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Is The Rover Car Market In Nigeria Lucrative ?

Hello Folks,

I wanted to start acquiring lots of under 10 year old Rover Cars with a view of exporting and selling them in Nigeria. I wanted to find out if the market for Rover cars in Nigeria is every robust/lucrative? Are the cars easy to maintain and are the spare parts easily accessible in Nigeria? Can the RHD be easily converted in Lagos ?

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Sienna, how do one get to reach you? are you in the UK? am in Manchester, and was thinking i could patronize you regarding RHD to LHD conversion. email me please.

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@femmy 2010:

I am interested in gettin a full option Rover series 600, preferably the 62osi.

pls respond.

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"Catalysator" simply means the car / engine has a catalytic converter. If your car has no catalyst, you can fit the new engine without the cat, if it has one. And use the fuel injection system, if yours is the same.

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Oga siena, thanks a lot for your advice. I really appreciate your gesture. Please be clear 2.0 injector or 2.0 catalysator engine? which one should i buy?,

Thanks

eseoku

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I only go by the model year, I have no idea what the Nigerian terms refer to, model wise.

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Siena is very right,

I have seen many with babyboy engine.

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siena are u sure a 98 engine would work in Rover 600? cos i think 98 should be baby boy. though i use presently a rover 620i which i brought in from uk in 2007 and got it converted. Engine is same as that of honda hala i.e 90model

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The 1995 - 1998 Honda Accord 2,0L engine is a direct replacement for the damaged unit in your Rover 600. There's no need to change the flywheel (manual) flexi plate (automatic), both cars use the same transmission.

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Hello all,

I do have a Rover 600, 2.0i with a broken engine. I have been told that a honda accord 2.0i engine will fit for a replacement. Can someone please tell me what year model of honda accord 2.0 engine will fit comfortably. Do l need to change anything else like the disc plate in my Rover gear box to a honda disc plate? pls kindly advice, I am going nut!!!!! Thank you,

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Just to announce that our  UK shipped Rover Car  arrived Lagos after it was successfully cleared through Cotonou by Tadeus  (and his crew) and is currently undergoing LHD conversion at Lagos.

Thanks goes to  Larryshow4  who's Mechanic recommended the Mechanic we're now using for the LHD conversion.

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Hi Siena,

I think you know this convertion thing very well what is your mobile number and where are you located. I have some series of job to offer you.Pls get back to me on babseg2001@yahoo.com

Thanks

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3 units of 2008 corolla that just came from US for sale, just 15k miles (N2.5m). Very clean, just came in from US. Also, 2004 nissan morano (N2.85, Acura TL (1.5m), and Benz E class (1.7m). Interested? call or text to 08023679519 or mail lanko2004@hotmail.com. So sorry for breaking your topic. All prices negotiable

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Hi Siena

I'm about to purchase a RHD 2002 LAND ROVER FREELANDER 2.5 V6i ES Station Wagon 5dr Auto Petrol to send to Nigeria. Kindly advise on the cost of converting to LHD and an estimate of the freight fromn UK to Nigeria.

many thanks

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Hi Siena,

I have been following your postings on this auto site and have gained immensely from your advice. I have a very clean RHD 2002 Rover 75 connoisseur V6 saloon,engine size 2.5 with 62000 miles.

I have had it for over 2 years and it has been very reliable the only problem was an incident of overhearting which was fixed after the fan was changed.

I am considring sending it to an uncle in Nigeria.

What is your advice?

Can you concert it to LHD? What will be the cost of this service?

I am based in Cardiff and you can respond either on this forum or by mailing me on: doctorkk1001@yahoo.co.uk.

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Almost all car is driven in Nigeria but it is not a common one .

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Guys, pls just to ask, is Ford Focus driven in Nigeria and is it by any chance a common car locally?

Cheers.

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Hi bro, I've gotten them, yes. We'll talk more later in the day.

You can remove your email address from this thread now, if you haven't already done so.

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@Siena.

