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Elysium



Member Since: 27 Jun 2017
Location: Auckland
Posts: 8

New Zealand 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Indus Silver
Defender Mechanic in Auckland

Hi there, any advice on who could look at my 2013 110? I'm new to the breed and would like to take it to someone to give it a once over to assess the vehicle. Have a couple of small issues after purchasing. A few small electrical probs, mainly lighting. And a problem with a wheel vibration. Have had front wheel balanced twice now and the truck still shakes like a washing machine over 90kmh....wondering if it might be something more sinister...first balance the some of the weights fell off...hoping its the same case again.

Post #633837 27th Jun 2017 8:49am
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integrale



Member Since: 29 Oct 2015
Location: Auckland
Posts: 62

New Zealand 2016 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 Heritage Edition SW Grasmere Green

Stag 4x4 are extremely good. Have looked after all my Land Rovers ('49 S1; V8, Td5 and Tdci Defenders; Freelander, Disco and RR Classic) for 20+ years. Great guys who really know their stuff. Never had a single problem. Thoroughly recommended.

Post #633850 27th Jun 2017 10:59am
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nnnninty



Member Since: 25 Aug 2015
Location: Akl
Posts: 4

New Zealand 2015 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 SW Keswick Green

You cannot go wrong with either Bramble Downs, Waitakere Rd or Forward Specialists (1968) , Railside Ave , Henderson.
Both do a good job.

Post #634045 28th Jun 2017 8:44am
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agentmulder



Member Since: 16 Apr 2016
Location: JAFA
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New Zealand 2008 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 SW Cairns Blue

Stag4x4 if you want to sit in the waiting area while the manager and staff discuss the concrete floor for 15minutes before saying hello - (not joking!) - they do good work, but yeah, I was about to walk out...

But otherwise great experiences with Eli at Forward Specialties, or Top Of Range north shore Thumbs Up

Internal lighting? I went through that with my 2008 2.4 ... Might be able to help you? My karma ran over my dogma.

Post #634136 28th Jun 2017 2:50pm
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Elysium



Member Since: 27 Jun 2017
Location: Auckland
Posts: 8

New Zealand 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Indus Silver

Thanks for the contacts. I will look into them as soon as I get back from overseas. The lighting issues pertain to the door switches I'm assuming. None of the doors operate the internal light when opened. Also there is no night lighting for the heater controls. But this could be normal for the defender I'm not sure...the sales guy tells me it is.

I was at Smales farm last weekend and go a great shot of my beast and what i assume is a Series 3. I'll try to upload.

Post #634299 29th Jun 2017 6:20am
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gross



Member Since: 01 Mar 2017
Location: AKNZ
Posts: 6

New Zealand 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 XS CSW Alaska White

Stag4x4 in New Lynn will sort you out. Def rate their work.
Real enthusiasts.

Post #634303 29th Jun 2017 6:50am
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agentmulder



Member Since: 16 Apr 2016
Location: JAFA
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New Zealand 2008 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 SW Cairns Blue

Yeah, could be door switches. Easy to test, mine had an issue with the rear courtesy light housing having a faulty ground too, took an age to find that! Meant that internal lights only operated via the local 'ON' and not via the 10AS unit. My karma ran over my dogma.

Post #634323 29th Jun 2017 8:26am
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Elysium



Member Since: 27 Jun 2017
Location: Auckland
Posts: 8

New Zealand 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Indus Silver

I'm sure i'll spend a quite a few hours getting to know my Defender, but that's what car ownership used to be like when I was a young fella. Those photos I tried to upload went to my album. There is one in there that you can see a small dent on the right front fender...are these more of a problem to repair or "pop out" being aluminium? Was wondering if one of those mobile dent guys might be worth a call. First thing is try to fix the steering wobble. I was reading about the "death wobble" on another post and wonder if that could be my problem. Will find out when I get back to nz.

http://www.defender2.net/gallery/albums/us...9951~0.JPG

That might sort out the photo??

Post #634553 30th Jun 2017 1:45am
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Elysium



Member Since: 27 Jun 2017
Location: Auckland
Posts: 8

New Zealand 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Indus Silver

No that didn't do it...but they're my gallery.

Post #634554 30th Jun 2017 1:48am
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Elysium



Member Since: 27 Jun 2017
Location: Auckland
Posts: 8

New Zealand 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Indus Silver

Thanks for your tips chaps. I ended up getting a service at Top of the Range with Brett and Bryan. I live on the Shore so Albany made sense. Have been to the wheel balancers for the 3rd time and each time they have found the front wheels to be unbalanced...this last time was a surprise as no weights had fallen off, therefore perhaps an operator error. So now I have all wheel nuts and it is theoretically balanced and it seems to be ok...the smallest of a shimmy at motorway speeds that I think I can live with.

The ball joints, tie rods and steering all checked out ok, and TOR say it is a pretty straight truck. So I am relieved to hear that as it was bought sight unseen. However from previous experience providing you have your vehicle checked within a "reasonable" time frame you will be protected if something major was untoward. Not easy buying in distant locations.

So now I am starting down the upgrade road. Purely to the benefit of the next owner of course. My immediate add ons will be tinted windows, dyna mat, roof rack, reversing camera, and OBD tool...any other suggestions welcome. Have sold my late model Pajero which I have to say was a great beast...just no soul

Post #636465 9th Jul 2017 4:52am
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agentmulder



Member Since: 16 Apr 2016
Location: JAFA
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New Zealand 2008 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 SW Cairns Blue

If you're getting an obd reader then I suggest going a step further with a BAS remote remap (RR2 tool that does the most interesting engine management functions comes in the package) My karma ran over my dogma.

Post #636475 9th Jul 2017 7:07am
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Elysium



Member Since: 27 Jun 2017
Location: Auckland
Posts: 8

New Zealand 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 CSW Indus Silver

Cool, thanks will look into what that entails and revert when I've got it sorted

Post #636480 9th Jul 2017 7:32am
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