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Hello all. I am a new member to this forum (lurking for a long time) and it certainly seems to be full of very helpful information so how can I go wrong ?!
Anyway I am the proud, new owner of a ´95 4.6 HSE that has done only 115K - this is low milage for over here in NZ.
I have been going through various things to get it into top shape and I suspect that many items have not been changed from new. I have found that spares over here are hideously expensive - NZ$65 (US$46) each for pollen filters and the same for a cv boot. They hung Ned Kelly for less than that. I ended up buying a boot from a cv specialist for a third of that price.
Anyway I suspect that the spark plug leads are original as is the fuel filter and maybe the plugs themselves and so I am slowly making up a list of what MUST be replaced. I have had good experiences with Bosch items in the past but many people on this list reckon that factory parts are the way to go. I have not even bothered to price these items from the local dealers as my heart probably woundn´t stand the shock.
Is anybody able to give an opinion regarding Bosch electrical, fuel and general filter parts? Also they list a complete set of filters etc for my machine.

Many thanks in anticipation
 

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Congrats on getting a RR.

Anyway, if you've just gotten the car, I would change all fluids to start with. This includes not just the coolant, engine oil, but stuff like differential, power steering, brake, etc. And, filters including cabin, oil, and intake.

Second, at your mileage, you can probably get away with just changing the spark plugs, and not the HT wires. Though, if your budget permits, it's a good idea to change the HT wires as well.

Also, at 90k miles, RR recommends that you put a fuel conditioner to clean out the fuel injector. So, you should get something like Redline product, and put them in there.

Of all maintenance items, the battery is one of the more common issue, and when it starts to die, causes a lot of havoc. So, if the battery looks old, be prepared to buy a new battery.

Also, if parts in NZ is prohibitively expensive, can't you import them, say from the US? For example, cabin filters can be had for $14USD.
 

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welcome to the world of P38-itis. :twisted: there is no cure once infected. Your 3 best friends are about to become the RAVE documentation, this forum (look under common problems and fixes) and your wallet (credit card...) :shock:
Take a look at http://www.britishparts.co.uk/.sc/ms/ca ... ver%20P38A they ship all over the world and are fairly reliable...substantial savings on local dealer prices
Good luck
 

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Erie @ Forward Specialists in the Auckland suburb of Henderson should be able to help you with spares and the like for your P38 !

I've done most if not all of the suggested replacements and fluid drains as detailed above & what about the suspension as well ?

If you need help for some other items from overseas, I could help you out here if required for a lot less outlay to New Zealand.

Cheerio,


Vinniman
'88 Highline
Perth, W.A.
 

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There's a couple of places for spares in Auckland (no idea where you'd go if you're sth of the Bombays).

Land Rover Spares in Penrose
Stag 4x4 in New Lynn
Top of the Range in Albany
Forward Specs in Henderson
RJR in Wellsford(?)

Brett at Top of the Range and Morris at Stag are very giood to deal with. Any EAS issues, go and see Brett.

All the dealers get their stock from the same place: Motorcorp who's warehouse is on GSR in Penrose beside Wendys. I've found that Archibald and Shorter are cheaper than Roverland even though they're looking at the same price and stock!

You can order from overseas. I've just ordered from p38spares.co.uk. As long as total purchase cost + postage is below NZ$400 then you're under the threshold for GST. Am getting some clear side repeaters: RRP here $88+gst each but they were negotiable and offered them to me for $66+gst ea. Bought a pair from p38spares for about $22 + shipping. Likewise the front light guards are $447+GST from Motorcorp; they're about $150+shipping from p38spares. Order should arrive in the next few days.
 

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Thanks one and all.

First a bit of background - some years ago I owned a ´75 classic with a P76 under the bonnet, LPG, overdrive (piece of crap) and it generally went very well. It was superb off road so I am not new to Rangies.

The two LR/RR aftermarket outlets (Canterbury 4WD and Southern 4WD) both seem to get a lot of their parts from overseas - inported directly.

I am in the enviable position (maybe) where I can get parts shipped from the US to NZ for free - through my employer. I can also buy all my lubricant needs at trade price eg 20/50 synthetic for NZ$8 per litre so that won´t blow the budget. Small parcels I will get sent directly by airmail. It is now just a case of finding a place that has a decent on-line catalogue and reasonable prices.

I downloaded RAVE but my computer can´t read it - it appears to be written for Windows but I don´t have windows on my computer so I will have to make other arrangements to read it.
As for the minor spares even they can be a little expensive - Bosch HT lead set for NZ$150 - so I shall just flop out the plastic and deal with it from the US.

Cheers
 

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I have gone through my old girl and replaced almost everything that I can - fluid wise. I haven´t noticed any changes but it is all about peace of mind and knowing that it has been done.

I enquired about parts pricing from a couple of firms that advertise on RR.net and, while the parts are reasonable enough, the shipping to NZ was a little rich - even for small things - leads, plugs etc.

I still have a few things to do yet (tyres, rotors, tow-bar) but they can be done over time and are not critical.

Now that I have had my machine for a couple of months I will stick my neck out and say that RR seemed to have lost the plot in the suspension separtment - personal opinion there. My ´75 classic was incredibly supple over everything - from supermarket judder bars to washed out farm tracks - whereas the p38 is much firmer. Maybe Rover were trying to be more car-like and/or decided that the air suspension was more important that the magic carpet ride. Once again this is just a personal observation and opinion.

Anyway thanks for the tips about what needs to be done and I will keep at it.
 
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