed up in the results. SE being a lower spec it was considerably cheaper than the HSE's, but when I looked at the pictures I noticed the badge on the boot was HSE.

    It was at a dealer not far from our place, so I went down there the next morning to have a look. I took a printout of the ad with the advertised price and saying SE, I figured this would come in handy.

    It was the sales guys 2nd day on the job, and he got me as a customer, poor bloke!

    I had a good look over the car, checking the toys and options fitted. Although it didn't have Satnav (the Aussie LR2's have a Garmin Nav fitted locally by the dealers), it was in fact an HSE. I asked him when they had put the ad up & said the day before, which explained why nobody had picked up on the mistake, so I put out a few "buying signals" to get the salesman on the hook. First of all I asked him to confirm the price, as per the ad.

    "Yes that's the price" he says.

    "What about trade-ins, I've got this 2002 XR6 ute, it's a bit rough, but worth $1500"

    "Yeah we could do that" he says.

    "OK good, so now why does the ad say this Land Rover is an SE, when in fact it's an HSE?" I asked.

    "I need to speak with the sales manager" he replies.

    Cutting a long story short, he goes in to see his boss and 15 minutes later they come back & confirm that it is an HSE, someone screwed up the ad big time.

    I know that the price they've advertised it for is $5K - $7K cheaper than other HSE's on the market right now, so I dig in my heels "you advertised it at this price, and confirmed it just before, so that's what i'll pay, and take my ute for $1500" and the sales manager reluctantly says yes.

    And then I turn into a complete arsehole.

    I start pointing out all the defects in the paint (crows feet all over the tailgate), the sunfaded D pillars and the plinth on the tailgate was also faded. "all this needs to be painted" I demand. "OK yes we will do that"
    But I keep going..."There's a crack in the passenger mirror, dents on the drivers door, this has to be fixed too" "OK, yes, yes, we'll fix it"

    Go in to do the paperwork, and I make them write all this stuff into the contract, every little thing they have to fix. Will all be sorted out when I get back from Korea a week later to pick it up.

    So i picked it up yesterday, handed over the ute, and when the sales bloke went to move it the hose from the intake manifold to the brake booster popped off & there were no brakes! I explained that "it does that sometimes" but he didn't see the funny side of it.

    Paid them the balance & signed the last of the paperwork, deal was done. I've never seen a bloke so unhappy about selling a car....i'm probably their least-liked customer, but that's what you get for putting 300% markup on parts!

    Pics I took at the dealer on the day, before the paintwork had been done, in the pic next to the XJR it's been painted body colour when they did the tailgate.







    You can see the plinth on the tailgate is that faded grey colour.

    So about the car...

    2009MY Freelander 2 HSE
    3.2L Si6 (actually a Volvo engine) with 6-speed auto
    Black on Black
    Alpine Premium Sound with subwoofer, 6-stacker
    Automatic Xenon headlights
    Automatic rain-sensing wipers
    Powerfold mirrors
    Front & rear parking sensors (which override the stereo, happy about that!)
    Panoramic Roof (dual sunroof)
    4 brand new Kuhmo's on factory 18's
    Full service history, with 113'000kms on the clock

    I think the previous owner was a chain-smoking exotic dancer, because there is stripper-glitter all over the steering wheel, and the scent of Marlboro in the cabin (but being a smoker, I couldn't smell it)

    But it's never been off-road, from what I can tell no accident damage, the leather is in very good condition.

    Needs a bit of cosmetic work, mostly from sun damage, the door handles need replacing, the badges are faded, the vents on the front wings also need replacing from sun damage. I've ordered all the bits in the UK & they'll be turning up in the next couple of weeks.

    It's quite nice to drive, very comfortable, the 3.2 makes reasonable power, but despite being a GerlyTruk™ it's still pretty big, it dwarfs the XJR



    Easily as wide, maybe a foot or so shorter, so i hope the nopics has no problems parking it, she complained about the XJR being "huge" so see how she gets on with the Land Rover! Good thing the parking sensors mute the stereo, the X-Type didn't have that & she backed it into a garbage bin because "it didn't beep" well it did, but she couldn't hear it over the music.

