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Other Question on an 02 4.4 Vouge

Discussion in 'Range Rover' started by JohnM70, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. JohnM70

    JohnM70 Not dead yet.

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    So, I've ventured out of AG and need to ask a quick question;
    An 02 plate 4.4 V8 Vouge. It's being advertised as 'Overheating' and they are asking £2990
    67k on the clock, looks tidy.
    My gut feeling is it's worth about £2.50 as the repair bill is likely to be quite large - head gasket?

    Gentleman, your views please...
     
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    Don't touch it with a barge-pole.
     
  3. JohnM70

    JohnM70 Not dead yet.

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    Cheers, that's what I thought...
     
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    It may not be the basket case it first looks, depending on whether or not it's been properly kettled. If the car has "run hot", and then been switched off, refilled with water/coolant and run again, the HGs may be intact.

    If the car has been run without coolant for an extended period, then it's screwed.

    The reason I say it might not be the basket case it first looks is that the BMW-derived cooling system on the 4.4 V8 is known to be a weak point, especially on older vehicles (the plastic and rubber parts degrade over time). Replacing these parts isn't hugely expensive, but it's only worth doing on an engine that hasn't been boiled dry.

    If I were in the mood for taking a punt, I'd offer the seller £1,500, identify and fix the cooling system problem, refill it with coolant, run the car at idle for as long as it takes to be satisfied that the temp gauge isn't going to shoot into the red, then drive and enjoy it!

    Solid L322s start at about £3,800(ish) these days, so £3k for one with an overheating problem is a bit rich, in my opinion.
     
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    Would you want to pay 149 pounds to look at an engine?
     
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    Nope I wouldn't, however it's just an advertising technique sellers sometimes use. They don't want you to click buy it now. It's like when somebody breaks a car and specifies all parts available but if you click buy it now (99p). You will receive 1 wheel nut.
     
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    You'd have to be some muppet to think that a fully reconditioned engine could cost £149. What main dealers charge per hour + VAT then £140 don't seem that expensive for a full investigation into an engine.