Common Problems Encountered with the Land Rover LR2
Although it is not as large as its larger full-sized SUV counterparts, the Land Rover LR2 crossover SUV does make up for it with impressive offroad capability for which the Land Rover Marque is famous for. The LR2 is available in a single trim level and is equipped with a decent 3.2-liter 230 horsepower engine, a six-speed automatic with a manual shift mode, and an all wheel drive configuration. It also has advanced suspension electronics and stability and hill descent control systems for when the LR2 leaves the pavement and into the trail.
The Land Rover LR2 shares the same high level of craftsmanship as with other vehicles manufactured under the Land Rover marquee, but it is not without its flaws. Here are some of the most common issues often encountered with the LR2 crossover SUV.
For 2008-2011 model years, a common issue is that of the engine idling poorly after a cold start. In most cases, the engine will restart without a problem, but it will die shortly afterward. Owners with this problem have also noted the fault codes P050B, P050E, and P061A from the engine control module.
The common cause of the problem is due to issues with the software of the engine control module, which can be fixed by getting a system update. Warming up the engine considerably will also further prevent poor idling.
Another common issue with LR2 crossovers is with the adaptive lighting system conking out along with the warning light. If the system fault light turns on, the problem may be traced back to a faulty or defective headlamp. However, if there is no fault light, the fault could then be again from the engine control module and may require another system update.
LR2 SUVs released between 2008 and 2009 have also known issues with the parking brake not holding on properly. The problem is often due to the cable out of adjustment, which can be rectified by having the cable readjusted and burnishing the parking brake shoes.
The sunroof guide is relatively fragile and, once it brakes, may result in a jam. Make sure to check the guides regularly.
How to Get the Most from Off-road Driving with Land Rover LR2
Land Rover LR2 descends as the second generation from Land Rover Freelander of British-based automobile manufacturer, Land Rover. Launched in 2007, it was marketed for the compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) segment in North America. Carrying on with the excellent off-road ability of Land Rover lineage, Land Rover LR2 boasts the Terrain Response mechanism. This adjusts the vehicle's engine, motion control, transmission, suspension, and all-wheel drive (AWD) system to terrain conditions, thereby resulting in optimized handling and riding comfort. Equally remarkable are its luxury standard features, which are otherwise optional in competitors, like notably the keyless ignition, weather-sensitive wipers, and rear parking sensors and with option to add exterior mirrors. However, production for it ended in 2014 despite being a strong global favorite for the small luxury crossover SUV. But to its owners, the quest for getting the most from off-road driving with Land Rover LR2 can continue on with the following helpful tips below.
- Don't leave the transmission behind.
If you think your car's automatic transmission can be left to itself, think again. Car specialists otherwise suggest that a regular maintenance for it is needed to keep its fine-as-new performance. As oil and filter change must be done once a year, it is recommended to have a full flush of transmission fluid bi-annually. But if your Land Rover LR2 is up against harsher conditions like rugged terrain and rough roads more frequently, the time interval for transmission maintenance checks should be shortened. Consider likewise getting an external cooler for transmission oil installed to avoid overheating when your transmission is pushed too much. Opting for the appropriate gear also helps care for your car transmission. Top-gear driving is fine when you're cruising fine roads. However, down gear by one or two notches when you approach downhill or uphill to avoid overdriving your transmission and increasing its temperature.
- Check side-view mirrors yourself.
While modern car mirrors have automatic adjustments, it is always smart to check them yourself to ensure they are of the appropriate angle as you deem fit. As a safe rule of thumb, when you see even a slight sight of your vehicle's sides from your exterior side mirrors, then they're slanted too much inwards. To properly set the exterior mirror at the driver's side, tip your head sidewards opposite the window and then tilt the side mirror until the edge of your car appears. Aiming for the same at the passenger's side, bend slightly towards the right such that your head is positioned at the centre point inside the car. At this place, adjust the mirror inwards until you get a sight of the side of your car.
- Look after your wipers closely.
Wipers may appear as trivial auto components but not until you ponder about the critical driving decisions you make and how you base them on clean, unobstructed view of your windshield. The dirt, small particles, sun, and other weather elements affect your wipers' condition, so take time as well in maintaining them. Clean your wipers with windshield washing liquid and sponge or soft cloth to remove any debris from them. Consider using an anti-freeze if snow got stuck with them. You'll know when it's time to go for wiper purchase when the rubber part goes rigid or chips off, though every 6 to 9 months is most recommended for timing a replacement.