    First job was to remove the towbar (it was a real shin-smasher) and tape up the hole left by it, you can see in the pic above. I just realised that the white cover for the plug looks awful so I'll have to paint that.

    And i've been told it will have to get black Euro plates like the XJR...

    I'll update this thread as the bits & pieces turn up, not a project as such, but taking care of all those little things that make the difference.
    Jaguar XJR, Freelander 2 HSE, Jaguar XKR

    Originally posted by Marv
    Look, just because you drive a couple of imported luxo Pommy cars doesn't mean you need to act like an Imperialistic Lapdog and be the last bastion of defence for Straya The Beaut's mid-20th-Century ideals
    Originally posted by nutttr
    People must assume you are some sort of drug dealer with all these nice cars turning up to a fibro home

    #2
    Probably the only woman in the world to ever say no to a Range Rover.

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      #3
      Story is cool but useless without the sale price so as we can truly judge your car buying prowess ;)
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        #4
        Well a few packages from the UK turned up during the week, so I spent a few hours today on the Freelander.



        New side vents in chrome, with clear indicator lenses, a black badge kit for the external oval badges, a black badge for the steering wheel, and some centre caps with black badges.

        The Freelander 2 has some odd sized oval badges on the C pillars, which are not used on any other LR model. They are the standard green/gold colours. The Supercharged Range Rover Sport got black badges, and I think they look a lot better, especially on a black vehicle, and i'm not the only one that thinks that way, there was such a demand that a small company in the UK started making these kits to stick over the Freelander 2 badges.



        Not as good as the real thing when you get up close, but since there is no other option, this is it.

        The Supercharged Range Rover Sport also had the black oval badge on the steering wheel, which you can pick up on ebay cheap enough.

        Before



        After



        The vents on the wings quite literally pop in & out, and the side indicators are also a 30 second job to change.

        Before



        After



        Wheel centre caps actually turned out to be genuine ones, despite the super low price on ebay. Or...the green ones I took off were copies too? Either way, massive improvement.





        You can see where I wiped the wheel before taking the cap off, that's from just one week of commuting, a total of 400kms. I think some low-dust ceramic pads are needed here.

        So, nice new wheel caps, but then I saw just how bad the gutter rash was on the wheels....





        Really, they need professional refurbishing, but i'm on the lookout for a set of original 20's from a Range Rover Evoque (direct fit) so I just sat there for an hour touching them up with a silver wheel paint kit.





        Hell of a lot better than what it was.

        So some pics after a wash, it's looking a bit sharper now.









        Still waiting on new door handles to arrive from the UK, should be here next week.

        It's getting there, but this is the easy stuff, next comes the navigation & bluetooth phone retrofit, just waiting on my wallet to recover from the last couple of weeks efforts...
        Jaguar XJR, Freelander 2 HSE, Jaguar XKR

        Originally posted by Marv
        Look, just because you drive a couple of imported luxo Pommy cars doesn't mean you need to act like an Imperialistic Lapdog and be the last bastion of defence for Straya The Beaut's mid-20th-Century ideals
        Originally posted by nutttr
        People must assume you are some sort of drug dealer with all these nice cars turning up to a fibro home

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          #5
          Nopics Mum has one of these, HSE TDi in ruby red with black/red leather. Quite a nice little bus, a massive step forward from the original wart.
          Obviously they haven't improved the plastic trim quality though!

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            #6
            I can vouch for these things, owning a sd4 HSE. Nice wagon indeed. Only issue is that its chewing brake pads due to their weight and smallish brakes, but overall v happy.

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            Originally Posted by Stang:
            particularly when your body is functioning like a 1970s Alfa made by drunken chimpanzees on a Friday afternoon

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              #7
              Cheers fellas. Yeah it's a good bus, head & shoulders over the 1st gen Freelander.

