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nicksaab



Member Since: 28 May 2013
Location: Wimbledon and West Wales
Posts: 358

Thanks guys
Even as early as yesterday I had suggested keeping the le on for a bit just to get to 200.
Having driven the Westie last night - who am I kidding!!!! Current Fleet:-
2012 RR 4.4 TDV8 Westminster
2004 RR 4.4 V8 Autobiography LE
2006 Mitsubishi L200 Animal
2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior V6 LWB

Post #464161 11th Jan 2018 1:42pm
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wood78987



Member Since: 03 Mar 2016
Location: South Wales
Posts: 105

United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Westminster 4.4 V8 Santorini Black

Lovely colour Westie Nick Thumbs Up
Have you managed to stop yourself looking at the rev counter yet in amazement at how low it is compared to your petrol?! Very Happy
I look at the rev counter more than the road Rolling with laughter 2012 Westminster 4.4 TDV8
2003 AB LE 4.4 V8 LPG (sold)

Post #464206 11th Jan 2018 7:48pm
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nicksaab



Member Since: 28 May 2013
Location: Wimbledon and West Wales
Posts: 358

Indeed - it seems to sit around 2k at 70mph (or maybe a bit faster Whistle ) - barely ticking over.


To be honest I can't take my eyes of the TFT instrument panel fullstop - it is a thing of beauty. That and how slowly the fuel gauge moves! I got from just south of Newcastle to London on half a tank of diesel!!! Current Fleet:-
2012 RR 4.4 TDV8 Westminster
2004 RR 4.4 V8 Autobiography LE
2006 Mitsubishi L200 Animal
2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior V6 LWB

Post #464242 11th Jan 2018 11:45pm
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nicksaab



Member Since: 28 May 2013
Location: Wimbledon and West Wales
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Couldn't resist a gratuitous opportunity to show both together. Looks like the AB LE is going to hang around for a bit - it spent the weekend moving trailers on the farm in relatively deep mud - its currently unrecognisable colour wise.

The Westie is settling in well, already done 1000miles, had a new Westfalia towbar fitted last week and its booked in for all the diffs and transfer box fluid changes in a couple of weeks time.





 Current Fleet:-
2012 RR 4.4 TDV8 Westminster
2004 RR 4.4 V8 Autobiography LE
2006 Mitsubishi L200 Animal
2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior V6 LWB

Post #466530 29th Jan 2018 9:41pm
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gonna_go_double_r



Member Since: 26 Nov 2016
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United Kingdom 2011 Range Rover Vogue SE TDV8 Stornoway Grey

Nice fleet you have there Nick.
Where will you get the diffs done?
Greg now: gone_double_r | 2011 Vogue SE 4.4 | Stornaway | Lovin' it

Post #466541 29th Jan 2018 10:21pm
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nicksaab



Member Since: 28 May 2013
Location: Wimbledon and West Wales
Posts: 358

Thanks Greg!

I have a friendly local mechanic who keeps these all running and happily does my Range at the weekends because its only at home on the farm at the weekends, in London during the week - I just get the parts in advance for him. Current Fleet:-
2012 RR 4.4 TDV8 Westminster
2004 RR 4.4 V8 Autobiography LE
2006 Mitsubishi L200 Animal
2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior V6 LWB

Post #466543 29th Jan 2018 10:40pm
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nicksaab



Member Since: 28 May 2013
Location: Wimbledon and West Wales
Posts: 358

So things have just been a bit quiet recently as the TDV8 starts its life up and down the M4 each week. Its already done 7,000miles and recently had a small service and all the diffs done. I think I'm going to book it in for the gearbox fluid shortly, it just doesn't quite feel 100% when its cold. That and the flipping annoying press the start button and nothing but a click. I know on here several say operate the wipers first but that really only gets it about 80% of the time - will get it in for a starter motor under warranty soon. Bought a Gap tool recently and been playing with that - managed to program a new key I bought off eBay as it only came with one - pleased with that. Set up the DRL's and the digital speed reading

So as for the AB LE - well its still in regular use although its mileage is a lot less as it gets used on the farm for fetching and carrying - why not! Its just sailed through its latest MOT at 196k and has been treated to new pads and discs all round.

