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Car: 1999 Rover 800 820 Auto Fastback
Colour: Charcoal Grey / Black
The failure rate for the coolant bottles on the rover 800 seems to be very high, but this is often because people are choosing to replace failed bottles with second hand ones. The original ones do seem to last several years before leaking.
One of our Rover 800 bottles has just failed (a tiny pinprick perforation in the surface). We had tried to fix it, first with a soldering iron, then with some epoxy putty, but alas, the coolant still managed to drip out. .
As it had lasted 10 years, we have decided to fit a brand new replacement. (As this is the only one we have ever had fail out of many many cars). So we popped out to the local x-part dealers, to enquire about availability!
At this point we thought we were just wasting a journey. The common misconception is that new ones are discontinued and are no longer available to order. Sorry but that is just not true! (maybe it was at some time in the past!).
The dealer told us that if they are not in factory, then they are made to order, so it would arrive the next day, or take a few days depending on current stock.
This was a nice surprise! We thought buying second hand was the only option. We had seen second hands ones selling for up to £40/£50 on ebay! but, why buy second hand coolant bottles for the Rover 800 when you can still buy new!
At this point we just hoped he was right and we paid our monies. The next morning we got the call saying it was now ready for collection!
We collected and fitted it. It only took 5 minutes to swap them over (with a 8mm spanner, 8mm socket, a bucket, a hose, some cold water (to suck a bit up , prior to sucking up the scorching hot coolant, so as not to scorch mouth or taste antifreeze), a funnel (to pour it all back), and a rag (for cleaning)(although we made no spillage).
So coolant bottles are still available to order! The part no is PCF10035 and they are available from X-part dealers for the list price of £56.01 ex VAT. = £64.41 inc VAT (late 2009 prices).
The date stamp in the moulding shows it was manufactured in 2008, which confirms what the person at X-part told me, that they are still being made!
The old one was not too bad, & we even flogged it off as a leaky one on ebay! (getting twenty odd quid for it!!!)
It's great to look at the new coolant bottle when its fitted. You can also tell when the thermostat opens as you can clearly see now when the coolant is flowing from the top overflow tube into the coolant bottle.
We were so impressed by how good it looked and decided that while they are available, we should also change the one on my coupe. So we went back and bought another. Again flogging the old one on ebay. Although this time the one we sold was in very good condition, so we got a very good price for it. Therefore the brand new one in my coupe only cost me the £20 in price difference!
Shame I did not order some new scuttle panels at the same time for under the wipers though. There were some available cheaply for £50. I could of sold the old ones too, as they are still in good condition at present. I left it too late though and the last of them has just been sold! Now no longer available!
The Old Rover 800 Reservoir Bottle has Developed a Tiny Pinhole Leak which we have tried to Solder Close!
Reservoir Bottle is Still Leaking so we have now Tried to Repair it with some Epoxy Putty!
A Few Days Later We Decided to Buy and Fit a BRAND NEW Rover 800 Reservoir Bottle!
Rather than Waste any of the Fresh Coolant we Got Prepared with a Bucket & Hose.
After Sucking up some Plain Water, One end of the Hose was put into the Coolant Bottle then Sucked on the Other End.
Once you have Created a Syphon Keep the Bucket Low and Keep Both Ends of the Hose Lower than the Level of the Coolant in the Header Tank.
We then Removed the Old Reservoir Bottle and gave a Quick Wipe Around the Area Prior to Fitting the New Coolant Reservoir Bottle.
The New Reservoir Bottle is now in Place and has only Taken a Few Minutes to Fit.
The Coolant is all Poured Back in.
The New Coolant Bottle is Much Cleaner Looking in the Engine Bay than the Old One.