              Originally posted by Marlin View Post
              Nopics Mum has one of these, HSE TDi in ruby red with black/red leather. Quite a nice little bus, a massive step forward from the original wart.
              Obviously they haven't improved the plastic trim quality though!
              I think the problem with this particular one is that the previous owner didn't garage it & that killed the unpainted exterior plastics, and the paint to a certain degree. The back end must have been poking out of a carport, hence the plastic plinth over the rear number plate & the d-pillar covers were pretty stuffed. The vents in the wings and the door handles weren't so bad, but still needed attention. The door handles on this one are the 1-piece jobs so you can't just change the "skin", I've got some covers coming which go over the whole handle, if they're shit then i'll have to look at completely new handles. The tailgate had crows feet all the way through the colour under the clearcoat, which again posts to no garage...

              Originally posted by JayTHEFordman View Post
              I can vouch for these things, owning a sd4 HSE. Nice wagon indeed. Only issue is that its chewing brake pads due to their weight and smallish brakes, but overall v happy.
              I've had a quick look into the brakes cause I also feel they are a little inadequate...
              From what i've read online, the 3.2L has bigger front discs than the 2.2L, but the rears are the same.
              I'm in the middle of downloading the latest Microcat parts catalogue to check the exact details.

              R1 Concepts in the US does discs for the 3.2L LR2, but i haven't seen anyone do an upgrade to bigger discs or calipers.
              Since the bolt patter is same as the late model Jags, and the Focus/Mondeo, I wonder if a Focus ST or RS brake kit could be adapted.
              The 2.5L Focus ST brakes were a direct bolt-on to the Jag X-Type, so fingers crossed...
              Jaguar XJR, Freelander 2 HSE, Jaguar XKR

              Originally posted by Marv
              Look, just because you drive a couple of imported luxo Pommy cars doesn't mean you need to act like an Imperialistic Lapdog and be the last bastion of defence for Straya The Beaut's mid-20th-Century ideals
              Originally posted by nutttr
              People must assume you are some sort of drug dealer with all these nice cars turning up to a fibro home

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                #8
                Oh BTW I have the full workshop manual if you want a copy :)
                Jaguar XJR, Freelander 2 HSE, Jaguar XKR

                Originally posted by Marv
                Look, just because you drive a couple of imported luxo Pommy cars doesn't mean you need to act like an Imperialistic Lapdog and be the last bastion of defence for Straya The Beaut's mid-20th-Century ideals
                Originally posted by nutttr
                People must assume you are some sort of drug dealer with all these nice cars turning up to a fibro home

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                  #9
                  I have a full dealer-level diagnostic system for Jags & late model Land Rovers, it's called SDD, which is the successor to IDS.

                  So I hooked up the SDD yesterday to have a bit of a poke around, mainly to see what "dealer options" there were to play with.

                  I really wanted to turn off the warning beeps if you start the car with the drivers door open, or open the drivers door before removing the key.

                  I found the vehicle configuration where you can change all this sort of stuff, but sadly no option to turn off the chimes. Actually there's not many options in there at all, you can select if the mirrors dip in reverse, select the drive-away locking, and select daytime running lights, and that's it...

                  A bit disappointed....

                  There isn't even an option to turn off the beltminder, although I did find out how to do it without the SDD.

                  1) Insert the key fob
                  2) Press and HOLD the start button without your foot on the clutch (manual) or brake (auto) for about 2-3 seconds
                  3) Insert and remove the seat belt 9 times - a chime will sound on the 9th attempt
                  4) Seat belt warning is disabled

                  Still can't shut up the key-in/door-open chimes though...

                  I hate cars that beep incessantly... :(
                  Jaguar XJR, Freelander 2 HSE, Jaguar XKR

                  Originally posted by Marv
                  Look, just because you drive a couple of imported luxo Pommy cars doesn't mean you need to act like an Imperialistic Lapdog and be the last bastion of defence for Straya The Beaut's mid-20th-Century ideals
                  Originally posted by nutttr
                  People must assume you are some sort of drug dealer with all these nice cars turning up to a fibro home

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                    #10
                    Another package arrived from the UK last night. A parcel shelf / load cover.



                    These things are damn expensive, the list price in the UK was £240, i didn't even ask what they would be to buy local.

