- replace your batteries regularly!|
The alarm system on the RV8
needs watching. Unlike the system in, say, the Rover 800, there is no central
locking system deactivated with a key, so if you lose the transmitter or it stops
working, you can only deactivate with another one. So do remember to renew the
batteries in the transmitter annually and keep a spare pair of batteries in the
glove box just in case. You may even wish to lash out £45 for a spare transmitter
and get it programmed for your car, but note it is possible to programme only
one additional spare transmitter.
may wonder why? Well each MG Dealer has a CD from which it can re-programme
replacement or additional transmitters. First the dealer has to re-programme the
equipment in the car and then it is necessary to re-programme your transmitter(s)
to suit. Note only two transmitters can be programmed at any time - so that means
either the original or a replacement plus one additional spare. But do note that
if the transmitter fails away from the dealer, then the car has to be physically
transported to the dealer to be re-programmed or even started!! So take care
of your transmitter(s) and renew the batteries in good time!
or additional transmitter units were reported to be available under part number
YWX10007 despite reports from a member that his local Rover dealer had
told him they were unavailable for the RV8.
New RV8 remote is a very convenient size
But in May 2003 the enthusiastic
spares manager at Ames MG Rover in Bury St Edmunds, Keith Baylis, reported in
a V8 Bulletin Board posting that the old unit was "banned by the EU"
- something to do with its frequency. So he set about locating and obtaining supplies
of a new remote for the RV8.
New RV8 remote units are available
Keith Baylis reported in July 2003 that he had traced some new RV8 remotes under
part number YWX000320 which are now available from Ames MG Rover at £38.70
plus VAT. The new unit looks completely different to the original remote and
is smaller. Do remember if you do get a new remote, it will need to be reprogrammed
to the car - to do that, you will need to take both the remote and the car to
an MG Rover dealer like Ames MG Rover.
New remote for the RV8 supplied by
Ames MG at Bury St Edmunds
New remotes YWX000320
have been succesfully programmed to RV8s by Ames MG Rover
reported in late September 2003 that they have successfully programmed two more
of their new remotes or "plips" to an RV8 so they can now offer a complete
supply and programme service.
understand Ames MG is no longer an MG dealer and we are not sure if they still
offer an RV8 spares service. Keith Baylis, their enthusiastic former
Parts Manager, has left Ames.