Hi, sent you 2 emails. Hope you got em. Cheers

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Sadly no - all 406 range, Coupe, Saloon and Estate are non-modular, they were built at a time when LHD and RHD body shells were seperate. It's the later cars that moved over to modular build, and that goes for Audi,Volkswagen, Seat, Skoda and some others.

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@Siena, always on point mate. Enjoyed all your explanations.

I also agree with you on the above, there was never any Rover 600 sold in America.

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Royalicon,

You have said it all.

The reliability of the 600 series with Honda engine has continually been proven

i have adviced clients to go for it many a time and they have not come back for any regrets.

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@ siena- you mentioned the peugeot 206 having a modular body shell, does the same principle apply to the 406 coupe range? i.e 2.2 SE and the 3.0 litre V6, or how much would it cost to convert RHD coupe? thanks

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Pls go for the 600 series. I used 620si and it has been lovely, friendly, economical, convient and fast moving (over 18 months now).

Parts and mechanics are available.

Others, are no go area because of part and other issues. SIENA HAD IT ALL. He once advice when am about removing the thermostart -since i bought the car, i still use it with thormostart (even driving for 10hrs Lagos-Abuja-Lagos).

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To my knowledge, the Rover 600 was never offered for sale in North America or Canada, so American spec cars don't exist.

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The Rover 75 is not a wise buy, regardless of the year. The only problem-free engine is the 2,0L turbo diesel, which is a BMW engine. The rest of the petrol range, both I4 and V6, are all Rover K-series engines, and not the best. I can't over stress the issues with Rover engines, so the choice is yours.

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@ Siena.

Thanks for the quote.

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@siena

what about this 2002/3 model rover 75 4clinder.should one need to avoid it like aids also?.But a friend of mine who bought since 2006,were cruzing the town up till now without much problem .Or does it mean that particular one is good? kindly reply

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Yes sir we can deliver the 1997 600 Rover with a budget of N650k(Full Optioned) and N750k can get you a 1998 American Rover.

We would be expectant of your final buying decison.

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@femmy 2010,

Thanks are u saying u can deliver and automatic transmission Rover for 650k to me? with full option, what of rover 1998 american spec.

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Siena,

Thanks for shedding more light on the rover issue and i am sure many has learnt one or two lesson from the tips.

For any that need to buy a 1997 600 series Rover from Cotonou then they should call 08036363467 or email duduconsultt@yahoo.com and we would gladly deliver one with a Budget of N650k,Yes N650k for a full optioned Rover 620.

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No such thing as the 620 series. The 620 simply denotes the car has a 2,0L engine. If just badged Rover 600, it may be a base model, with either a 1,8 or 2,0L engine.

Specific badging are:

Rover 600 (1,8 - 2,0L single-point injection, 8V).

Rover 620 (2,0L multi-point injection, 16V).

Rover 623 (2,3L multi-point injection, 16V).

All come under the 600 series banner.

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For the Merc, you're looking £1,600 parts and labour included.

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Fellow Deltan can you give me some advice on converting a 2002 MB 240E Elegance to LHD? would be appreciated. Wink

@Siena

Thanks for the info. The car is in the UK, my personal vehicle and thinking of shipping home to Naija. Can you do the job and how much for, do you reckon? Thanks

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seina, thanks for ur post on Rover. pls i would like to Know if 600series is better than 620series. i want to buy a rover car by june but i dont known which is better. secondly what are their prices in contonou.

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You'll be pleased to know the Peugeot 206 utilises a modular bodyshell - which in layman's terms means there's no LHD / RHD version. Both are the same, so no welding or cutting is required to convert a RHD car to LHD.

You're looking at approximately £1,000 to do the job, inclusive of parts and labour.

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@ Siena,

How much would you convert a peugeot 206(2001 model) from right hand drive to left hand drive.

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All you've posted above are what an incompetent mechanic in Nigeria would tell his clients, to cover his / her own inadequacies.

Every modern car employs a myriad of sensors to send and receive data between the engine and ECU. The Rover is quite an old model, no longer in production, so actually has less sensors compared to a current production model. I like to deal with fact, rather than vague fiction from Nigerian mechanics. If they feel a Rover has "too many sensors", then they need to worry when faced with a 2010 Mercedes Benz, Audi or BMW that runs CAN-BUS (Controller Area Network) and more sensors than Maltesers in a bag.

