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Just got a new Freelander and it leaks like the last 2 have!

Craig K

In Fourth Gear
Has anyone got any bright ideas?

The old man has just bought his thirsd Freelander and like the last two it has a wet boot. The latest one is the version before the Freelander 2 - shame it had done 3800 miles...but still leaks!

Any thoughts much appreciated as we could do with fixing the leak in the old one prior to selling too!

BTW they have all been the 5 door versions.

Many thanks!
There is a known issue about freelander's taildoor seal. If your carpet in luggage compartment or condensation in security box is wet, could be a leaking between taildoor seal and mating surfaces.
I had a wet boot on mine when i first got it and i fixed it by cutting a small gap in the rubber seal around the tailgate in each corner to let the water escape. not had a wet boot since.
If it is a recent model (i.e. before the Freelander 2) then it will be coverd by the three year warantee.


Yes it will be covered for three years and it isn't dependent on ownership. A lot of smaller dealers use this to stop having to provide purchased warranties as it is still covered bythe manufacturer.
Excellent! That is good news! We have dried it with a dehumidifier so will have to wait for it to get wet again.

Thanks for the help! Much appreciated.

Also just about resolved the diff knock aswel - see other post.
I have a Freelander 2 on extended testdrive this weekend and, guess what... the boot leaks!

Bear in mind the FL2 has a top-hinged tailgate. There are two hoses protecting wiring going from the roof into the tailgate. One of them fouls the rubber seal when the tailgate is shut and lets water in!
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