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Jul 12 2016
14 April 2017 - 15:20

Gilbertd wrote:
I just hope you haven't taken all their stock of plugs though as I'm due for a set too.

Would you like these ones? They don't fit in my engine, they're too fat.

02 January 2018 - 05:00

Sorry, I was referring to the adhesive ones that come with the tuners. Was mid-baby feed while posting and forgot you'd swapped aerials lol

09 April 2017 - 13:38

Like the title says, I've been away for a while but I''m back now!

Been a busy few months. Found we have a baby on the way so the Range Rover got sidelined as an unnecessary expense and lead to me not looking at Range Rover forums so much. We sold my 3dr Focus to buy something newer, safer and with more doors. Ended up getting a 58-plate Mondeo. Owned that for 3 weeks, two of which it spent back at the dealer being worked on before we lost confidence in it and got out money back. Most unreliable piece of crap I've ever owned - and I've got a P38!

This means the P38 is coming out of its short-lived retirement and being pressed in to daily driver duties. This also means it's going to need a bloody good service!

Priced up most of it but not really sure about the gearbox oil. I've seen conflicting information about how much oil it will need. I'm not planning on flushing it, just dropping the sump and replacing what drains out, replace the filter and put the sump back on. Some people online are saying that this will only need around 5-6 litres, some say it will take closer to 10. That's quite a bit difference in the amount of oil and it's not cheap stuff.

I don't want to get stuck with either too little or too much oil so thought I'd pop back on here to ask the opinion of those that I actually trust. So, how much oil does this take in your experience?

10 April 2017 - 07:49

Ferryman wrote:

Would you believe a car can act jealous? There it is! Besides, we all speak about our RR's as being female, this is what happens when you put your trusted, well experienced lady aside for another one!

As for the box, a drain and fill is about 5-6 litres. (end of this week I know for sure)

Ours is actually male! My girlfriend decided he was male and named him.

I guess I can wait a few more days if you can confirm how much you use this week :)

Thanks Morat :)

10 April 2017 - 14:25

Just pricing up the service parts, minus oils, from Island 4x4 - trying to avoid Britpart wherever possible!

Any particular reasons to avoid the following items or are they generally OK?

Mahle oil filter - http://www.island-4x4.co.uk/filter-mahle-err3340m-p-5815.html
Mahle or Mann air filter - http://www.island-4x4.co.uk/filter-9702-mahle-mann-esr4238g-lr027408g-p-5931.html
Champion spark plugs - http://www.island-4x4.co.uk/spark-plug-4046-9802-champion-nlp100320g-p-3288.html
Eurospares HT leads - http://www.island-4x4.co.uk/ignition-lead-4046-9802-eurospares-hls103-p-26968.html
Unbranded gearbox service kit - http://www.island-4x4.co.uk/auto-gearbox-filter-service-rtc4653k-da4500-p-888.html

Gone with Britpart for the pollen filters and diff drain plugs as I figured there's almost nothing to get wrong with those.

Am I right in thinking that the later V8's don't need a fuel filter?

Just need to track down an oil sump plug now, they don't list one.

10 April 2017 - 15:54


Cheaper plugs will be welcome news back home!

12 April 2017 - 11:59

Now that I'm using the Range Rover as a daily driver I want to replace the radio with something containing bluetooth and music streaming capabilities.

I want to copy what Marty has done and get an Android powered double DIN unit to replace the factory sat nav screen. One without a disc drive so I cut the chassis down to fit the dashboard.

I have the (currently functional) DSP amp system.

To wire this up and make it work I believe I need to set the volume to max before disconnecting the standard head unit, fit an ISO to ISO harness on the back of the new radio, fit 4x attenuators in the ISO to ISO harness and connect this all to the original wiring loom.

Is this correct?

What would I need to make the steering wheel controls work? Just connect it all together and worry about it if they don't work?

12 April 2017 - 11:41

Cheers Ferryman, went with a 10L bottle in the end to cover everything.

Popped in to Millfield Autoparts for the spark plugs too. Never been that side of town before - it's chaos!

Everything ordered and delivered and awaiting a day I can get it in the workshop :D

12 April 2017 - 13:31

I wasn't prepared for the trip to Millfield - traffic everywhere! I had a rather hectic lunch hour. In to town, parked, collected an Easter Egg from Hotel Chocolat, back to car and on to Millfield for the plugs then over to Sainsburys to pick up a few groceries. Somehow made it back to my desk inside the hour lol

They have at least two left.

They gave me a new box of ten and took two out.

12 April 2017 - 14:35

The front and rear of the seat base are controlled independently.

If you dip the front and then the back (opposite ends of the same button) you'll effectively lower the whole seat.

12 April 2017 - 08:12

When I had my old diesel P38 I fitted the chip from Rimmer Bros and was happy with how it performed. I can't say it improved the MPG much, if any, but it did make it noticeably quicker.

I also found on my old Focus that a modified insurance policy was actually cheaper than a standard vehicle policy, through the likes of Adrian Flux etc.

12 April 2017 - 13:26

Hmm, I might have to look in to Marty's DSP replacement project again then.

I'm keen to fit the Android system however possible as I'd like a more up to date nav system too.

12 April 2017 - 14:47

I like mine quite high but with the rear slightly lower. Gives me a great view of the road and increases the support under the back of my legs.

13 April 2017 - 15:49

Are they determining left/right relative to sitting in the driver's seat or standing at the front looking the vehicle?

12 April 2017 - 20:52

I can definitely hear something. I'm not sure what it is but it is there and you're not going mad :P

12 April 2017 - 20:58

My pump runs for several seconds on startup. My brakes work well and stop the car nice and quick but I've got bugger all feel through the pedal.

12 April 2017 - 21:02

Time to ditch the DSP then.

On the plus side, I gather they go for a good price on eBay.

Do you have any DSP replacement boards in stock? I'll see if I can get some funds released from the Bank of Mum-To-Be :P

12 April 2017 - 22:16

Thought of hiring an assistant/apprentice?

I wouldn't worry about finishing off the board for me, I'm not even sure I'll get the permission for it yet :P

Having a rough price is enough for me to work on at the moment. Cheers.

Just a thought....could you make the connectors with a cheap 3D printer?

13 April 2017 - 21:07

15mpg seems a little low - were you gunning it quite hard?

My commute is 26 miles each way and it easily tops 19mpg on that route, I've seen 21mpg at times too. I think it's currently sat at 17-18mpg after several hours of off roading last Sunday.

Mine has the really annoying wobble felt through the seats too. I'm changing the rear brake pads tomorrow so, while the wheels are off, I'm going to wire brush the mating faces then take it for a wheel balance once the work is done. I can let you know if that makes a difference.

15 April 2017 - 09:02

Sounds good to me. Can meet you some time in the week, whenever is convenient for you.