Mechanical parts like dampers as you've mentioned are no harder to find, or any more expensive than the mechanically similar Honda Accord, so whoever told you they're an issue doesn't know what they're on about. I personally don't like Rovers, but I can still be objective regarding their short comings, the 600 series is as reliable as a Honda Accord (often referred to in Nigeria as "Bullet) from '93 - '98.

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D tin u ppl r not mentioning about rover is dat it works wit too many sensors and there r no good mechanics to work on dat in 9ja, currently d one my guy bought, afta spending so much on it, d dashboard looks like a xmas tree cos too many light dat r just on and never go off, d break lights r always on, and numberous other problem that u'll hardly get good rewires to work on. d parts do not cum cheap also like d shocks wjhich comes with the car is solid with hydraulics et al, u won't even feel d lagos pot holes and bumps, but once dat one spoils, u r on ur own,

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in lagos sorry is freelander year 2000 and 2001

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Tony, where's your Land Rover at present? And what year is it?

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I wouldn't be driving that car - the consequences of steering failure at speed, when trying to take evasive action, don't bear thinking about.

I do LHD conversions, but I'm far from cheap, because I know the integrity of my work is beyond reproach. I guess ultimately, you get what you pay for.

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i brought in a 96 model rover 621 si to Nigeria in 2006 and got it converted from RHD to LHD but was poorly done by a quack mechanic. Till date i use the car like that, its the steering that gets hooked whenever i turn it.

I spent over[b] N150,000[/b] dash board N95k steering N22k and the rest for miscellaneous

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@sienna

PLS WE GOT LAND ROVER JEEP TO SEND TO NIGERIA ADVICE ON ENGINE ,

WHICH SERIES IS GOOD FOR NIGERIA.

ALSO CHANGES FROM RHD TO LHD

PLS ADVICE AND ANYONE

MANY THANKS ALL.

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I do not know much about the 2000 models and above but for the regular 600 series with Honda engines it is very user friend and maintenance is easy and mechanics for it abound and there is hardly a 2 weeks that would go by that i would get someone that would place an order for this.

Again for that 600 series that much i can say.

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I know its beautiful but when i wanted to get a car, I was informed not to get a rover cos it does not have a second hand value. So pple like me who like changing cars after 1yr, i wont get a market for it swiftly unlike my usual brand - HONDA

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guy, rover no be better car for market. toyota, honda and nissan micra make sense if u fit deal in that.

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Ask Mr Cosmas Maduka of Coscharis Motors

Seriously,since it's used Rovers you're talking about,I think the market is a bit vibrant

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Rover 600 series is the only model I would advice anyone to buy in Nigeria.

The 600 series all run Honda engines and transmission, with the exception of the 620Ti, (Rover T-series) which was a turbocharged 2,0 16V Rover K-series engine, and the sluggish (and thankfully rare) Rover 2,0 diesel.

As per parts, parts are as common as those for the similar year Honda Accord, which was mechanically similar to the Rover 600, and shared pretty much all body panels, bar the bootlid, rear bumper, bonnet, front bumper, as well as lights both ends.

The Rover 45, is pure Rover K-series, and one to avoid, unless you're handy with the spanners, and have a good source of spares. The cylinder heads on all K-series Rover engines is the weak point. Once they blow head gaskets, the cylinder heads are seldom any use, even once fitted with a new gasket, and the surface skimmed, they will still leak, and boil the coolant. If you're unlucky, the cylinder block will be dead too! I've lost count of the K-series engines I've worked upon - either in terms of expensive rebuilds, or outright replacement.

My choices for use / sale in Nigeria?

Rover 600 1,8 / 2,0 8V (Honda unit).

Rover 620 2,0 16V (Honda unit).

Rover 623 2,3 16V (Honda unit).

Avoid the 45 - all were Rover K-series, and one of the most unreliable engines ever resided within the externally attractive bodyshell.

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