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Hi, just a matter of introduction, I obtained my firt Rover this past weekend, a 2000 RR SE 4.0, 141k miles. All seems to be in good working order, including suspension and electrics. The only 2 issues I can find are the HVAC back light is gone so I can't tell what the settings are, and there's some idle engine noise. Previous owner said a shop told him thicker oil would fix it, but that noise is the first thing on my list to investigate. All else seems perfect, I think it'll be great for the family battle wagon! (We traded a Volvo V70R for it in order to do more camping and off-road. I hope to use it a lot.)
 

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You traded a VR for a Range? **** man. I have a 07' S60 R. It's no M3 beater (as intended) but it's a pretty good all around car. I wish I could have gotten the VR instead though.

Good luck with the RR....hopefully you got a good deal on it, cause you're about to spend a boat load on it.
 

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Welcome to the site. seems there is a thread with some of us lot! we have a V70 as well! Would like an 'R' only mine chucks out rather more power! :)
 

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Is it a ticking noise?

Does it sound louder when cold, less when hot?

If so, it may be a lifter (that is what i have and have been told "not to worry about it" :) ).

Don't thicken the oil! (IMHO).
 

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Thanks for the welcome. As for the Volvo, it was a 1999 VR, the worst of all years to own. I had a 97 850R before it that was incredible, and sold it at 208k miles.

So far the RR for VR seems to be a good trade. The Volvo was coming due for some major maintenance and had 2 strange noises I could never pinpoint. This 4.0 SE has been well maintained and I've spent the last 2 days getting to know my way around it and searching for that "one serious problem" that may have caused the previous owner to trade. Can't find it. The owner did say he used to have turbo Audis, so I'm guessing he got the Rover because it was cool then realized it's no fun to drive on the road. The only thing that concerns me so far is that there's no tranny dipstick which makes me wonder how likely the fluid has been maintained if it's not really easy to check it.

To locate the whereabouts of the engine noise (a ticking, but louder than injectors), I did the "mechanic's stethescope" method of sticking the handle of a screwdriver to my ear and poking around the engine until I could hear the noise best. It's loudest at the right side valve cover, which sort of validates the lifter theory I believe. I read on the main site that valve sticking can be a problem with these, what does that sound/feel like?

All in all I'm completely in love with this thing already, and so is the rest of the fam. My 3 year old asks everyday now if we're going to "drive in the new Jeep." I realize that's heresy here, but he's getting it. Just a couple minor off road ventures over the weekend and now I'm all hot to pull the old Willys in the garage and get to hacking on that so we can take both out next year.
 
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