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  1. You can get a kit that tests for 'combustion gases' in the header-tank. I'd suggest getting one of these, and if it shows combustion-gases present then get the cylinder-head lifted and check the head-gasket for any signs of blow-by. And get the head pressure-tested - they can develop combustion-chamber-to-waterway cracks. Catch it early and you can fix it - continue driving with a failing gasket and the head-face can get eroded to the point where the head (and possibly the block) is scrap.
  2. I'm wondering if there's a way round this by taxing it as a 'camion' or "break" or 'fourgon' or "Commerciale" or "Derives V.P." or something? Sure, it may require the rear seats being removed and the rear door/window-glass being rendered 85%-opaque - I remember in the 1970s/80s seeing big Citroen estate-cars with the side-glass panelled-out for tax-purposes.
  3. Surely "What matters" is the maximum towing-weight/gross-train-weight as specified and approved by the towcar's manufacturer? My 90TD5 is rated to tow 3500Kg, even though it weighs rather less than this. Sure, if you get the noseweight/load-distribution wrong it can be a disaster - but that's equally-relevant if you've gof a 2-ton car towing a 1-ton trailer. [In my Territorial-Army times, I remember being on a night exercise where I had to use a LR to tow a fuel-bowser containing 5000 Litres of AVTUR. We got it up to around 75MPH on the A12 between Arnhem and Rotterdam - we had
  4. I've locally seen a couple of new-Defenders clearly being used for business: both silver. One was signwritten for a tree-surgeon and towing a wood-chipper, the other was marked up in the livery of a farrier-business (or 'Hoof-care' as they termed it). I guess these will be on 3- or 5-year business leases.
  5. I wouldn't put a 300TDi in - it's a 30-year-old engine which is becoming problematic to support with 'first-line-quality' parts! [I run a TD5 and parts availability for that is not exactly good either]. If you're going to the bother of re-engineing, I'd always go for something that is still in current-production, so your investment-effort is less-likely to become obsolete/unsupportable in a few years. There's also the consideration that replacing a rev-happy petrol engine with a low-revving Diesel will probably lead to you then going on to want a changed transfer-box-ratio to make it l
  6. Check the rear diff-mounts. On old Hippos the VCU between the front and rear diffs was known to seize - this then caused the transmission to 'wind-up' and the persistent torque-overload caused the rear diff-mounting-points-onto-the-body to fracture, causing creaking. The diff-mounts can be welded, but if the VCU has locked-up and isn't replaced it will just crack the diff-mounts again. VCUs should be considered a service-replacement every 50,000 miles or so.
  7. Indeed! It should have a towbar rather than that silly shiny bit of metal. I'm wondering, too, about the location of the rear number-plate: a proper-height towbar would probably cause a visibility-obstruction and incur the wrath of the Carabinieri/Polizei when they find the towbar makes it harder for their speed-cameras to get a good view.
  8. In the 'old days' [the 1990s] sticky valves/lifters were a bit of a recurrent problem with the first-generation Zetec-engined Ford Escorts/Mondeos: the standard first-level fix was to add a litre of ATF to the oil then give the thing an 'Italian Tune-up' - get the engine nicely warmed-through then repeatedly take it to the rev-limiter through the gears. Do this a few times, drain the oil and refill [remember to use a nice thin oil as specified: we found some cars [that had been serviced by backstreet garages who thought they were still servicing Morris Marinas] with nasty mineral 20/50 in th
  9. My "silly" moment was refillig the sump and starting the engine, not seeing oil-pressure, then noticing the new oil-filter sitting in the footwell... The pressure-switch - yes, in the absence of pressure it connects the single wire to ground, so there's a current-path from the battery through the bulb - which lights to tell you there's a problem. Fit a new switch - they're cheap to buy and easy to install.
  10. I'd say that it would make more sense for Ineos to partner with one of the large agricultural/industrial-machinery manufacturers so they can piggy-back on an existing service/support-network that already understands the needs of commercial customers. John Deere? Cat? JCB? They've all got the sort of global reach and established infrastructure needed.
  11. To me, the thing that matters most is what taxation-class it falls into. 'Cars' worth over £40K get stung with swingeing VED for the first few years; they're also subject to CO2-emissions-based VED thereafter. Vans/Commercials don't get hit by the first-years luxury-tax and pay a fixed VED irrespective of the CO2 emissions. This can make a difference of at least £4K to the running-costs in the first four years!
  12. What about the Nikola Badger? https://nikolamotor.com/badger Battery/Fuel-cell hybrid, 8000-pound towing-capacity, 0-60 in 2.9 seconds.... Shame they called it the Badger though. I guess it's partly because US Badgers are feisty vicious beasts, whereas UK Badgers are slow bumbling worm-eaters who live in holes in the ground.
  13. Easily user-tweakable aurobox shift-points [I *hate* autos that insist on shifting into 9th gear at 40MPH meaning the thing''s numb as a badger's bum] and/or really-sensitive kickdown. 24-volt electrics and a properly engineered dual-battery option. 21st-century soundproofing/waterproofing. Heated windscreen/mirrors [why are these not required as standard safety-features on all new cars?]. Decent corrosion-protection. Reversing camera [turns hooking-up a trailer from a 5-minute job to a 30-second one] Top-quality, hack-proof security/immobilizer [this is one area that JLR seem to have go
  14. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2020/07/07/jim-ratcliffes-ineos-mulls-making-land-rover-rival-france/ Who cares where it's made? I guess that since it will be sold as a commercial vehicle rather than a car, it will escape the EU's per-vehicle punishment for cars emitting more than 100grams/Km of CO2: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2019/12/29/car-giants-face-billions-fines-eu-emissions-rules-take-effect/ I wonder how it will be treated in the UK: here, "commercial vehicles" have a lower dual-carriageway speed-limit than passenger-cars. There has been argument in the past as t
  15. Superglue the sheared terminal back in-place, then use the damaged alternator as the trade-in to get a new one at your local auto-electrical-parts-place! The replacement will at least come with a warranty [under the Consumer Rights Act 2015].
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