The only issue I had recently with it was back in January when a cloud of steam emerged from the engine bay while hitched to a trailer being loaded with horse feed - the top hose where it feeds into the thermostat had separated from its connecting part. Had to salvage it with a jubilee clip from the tool box in the boot but it wasn't until the replacement part arrived that I found its a moulded all in one piece - I couldn't quite get my head around how it had been connected up until then. Anyway that got replaced with no drama and all is good. A mate borrowed it last week to go to Bristol for a couple of days and brought it back singing its praises. My wife did question when I was planning to sell it, the other day. I just responded with, I'll get round to it at some point and the conversation returned to farm topics, so I might have got away with it a bit longer.




Together!



Field inspection



Sheltering from the heat Current Fleet:-
2012 RR 4.4 TDV8 Westminster
2004 RR 4.4 V8 Autobiography LE
2006 Mitsubishi L200 Animal
2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior V6 LWB

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Post #479570 28th May 2018 11:00pm
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Danwilderspin



Member Since: 15 Jun 2016
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United Kingdom 2002 Range Rover Vogue 4.4 V8 Epsom Green

Hi Nick - how are things with the original ff? Has the mileage crept up much? I meant to ask do you have the noisy vanos on once warm that most of the high milers do? Current stable:
2002 4.4 V8 FF
2006 BMW M6

Post #480387 7th Jun 2018 10:05pm
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nicksaab



Member Since: 28 May 2013
Location: Wimbledon and West Wales
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All good here Dan - yes the mileage is a little over 196k now. There is a slight vanos rattle when it’s idling but nothing really that concerns me Current Fleet:-
2012 RR 4.4 TDV8 Westminster
2004 RR 4.4 V8 Autobiography LE
2006 Mitsubishi L200 Animal
2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior V6 LWB

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Danwilderspin



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United Kingdom 2002 Range Rover Vogue 4.4 V8 Epsom Green

Excellent - have you had the steering angle sensor go yet? Mine failed at Xmas and looks like i got a lemon as it’s gone again and you can’t really fit it wrong! Yes my vanos rattle is not too concerning but there after she’s nice and warm (silent when cold) just coming up on 172k myself - my challenge is 3 more years - which will be about 250k the way things are currently I may be being a bit hopeful Smile Current stable:
2002 4.4 V8 FF
2006 BMW M6

Post #480456 8th Jun 2018 5:55pm
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nicksaab



Member Since: 28 May 2013
Location: Wimbledon and West Wales
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Hi Dan
No not had any issues with the steering angle sensor (touch wood) !

For me, the mileage at 200k isn't a concern, I think the mechanicals will far outlive the body anyway but I'm going to have to do the rear wheel arches properly this summer although the lower edge upper tailgate repair from 3 years ago is holding up well. My wife borrowed it the other day after her Shogun went for a service and I think she has now laid claim to it - one Shogun for sale shortly I reckon. Current Fleet:-
2012 RR 4.4 TDV8 Westminster
2004 RR 4.4 V8 Autobiography LE
2006 Mitsubishi L200 Animal
2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior V6 LWB

Post #480807 13th Jun 2018 6:42am
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nicksaab



Member Since: 28 May 2013
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So the Westie has now clocked up 10,000miles already! Could barely see through the windscreen coming home on Friday night, all the bug splatter so extracted the diesel powered hot pressure washer we have for the farm machinery and gave it a good blast - but of course now all back on again after its Sunday night slog back up the M4. However fairly moot point as somewhere around Reading a large stone cracked the front screen. If its not one thing.....



