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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Minor Car Accident! What Happens After You Report Your Accident to Your Insurer / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

So you have been involved in an minor accident that's not your fault. Initially you may be confused and bewildered by the numerous options of what to do next of which the easiest to implement is to just let your insurer handle everything from arranging the repairs, courtesy car, to claiming all of the costs off of the other drivers insurer. Unfortunately, what's easiest to implement usually turns out to be the cheapest for the insurers even if they eventually claim all of the costs back. So find out what to expect when you decide to go with your insurer in terms of repairs and the supposed like for like courtesy car that tends to be promised for you to drive whilst your car is being repaired.

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, June 15, 2018

Bumper Crash! Land Rover Discovery Sport vs Audi / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

We recently made the fatal mistake of visiting the Thorpe Park Theme Park in London. We were completely unaware of the nightmare that becomes its car park when trying to exit the park where even leaving exiting for a couple of hours makes little difference to the ensuing chaos! CRASH BANG! Find out what happened in my latest video in our Land Rover Discovery Sport Series of just how a Land Rover fairs in an car accident when hit from behind by an Audi, which comes off worse?

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, June 09, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport ECO Mode Real World Driving MPG Fuel Economy / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

This is the latest video in our Land Rover Discovery Sport's series that answers the question of what to expect in terms of fuel economy for this great looking and Land Rover model as compared against Land Rovers sales pitch of 53.3MPG, which in reality no one really expects to achieve, still 40MPG for a fairly new car should be achievable should it not? Well find out in our real conditions world test of driving 1100 miles in ECO Mode so as to maximise fuel economy that answers what one should expect from a 18 month old Land Rover Discovery Sport where the driving was approx 50% on motorways (50-70 mph) and the balance in city driving.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport 1100 Miles ECO Mode Real MPG Fuel Economy Test / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

In this video I answer the question of just how closely Land Rover Discovery Sports fuel economy compares against Land Rovers 53.3 MPG sales pitch, as knowing what a car will actually do under real driving conditions is a very important consideration when buying any new car. This test is of driving 1100 miles in ECO Mode so as to maximise fuel economy of what to expect from a 18 month old Land Rover Discovery Sport that has done about 14,000 miles from new where the driving was approx 50% on motorways (50-70 mph) and the balance on city driving.

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Personal_Finance

Sunday, May 06, 2018

How to Deal With a Suspended Driving License / Personal_Finance / Motoring

By: Anwar_Hossain

If you have a suspended driving license, it means your driving rights have been withdrawn temporarily, because of driving under the influence of drugs (DUIs) or having no car insurance.

It is a crime to drive a vehicle when your driving license has been revoked according to the California Vehicle Code 14601 VC. Besides, you can face severe suspensions from both federal courts and the California Department of Motor vehicles (DMV). The good news is that there are ways to reinstate your driver’s license.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport Rear View Reverse Camera Test / Personal_Finance / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Here's a test of the Land Rover Discovery Sports rear view reversing camera installed as standard on HSE and above, whilst available as optional extras on lower trims for the DISCO Sport model. We compare what is shown on the Disco's display against what is actually happening as you reverse your car i.e. how well does the screen display and warning bars compare against how much space you actually have left i.e. too much space and your not parking properly! Too little space which would be disastrous!

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport Oil Service Interval at 12,000, 14000 or 21,000 Miles? / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Land Rover's sales pitch is that the Discovery Sport's first service is due at 21,000 miles or 2 years, thus saving owners on expensive services. That and their service packs only tend to cover for 1 service every 2 years which may be the reason for the 21,000 miles service sales pitch. Unfortunately on the one hand there's the sales pitch and then there's the reality of what to actually expect when owning and driving a Land Rover Discovery Sport as there exists a wide gap between the two.

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport Rattling / Knocking Sounds From Car Pillars / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Here's a report on what the Land Rover Discovery Sports rattling / knocking sounds are like that emanate from one or more of the car's pillars when driving, usually at it's noisiest from the passenger side pillar C. Which given the number of comments about this issue online is coming to be known as the 'Rattle Pack'. Anyway if your thinking of buying a Disco Sport then be on alert for rattling noises when test driving, as this car was rattling from day 1! This DS is an HSE Black bought from Hunters - Inchcape Chester.

