Austin, TX 78746
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Classic Car Overview
MY NOTESABOUT THE VEHICLE:
*CHECK ENGINE LIGHT: When the vehicle was delivered, the check engine light was on. As instructed, the mechanic reset the light, which came back on shortly afterwards. This was due to multiple causes. First, the O2 sensor had to be replaced. Secondly, the driver’s side catalytic converter in the exhaust system deteriorated and the honeycomb portion turned sideways, blocking normal flow through the system. This has not been repaired yet, and would still need to be fixed.
*ENGINE: The engine seemed to have less power than my other one, so I had my mechanic shop check it out. It came back adequate, with the worst cyclinder #4 at 25% leakage. (see pic) There is a vacuum leak at throttle body/worn. (see pic) Slow oil leak (see pic). Also slow power steering leak (see pic)
* SUNROOF DOESN’T FUNCTION: The sunroof opened 4 inches and stuck in this position. The mechanic says that it needs a new cassette or track for it to make it functional.
*PASSENGER SIDE REAR MIRROR: The passenger side rear mirror controls do not move the mirror. Uncertain if this is the motor or the controller.
*EXHAUST SYSTEM: The new NRP exhaust system installed has a sound that was not expected in a Range Rover Classic. It has a louder rumbling (hotrod) sound, akin to a muscle car, which perhaps someone may find attractive.
*IGNITION SWITCH MALFUNCTIONS: The ignition switch is worn, and is tricky to get it to turn with all keys. There is a tiny spot that will work if the key is partially backed out, but tricky to find with ease each time.
*FRONT SEAT HEATER BUTTONS REVERSED: We had new seat heater components installed in the front seats (and additionally put in the back seat). The front seat buttons are reversed. (i.e., If you want to heat the driver’s seat, press the passenger seat, and vice versus.)
*SPRINGS: The springs are higher than standard, and the tires are appear taller (vehicle sits about 3 inches taller than my other classic). If you have ever driven a lifted vehicle, you would understand the difference. The ride and handling are different, but perhaps could be enjoyed if primarily driven off road.
*AIR CONDITIONING SWITCH: The air conditioning switch will occasionally shut off spontaneously. Faulty connections?
*BRAKES: The brake fluid was contaminated. I had the fluid changed. The pads passed inspection.
APPEARANCE AND FUNCTION:
*INCOMPLETE PAINTING: The exterior of the car was painted a dark green (Elpsom Green), while the door wells were not painted (brighter green), giving a two tone or striped appearance. Think striped watermelon (see pic)
*ORANGE PEEL PAINT: While the majority of the car was wet sanded after painting, there is still an ‘orange peel’ appearance on the hood behind the washer jets, and on lower side body areas.
*WINDOW MOLDINGS: The window moldings are jagged and worn (see pic)
*INTERIOR DOOR PANELS: The door panels have missing or broken pockets and chips/cracks (see pics),
*REARVIEW MIRROR: partially fogged and delaminating.
*INSTRUMENT PANEL: small crack in panel
*BLOWN REAR SPEAKERS: The front and rear speakers have all since been replaced.
*WHEELS: All the wheels have scrapes and gouges/ surface damage (see pics)
*SEAT TRIMS/ DOOR GRIPS: Some of the door grips are ripped and torn. Cracked passenger seat back. (see pics)
*D PILLAR: The D-pillar is torn on the passenger rear. (see pic)
*CARPET: The front passenger carpet has a tear. (see pic)
*WOOD: After paying for additionally for wood restoration, it arrived appearing less than my expectations. (see pics)
• a vertical cut in the middle of the wood veneer
• lacking factory beveled edges on wood
• crumbled appearing gear ship knob wood
• wood under AC control doesn’t match other wood
• bubbled surface of wood
*STEERING WHEEL: The surface of the steering wheel is worn and deteriorated appearing. (see pic)
*VISORS: saggy in appearance
*SPARE TIRE COVER: ripped seams
*DOOR THRESHOLDS/RUBBER: The door thresholds and rubber are marred/torn (see pic)
Good luck shopping! While I cannot describe every single detail of the vehicle, I hope that this will give you a reasonably accurate description of the vehicle. Please email me if you have any additional questions.
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