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Have you contacted Ashcrofts https://www.ashcroft-transmissions.co.uk/automatic-gearboxes.html? I doubt it would take them 2 weeks.

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They won't have it for 2 weeks, the repair will take them three days.

The place is too busy to look at it until next Wednesday and reckons we'll have it back at the end of Friday.

It's been with a local place since Monday (but he couldn't look at it until Wednesday).

It broke on Friday and we got the hire car on Monday so Fiona could get to work. She'll need the hire car until the Freelander comes back - which makes up the two weeks.

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RutlandRover wrote:

There's a surprising lack of people that will touch automatic gearboxes.

That's true here in the UK, seems in the US there are lots of auto transmission specialists who will rebuild them etc. I used to have lots of problems with auto boxes on Chrysler people carriers, bought replacements from scrapyards but did consider rebuilding the box myself with stronger parts... very fiddly time consuming work and to exact tolerances though. Not sure I'd prefer a recon box over one from a scrapyard, some firms 'recon' boxes might just have had the bit that broke changed so hardly better than one from a scrapyard anyway, price and warranty might swing it either way for me.

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And the verdict is in....

£1000 + VAT to replace a snapped reverse gear band

£330 + VAT to strip the IRD and replace any leaking seals to fix an oil leak from that.

OUCH!

Going to have to extend the hire car again too. The IRD work was unexpected and will add to the repair time.

I think I'm most definitely skipping the upcoming camp and delaying my bush replacements!

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Ouch, is it a particularly good Freelander? I'm sure you could buy an MOT'd and driving car for less then that.

David.

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We paid £2,600 for it in October with a nice long MOT. The MOT history is much cleaner than other cars we looked at.

The interior is perfect and it drives really well.

It's also a high spec and has the combination of features she was specifically looking for.

We drove a few around a similar price point and they were all dogs.

It was previously owned by someone much like us here. Somewhat enthusiastic about the car, mechanically inclined and looked after it well.

Given how nice the rest of the car is we'd rather repair it than start a new search and deal with the hassle of selling this one etc.

We also need it back quicker than we could replace it.

At least this way we know the gearbox and IRD will be good for a long while.

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So we're going with 6th/7th of April - works for me too :)

I don't think mine need doing, but I'll be around anyhow.

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Just saw this thread. I can make it 6/7 April. My bushes have just started clunking after 5 years of ownership. Good timing me thinks!

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I'm in a quandary. Her Ladyship has booked me for the Sunday so I'm a bit kippered :( I've been quiet on the subject due to complete cowardice.
But if this is the date that works for the majority then do please go ahead.

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Morat wrote:

I'm in a quandary. Her Ladyship has booked me for the Sunday so I'm a bit kippered :( I've been quiet on the subject due to complete cowardice.
But if this is the date that works for the majority then do please go ahead.

Remind her, Morat, it's a once a year trip and it will save you loads of time not spent on the driveway with the car jacked up.

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Is anyone staying in a hotel and which one etc? I am debating whether to pop down just to be nosy.

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I'm booked up for the Sunday, volunteered to be Secretary of the Meeting for an event with our Land Rover club. No one else came forward and it was going be cancelled if no one did.

Might look in to coming down on the Friday, spending Saturday there and coming back late Saturday.

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OK, so what bushes are people getting? These https://www.island-4x4.co.uk/front-radius-bush-anr3332g-p-3278.html or these https://www.island-4x4.co.uk/front-radius-bush-genuine-anr3332lr-p-7446.html. I'll get a pair of Lemforder Panhard rod bushes too. Who's staying Saturday night and which hotel (same one as last time, with the pub next door?).

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Which hotel was that?

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Does anyone have any experience of non-LR radius arm bushes?

The cost difference is substantial but if they didn't need a special tool I'd just chance the cheap ones and see how they went. As they DO need a special tool I'm wondering if it really is worth just paying the extra for the LR ones just to avoid having to do them again in months.

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Hotel we used last time was Premier Inn, Swindon North, Broad Bush, Blunsdon, Swindon, SN26 8DJ. I haven't booked yet but will be doing.

I'm looking at the OEM ones as they are half the price of the genuine but appear the same (except for the bag they come in). Mines currently got orange poly bushes in it and they've been there for a good few miles so even OEM rubber ones should last, even with the mileage I do.

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Yeah, I saw your link said OEM but it showed a Britpart bag.

The Bearmach ones have a 3 year warranty - I think I'll chance those. I'd like to fit LR ones but the Freelander has eaten more than its fair share of the maintenance and repair budget over the last two months!

I'll go take a look at that Premier Inn.

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Gilbertd wrote:

Hotel we used last time was Premier Inn, Swindon North, Broad Bush, Blunsdon, Swindon, SN26 8DJ. I haven't booked yet but will be doing.

Booked my room yesterday and order my parts.

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I should be able to make it. If the premier inn is full wobble box can come and stay on the campsite round the corner.

Just have to see if she runs right before the journey. Throttle Position Sensor may be faulty.

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Late to the party but just spotted the update. I've just got my radius arms off and bushes out and if there's room would appreciate help with the new ones. Only problem might be they are Britpart and have a black outer coating which the originals didn't have.
Any thoughts?