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, April 13, 2018

Jaguar Land Rover Cuts 1000 Jobs on Diesel Sales Slump, Long-term Discovery Sport Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Britains biggest car maker Jaguar Land Rover has axed 1000 jobs from their Midlands car factories following a 26% slump in sales on Brexit and Diesel engines future uncertainty and the emissions scandals that will now bring the JLR work force to under 40,000. The Job losses will virtually wholly hit the Range Rover and Discovery range of vehicles, a huge loss of demand that on an annualsied basis would translate into a loss of demand of more than 150,000 vehicles on total 2017 sales of 620,000.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport, The Good Bad and Ugly 3 Month Owners Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

This is my comprehensive review of what's the good, bad and ugly of a Land Rover Discover Sport after owning and driving HSE Black trim for over 3 months, of what to expect if you are considering buying one as it does take a few months of real world driving before one is fully aware of the cars good, bad and ugly points, such as the pretty feeble plastic trim that tends to surround Discovery Sports, the rattling sound that many owners tend to experience again apparently from poor quality trim.

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Friday, March 09, 2018

Z-Edge S3 Dual Car Dash Cam Review - Full Specifications / / Motoring

By: HGR

The Z-Edge S3 Dual Dash Cam sold by amazon for £140 could possibly be one of the best Dash Cam's currently on the market. A package that includes two 1080p front and rear cameras, a very compact stick on mount, and most important of all can take upto a 128gb micro sd cards! So whilst the cost of £140 is not cheap, but appears to tick all of the boxes. Our second video in this series cover the exact specs of the Z-Edge dash cam is capable of.

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ConsumerWatch

Friday, March 02, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport Extreme Driving "Beast from the East" Snow Weather Test / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

The 'Beast from the East' weather from Siberia has been hitting the UK all week since Tuesday 27th Feb, with heavy snowfall fall of between 5 cm and 15cm disrupting travel, snow flurries falling every few hours soon covering gritted roads in the coldest weather experienced for the UK since at least the past 5 years. Many motorists decided to do the sensible thing and leave their vehicles parked rather than risk driving.

However, in the interests of wanting to test the Land Rover Discovery Sport's All wheel drive and for a better look at the impact of the 'Beast from the East's heavy snowfall, I decided to hunt down some of the most badly effected roads in the city of Sheffield, none more so then those going out of the city to literally within a stones throw of Derbyshire as the this video illustrates.

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Personal_Finance

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Best Car Dash Cam Review: Z-Edge S3 Dual Dash Cam - UNBOXING (1) / Personal_Finance / Motoring

By: HGR

Dash Cam, a camera that goes onto your car's dashboard is now deemed to be a necessity rather than optional as one of the first things your insurer will ask following an accident is do you have dash cam footage. However, car owners hunting for a dash cam can be bewildered by the choice that ranges across the price spectrum from as little as £10 to several hundreds of pounds.

So in the search for the perfect dash cam we spent some time hunting for the optimum spec, starting with a front only camera soon progressing to a dual front and back camera configuration as expectations are that any trouble will come from the back rather than the front. The next requirement was that the dash cam should be able to record many hours of footage so that we don't need to empty the camera too often, unfortunately most dash cams are very limited in the max micro sd cards they can take, usually to just 32gb, which at 1080p equates to about 3 hours of footage. Another potential problem is that most cameras make use of suction mounts which effectively tend to triple the size of the camera on ones windscreen, so our requirement was for a compact low profile dash cam.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport, What to Know Before Buying - 2 Month Owner Drivers Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

This is my comprehensive review after owning and driving a Land Rover Discovery Sport for 2 months, of what to expect if your considering buying one as it does take a few weeks of real world driving before one is fully aware of the cars good and bad points, such as the pretty feeble plastic trim that tends to surround Discovery Sports, the rattling sound that many owners tend to experience again apparently from poor quality trim.

