Re: Taking an LR in the bush
Fred Labrosse wrote:
> I recently have been given a book published by LR (end of 1980s) about
> taking your Defender in the bush, specifically in Africa. I have
> personally seen many series X in Africa, all very old and often fixed by
> the road with less than adequate spares and tools, but still working.
> The first thing mentioned by that book to be taken with you in such a trip
> is the workshop manual. I not long ago went to a LR dealer to buy one, to
> which they said that no, they don't sell that for the 110 TD5 (or any TD5
> Does that mean it's not a good idea to take a TD5 in the wild? Has
> anybody got any experience as for availability of spares in places such as
> (I know, this is a bit vague ;-)? Does anybody know of a good source of
I don't think that there IS a workshop manual as such for the TD5 - the
material is held on-line and is continually updated. Snapshots of it are
available on CD, but I am not sure how available.
This is typical of any modern vehicle - the number of vehicles that need a
manual to be used away from a dealer is almost vanishingly small in terms
of the manufacturer's total sales. OK, with the Defender the proportion
may be higher, but remember that this is the smallest production vehicle of
the company in terms of numbers, and their service information structure
was set up for the Discovery/Freelander/RR - and most of their sales, even
of Defenders are to owners in or close to urban areas.
Further factors (not limited to Landrover) tending to restrict the
availability of service/repair information are the increasing length of
warranties and concerns about manufacturers' liability if they appear to
support owners touching their cars.
As to the suitability of the TD5 in remote areas - the increased use of
electronics, mainly in the engine, has probably increased reliability but
raised questions about repair if you do have problems. Although most
problems with the electronics are likely to be sensor problems.
Parts are another issue, and are likely to be a problem with any very late
model vehicle (where there are not old ones about to supply second hand
bits). In remote areas Landrovers are closer to other makes whose better
dealer networks are less of a factor where there are no dealers of any
kind. Apart from the engine, the mechanical bits of a TD5 Defender are
just as easy to "bush mechanic" as the earlier coil spring Landrovers.