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Happyoldgit last won the day on December 28 2018

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  1. Happyoldgit

    Landcruiser 105 Series

    One of these has popped up for sale fairly locally. 4477cc petrol - Automatic apparently imported from Oz which looks clean enough. I quite fancy something different as a weekend toy. Anyone have any direct experience of the 105?
  2. Happyoldgit

    The new Defender is now pointless

    This thread has developed into an interesting discussion. Edited to add I've linked to this in the International 👍🏻
  3. Happyoldgit

    Defender 2008

    Right ok. You say you bought it two months ago but the battery has gone flat now? Do you mean the vehicle has not been used in that time? Have you had any work done on it recently, bought supermarket fuel before the problem occurred. P068A is a common, almost standard, fault code and standard indication which is supposed to indicate ECM Power Relay Load Circuit: De-Energized Performance Too Early but is often thrown when the OBDII socket is used to power a fault reader. Faults can also be: Fuse(s) faulty Ignition Switch faulty Wiring and/or Connector(s) from/to Power Supply Relay (J271/J317) faulty Power Supply Relay (J271/J317) faulty And the solutions: Check Fuse(s) Check Wiring and/or Connector(s) from/to Power Supply Relay (J271/J317) Check/Replace Power Supply Relay (J271/J317) Check the battery connections and external earth straps, there is also a plug behind the instrument cluster that can corrode and cause issues. Check all the fuses are good and contacts clean. When was the last time the fuel filter was replaced? Tried disconnecting the battery for 10-20 mins then reconnecting. Do the instrument gauges ever read strangely? You could have a harness / OBDII or ECU issue. Other potentials are the VCV valve and MAF sensor. FYI There was a Tech Service Bulletin issued about 10 years ago that covers starting issues and the potential sources much of which is outlined above.
  4. Happyoldgit

    Defender 2008

    Go in the drivers seatbox: Pull all the relays and check their sockets and relay connections are clean and corrosion free. Reseat with care. Check all the connections & plugs in there too.
  5. Happyoldgit

    The EBay Christ I fancy that 4x4 + its cheap thread

    Caveat Emptor and all that. I gave up reading the whole of that piece. Quite simply I would not trust anything unless I knew the seller personally and certainly would not buy without educating myself on the subject first - or taking advice from someone with a good knowledge of it. All that "buyer did not know this or that" .....hmmmm.
  6. Quite fitting that their own CCTV grassed on them
  7. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Ah, the stuff of dreams - on both counts.
  8. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Left or right handed?
  9. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Nooo, that would be either voices or bells you can hear!
  10. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    There be lions and tigers in Northamptonshire...
  11. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Last few Defenders I bought were all new and they all had hitches that were used regularly. No Gucci loafers or pristine desert boots to be seen around mine though.
  12. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    "Everyone, please feast your eyes on my new £2500 steering wheel that replaces the 3 month old £1500 earlier version. Shall we discuss my Patek Phillipe watch in the picture too?"
  13. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    Now that just about sums it up for me^^^ I will add that in when the Defender was marketed as a "lifestyle" type vehicle in later years it spawned a breed of owner who had the money and enthusiasm to buy into the hype. Shiny new Defenders were ordered by private individuals and when delivered festooned with items from the growing number of expensive bling manufacturers and suppliers - usually fitted by a garage that can rather than the owners themselves. Any number of these immaculate, snow foamed, clay barred, polished and detailed vehicles could be seen dressed to impress cruising the city streets. Pride in ownership, that is until the windscreen screen leaked, intermediate shaft stripped it's splines, powder coated exterior fittings shed their coating, EGR valves threw a wobbly, screen blocks corroded and burst, rear cross members turned red etc etc. These vehicles made regular trips backwards and forwards to the ever diminishing numbers of JLR main dealers who sometimes provided an excellent pain free service and at other times not quite so.
  14. Happyoldgit

    Thoughts and musings on the new defender

    No doubt using stuff from the JLR models parts bin well known for their great reliability as shown in the league tables.
  15. Subscribed. Looking forward to seeing updates Daan. TBH I wish I'd never sold my last MB.

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