So whilst the Discovery Sport looks great on the driveway and generally also drives well, in many other respects my 11 year old Zafira was better i.e. the back two seats are seriously lacking in leg room, definitely not enough space for adults! And what's worse is that real world fuel economy performance will come nowhere near Land Rovers sales pitch of the DISCO doing 53.3 MPG. Then we have the fantasy of the first oil service change at 21,000 miles, when in reality the car will be requesting an oil change much sooner! So watch my 2 month drivers and owners review for what you need to beware of before you buy one. Where this HSE Black was bought from Hunters in Chester.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Letting a Land Rover Discovery Sport Fuel Tank Run to 0% Empty / Personal_Finance / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Given the poor fuel economy of Land Rover Discovery Sport's i.e. owners will be lucky to achieve 30MPG let alone anywhere near Land Rover's sales pitch of 53.3MPG. Add to that the small 50 litre usable fuel tank then Discovery Sport drivers will often see themselves running low on fuel, but what happens when you let your fuel gauge run to zero, 0% Empty, and just how reliable is the fuel gauge for I am sure Disco Sport drivers are soon aware that the fuel gauge tends to vary in its reading. We'll we put a Disco Sport to the test in this video to find out just how reliable the fuel gauge is and what happens at EMPTY.

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport ECO Mode Real MPG Fuel Economy Test / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

In this video I answer the question of just how closely Land Rover Discovery Sports fuel economy compares against Land Rovers 53.3 MPG sales pitch, as knowing what a car will actually do under real driving conditions is a very important consideration when buying any new car. This test is of real world driving done wholly in ECO Mode so as to maximise fuel economy of what to expect from a 15 month old Land Rover Discovery Sport that has done about 13,000 miles from new.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Adblue and Engine Oil Change Indicator Reliability - Land Rover Discovery Sport / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Every owner of newer diesel cars such as the Land Rover Discovery Sport should be aware that they have a separate Adblue tank that needs topping up every x thousand miles, and that the car needs an oil change every x thousand miles, 21,000 in the Discovery Sports case, where to aid drivers there are countdowns for both of these displayed on the dashboard. However, just how reliable are these indicators when compared against the manufactures sales pitch. For instance adblue is supposed to be consumed at the rate of 1 litre per 1000 miles driven. Whilst the oil service indicator should be counting down to 21,000 for the LR Discovery Sport.

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Personal_Finance

Saturday, January 27, 2018

How to Check Engine Oil Level, Dip Stick, Land Rover Discovery Sport / Personal_Finance / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

It is very important for Land Rover Discovery Sport owners to regularly check their engine oil levels because the Land Rover sales pitch of only requiring an oil change every 21,000 miles does NOT match the reality of real world driving as likely most will been requiring an oil change a good 10,000 miles before 21,000 miles have been driven. So do check you oil every 1000 miles or so to ensure it does not need topping up or changing. So find out in our latest video of how to easily check your oil level, which if low should be topped up to prevent a much earlier oil change than that which Land Rover suggests.

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Personal_Finance

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

How to Check Land Rover Discovery Sport Adblue and Oil Change Service Interval Levels / Personal_Finance / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

It is very, very important for Land Rover Discovery Sport owners to regularly check their Adblue and Oil Change Service interval levels because they don't tend to change in line with what Land Rover states i.e. that an oil service is due every 21,000 miles etc. So checking ensures you are not suddenly caught off guard by a dash warning. Adblue is a mixture that is added to diesel fuel so as to lower emissions and meet EURO6 regulations. You car will have a 13 litre Adblue tank which technically should be consumed at the rate of 1litre per 1000 miles driven.

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ConsumerWatch

Monday, January 22, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport - 1 Month Driving Test Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

This is my review of driving a Land Rover Discovery Sport over 1 month, of what to expect if your considering buying one as it does take a few weeks of driving before one is fully aware of the cars good and bad points, such as the pretty feeble plastic trim that tends to surround Discovery Sports, the knocking sound that many experience again from poor quality trim. So whilst the Discovery Sport looks great and general drives well, in many respects my 11 year old Zafira was actually better i.e. space for the back two seats! And what's worse of all is you will all likely fall for Land Rovers sales pitch of the Discovery Sport doing 53.3mpg which is not going to happen given real world driving. So watch my most recent video of buying and owning a Land Rover Discovery Sport, where this HSE Black was bought from Hunters in Chester.

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