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Posts posted by Red90

  1. Step one in these situations is to understand exactly how wiper wiring works and then use a meter to troubleshoot the offending part.  It beats changing parts and hoping.


    Personally, I change my old trucks to the later style intermittent stalk.  It is all plug and play with a loom from Autosparks.

  2. 3 minutes ago, blowmeover said:

    The only thing that triggers on and stays on when the trigger is switched off is a faulty relay. Pull all the relays then try it.

    There are no relays....in this era for the wipers.  Wiper relays were introduced with the "Defender" in the 91 model year, giving intermittent and wash with wipe functions.  It is straight wires from the switch to the motor.

  3. 24 minutes ago, Bowie69 said:

    No, it is true.


    No.  It is not.  Like I said, there are MANY vehicles with both manual and automatic options.  Fuel consumption and emissions are the same as long as final gearing is the same.  Don't drink the Kool-Aid.

    I work daily with German engineers.  They run a good line.  Don't fall for it.  

  4. 3 minutes ago, Bowie69 said:

    Unfortunately the gearbox is part of the strategy to get good emissions out of the modern engines with a narrow torque band.

    I think making things complicated is the only way the motor industry has survived - it adds perceived value to the end product.

    Oh BS.  There are lots of cars made with autos and manuals and there is no difference in emissions.  Complicated is the wrong choice for THIS vehicle.

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  5. 1 hour ago, Cynic-al said:

    I would be surprised at an 8 speed manual. Car drivers won't want an 8 speed over under or slapper box like trucks have, unless they have a 6 speed with a slap left to get the 2 lows like the old unimogs rather than a full low box. 

    An 8 speed auto I can see quote possible, there's a ZF box which goes into lots of makes with different blocks, the ration etc can be adapted to suit too. Seems an economic way forwards. 

    That is what I had hoped.  6 gear for on road and the other two off road only.

  6. 19 hours ago, Bowie69 said:

    Apparently you are right.  I confirmed with them.  Sad.  It means the whole thing will be complicated and expensive, the opposite of what they should be trying to create.  That is what happens when you involve German engineers.  Somehow it is ingrained into their whole society.

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  7. 4 hours ago, Defender said:

    I am slightly disappointed that they are auto only but I guess that means there will be a new industry born for someone to retrofit a manual gearbox :)

    Can't wait to see one 😀

    No.  It is 8 speed manual.  They say industry leading 8 speed gearbox and then show someone shifting.  The videos of them driving also show all manual gear changes.

  8. 36 minutes ago, FridgeFreezer said:

    Whereas the old Defender is just a Range Rover platform with... less power and comfort.

    Your memory is failing you.  When they came out you could get the same engine and gearbox for the Range Rover and 90/110.  It was a RR with a heavier frame, stronger axles and a simple Land Rover body.

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  9. 49 minutes ago, Tanuki said:

    What about calling them Defender3.0 ??

    Defender 1.0 - Original versions with petrol engines or mechanical-injection Diesels (TD, 200/300TDi)
    Defender 2.0 - Those with electronic engine-management/controls (TD5/TDCi)
    Defender 3.0 - These new ones.

    Because there is nothing connecting the old with the new.  Nothing, nada, zip, other than they are made by a company with the same name.

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