Unplanned Problems Solved (Post #469) 3/18/2014

In my post Unplanned Problems I talked about a missing exhaust gasket and a broken bolt. Both problems were more or less easy to solve. I had to wait for Mrs. Okierover to return to the house with the CR-V so I could fetch the parts I needed. The weather turned cold and I had to bundle up to finish up the jobs.

The exhaust gasket was, as I predicted, unavailable in the Oklahoma City metro area. I’ll have to order it from one of the vendors. I talked to JagGuy and bought some High Temp RTV.


I smeared it on the one gasket I did have.

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Workmanship? I think it’s dead (Post #417) 11/25/2013

I was looking at a post on Hooniverse today. LAAS- Range Rover Makes Whoopie. LAAS if you don’t want to Google it is Los Angeles Auto Show. The picture below is from the post.

Its a humorous one indeed. Some one has placed a “Fart Bag” under the seat of the 2014 Range Rover’s seat. Fourteen year old’s the world over know the humor value of a well placed fart bag. But that is not what caught my eye.

Look above it. The white Broce electric motor. What do you notice? Yes, rust. Really? That is a 2014 model. Who installed that motor? Did they notice anything wrong with it?

Okay, I know what you are thinking so I’ll go there now. So maybe it wasn’t like that at the factory. Well, its like that now at the dealership. What do you think it costs for a dealer to fix that? The 2014 Range Rover is astronomically expensive. I’ve bought a four bedroom house for what the 2014 Range Rover costs new.

Looking at customer satisfaction surveys and reliability surveys for the past thirteen years Land Rover is the bottom or near the bottom of every one of them. Thank you Jaguar…
 Here’s an excerpt for 2013 models from Business Insider

The bottom five scoring brands in the survey were Volkswagen(174 problems per 100 vehicles), Chrysler’s Jeep brand and Mitsubishi(each at 178), Chrysler’s Dodge (190) and Tata Motors Ltd’s Land Rover brand (220).

Knowing this is a perennial problem you would think Land Rover would begin to sort that out? And don’t try to blame that score on the fastidiousness (again with the fancy words WTH?) of the wealthy owners. They sent one of their models to A CAR SHOW with that sort of problem. I know people aren’t crawling all over these models but this is just part of the culture that is Land Rover now I guess.

Workmanship. I’ve long preached that “customer service” has been dead so long people have completely forgotten what it even was. Let’s look at the definition from Merriam-Webster.

Number two is the definition we are most interested in. “The quality imparted to a thing in the process of making.” Look at the examples…Holy crap! Nailed it!

“The problems were caused by cheap materials and poor workmanship.”

The standards of the products being supplied to Land Rover to make their vehicles must be very low or perhaps marginal. I get it that everyone wants to cut costs and increase profits. The factory makes it’s profit and then passes the auto to the dealership and they have their profit. But those profits are cut down by a repair at the most expensive end of the chain when a electric motor in a seat is sent in to be repaired.

The Japanese saw this decades ago. There might be a hundred books (nay, a thousand) about how the Japanese changed their manufacturing culture. I’ll give you their autos are somewhat soulless boxes that are not terribly fun to drive. They drive just like every other vehicle from that little island or the factory in Tennessee, whatever.

We have a Honda CR-V and a Scion xB. They are bullet proof mechanically speaking. My Honda Civic was also very reliable. But it was not fun to drive. There was no character at all. The Honda CR-V might be the most uncomfortable car I’ve ever driven. I think riding on a buckboard would be more comfortable than that uninspiring metal box with tires.

Who cares if it gets double the gas mileage of the Range Rover if you can’t walk when you get to your destination. The seats in my twenty-year old Range Rover are far superior to the CR-V. That is a design issue. My Range Rover is a luxury vehicle. Look at the seats in a Defender. Function first right?

So with that I’ll wrap up. It’s been a week of rants now hasn’t it?

On November 14th I had a 245 page view day. I wonder what that says about my workmanship on this blog?

I met Matt McDonough this week. He rolled up on me at the On-Cue and we had a long chat. I was impressed at his penchant for tearing down motors. I’ve never been in a motor on my own. To me that is sort of like going into Lonely Mountain to visit Smaug.

Thanks for reading, have a good week, and Happy Rovering.

4.3F Overnight (Post #242) 2/2/2011

35mph winds and white-out conditions

We were blessed with another blizzard the past two days. The arctic air mass settled on our fine land and with it brought temperatures which make you wonder about the logic of 20w50 oil in your crankcase. The overnight low was 4.3F and at 10:00am the temperature on my porch was 5.9F.

I was granted a second snow day by the powers of our autonomous collective. And with that second slack day, I decided to sleep in as my lovely wife Mrs. Okierover decided to go to work. Ten feet out of the garage she high centered the Honda CRV. She came in to wake me and inform me that my morning work out would consist of snow shoveling. RovErica‘s Taurus and Diet Mountain Drew’s Scion xB are not going anywhere today and probably tomorrow. The drifts are just too high. With a little luck we’ll have above freezing temperatures to melt away the snow this weekend.

As you can see, our house and driveway face North and the wind blows the snow into drifts that form a lovely wall right at the bottom of our driveway. From what I saw Mrs. Okierover did not attack the drift with any velocity. Unfortunately she in her efforts blocked the Range Rover in. In order to get her to work I had to get her out first.

My neighbors begin to dig out

An hour of snow shoveling and some strategic driving with the Range Rover allowed me to carve ruts that will allow her to get out. I fully expect a call tomorrow morning while I am at work, telling me she is stuck again.

On the way home from taking her to work I stopped to help an elderly man who had gotten his C class Mercedes stuck in a drift. Why he drove directly into the drift instead of around is a mystery. The man was also transporting his dog, in a cage, to some unknown location. It was difficult to convince him to allow me to drive him to his house instead of him walking. It was also impossible to pull him out. The entire under side of the Mercedes was covered in plastic. I couldn’t find a tow hook on either end of the car.

I gave him a ride home with his little dog. He had a pickup truck there in the driveway and he, I’m sure, took that little dog somewhere. I have a few more posts to finish you can catch them later this week.

Happy shoveling Rovering and stay warm and thanks for reading.