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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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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.

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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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