My cousin has bought herself a Freelander, and on advise from someone has removed the rear prop shaft as "it makes a massive difference to the fuel consumption".
Quite apart from the fact that don't think it'll make much difference to the consumption at all, there's a warning bell going off in my head suggesting this might be a bad idea. I don't really know anything about Freelanders, so maybe I read it in a magazine or something.
Can anyone clear this up for me?
I don't know the exact model, but it's a Freelander 1 (or should that be Freelander "Classic" ;)).
if you google it a little. 'freelander propshaft removed'
You will see the many posts over the years on loads of forums..
There will probably have been a fault/expensive part or repair needed at the rear.
so the propshafts been removed. (viscous joint,etc etc)
If he never got the propshaft with it, then he will need to get one, then see which parts are required.
It will not save fuel.
(why would it? less mechanical parts to drive,or the saved weight of the removed propshaft.)
If he insured a Freelander, which the insurance company believe is standard,
& he was in an accident.
Then the Insurance assesor or loss adjuster can just point the fact that it has a prop shaft removed to make his claim 'non valid'.
I hope the parts will not cost him to much? Or he has some comeback on the seller.
He got 'shafted'.
But its Buyer beware. (should he be allowed out on his own to buy cars?) www.ashcroft-transmissions.co.uk