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Wednesday, February 28, 2007

All but ready to roll

Here's a little advance warning of our move to the new site - and new forum - within the next 48 hours.
It is our intention to get the new site live today, March 1, 2007.

However, even if we do, it may take 24-72 hours before some users see the 'new site' at the same url (web address ie - it takes a little time for changes to spread around the internet.

During this period some users (mostly those within companies with their own internal cache etc) may see error pages on occasion. If this happens to you, please be patient and try again later.

We've listened hard to what you, the community of users of have told us about what you want from your site and forum.

The consensus was, in respect of the forum, that it was better to proceed on a solid footing for the future than to focus on retaining users' past history or records of previous postings.

I appreciate that won't be everyone's view - but it was the majority view from those who expressed an opinion.


The consensus was also to use a phpbb bulletin board. This is the standard and up-to-date kind found throughout the web and a style I hope you will be familiar with and feel immediately at home with.

It also means that, going forward, we will much more easily be able to upgrade and evolve the forum, while retaining your registrations, posts and histories. Our previous elderly and bespoke forums made this technically complex and prohibitively expensive.

The LRO team has been encouraged by how rapidly you have made the temporary forum feel like a vibrant, active community. And I sincerely hope you'll feel comfortable about doing the same thing again on the new forum.

The new site has plenty more to offer - you'll discover that when you get there.

It has been created extremely rapidly but is on a solid platform which we intend to use to evolve going forward.

It won't be perfect from day one. It will be in a state of permanent development - and we want you to partner with us in shaping what it eventually becomes - keep telling us what's wrong and what you want next. will be as useful as you make it, as successful as you intend it to be.

Once again, many thanks for your patience.

Best regards
David Cushman
Online Editor

Monday, February 26, 2007

New issue of LRO on sale February 28

The new issue of Land Rover Owner International magazine goes on sale from Wednesday, February 28, 2007.
In this issue you can expect:
  • Discovery v Defender: The LRO verdict
  • Exclusive test: Warn winch-compressor
  • Going Underground: Driving 300ft under the surface
  • Freelander 2: Muddy at Eastnor
  • Greatest 4x4 drives: Chile
  • Restored: 110 rolling rebuild
  • Safari: Series III holiday home
  • Green Lanes: Midlands and Yorkshire
  • 500 Land Rovers to buy
How to: Strip and fix transmission brakes, fit Disco rear radius arm brushes, trace Disco V8 engine faults, be a sand driving expert... 21 pages of workshop fixes!

Now you've got to go out and buy a copy... isn't it time you saved yourself the time, trouble and a bag of cash? SUBSCRIBE NOW.

Freelander recall in the US

Land Rover is recalling 33,000 Freelanders in the U.S. over faulty brake lights. And it will mean owners have to return them to dealers not once, but twice.
The fault is described as the brake light staying on when the brake pedal isn't pressed, on the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website.
It goes on to say that warning lights for hill descent control, traction control and cruise control can also light up.
Dealers must install new switches of the same design in March and then replace them when a redesigned unit is available in May.
All Freelanders built at Solihull between September 2001 and May 2005 could be affected, says

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LRO's Defender up for sale!

2003 Defender 90 Td5 XS (Land Rover Owner International magazine’s modified 90)

This well-equipped vehicle is one of the most famous Defender’s in the world.

Originally a Land Rover press fleet vehicle, it appeared on BBC’s Top Gear when Richard Hammond successfully made the case for Land Rover winning the Greatest Car Of All Time award. See below:

For the last three years it’s been run by Land Rover Owner International magazine’s Editor-in-Chief John Pearson.

Colour: Bonatti GreyMileage: 61,420. Full service history. Standard equipment (XS model): heated part-leather seats, heated front and rear screens, electric windows, cd player/radio, chequerplate on wing tops and sills, boost alloy wheels fitted with General Grabber AT2 tyres).

