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  1. The term "bricked" originated from small electronic items which become unusable/irreparable after an (often) innocent user mistake or bad repair. This may be a bit bigger but the term is appropriate, E.C.U. or otherwise. It would be unthinkable to give up on a car for such a minor problem, if the economy followed the values the public are being slowly encouraged to adopt (in terms of sustainability and valuing diminishing resources). However, those values stand in the way of the lolly scramble that manufacturers feel obliged to be part of, in which you sell based on the number of toys you
  2. The unfathomable complexity they love to put into these things is insane. I was watching TFLs last Defender update on BooTube last night. Six weeks in and they are on their THIRD new Defender. First one - the only way to fix the check engine light was to replace the engine!!! The second one got bricked because the dealer cut a wiring loom trying to fit the factory winch option. The third one hasn't arrived yet. I believe they got to drive the first one for three days...
  3. I vaguely remembered hearing the Salisbury rear (and very rare front) were Danas, but ruined a bit by having puny half-shafts to match the Rover axles.
  4. Society has got so indulgent! People want everything but want it cheap (in money terms) without considering the long-term real costs. If hydrogen storage isn't cheap, too bad. Get a simpler car and live with it. It's got to happen sooner or later as the other options are too destructive.
  5. I've carried a Tirfor-style winch in the back of my Land Rover for years. I've almost never needed it - which means I have actually needed it two or three times, despite being fairly cautious. The beauty of a powerful hand winch is it can pull you backwards, forwards or even sideways. I think, in terms of peace of mind, it's invaluable. In recent years I've had an electric winch on the front. It saved a lot of embarrassment only days after I first fitted it but mostly only gets used to haul logs or other stuck vehicles. I think it would be overkill on an expedition vehicle, though they ar
  6. That and many other issues. On the other hand, you don't have to mine it, transport it very far or worry about dumping it when you're finished with it. It has to be worth pursuing as all other electric options are very naff. I look forward to seeing the problems overcome so that we have a realistic alternative to carbon based fuels. I also look forward to home generation so we can stop building those destructive, large-scale power schemes.
  7. Yeah, I thought it was a bit wet on this side of the hill but you had as much in an hour as we had in a day! Well done for escaping...
  8. The Bronco makes the Land Rover design team look like muppets.
  9. The Bronco looks promising, maybe a more direct competitor to the Defender due to having more space inside than a Wrangler?
  10. We had a very early V8 110 with that box. Nobody ever complained about the steering. However, travelling quickly along an uneven road, you did have to move the wheel a fair bit to keep it straight. Probably because it's geared so low it's five turns lock to lock!
  11. I'm in the process of replacing the power steering system in my 1987 110 with a manual steering box. The manual box (Gemmer, six bolt) seems to be in good condition (smooth, no discernible play in the shafts, nice splines) but it does drip from the bottom seal. I realise that could indicate a worn shaft but it could also be a hard, dry seal as it's probably been unused for years. I have ordered a new seal but am unsure about removing the old one. I have taken the drop arm off and cleaned it up. It looks like you just prise the seal out from the outside and push the new one in but I
  12. I guess it's just as easy to find 17/18 inch tyres as 16s these days and I do have a preference for steel rims but, my goodness, the ones in that film are fugly! Maybe, if they weren't black, they could look better? Hopefully the production wheels will better match the style of the rest of the car. More importantly - why are the show wheels 6 stud and the ones on the car 5 stud? Are they still deciding whose stud pattern to adopt?
  13. Nice one. They didn't even know it had misfired until they plugged a diagnostic tool in. Quelle horreur! My new car is only 99.999999999999999999% perfect. It must be replaced!!
  14. The problem could be the computer programmer who decided that light had to come on any time a cylinder misfires. The environmental cost of chasing that problem has been a kazillion times higher than ignoring it - but you can't ignore a light which implies imminent danger!
  15. There's a follow-up to this: basically after 24 days of ownership, it's been at the dealers for 20 of them! Because the case has a bit of a profile, JLR sent an engineer to sort it out. At the time of filming, all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't get Humpty Dumpty working properly again! A bit of a confidence killer.
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