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Land Rover Repair/98 4.0 Restore


Hi John, I have a 98 4.0 RR that I bought new and kept in A1 condition (129,000 miles).  I pull it behind my motor coach and as a result I seem to be stuck with this vehicle due to later models not being dingy towable.
Do you know of any Landrover models,newer preferred, that are set up to accept flat towing?  Can't make
myself go to a GMC or Explorer.

My vehicle is at
Landrover Greenville now for complete mechanical updates.  They tell me some of the repairs have to be done by none dealers (such as key replacement and ac panel replacement).  For the key fob is there an economical way to replace it, rather than pay the dealer over $300 for a key and $120 to have it laser cut? If
a used ac panel is bought through say, Ebay, is it plug and play for P38 years? My issue is with the fan switch being
inopperable and the readout faded (assume a bulb is out there, as well as out on the right side of my odometer).  Hope you and your family are doing well. Still looking at older Bentleys and may be a Azure player in the future.   Thanks for your very useful blog!

There is no alternative on the key fobs

Climate control panels are getting rare and pricey

In general dealers are not good and end to end overhauls.  That's usually the province of shops like ours.  We get trucks shipped 1000 miles or more now

The newer Rovers dont have a transfer case that's towable in neutral. That said, you might be better served towing an Evoque or Sport on an aluminum trailer  

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John Elder Robison


I own J E Robison Service in Springfield, MA. We are Bosch Car Service for Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes, and other European lines. I can answer most questions about Land Rover service or repair. I'm known as a car enthusiast, machine aficianado, photographer, writer, and speaker. I've been around Land Rovers and British cars most of my life. Visit me at my car business, or my author website, Check out my autism and writing blog at or my photos on John Elder Robison


I have been a Land Rover service manager since Land Rover returned to North America in 1987. My company is a four-star Bosch Car Service facility, known nationwide for Land Rover service, overhaul, customization, and restoration. In addition to Land Rover our company services BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Rolls_Royce, and Bentley motorcars. We have factory-plus-level service capability for all makes. Visit my company online at > service > land rover Also visit my blog at


In the Land Rover world, my writing can be found in various print magazines and online at robisonservice.blogspot,com. In the wider publishing world, my work is published by 20 publishers in over 50 countries. Mt books Look Me in the Eye, Be Different and Raising Cubby have made US and international bestseller lists.

I am ASE certified, Bosch Trained, and trained by Omnitec/T4 and Autologic on their Land Rover test systems.

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