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7 Things Every Land Rover Owner Can Relate To

1. The initial joy of buying your first Land Rover.

Nothing feels quite as good as going out and buying your first Land Rover. Or, if you’re lucky, being given a Land Rover as a Birthday, Graduation, or Christmas gift. You are over the moon, king of the road, and enjoy staring down at all the peasants around you as you feel like a monster in charge of the road ahead. The motorway is blocked? You’re in a 4×4! You laugh as you veer off the highway and take the nearest green lane to reach your destination, thoroughly satisfied you own the coolest car on the road.

2. Pride over your model of Land Rover

You start to notice more and more Land Rovers on the road around you. If you own a Defender, you start to look down on Discovery. As a Discovery owner, you start to look down on Freelanders. You join all manner of Facebook groups and brag about how your motor is the best vehicle ever made.

3. You start to kit it out

You find yourself scrolling through the Britcar website late at night. Chequer plates? You go crazy and put them all over the car. Stickers to announce your allegiance to your LR club and favourite parts shop (Britcar obviously)? Tick – you cover the back window with them. You want your Land Rover to be unique and the envy of your Landy friends. You tell yourself if you do a good enough job, you’ll look just like James Bond – cool, collected, and ready to crush whatever comes in your path.

4. Things start to go wrong…

As you drive along, you hear a strange knocking noise coming from somewhere in the engine. You pop the hood, stare inside, and ponder what it could be. Grabbing a hammer, you poke around, knock on some bits, and try to figure if anything has come loose that could be simply bashed back into place. Setting off again, a mere moment later you find that you have rattled to a stop on the highway and have to call the RAC for the first time. You’re embarrassed but it must be because you lack mechanical knowledge. There’s obviously nothing wrong with the car, at least that’s what you tell yourself.

5. Your first trip to the garage

“That’ll cost you £650”, the mechanic informs you. You have a heart attack at how much that tiny noise will set you back. “See, we have to take apart half of the car and that part of your engine in your Freelander is notoriously hard to reach… sorry”. You sigh, and reluctantly hand over the money. You’re secretly starting to have some doubts about whether it’s worth it but you don’t tell your friends about this because you don’t want them to think any less of your baby. “Of course, it’s worth it, have you seen this beast?” You gingerly reply.

6. First trip out of the garage….

Happy to have your Land Rover back in your life, you cruise out of the garage, wind the windows down, and set off to find adventure. You’re giddy and over-the-moon to be back in charge of the road. That Ford Fiesta you had to borrow from your daughter just wasn’t cutting it. 5 minutes later, that noise they fixed? It’s come creeping back…. You break down and cry into your hands, return to the garage, and after another £100, you’ve left and it’s finally back to normal.

7. The fever sets in

Ah yes, the open road once more. “Wait a minute, what’s that?” you say, nudging your partner sat in the passenger seat. “Is that a Land Rover for sale over there??” It’s £600 with no clutch, propshaft and no rear window? A bargain! You’ll be able to fix it up on the cheap in no time. Despite all the problems you’ve just had with your own Land Rover, you go over the dealer, bargain, and somehow still manage to pay £650 but smile knowing he included a jerry can ‘for free’. Classic.

What can we say! Land Rovers, they give you hell, keep burning a hole in your pocket, and make you want to tear your hair out half the time, but we wouldn’t have it any other way!

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Land Rover Facebook Groups To Join

photo of land rover groups on facebook groups

Love it or hate it, Facebook has a HUGE Land Rover community. These days, Facebook has largely taken over traditional Q&A online forums. Of course, these still exist but Facebook is there to fill to the gap and make it more accessible to a broader range of people.

There is literally a group out of there for pretty much every Land Rover vehicle you could want to learn about. If there is not one for the specific model you love, there are general ones that cover all Land Rovers. Alternatively, you can start your own! 

These communities are a great place to learn more about your vehicle, share pictures of your latest modifications, or just jointly trash-talk other cars! 

