Rover 827 Coupe for sale

Maggie's 1995 Rover 827 SLi Coupe is for sale. Here, her partner John, describes the car and it's condition. This is an honest description which catalogues the car's faults and describes its features and equipment

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I always wanted a digital clock for my 1999 Rover 800 Coupe, rather than the Anologue Clock that was standard on the late 800's. So, when a New Boxed one came up cheap on ebay, I just had to put in an offer. The seller accepted and the next day I received my £6.50 clock! Not a bad saving on the £92.87 list price! I was originally going to move the old clocks and switches down and fit this clock in (although that was going to take some modifying!), but as I needed a connecter for the clock (the digital has 4-wires as opposed to the three needed by the anologue clock.) I went off to the scrappers hoping to find a connecter in a Rover 200 or 400. Imagine my surprise to find a J-Reg Rover 800 with digital clock fitted. Its clock had some damage because someone had levered the radio out, but at least I got the connector I required for my New Clock! The car also had the correct switch housing / coin tray for fitting with the digital clock, and the plastic seperator that fits hidden between the clock and switch housing and holds them both in place. So I gladly handed over a fiver for the parts. Now the fitment was going to be so straightforward, I put the 2 extra wires in that I would need direct from the fuse box (one from the side lights {fuse 14}(connected to red/orange wire of top left connector) and one from the cig lighter socket {fuse 5}(connected to purple/red wire of bottom right connector)). The other 2 wires I needed were a constant live and an earth, these were both joined into the old clock wire. I took the side light feed from the fuse box, because the side light feed that goes to the anologue clocks is part of the dimmed lighting circuit, and the digital clock requires a constant 12v source. If the digital clock is wired to the variable voltage from the old anologue clock wiring, than as the dashboard is dimmed the clock gets brighter, and vice versa, and although it would work, does not look professionally fitted. The owner of the J-reg in the scrappers had in fact wired the connector into their car wrongly as they had joined two of the wires, and the way they had wired it, it would of only lit up with their lights on. The clock should in fact light up bright with the ignition, them dim when the cars lights are switched on. Once wired, fitting was straightforward and easy, as everything just pushes back into place (+ 1 screw to hold ashtray!). Life is far easier now, especially as I approach timed bus lanes etc, and know in an instant if I can use them. Beforehand I had to think where my clock was, then work out the time, this is far easier on my Brain Cells!

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