The AB had a plate change at the weekend, my wife's plate from the Shogun has moved across as she is going to use it more. At some point I'll put my plate from the AB onto the Westie but as its still one of the newest cars I've ever owned I've left it for now. Shogun is back on its normal plates so I may well put that up for sale at some point. Current Fleet:-
2012 RR 4.4 TDV8 Westminster
2004 RR 4.4 V8 Autobiography LE
2006 Mitsubishi L200 Animal
2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior V6 LWB

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nicksaab



Member Since: 28 May 2013
Location: Wimbledon and West Wales
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Its been a quiet few months - the Westie has just turned 93k so reckon that by early January that will be 25,000 in the first year. Its just had another service and the gearbox drained and refilled - definitely feeling a lot smoother now although my mechanic said the oil didn't look that bad. I picked up a crack in the windscreen a few months ago but with MOT coming up in a few weeks time to get it changed. Glad I left it as I picked up another chip just last week. The perils of M4 driving.



Photo on a neighbouring farm track during the flooding we had in Carmarthen back in October

The AB LE is still plodding around the farm and the local country roads, mostly with a loaded Ifor Williams trailer on it. It was looking relatively unloved in the late summer as it had been used a lot with the windows open because of the heat and everything was covered internally with a film of farm dust. Its had a good clean out now though and settling in for a winter of towing hay bales from farm to farm. I noticed my to my annoyance that the passenger side headlight wiper motor has packed up again - I've lost count of how many thats been through but with the tendency for the battery to flatten if the motor isn't running I shall get it replaced. Admittedly I have been buying cheap second hand ones off ebay but that strategy doesn't seem to be working much. Also the noisy fuel pump (noisy since new) is still loud and annoying. I will probably get around to doing that again in the winter sometime.

Back in October it had the front to back brake pipes replaced and new rear anti rollbar links (advisory on last MOT) and is about to click over to 197k.

Couple of things to see to next year - the central screen has started to bleed in middle - so may look at replacing that or living with it and the radio seems to have developed an odd fault - it works, but the orange power light doesn't always come on - without that the choice of stations is fairly limited and none of the functions work properly. I believe this is down to the plug in the back of the satnav not being seated right (with an aftermarket rear entertainment system put in, the wires have always been tight there) so need to have a good check at some point (boot is all dry - no damp in the electronics cupboard). Finally the rust on the rear wheel arches on the sill when you open the back doors is back - need to rub that down and treat again.

Incidentally for those that tow trailers - all mine are all double axle and I invested in a trailer aid earlier in the summer. Two weeks ago whilst returning from dropping off two horses I hit a pot hole and popped a tyre on the trailer. Did the tyre in less than 5 minutes- just reversed the good wheel onto the trailer aid and it lifts the other wheel off the ground so no messing with the jack. Impressive little unit - takes up a bit of room in the boot but worth it when towing.


 Current Fleet:-
2012 RR 4.4 TDV8 Westminster
2004 RR 4.4 V8 Autobiography LE
2006 Mitsubishi L200 Animal
2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior V6 LWB

Post #497506 3rd Dec 2018 9:24pm
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philgv8



Member Since: 27 May 2014
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England 

Totally off topic Nick, but is your dog a Bernese?
How does he or she get on with getting in the tailgate, or do you drop the back seat and use the rear passenger door?
We are trying to find a Golden Mountain Dog but are a bit worried as our last GSD had difficulty with a drop tailgate. Phil

Post #497716 5th Dec 2018 9:26pm
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nicksaab



Member Since: 28 May 2013
Location: Wimbledon and West Wales
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Hi Phil
Yes that’s Ranger, one of my three Bernese! Love ‘em.

The tailgate is a bit high for them but I got a folding dog ramp of amazon a while ago and they love it. Was only about £30 or so

Always options! Current Fleet:-
2012 RR 4.4 TDV8 Westminster
2004 RR 4.4 V8 Autobiography LE
2006 Mitsubishi L200 Animal
2004 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior V6 LWB

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