This list is not comprehensive but will certainly give you enough content to scroll until your hearts content. 

CLICK ON THE TITLE TO OPEN THE FACEBOOK GROUP

General groups

Series & Defender Land Rover

Military Land Rovers

Range Rover

Freelander

Discovery

Other Land Rover groups

If we have missed your favourite group, why not drop it in the comments below and let others know? 

Equally, if you have found this page useful, why not share it with a friend? Share the love!

5 Tips for Driving Your Land Rover in the Snow

Jim’s Land Rover Defender Station Wagon in the Snow last year.

1. Pre-check!

Of course, before driving in the snow, make sure you check that everything is functioning and working on your Land Rover. Check your oil and coolant levels and ensure your screen wash is full, consider adding anti-freeze to it too. Ensure all your lights are working and that your windscreen wiper blades are in good condition. 

You should also check your tyre tread too! For winter driving, you should have between 2-3mm at the very least as you will not be able to grip icy roads otherwise. Do not over-inflate your tyres as this can reduce grip. Similarly, avoid under-inflation as this can also reduce stability. Check your handbook to work out the best option for you. 


2. Ideal Equipment to bring with you

When driving your Land Rover in the snow, especially if off-roading, it is best to carry extra equipment with you in case of an emergency. A shovel (to help dig you out of a tight spot), heavy-duty jump leads, a tow rope, torch, blanket/ warm clothes, snow chains, traction aids, and a light bulb kit


3. Rules to Remember

  • DO NOT use warm water to clear your windscreen as it may cause your windscreen to crack. Avoid recirculation mode on your heater as it will make the interior more humid. 
  • Allow for greater stopping distance between cars and keep your speed slow to help you remain in control. 
  • Steer gently, brake progressively, and be cautious with the throttle.
  • Inform a friend or family member of your route so they know where to look if you are later than expected.
  • Follow the weather closely and allow for extra time. 


4. How to handle snow

  • Remove snow from your roof – if you accelerate, you stand a chance of it falling onto your windscreen and blocking your view. 
  • Change to a higher gear as soon as possible.
  • If you get stuck, straight your steering wheel. Get out of the Land Rover and clear the snow from beneath your tyres using the handy shovel in your trunk. 


5. How to handle ice

  • When you are moving on packed ice, use the highest gear possible to aid grip of packed ice and keep your speed down.
  • Leave 10 times the normal recommended stopping distance between you and the car in front. 
  • If you skid, avoid braking hard, keep your hands on the steering wheel, and steer into the skid. If your car is sliding to the right, steer right for example.
  • Be careful of particularly icy spots – shadows cause certain areas to become icier. Other obstacles, such as overpasses and bridges, also ice over quicker than normal roads so take extra caution.


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5 Best Land Rover Stories of 2018

Here at Britcar UK, we have been thinking about all that we have achieved this year. We have new suppliers, new customers, and new employees on board. We are thankful for you all! Join us as we look back at the 5 best Land Rover stories of 2018. 

1. Special Edition 400bhp Defender Works V8

To celebrate Land Rover’s 70th birthday, engineers built 150 new ‘Works’ Defenders to pay homage to the early V8 Defenders Land Rover fanatics know and love. Top Gear wrote about too!

V8 Works Defender
Photos: Jaguar Land Rover

2. They put GOOGLY EYES on Jaguar Land Rover autonomous vehicles 

It is well-known that people do not trust self-driving cars. To help remedy this, JLR’s Future Mobility division designed digital eyes to follow objects in front of them. While these eyes do not actually see anything, they provide peace of mind to passing motorists and pedestrians. Read more about it here.

