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Ian Rawlings <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> On 2006-01-04, JD <jjd@SPAMLESS.com.au> wrote:
> > Series manuals (1&2 in particular) are much better than the 90/110 and
> > Defender ones. I think it is that after the Series Landrovers they decided
> > that only professional mechanics would be working on them. The main reason
> > for this is to avoid liability I suspect.
> Possibly, although if that's the case then Lotus have gone the other
> way, I've not seen the Elise manuals but for my ancient Esprit
> pile-o-parts the manuals for that are both still available despite it
> being 16 or so years old and are far more detailed than earlier
> models. If landrover have decided to go in the opposite direction
> that's a shame. The type 920 engine in the plastic rocket is far more
> complex than the 300TDi non-ECU engine in my landy but the manuals
> from Lotus are excellent and make the whole thing easy to understand
> despite the ECU, turbo, chargecooler, vacuum control system etc etc.
> I've got gearbox overhaul manuals for the Defender, but no engine
> overhaul manuals, does such a thing exist? It's even quite hard to
> track down electrical manuals for mine (1994 110 300TDi) as the only
> ones I've found are for the ECU-equipped Defender, although the
> differences appear to only really affect emissions control.
I'd hazard a guess that the post-Series manuals are written by
jobbing Technical Authors, whereas the Series manuals were most
likely written by long-term Rover employees who had a good understanding
themeselves of the subject matter. Some compaies still insist that
the manual writers actually do the task being written about rather
that rely on second-hand info, I'd hazard a guess thar LR isn't one
The same goes for the parts books - the old ones are true assembly
drawings, whereas the current ones can only really be said to be
sketches - See the Defender Td5 cooling system for some very confusing
sketches as an example.
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