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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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ConsumerWatch

Friday, January 19, 2018

Discovery Sport Real MPG Fuel Economy Vs Land Rover 53.3 MPG Sales Pitch / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

In this video I asnwer the question of just how closely Land Rover Discovery Sports fuel economy compares against Land Rovers 53.3 MPG sales pitch. As knowing how a car will actually perform under real world driving conditions is a very important consideration when buying any car. So find out in my latest video of what real world MPG to expect from a Land Rover Discovery Sport as my test of using the Trip computer (A) whilst driving a 15 month old HSE Black TD4 180 for 167 miles over 4 weeks results in -

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ConsumerWatch

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport - Week 3 HSE Black Test Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Here's my week 3 update of owning and driving an Land Rover Discovery Sport of what to expect if your considering buying one as it does take a few weeks before one is fully aware of the cars plus and minus 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 better! And what's worse of all is Land Rovers sales pitch of 53.3mpg fuel economy which you will never get anywhere near to in 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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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport - What You Need to Know Before Buying - Owning Week 2 / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Here's my week 2 update of owning a Land Rover Discovery Sport of what to expect if your considering buying one. For it takes at least a couple of weeks before one is fully aware of what one needs to know BEFORE one buys one as the various flaws only become apparent after real world use, such as the pretty feeble plastic trim that tends to surround Discovery Sports, the knocking sound that many experience again from poor quality trim for though the Discovery Sport looks great and general drives well, in many respects my 11 year old Zafira was better! And what's worse of all is Land Rovers sales pitch of 53mpg fuel economy that in no way matches the reality of real world driving experience as my latest video in this buying and owning a Land Rover series illustrates.

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ConsumerWatch

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport Very Bad MPG Fuel Economy! Real Owner's Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Here's my first full week update of owning an Approved Used Land Rover Discovery Sport of what to expect if your considering buying. For it takes at least a week before one is fully aware of what one needs to know BEFORE buying one as the various flaws become apparent, such as the pretty feeble plastic trim that tends to surround Discovery Sport, the knocking sound from again poor quality trim for though the Discovery Sport looks great and general drives well. However, in many respects my 11 year old Zafira was better! And what's worse of all is Land Rovers sales pitch of 53mpg fuel economy that in no way matches real world driving experience as my latest video in this buying and owning a Land Rover series illustrates.

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Personal_Finance

Friday, January 12, 2018

Land Rover Discovery Sport Panoramic Sunroof Questions Answered / Personal_Finance / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Thinking of buying a Land Rover? New or used? Well in this series I cover the real customer experience of what to expect when buying an approved used Land Rover Discovery Sport. In today's video we take a look at the panoramic sunroof, of exactly what to expect and how it functions. Answering questions such as it is transparent when looking from the outside in, and whether the sun roof still has power after the ignition is off, and if so for how long, and apart from the obvious question of what the panoramic sun roof looks like i.e. whether it's worth getting as an option on some trims.

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ConsumerWatch

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

Buying a Land Rover Discovery Sport HSE Black - Interior Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Thinking of buying a Land Rover? New or what about used? Well in this series I cover the real customer experience of what to expect when buying an approved used land rover. In today's video shot on day 1 of owning a 15 month Discovery Sport HSE Black we take a look at what to expect in terms of interior and what to check out for when viewing to buy.

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ConsumerWatch

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Used Vauxhall Zafira B 7 Seater MPV 2005-2014 Comprehensive Buyers Review / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Here's what you need to know if your considering buying a Vauxhall Zafira B that came out in 2005 and ceased production in 2014. This comprehensive review us from someone who has owned and driven the Vauxhall Zafira for near 10 years! So any prospective buyer will get the real run down of what to expect when owning a Zafira and how to deal with the various issues that will tend to come up such as resetting of the service lights, or ensuring the under car spare wheel carrier does not rust etc...

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ConsumerWatch

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Vauxhall Zafira 10 Year Owners Review - Top 10 Tips and Points for Buyers / ConsumerWatch / Motoring

By: N_Walayat

Your not going to get a more comprehensive review than one from someone who has owned and driven a Vauxhall Zafira for nearly 10 years! So here it is my near 10 year review of what any prospective Zafira buyer needs to know of what to expect when owning a Zafira and how to deal with the various issues that will come up such as resetting of the service lights, or ensuring their under car spare wheel carrier does not rust etc...

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