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My 2005 came very close to melting yesterday.

2005 with 79,012 miles: I exited the freeway (80 mph in that area), and had made a couple of stops. At my third stop, I started up and saw a puff of something from under the hood. A guy walking by pointed out the very large puddle of antifreeze under the Rover.

I filled with water and attempted a drive 3 miles to the local BMW dealer (300 miles to the closest LR shop), but made it about a mile before stopping when the new water was depleted. On closer inspection, I saw that the coolant reservoir had ruptured along a corner, but not at a seam.

Small town west Texas had a BMW dealer. I called for a tow. Then called my parts supplier at about 4:30 p.m., (Motorcars Ltd in Dallas and Houston), who arranged for a part to be shipped to me for a.m. delivery. The BMW dealer was amazed to see that the part was a BMW part from a 2006 X5, but he did not have one, so we waited for the shipment. And while the dealer wasn't urgent about getting me on my way, they did get it done today and I am now safe at home.

The tech said that he sees this with some frequency, and that it was "something with the German plastic."

The $68 part cost $110 with shipping, plus $105 in labor, and if I had fixed it myself, it would have taken about 5 minutes to replace, then a few more to refill and purge the coolant. My advice: when LR says to drain and refill the radiator, use that time to replace the $68 tank. BTW, the dealer charged me $24 for coolant (BMW blue) and $105 for labor.

Rental car $65
Tow truck $85
Coolant: $24
Part: $68
Shipping: $44
Labor: $105
Total cost: $391

Lost time: 23 hours
Extra stress: priceless
 

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yup- common fault. and cheap after market pattern parts are even worse quality than original LR//BMW ones.
 

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My replacement part leaked upon installation. I'm awaiting a replacement. I thought the replacement was OEM, but I'm guessing not.
 

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It's shameful that a critical component can be manufactured so poorly, whoever thought a two piece molded plastic tank was a good idea needs to be shot, along with the person who thought a scissor jack is suitable to lift a Range Rover for tyre changing!
 

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The Disco3 has had a real issue with it's coolant reservoir bottle as well. There is a float in there which the level sensor uses to tell if the coolant level is low. Turns out the latest superceded part number is for a Disco4... Typical LR. :lol:
 

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Dan_UK_1984 said:
It's shameful that a critical component can be manufactured so poorly, whoever thought a two piece molded plastic tank was a good idea needs to be shot, along with the person who thought a scissor jack is suitable to lift a Range Rover for tyre changing!
I couldn't agree more. I'm amused that this legendary vehicle has several little nigs that just don't seem to have been thought through very well. One of ky personal peeves is the info & format displayed on the center dash screen. I hate looking at the fuel mileage all the time. I do have the option of turning off the display, but I would like to see most ot the other info, just not the fuel economy. And the overall display seems pretty 20th century, looks like a display from a Pong game.
But to us it's just part of the character of our personified transports.
 

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The leaks, both the massive rupture, and the small leak on top are NOT associated with the seams or sealing. One was along a vertical corner, not associated with flashing or visible molding seams. The other appears to be a poorly detached/trimmed molding flash at the injection point on the mold.

The two piece design seems to be so internal components can be installed (float, baffles, etc.)

It is a BMW part (with a BMW number on the bottom of it.)
 

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I am asking has anyone else had this problem?

I have never once seen coolant on the driveway or when putting the vehicle up on a lift any coolant.


I add coolant about every 3 weeks (about 1 cup or so)


I called land rover to see if there is any TSB's and he said no... but ive been screwed around with them before on the front differential...
 

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The initial replacement reservoir I installed had a small leak where the injection molding flash was cut off. It lost coolant a bit faster, but it would be size-dependent. You could easily lose that amount to a very small leak at one of the quick connect couplings in the coolant lines.
 

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I have had the problem, but since about every part of my engine coolant system has failed & been replaced, it's working fine now. You may want to look around the water pump. Could be leaking at a slow rate, and evaporating before hitting the ground. My water pump (bearings) failed at the most inconvenient time, and took out a new serpentine belt with it.
Good luck.
 
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