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Name
Jub
Year
1998
Make
Rangerover
Model
P38 Manual Diesel
Color
Green
Packages
Air suspension disabled and replaced with springs.
History
Purchased 7 June 2014.

Known faults when purchased:

Subsequently repaired:
Stuck drivers door. Fixed with new cable
LSF Window wont open. Fixed with new switch panel
LSR window opens on local switch not main panel, not reset. Fixed as above
Sunroof won't open, not set. Fixed as above.
Radio not working. Fixed with new connector and unlock code.
Battery keeps going flat. Fixed with new RF Unit

Outstanding faults:
No fog lights - just holes in the front bumper
Non-std switches on dash with no function.
(Perhaps associated with stray cut wires under bonnet near firewall, for lights since removed.)
Heater works but direction controls do not.
Suspension is not fully resistant to bumps.
Error message due to Air Suspension disabled
Alarm system partially disabled with additional passive ignition key fob (immobiliser still works)
Error message due to Alarm system being partially disabled

Sunday 8 June 2014
Fixed drivers door. The lock button could physically be lifted to about half its unlock height. The other doors and buttons worked fine. When unlocked by remote, the button would rise to full height and then immediately drop back to half-height. No amount of experiments would find a point where the door would open, using the inside or outside handles. Although the door was closed I could remove enough of the inner panel to look down the window slot and distantly access the latch. I found the the inner handle Bowden cable that connects it to the latch was broken, possibly by previous attempts to open when the latch was stuck. The result was that the spring recoil of the inside handle was not transmitted back to the latch, which was positioned slightly towards the unlatched position. This position wasn't enough to unlatch but had the effect of jamming the button so it could not unlock. With a long coathanger wire I poked the latch to the fully latched position and voila! the button could be pulled fully up. Operating the outside handle, it now engaged and opened the door. I then was able to remove the whole panel and access the cable. I replaced it with a cut-down bicycle gear cable, using the end-stop guide fittings from the original. The door now works perfectly.

Aug 2014
Radio wasn't working when purchased. Removed unit by making up a tool with coat hanger wire to poke into the release holes (instructions were online). Found it wasn't connected at all, with incompatible connector. Unit is from a Discovery but has the Landrover logo and fits properly. Obtained the radio unlock code from a commercial service online and bought a converting cable from Halfords. Total cost £50 and now radio works well.

Aug-Oct2014
Clutch failed - turned out to be fork failure. Drove without clutch in low range for about 10 miles to get home and to repairer. Repairer replaced clutch and flywheel but then transfer case would not work - nasty noises. He claimed it was due to driving in low range which I disputed. Eventually we agreed to compromise on labour costs and I paid for a reconditioned transfer case. Expensive.

Oct2014 Replaced battery. Still goes flat very easily, suspect RF problems.

July 2015 Replaced fan belt £30. During annual service Guava Landrover replaced the No2 universal joint (numbered 1-4 from front on car) £300. Also new rear discs £200 and RH rear caliper £200.

July 2015 The switches on the panel between the fronts seats were intermittent and getting worse. Fitted a new switch panel £200 which enable the sunshine roof and all windows to work properly.

May 2016
The RF problems continue and seems certain to be flattening the battery when parked. I parked at Portland Bill near an RF tower and the engine imobilised and would not start. The AA had the answer; they towed me about 1km for the tower and then the car was fine. I've since obtained the EKA code from Landrover for future use.

Sept 2016
Re RF probs, I often leave car on charge when at home to keep battery topped up but it goes flat whenever left from more than a day or so. Constant flattening is bad for any battery so no surprise when battery performance worsened recently. Replaced battery again after just two years. Yes- I know - probably need new RF unit about £250 but need to experiment/test carefully before spending that much.

2017
Disconnected the RF antenna; its easy to access behind the panel behind the rear drivers-side passenger seat under the window. It fixed the battery problem and key works if very close to the unit. Proved the point, so went for full fix when I bought a new unit with updated (non-mobile-phone) frequency for £230.

Insurance replaced windscreen following a severe crack. This also fixed the seal which had been leaking in rain.

2018
Manual gearchange became progressively harder to operate, often unable to select some gears. Repaired by TES Transmissions in Westbury for £450 without removing the gearbox. However, then the clutch failed, so back to TES for £1100 new clutch.

Replaced the tyres, which were 255/65/16 738 with 255/70/16, increasing the circumference by about 3.4%. The spare wouldn't fit so kept the old size there. Worked well with improved handling, better motorway speed. Improved ride on my farm track.

Overheated. Rangers of Guildford replaced water pump and radiator £600.

2019
Overheating problem returned. Rangers advise possible blown head gasket and faulty fan coupling. Replaced the fan just in case but the overheating problem continues.

Here's a dilemma. The MOT has just expired. A new head gasket will cost over £1500, maybe much more. Meanwhile I no longer need such a large vehicle so its time to sell. I'd like to see the car stay on the road as its a classic piece of 20th Century engineering. Do I renew the MOT (which could reveal other costs) or try to sell as is?

Summary of repairs (not including regular servicing, tyres or battery)

June 2014. £20 Door latch new cable.
Aug 2014. £50 Radio cable and code.
October 2014. £800 New clutch fork
October 2014. £600 New DM Flywheel
October 2014. £600 Recon transfer case
July 2015. £30 New fan belt.
July 2015. £300 No2 universal joint (numbered 1-4 from front on car)
July 2015. £200 New rear discs
July 2015. £200 RH rear caliper.
July2015. £200 New switch panel.
2017. £230 RF Unit
2018. £450 Gear selector
2018. £1100 Clutch
2018. £600 Water pump and radiator

Total £5380 Repairs 2014-2019 (£1,076 per year)
Purchased 7 June 2014.