Self-driving eyes on Land Rover
Photo: Jaguar Land Rover

3. Introduced The Range Rover Evoque!

Land Rover unveiled a new luxury compact SUV, the Range Rover Evoque in November 2018. It features a ‘modernist exterior design, with a luxurious technology-rich interior with new materials crafted from eucalyptus, wool, and recycled plastics.’ Priced at £31,600+. Read more on Land Rover’s website here

Range Rover Evoque
Photo: Jaguar Land Rover

4. Land Rover sponsored the Invictus Games in Sydney

JLR sponsored the Invictus Games, a sporting event for wounded, injured, and ill veteran/ active serving personnel. France won gold in the Land Rover Driving Challenge while Australia came second and the UK came third, awarded Bronze. More here.

Invictus Games Land Rover
Photos: JLR

5. Unique 110 Defender Soft Top Goes On Display at Selfridges, London

This work of art took five Land Rover Classic workers more than four days to rebuild on the shop floor after it entered the building as a rolling chassis! Complete with a custom trademark yellow Selfridges hood, now located in the menswear department. More here.

110 Defender Soft Top in Selfridges
Photo: JLR.

Don’t forget, if you need any Land Rover or Jaguar car parts for your vehicle, we are here to help you in any way we can. Reach out to our sales team if you need any help/ advice and we will do our best to help. Or you can just shop online if you already know what parts you need!

Refurb: GENUINE County Station Wagon 90″ Defender

Ah, the car that dreams are made of, a 1994 200TDI Land Rover Genuine County Station Wagon 90″ Defender with 120,000 miles on the clock. What differienates this from many other Station Wagon’s out there is that this came as a Station Wagon straight out of Land Rover’s factory.  

Duncan recently picked up this beauty from a friend who bought a brand-new Discovery 5 and wanted to clear up some space on his drive (shock-horror). 

This is how the motor looked when Duncan purchased the Station Wagon. It comes complete with a whole load of history too.

Duncan and Martin have done a lot to the car since! This Landy enjoyed a major service and a thorough check to ensure all is working perfectly. Duncan added new alloy wheels and tyres, a new bumper, and a new windscreen (to name a few changes). 

Sadly, the paintwork had grown scabby over time but it has now been stripped and is ready for a full professional respray.  This work is being carried out by our good friends and Land Rover experts, Si and Bel, over at Hangar 53.

Do not fear though, it will be the same colour with the same fantastic Defender decals to complete the look. 

After this is completed, Duncan is fitting a swing away spare wheel carrier to the rear (like this one) and plans to upgrade all the lights.

Duncan hopes to have this up for sale by the end of January, so, if you are interested, be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook post as we will notify everyone on there when the time has come! 

7 Christmas Gifts For Land Rover Lovers

Is your loved one a Land Rover fanatic? Are you stuck wondering what to get them for Christmas? We all know that one person who lives, breathes, and thinks about Land Rovers non-stop. Why not give them a gift they will really enjoy this Christmas and pick something from the following list?

1. Fender and the Cliff Rescue Kids Book

Do they have children and want to pretend they’re purchasing for their kids when they really want a good late-night read? Wow, how niche! Because we have the perfect gift for you… Written and beautiful illustrated by Veronica Lamand, this is a charming gift idea for and Land Rover fan. 

 Click here to view the product on our website. 

2. Land Rover Travel Mug

Are you always rushing out of the door without time to sit down and enjoy your coffee? Well, with this branded travel mug you can take your coffee with you! This item comes with an easy-to-use silicone grip around the middle with Terrain Response icon branding. It is both microwave and dishwasher safe.

Click here to view the product on our website. 

White Land Rover Travel Mug with Blue Holder and Lid

3. Land Rover Classic Watch

Elegant and timeless, this Land Rover watch is a must-have for all enthusiasts. 100% genuine Italian leather strap and water resistant to 10 ATM. 

 Click here to view the product on our website. 

Elegant Land Rover watch with brown leather strap

4. One Life Magazine

Now we only just recently started reading this magazine but we can’t put it down! At only £5, it is a perfect stocking filler or last minute secret Santa gift. 