Modifications: Warn 9.5xp winch, Old Man Emu springs and dampers with 2in lift, Front Runner long range additional fuel tank (46 litres), twin Optima batteries with National Luna split charging system, JE Engineering Stage Two tune, Safety Devices full roll cage, Hannibal roof rack, Mantec raised air intake, internal window guards and swing-away spare wheel carrier, Cheviot 4x4 extended breather kit.

The Defender is on display at Nene Overland in Ailsworth, near our Peterborough office.

Contact them on 01733 380607.

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

New site: Progress report

Updated: Feb 23, 8.40am.
It seems there are still a series of minor bugs which have to be attended to on the new site. Launching just before the weekend is always risky (because of the lack of back-up you have if things go pear-shaped) so I'm going to have to say Friday's launch must be postponed.
The good news is we aren't far off, we've started adding editorial content and for the most part the site is working very well. I'm sure our tech bods will crack the minor bugs rapidly and we'll progress to a solid launch in the early part of next week. In the meantime, we'll bring you updates on this blog and the message boards remain open.

Previous report:
Hello all. Feb 23 is looming large so it's time I gave you a progress report.
The team working on the new LRO are hard at it (some will be working through the night tonight) with the intention of providing a site we can start adding content to by Wednesday morning.
At this stage it's still unclear as to whether or not the new forum will be ready at the same time as the rest of the site.
But that doesn't mean we'll go live with no forum. Instead, if that is our only option, we'll launch the new site with links to the current temporary Message Board you find linked from this blogsite.
Design has gone very well and I think you'll like the new look.
More updates as we progress. If you have comments, please do add them below.
Many thanks. David Cushman, online editor.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Chase is on for 300 £30K Pursuits

A new limited edition Discovery 3, called the Pursuit, will be on sale next month, for close to £30,000 OTR.

Only 300 will be available from Land Rover dealerships. Based on the TDV6 GS model, the Pursuit also features Java Black paint work with Ebony interior, 19” alloy wheels, body coloured wheel arch surrounds, manual leather seats and chrome finish mirror caps.

All Pursuit limited editions are powered by the Discovery’s TDV6 diesel engine and feature standard technologies including Hill Descent Control, air suspension and Terrain Response™, all industry-firsts for Land Rover.

“Since launch, the Discovery 3 has brought new levels of ability, comfort and refinement to the large 4x4 market. Winning 95 awards worldwide is a testament to its class-leading diesel engine, its versatility and its all-round package,” said John Edwards, Land Rover UK managing director.

“The limited-edition Discovery 3 Pursuit gives customers the opportunity to buy an exclusive specification for the exceptional price of £29,995 OTR for the TDV6 manual and £30,995 OTR with automatic transmission. We think this represents incredible value for money.”

Friday, February 09, 2007

Land Rover to launch commercial versions of Discovery 3

Land Rover is to launch a commercial derivative of the Discovery 3 (shown right, image from Land Rover). It goes on sale on March 19, 2007.
It has been engineered, with approval from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), to gain N1 Light Commercial 4x4 Vehicle status.

Business users will be able to take advantage of the Benefit in Kind tax and full VAT reclaim associated with Light Commercial Vehicles.
There will be two derivatives available: the Discovery 3 Commercial and the Discovery 3 XS Commercial. Standard features include 2130 litres of loadspace with a full length phenolic floor, privacy glass, two-piece bulkhead, four corner air suspension and Terrain Response™.
“Since launch, our dealers have received a number of requests from customers for a commercial derivative, many of whom bought standard models and then converted them independently for their own commercial use,” stated John Edwards, Land Rover UK managing director.
“The launch of the Discovery 3 Commercial means that for the first time, customers are now able to purchase a Land Rover approved Discovery 3 commercial vehicle, which benefits from the superior levels of ride, handling, comfort and equipment offered by the standard Discovery 3.

"We believe the Discovery Commercial will further re-define the 4x4 commercial segment.”
All Land Rover vehicles include a CO2 offset for the first 45,000 miles within the on-the-road price. Administered by Climate Care, an independent CO2 offset provider, the programme ensures that the average amount of CO2 produced by a Land Rover is offset by investments in a mixed portfolio of projects, including renewable energy, technology change and energy efficiency initiatives.

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