Was the head checked / skimmed ? Was the modified gasket kit fitted ? This from another forum explains ,
The original gasket used on the K Series engine was an elastomeric type. This is a steel core plate with rubber sealing beads. This worked quite well on the original engines, but was prone to failure on the later version of the engine. It was the subject of some small improvements over the years but continued to be a weak point.
Due to a very high failure rate on their Freelander model, a MLS (multi layer steel) gasket was introduced as a service fix. This gasket can be used on all K Series engines. It was designed to be used in conjunction with a new main bearing oil rail on Freelander, but many people don't bother with this on car applications. The new gasket includes a steel shim which must be fitted to the cylinder head face.
Hope it helps .
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