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My 2004 Freelander (which I love) is having transmission problems. Sometimes the gear doesn't seem to engage until the motor gets to higher RMP when starting and, worse, sometimes the reverse gear just doesn't come in; I have to swhitch back and forth from P to 4 to R, sometimes even having to turn off the car for a few minutes in order to try again. Obviously the official LR shop just wants me to buy a new gearbox but I am pretty sure it's some misalingment of worn part within the box. Any suggestions?

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You have tried the oil level in the transmision....?even replacement of same??

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