look upon it this way (as I am going through similar!)
1) once you find a nice cheap independent service place, you wont let
2) yeah, ok, a few niggles, but once they're sorted, they will niggle
no more for some time if they've been done properly
3) I bought what on the outside looked like a tidy swb shogun for my
mother in law. It came with an MOT that had a long time to run. When
I popped it into my local (Douglas Motors in Wolston nr Coventry)
garage, they put a prohibition notice on it because the chassis was
made of papier mache!
So the jap stuff is just as prone to problems.
My v8 Disco is currently at the hospital in swanley. Just after i'd
bought it, i thought "xfer box sounds a bit loud, wonder if there is
any oil in it?" I managed to get a litre in (and the book says it
holds 1.7!) then I checked the diffs, despite taking 4 hours to undo
the drain plugs and fill plugs, i then found used engine oil (yes
honestly!!). Again I sorted.
Then I got the bits to do the camshaft (thanks Richard at Beamends)
well, it took me a week to do what should take about an hour - the oil
drain plug took 5 hours to get off, the viscous fan took about 7.
Well, I gave up, and booked it in to see uncle Barry.
Well, the day before it was due to go in, SWMBO went to move it on the
drive and it wouldn't go. AA said overfuelling, prolly airflow meter.
So had to get it relayed in.
That was last wednesday, and with a bit of luck, tomorrow I get it
back, with a stout dose of open wallet surgery - but do I care? no -
why not - because I just love the sound of the v8 and the disco is a
fine example of the beasty.
So dont regret it, just look upon it as preventative maintenance, oh
and find a good indy garage asafp.
Just spoke to dealer, diff lock mechanism is seized up and might need
replacing and door latch is shot, £150, can live with that.
Coolant leak is a water pump gasket at £15 + £200 labour, ouch! Worse still,
they reckon something nasty is causing it, e.g. head gasket, if this is the
case they reckon £800-900 at which point I will be looking for a discreet
arsonist! or more likely a decent lawyer to sue the trader that sold me it
"Andrew Cooke" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> Just spoke to dealer, diff lock mechanism is seized up and might need
> replacing and door latch is shot, £150, can live with that.
> Coolant leak is a water pump gasket at £15 + £200 labour, ouch! Worse
> still, they reckon something nasty is causing it, e.g. head gasket, if
> this is the case they reckon £800-900 at which point I will be looking for
> a discreet arsonist! or more likely a decent lawyer to sue the trader that
> sold me it last Monday!
Drive/ have it relay'd to me in Morayshire, North Scotland, I'll do the head
gasket for a fraction of that!! (Last one I did cost the bloke £150, with a
new set of bolts as well.) Oh, and the water pump gasket I'll replace at the
same time for another tenner!!!
Let's face it, what they're ripping you off in labour would more than cover
your fuel and accommodation......
" It is mechanically excellent and drives just as it should. Underneath is
very solid with no signs of the usual 'rot' and is also free from oil and
coolant leaks. The only faults on the vehicle are purely cosmetic"
"GrnOval" <simon.kellow@merlion-con******ts.co.uk> wrote in message
> When you bought it, did they put that lovely phrase "sold as seen" on
> the bill?
> what condition was it sold as?
> To of only had it a week and to have these sorts of issues - get the
> landrover dealer to do a report, and then have a chat with trading
> standards - they can be a very effective tool if used properly.
> On Mon, 28 Nov 2005 14:56:00 +0000 (UTC), "Andrew Cooke"
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>Just spoke to dealer, diff lock mechanism is seized up and might need
>>replacing and door latch is shot, Â£150, can live with that.
>>Coolant leak is a water pump gasket at Â£15 + Â£200 labour, ouch! Worse
>>still, they reckon something nasty is causing it, e.g. head gasket, if
>>this is the case they reckon Â£800-900 at which point I will be looking
>>for a discreet arsonist! or more likely a decent lawyer to sue the
>>trader that sold me it last Monday!
> Find, as others have said, a local, competent independent Land Rover
> specialist. Like: http://www.wgbautos.co.uk
I'm beginning to wonder if it's worth my while caving in and simply
following the lead of so many round here and trying to get my motor
serviced by The Warren - it's 50 miles each way, but for the level of
recommendation he comes with it's probably worth it.
Question is, does he actually have any available time with all the
101ers in Yorkshire monopolising him?
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