Problem Description and Possible Solution
Broken doors inside the intake manifold, that vary the length of the manifold, can cause an abnormal engine noise.
Average mileage: 114,087 (70,000–160,000)
Engine affected: 2.5L V6
21 people reported this problem
same problem VIS linkage disconnected from doors inside manifold.Tried to open plenum with heat gun without success so I cut it with a sawzall,reconnected the linkage,epoxied everything back together and viola!no more noise.Kinda Mickey Mouse but beats paying the $1300 for a new one
Have not fixed. Looking at used intake manifolds. Have found some on E-Bay. My Rover was running like a champ and then all the lights came on, computer diagnostic at local shop-manifold... Loss of power comes and goes but when it goes you are stuck. I bought mine for $1500 with 90,000 miles on it so worth fixing but not putting a bunch of cash in to it. Great in the snow. Also, at the 100,000 mark it needed new cam & crank sensors. About $335. If your Freelander is not starting every so often, for hours or minutes, get these sensors checked. Read on another site that this happens often. Cheers!