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Land Rover factory closure - latest news

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Last year Land Rover admitted it would probably have to shut down one of its UK assembly plants. Now the 4×4 maker has confessed that it has already made a failed attempt to close one of its factories.

‘We actually closed a factory last year,’ admitted an insider ‘But then, just as we were walking away from the factory we looked back and from that angle it didn’t seem to have closed properly. Just to be on the safe side, we went back and tried to close it again. Actually, that just made it worse. It felt like the factory had closed, but at the same time it seemed to be standing proud and refusing to close completely’.

Sources in Solihull say Land Rover was later forced to take the factory to a dealership where it was adjusted so that it should have been easier to close. ‘In fact, that only compounded the situation,’ admitted our mole. ‘Now the factory needed a lot more effort to close and, although it looked closed from the front, if you were standing at the back of the factory it very much looked like the factory was still a little bit open’.

Land Rover insiders admit they may have to leave the factory open, or at least looking like it’s slightly open. ‘We were thinking of trying to close the other factory instead and hope that doesn’t suffer from the same problem,’ said one senior manager. ‘But I’m told they all do that, sir’.

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Shim the latch plate - it''ll be fine. :)

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That leak in the Mexican Gulf is where they store old Landies underground once theyre dead. If BP changed their name to Landrover everyone would love them as lovable but unreliable old things. "oh theres a bit of a leak but its Landrover - all wells do that" ..... problem solved.

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Several friends have the theory that all that is needed to solve the oil spillage issue is me and my Range Rover. They reckon that if BP connect the leak straight to my fuel filler and I start the engine, the Rangey will burn it faster than it can leak out.

Sometimes it feels like they have a point..........:doh:

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land rover is KAK .... end of ....

and if I were to buy a 'decent' older 4X4, I'd buy a Pajero or landcruiser

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/2791943/Land-Rover-disappoints-as-Japanese-cars-storm-ahead-in-reliability-stakes.html

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Dim Span.

Have you ever bought or driven a 4x4?

My old Series 3 (1983 vintage) is still doing sterling service in Yorkshire pulling trailers and people out of bogs.

If they are all KAK please inform (by post or mind waves) the many aid organisations/rescue services/armed forces that use them all over the globe of your expert opinion and then replace your tinfoil hat.

Tim

land rover is KAK .... end of ....

and if I were to buy a 'decent' older 4X4, I'd buy a Pajero or landcruiser

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/2791943/Land-Rover-disappoints-as-Japanese-cars-storm-ahead-in-reliability-stakes.html

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Dim Span.

Have you ever bought or driven a 4x4?

My old Series 3 (1983 vintage) is still doing sterling service in Yorkshire pulling trailers and people out of bogs.

If they are all KAK please inform (by post or mind waves) the many aid organisations/rescue services/armed forces that use them all over the globe of your expert opinion and then replace your tinfoil hat.

Tim

yup ... have had a few 4x4's .... and several of my mates owned 4x4's ...

Used to be a competition fisherman in South Africa (rock & surf) .... went to many places that had very rough terrain and found that the best 4x4's at that time, were the Pajero lwb and the Toyota Landcruiser .... I never owned a Landrover, had a few mates who did, and Landrover was rated very poorly by them .... reason being: reliability (not performance or handling)

not sure how the newer Amazon's etc rate but if they are as reliable as the older Toyota's, they will be very good

suppose statistics sums it up:

http://www.motor-trade-insider.com/index.php/2009/07/honda-top-land-rover-bottom-in-new-reliability-survey/

so, in a nutshell ..... if I were to spend money today on a 4x4, I would not be looking at landrover ....

call it tinfoil hat or whatever ...

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I seem to remember a gentleman by the name of J. Clarkson Esq. who loves Range Rovers but would never buy one because of their reliability record. He bought a Toyota Landcruiser instead and, after two years of it spending more time in the garage than on the road, he sold it. He now owns a Range Rover TDV8.

Also, if we "know" that Japanese and modern cars are more reliable, how do you account for the following experiences I have had?

(1) Mazda MX6 (immaculate, full dealer service history, 5 years old and 65000 miles on it when I bought it). Cost of repairs/servicing over 9 months ownership - £1300

(2) Ford Mondeo (very good condition, full dealer service history, 3 years old and 105,000 miles when I bought it). Cost of repairs/servicing over 8 months ownership - £1400

(3) Current Range Rover Vogue SE (very good condition, partial service history, 15 years old and 112,000 miles when I bought it) Cost of repairs/servicing over 14 months so far - £950

As a result, I tend to treat sweeping generalisations with a pinch of salt. Another aspect of Landy ownership that I was discussing with my local garage is that some owners think that the vehicles are so tough, they don't require any servicing, hence why they eventually grind to a halt! The number of neglected Range Rovers I saw when looking for mine was quite depressing.

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The 'Which Car' customer satisfaction survey results were released today. Eight out of the top ten most reliable car brands are from the Far East. The least reliable brand of car is... Land Rover...

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As the Aussies say, "If you want to go into the outback, get a land rover or a land cruiser. If you want to come back, get a land cruiser" :P

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