In the latest issue, there is a fascinating piece about a town in the Himalaya’s where Series Is are put through their paces, it also has information about how to find the best dash cam for your Land Rover car. Why not grab a copy and read all about it?

Click here to view the product on our website. 

Front cover of One Life Magazine featuring a windy road

5. Subtle Land Rover Bowl

Does your Landy loving pal have a pet that sits alongside them at the wheel? If you answered yes, then this is an ideal gift that will blend right into their household. This water bowl, embossed with the numberplate HUE 166, is a subtle nod to the first production Land Rover. 

We have ONE in stock! They are backordered elsewhere. 

Click here to view the product on our website.

Land Rover Green Dogs Bowl with Hue 166 written on

6. Land Rover Series I Inspired Bottle Stoppers

Inspired by the gear and range levers on the Series 1, this set of 3 stainless steel bottle stoppers is sure to start a conversation when you have your Landy loving friends over for dinner. 

Click here to view the product on our website.

Series I Branded Bottle Stoppers in Red Black and Yellow

7. Land Rover Lanyard

Is your friend or partner constantly losing their keys? Do they lack a key fob that lets everyone know they’re driving a Land Rover? Never fear! A solution is here. Buy this cheap but high-quality branded lanyard so they have more chance of finding their keys and letting everyone at the pub table know they have a beautiful motor sat outside.

Click here to view the product on our website.

Dark Blue Land Rover Branded Lanyard with Terrain Responses on

Don’t forget, you can find more Land Rover gifts and accessories over on the gift section of our website.

From all of us here at Britcar UK, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Genuine, OEM, and Pattern: What’s the Difference?

When purchasing a part from us at Britcar UK, you may be overwhelmed by the choices on offer. We pride ourselves on stocking up to 15 suppliers of each Jaguar Land Rover car part. For example, our website currently lists 14 different versions of ERR3340 (an oil filter). 

When you search for a part, you will see different combinations of suppliers, brands, and types. But what exactly do we mean by type? There are three options for your Jaguar/ Land Rover parts: Genuine, OEM, or Pattern. 

Of course, we are often asked what the difference is – now, we have a more comprehensive answer for you!


Genuine Car Part

Genuine Jaguar Land Rover car parts come from the company Jaguar Land Rover itself. JLR supply these parts in genuine packaging. They tend to be the safest option as you know the part in question will definitely fit your car. Further, these parts are usually required by garages if you want to retain the warranty on your car (should it still be in place). These parts, however, are generally the most expensive option you can choose.   


OEM Car Part

‘OEM’ stands for Original Equipment Manufacturer. These parts are manufactured by an external company that may now or in the recent past have supplied parts for Land Rover or Jaguar vehicles. The only difference to the genuine part is that it comes in the manufacturer’s box instead of a genuine box. For example, instead of printing Land Rover on the side, it may come with ‘Lucas’ if it is a switch or Hardy-Spicer if it is a U/J, for example.

While they are cheaper than their genuine counterparts, you may invalidate your car’s warranty if you do use them – it depends on the supplier so make sure you check in advance. Realistically, OEM parts are most suited to cars that are at least three years old. OEM parts are the same quality as genuine.


Pattern (P)/ Aftermarket Car Part

A pattern/ aftermarket part is usually a replica of a genuine part. Pattern parts, for example, are produced by a manufacturer who copies Land Rover’s design.

One advantage to a pattern part is that they tend to be a lot cheaper. This does not automatically mean they are substandard, rather the part has simply been made by someone else. However, you should bear in mind that sometimes there is a reason they are cheaper – they may make the quality of the material worse to save on money for example. 

Sometimes, however, high-quality aftermarket companies have actually analysed why the initial OEM part has failed and opt to improve the design for customers using better materials (for example). Overall though, they are likely to be cheaper than Genuine or OEM parts and present an ideal option for older cars.


What should you choose then?

