Rover P6B unreliability questioned
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