Rover P6B un­re­li­a­bil­ity ques­tioned

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Your Letters -

I must take is­sue with Charles Moore’s ex­pe­ri­ence with the P6 Rover V8 as a po­lice car ( CCW Your Let­ters, 30 De­cem­ber). Any car used for po­lice work, espe­cially high speed pursuits, is go­ing to be sub­ject to a much harder life than a car used for pri­vate use. There­fore, how well a car per­forms in po­lice work has lit­tle or no bear­ing on how it per­forms in pri­vate use, as the pri­vate mo­torist is never go­ing to sub­ject his car to the rigours of po­lice use.

I have read many re­ports, both con­tem­po­rary and re­cent, of the Rover P6B and none of them re­veals any in­her­ent prob­lems with en­gine over­heat­ing. In fact the Rover P6B has al­ways been very re­li­able in ev­ery­day use.

If any car in the Ley­land group suf­fered from un­re­li­a­bil­ity prob­lems, then it was the six-cylin­der Tri­umphs, whose en­gines were prone to worn crankshafts caused by ex­ces­sive end-float as a re­sult of faulty thrust wash­ers. Then there was the tem­per­a­men­tal Lu­cas fuel in­jec­tion sys­tem.

It would ap­pear that Charles Moore’s con­stab­u­lary ei­ther ob­tained a bad batch of cars, un­likely from a com­pany like Rover, or was in­cred­i­bly un­lucky. For ev­ery­day mo­tor­ing I’d choose the Rover ev­ery time. John Neu­muller, Ruis­lip, Mid­dle­sex

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