I think it's on its best behaviour at the moment because it knows the Freelander is being naughty again. It's letting the Freelander do all the work to make the Range Rover look good.
The crankshaft pulley on the Freelander died on Wednesday. Double wide pulley with a large rubber centre that acts as a vibration damper. Horrible, horrible clanking noise from the engine - undriveable as it would lead to more extensive damage and needed fixing ASAP. Quicker than I'd be able to get around to it as it needs special tools to lock the crank in place and another special tool to hold the pulley in place etc.
So yesterday it went down to the place that did the gearbox (proving themselves to be a very good place to have on hand) who confirmed what it was and said they couldn't get a pulley anywhere locally besides the main dealer - at around £450!!! For a bloody pulley. Nuts.
Ordered a pulley and both drive belts from Bearmach (£100 all in, including next day AM delivery) at around 3:30pm yesterday, it arrived this morning and they got it turned around nice and quick.
So, the Range Rover is the golden child of the driveway at the moment. Yes, it has some niggles but it's all DIY-able and none of it stops the car from driving. The Freelander is made of cheese and I'm starting to really, really dislike it. It's had two quite serious failures in the space of a month and a bit, both of which have disabled the car and both of which aren't easily DIY-able without special tools or some level of bodgery.