                    Lucky I picked up a new-old-stock one off ebay, from Belfast of all places, for £100 plus shipping.

                    Surprised that an HSE didn't have one as standard, or it's probably sitting in the previous owners garage under a pile of junk...
                    Jaguar XJR, Freelander 2 HSE, Jaguar XKR

                    Originally posted by Marv
                    Look, just because you drive a couple of imported luxo Pommy cars doesn't mean you need to act like an Imperialistic Lapdog and be the last bastion of defence for Straya The Beaut's mid-20th-Century ideals
                    Originally posted by nutttr
                    People must assume you are some sort of drug dealer with all these nice cars turning up to a fibro home

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                      #11
                      100 pounds is pretty good. For reference its $320ish for a current model captiva blind
                      RB26......................Again

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                        #12
                        you cant kill the beeps sadly, its our most asked about question. i work at a lr dealer. what size are the wheels?
                        Originally posted by Marv
                        Only be concerned if that Dunning-Kruger Motorsports bloke is there and goes all Captain Damphands McGigglefingers on you after a couple of lemon squashes....


                        I'M NOT A HOOKER BUT 20 BUCKS IS 20 BUCKS...

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                          #13
                          Don't feel to bad about the price of the cargo blind, I just priced the combined cargo blind,load restraint net for my thing. AUD$1000!

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by fly510 View Post
                            100 pounds is pretty good. For reference its $320ish for a current model captiva blind
                            Originally posted by irsa76 View Post
                            Don't feel to bad about the price of the cargo blind, I just priced the combined cargo blind,load restraint net for my thing. AUD$1000!
                            Yeah I got lucky with that one. The shipping was a bit steep but i'm still well out in front, especially since it was brand new, still in the original box.
                            There were 5x black ones on ebay.uk all ~£100, I wrote to all of them asking for international shipping, this guy was the only one who replied.

                            Originally posted by Sloth View Post
                            you cant kill the beeps sadly, its our most asked about question.
                            I can believe it that everyone wants to turn it off, it's so annoying!
                            What surprises me is the lack of "dealer options" in the SDD, with the Jag there's dozens of different settings you can play with, the LR is pretty basic...

                            Originally posted by Sloth View Post
                            i work at a lr dealer.
                            You mentioned that, do you guys do Jaguar as well?

                            Originally posted by Sloth View Post
                            what size are the wheels?
                            Currently 18's, with a brand new set of Kuhmo somethingorothers that have done 1000 k's or so...it's bittersweet, i'm glad it's got new rubber, but if it didn't that would be a good excuse to get the Evoque 20's that i'm lusting after...

                            Want a set of Style 6 in Sparkle Silver, prefer 5x to include the spare as well.



                            There's a mob in Sydney offering a new set of 4x replicas with Atturo tyres for $2K but I can't justify that, especially since I have brand new rubber on the 18's, and I'd prefer an OEM grade of tyre...and it's only 4x, and, and, and....

                            I asked the local LR dealer if he could hook me up with something, he told me to go to Tempe Tyres!
                            Jaguar XJR, Freelander 2 HSE, Jaguar XKR

                            Originally posted by Marv
                            Look, just because you drive a couple of imported luxo Pommy cars doesn't mean you need to act like an Imperialistic Lapdog and be the last bastion of defence for Straya The Beaut's mid-20th-Century ideals
                            Originally posted by nutttr
                            People must assume you are some sort of drug dealer with all these nice cars turning up to a fibro home

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                              #15
                              lol nah we do vag, lr and suzuki. sadly no jaaaag.

                              sdd is very limited even in dealer. there isnt much that you can do. suprisingly the bmw era stuff has more choices.

                              reason i asked about the rims, is that they look small.
                              Originally posted by Marv
                              Only be concerned if that Dunning-Kruger Motorsports bloke is there and goes all Captain Damphands McGigglefingers on you after a couple of lemon squashes....


                              I'M NOT A HOOKER BUT 20 BUCKS IS 20 BUCKS...

                              robslothyoung - follow me on insta.

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