I think it's not normal that land Rover refuse to pay a part of reparations for IRD. Because it's a real problem and not normal. mine is out at 74000 kms.
It is a shame that LR produce cars and the owners have to pay. I loved my Freelander until the numerous problems began to mount: traction control, hill descent, etc had to be reset as lights continually came on; IRD had to be replaced - note she threw me away two hours after beginning my holiday journey and it took 4 days to sort out which amounted to R22 000. It had numerous oil leaks which, after 5 trips to LR in one week they could not seem to solve. The rear differential mounting was replaced and insurance would not cover it due to "wear and tear". However, my Freelander has never seen the underside of a bush and should be considered a soft roader. In a recent major accident, the airbags did not perform. Warning to future owners: LRs are expensive to maintain!
I bought a 1999 Freelander six months ago. It looked fantastic and was lovely to drive in. I spent 2000 pounds to ship it to Africa where I live. Finally I had a beautiful car after years in crappy old machines, so I drove it carefully.
In six months both front drive shafts had to be replaced at 600 pounds a pop, and now it needs a new IRD unit. I've been quoted 2000 pounds to get this here and fitted. I'm gutted and am about to go and buy 5 litres of diesel and burn the bugger!
After researching the web, I find out that the IRD units are a massive failure on this vehicle. I wish I'd done better research. If I'd had any idea, I would have never bought a Land Rover Freelander. Land Rover should be making these IRD units available at half price, as it is obviously a faulty design. Really disappointed as I can't afford to buy another vehicle at the moment, so this has left me in the lurch. Never again - where are the matches!
Freelander looks and feels very attractive, but its problems mount up. Still love it, hard to resell at a reasonable price.
Spare parts are so expensive I can't afford it. Not sure if there is any other alternative to keep my Freelander.