Tuesday, August 24, 2010

There is a Special Place in Hell

There is a special place in Hell reserved for the people who designed the Land Rover Discovery. I happen to own one of these machines. Even though mine is a 1991 two model it is pretty good in the bush and quite comfortable to travel. The problem is that these cars were designed to be assembled by trained crews of miniature orangutans or some similiar primate. Any job on the car takes three times longer than it should purely because of the ridiculous placement of nuts and bolts. My clutch pedal has been losing height so yesterday I set out to put repair kits in the master and slave cylinders.

Time to get the slave cylinder out = 2 Hours, time to fit kit 10 minutes, Time to refit slave cylinder = 1 hour. Three hours work just in the removal and replacement of a simple part. Cost of kit $23.00 Most of the three hours was spent trying to loosen bolts that had been tightened up way beyond what is required, the rest of the time was spent trying to get to a bolt that holds the hose bracket for the slave cylinder.

The Master Cylinder, the dealer tells me that you can't get a kit for the master cylinder you have to replace it (cost $135.00). Time to remove and replace master cylinder = 2.5 hours.

If the bolts holding the master cylinder had been offset by 45 dgrees the job would have taken 10 minutes, but in true Land Rover style the designers placed the upper bolt directly behind the fliud reservoir witha gap of about 12mm to get the bolt in and started. Just ridiculous.

They are good cars but trying to work on them is incredibly time consuming and frustrating.

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