Known faults when purchased:

Subsequently repaired:
Stuck drivers door. Fixed with new cable
LSF Window wont open. Fixed with new switch panel
LSR window opens on local switch not main panel, not reset. Fixed as above
Sunroof won't open, not set. Fixed as above.
Radio not working. Fixed with new connector and unlock code.
Battery keeps going flat. Fixed with new RF Unit

Outstanding faults:
No fog lights - just holes in the front bumper
Non-std switches on dash with no function.
(Perhaps associated with stray cut wires under bonnet near firewall, for lights since removed.)
Heater works but direction controls do not.
Suspension is not fully resistant to bumps.

Sunday 8 June 2014
Fixed drivers door. The lock button could physically be lifted to about half its unlock height. The other doors and buttons worked fine. When unlocked by remote, the button would rise to full height and then immediately drop back to half-height. No amount of experiments would find a point where the door would open, using the inside or outside handles. Although the door was closed I could remove enough of the inner panel to look down the window slot and distantly access the latch. I found the the inner handle Bowden cable that connects it to the latch was broken, possibly by previous attempts to open when the latch was stuck. The result was that the spring recoil of the inside handle was not transmitted back to the latch, which was positioned slightly towards the unlatched position. This position wasn't enough to unlatch but had the effect of jamming the button so it could not unlock. With a long coathanger wire I poked the latch to the fully latched position and voila! the button could be pulled fully up. Operating the outside handle, it now engaged and opened the door. I then was able to remove the whole panel and access the cable. I replaced it with a cut-down bicycle gear cable, using the end-stop guide fittings from the original. The door now works perfectly.

Aug 2014
Radio wasn't working when purchased. Removed unit by making up a tool with coat hanger wire to poke into the release holes (instructions were online). Found it wasn't connected at all, with incompatible connector. Unit is from a Discovery but has the Landrover logo and fits properly. Obtained the radio unlock code from a commercial service online and bought a converting cable from Halfords. Total cost £50 and now radio works well.

Aug-Oct2014
Clutch failed - turned out to be fork failure. Drove without clutch in low range for about 10 miles to get home and to repairer. Repairer replaced clutch and flywheel but then transfer case would not work - nasty noises. He claimed it was due to driving in low range which I disputed. Eventually we agreed to compromise on labour costs and I paid for a reconditioned transfer case. Expensive.

Oct2014 Replaced battery. Still goes flat very easily, suspect RF problems.

July 2015 Replaced fan belt £30. During annual service Guava Landrover replaced the No2 universal joint (numbered 1-4 from front on car) £300. Also new rear discs £200 and RH rear caliper £200.

July 2015 The switches on the panel between the fronts seats were intermittent and getting worse. Fitted a new switch panel £200 which enable the sunshine roof and all windows to work properly.

May 2016
The RF problems continue and seems certain to be flattening the battery when parked. I parked at Portland Bill near an RF tower and the engine imobilised and would not start. The AA had the answer; they towed me about 1km for the tower and then the car was fine. I've since obtained the EKA code from Landrover for future use.

Sept 2016
Re RF probs, I often leave car on charge when at home to keep battery topped up but it goes flat whenever left from more than a day or so. Constant flattening is bad for any battery so no surprise when battery performance worsened recently. Replaced battery again after just two years. Yes- I know - probably need new RF unit about £250 but need to experiment/test carefully before spending that much.

2017
Disconnected the RF antenna; its easy to access behind the panel behind the rear drivers-side passenger seat under the window. It fixed the battery problem and key works if very close to the unit. Proved the point, so went for full fix when I bought a new unit with updated (non-mobile-phone) frequency for £230.

Insurance replaced windscreen following a severe crack. This also fixed the seal which had been leaking in rain.

2018
Manual gearchange became progressively harder to operate, often unable to select some gears. Repaired by TES Transmissions in Westbury for £450 without removing the gearbox. However, then the clutch failed, so back to TES for £1100 new clutch.

Replaced the tyres, which were 255/65/16 738 with 255/70/16, increasing the circumference by about 3.4%. The spare wouldn't fit so kept the old size there. Worked well with improved handling, better motorway speed. Improved ride on my farm track.

Overheated. Rangers of Guildford replaced water pump and radiator £600.

2019
Overheating problem returned. Rangers advise possible blown head gasket and faulty fan coupling. Replaced the fan just in case but the overheating problem continues.

Here's a dilemma. The MOT has just expired. A new head gasket will cost over £1500, maybe much more. Meanwhile I no longer need such a large vehicle so its time to sell. I'd like to see the car stay on the road as its a classic piece of 20th Century engineering. Do I renew the MOT (which could reveal other costs) or try to sell as is?

Summary of repairs (not including regular servicing, tyres or battery)

June 2014. £20 Door latch new cable.
Aug 2014. £50 Radio cable and code.
October 2014. £800 New clutch fork
October 2014. £600 New DM Flywheel
October 2014. £600 Recon transfer case
July 2015. £30 New fan belt.
July 2015. £300 No2 universal joint (numbered 1-4 from front on car)
July 2015. £200 New rear discs
July 2015. £200 RH rear caliper.
July2015. £200 New switch panel.
2017. £230 RF Unit
2018. £450 Gear selector
2018. £1100 Clutch
2018. £600 Water pump and radiator

Total £5380 Repairs 2014-2019 (£1,076 per year)

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