At the end of the day, it comes down to how much you want to spend, the age of your car, and the quality you desire. Typically, there is no difference between genuine and OEM parts, other than the box but if you want to keep your guarantee intact for a newer car then you should be careful with what you choose. Remember, pattern and aftermarket parts are not necessarily worse than their genuine or OEM alternatives, rather they may be a copy or even an improvement on their counterparts.

Project XKR

new-jag-headerHere is a progress report on my 4.2l Supercharged XKR, which has been at Bentley Vehicle Solutions at Raydon for a few months now, I have never been happy with the car ever since it went north for the bonnet to be remodelled as a one piece unit, the fit was bad, it flexed to much and the vents sat proud, the finish was also poor, the headlamps flopped about and the colour match was not good, I found it depressing to drive and so only used it on a small number of occasions last year.

This coupled with the fact that I had reversed into a flower pot cracking the rear bumper paint meant I had to bite the bullet and have it sorted properly, which is why I took it to BVS into the expert hands of Nick and Karl.

jag new twoFollowing the initial consultation, the job grew from a bonnet restructuring exercise to a complete glass out body respray, walking around the vehicle with them they were able to point out several errors and areas of thinning paint i would never have noticed, poor panel alignment and poorly fitted trim.

A huge improvement in the bonnet has already been achieved, the vents sit flush, the panel gap and headlamps fit perfectly and is starting to look once more like the car I always wanted.

It should all be finished by next Friday….and I can’t wait!

Project S-Type

jag-headerRestoration update on Sandy’s Jaguar 1965 3.8L S-Type, this is currently located at Lee Scott Jaguar Restoration in Frating, where it is safe in the very experienced hands of Lee and his son Ollie.

In the original picture of her car in her garage, she looks Beautiful….the Car, not Sandy…well she is of course Beautiful as well, but this is about the Jaguar…Unfortunately the S-Types beauty was not even skin deep, the paint looks shiny from a distance but when up close it had crazed badly where it had been applied to thick when it was last restored 20 years ago, there was some rust coming through and there was a dent in the right hand front wing, and so I took the decision to go for a bare metal respray, and so took it over to Nick and Karl at BVS, who very quickly had the car stripped to bare metal.

On initial inspection the bodywork was very good, with little trace of filler or rot, however, a few panels were required and some specialist welding needed, and so she was trailered over to Lee Scott’s to appraise and report.

jag 2The report was not good….corrosion was found in the Sills, inner panels and boot, after much soul searching and thinking I came to the same conclusion as Lee, the only was a complete vehicle strip and restoration, just repainting was a false economy….a complete nut and bolt job it is then, the only stipulation was that it has to be done in 12 months….as we do not know how much longer Sandy can drive for due to her Parkinson’s and I want her to get as much enjoyment out of her pride and joy as is possible.

Over the last 2 months Lee and Ollie have completely stripped the car to a bare shell, she has been sandblasted once more in and out, which has exposed the full extent of repairs required, and repairs are now on going, I will supply many pictures over the next months, and show how progress is developing, the quality of work carried out so far is excellent, and she could not be in better hands, if anyone is interested in learning more about either BVS who are the bodyshop that stripped the paint, and who will eventually paint her, or Lee Scott Restorations, contact me and I will be happy to pass on their details. They use the graco paint sprayer which allows them to give a perfect airless paint cover on all their cars thus providing excellent quality of paintjob to their customers cars.

TF308 – BLE TPMS – TYRE PRESSURE MONITORING SYSTEM

BLE TPMS from Terrafirma is a universal, easy to fit tyre pressure monitoring system that displays all your tyre information on your smart phone.

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Simply download the App, screw the TPMS valve caps onto all 4 wheel valve stems and follow the step by step instructions to pair the TPMS valve caps with your phone via Bluetooth

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Multiple display screens show everything you need to know about your tyre performance to keep you driving safely. Alarms bring to your attention, fast leaks, slow leaks, high pressure and low pressure even no signal and low battery alarms identify when a TPMS valve cap has stopped transmitting.
Terrafirma Part Number TF308

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