If you'd have bought a "Just out of warranty" used Range Rover you'd have saved £30_40k , along with a warranty to cover major engine and transmission failure and you are sorted , general servicing, changing things like brakes, suspension and bushes are quite easy and save you a fortune although it's not the way to go if you prefer needlework and embroidery.My Landrover came with a five year unlimited warranty and free services to 100000km. AdBlue top ups are free for the same period. I’ve never opened the bonnet; it tells me when anything needs doing and I drop it in to the dealer (so far only Ad Blue, screen wash and one service). After 100k, services are fixed price and not scary; annual servicing costs will be about £300.
I’m struggling to see how I would save money by servicing it myself! Or any of the other new or near new cars with similar warranties.
Whereas to change a light cluster on my Peugeot you just unplug the electrical connector, undo a thumbnut and pull the thing out of the front/back then slot the new one in, do up the thumbnut and plug in the electrics.Chevrolet Kalos needs the airbox removing to replace a sidelight bulb.
Seat ibiza has canbus mirrors. Buy a mirror housing, code it to tell it which side it's fitted to & it moves into place.
Some Citroën don't have a starter motor, the smart alternator does the job.
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A pal of mine downloaded a Yoda voice pack for his splatnav. "At the junction left/right you will turn, hmmmmMMMM!" was funny right up to the third turning and absolutely no further...Mine says "see you" on the satnav/entertainment screen. And it wasn't even made in Glasgow.
but in the case of cars, you need constant battery supply to the ECUs, otherwise on first connecting the battery the entire system would have to run through a check list, also many modern cars have electronic parking brakes
dis the power car rolls away
most modern high end cars communicate with the manufacture all the time
makes its much easier to repo them
Guessing you've heard about the farmer who rang the main agent to say his £100k 6 month old tractor wouldn't start? the main agent informed him it was because he'd missed a finance payment and they had disabled it by text.The battery isolators on Ag kit all have a KAM bypass that keep the vital ECU's on line or at least the memory and configurations ..... you are correct though in that it allows them to be parked for months and not drain battery power but the ECU "handshake" around the CAN takes much less than a minute even after several months and as engine start is now ECU initiated the thing won't start if it's not happy everything is online.... The current Range Rover is very slow to come on line after start and frequently not all of it does.....
A lot of AG kit now has EPL or Electric park brakes .
Don't think on any EPL system car, truck, or AG disconnecting the power releases the EPL ....they are all fail safe hence need power to release....... unlike the wife's old TVR that braked on the rear discs so if she parked it after an enthusiastic drive with hot brakes as the discs cooled so the handbrake would loose grip and off would roll Trevor
If you look at the value of a low spec tractor new it is more than many high end cars and higher spec farm kit is in mainstream super car price range ....as you say most higher spec farm kit now reports to the factory and dealer / user
Doing that with IBM mainframes 30 years ago. Iraqis nicked the Bank of Kuwait mainframe, took it back to Baghdad. Absolutely wouldn't IPL until the modem was connected. It started up, IBM went round and recovered their mainframe, leased to Bank of Kuwait.Guessing you've heard about the farmer who rang the main agent to say his £100k 6 month old tractor wouldn't start? the main agent informed him it was because he'd missed a finance payment and they had disabled it by text.
No problem. Use a large hammer to reduce the fucking stupidity inducing thing to dust. It's sole function is to wean you off thinking for yourself.
Kill it with fire!
Same car. It has all round sensors and cameras for avoiding hitting stuff. I confess, I think it’s great and use it in conjunction with that rather quaint, old fashioned notion which I believe is still referred to as “watching what you’re doing” and the much forgotten concept these days of “being aware of what’s going on around you”.
And then I get in my wife’s car, a Mini, which doesn’t have all that shit. I’ve come mighty close so there’s a real danger of Automation Dependency right there. Funnily, well until the bill came anyway, my wife managed to scrape my car with all the anti scrape gadgetry but has managed not to do it, yet, with her car that doesn’t have all the gadgetry.
The Mini also has hill start assist that lasts a few seconds. My car has an automatic brake that lasts until you dab the accelerator. That‘s fun too when hopping from one car to the other.
On the subject of the Mini, if anyone has one and is wondering where the switch is for intermittent windscreen wipe is, it’s the hidden little push button on the end of the stalk with absolutely no labelling at all. It’s on page 4,862 of the Owner’s Manual under the title “What to do if you run over a hedgehog”.
In exchange for that gem, can anyone tell me how to use the SatNav?
Actually, just explain any aspect of that absurd multi function thing that seems to be loosely connected to a twiddly thing near the handbrake. I’m OK with changing the colour of the footwell lighting but everything else is a fecking mystery.
Same on a Corsa. Luckily, I think Ford, Vauxhall/Opel and VW are all designed by the same people, or else they evolved convergently. Externally there's little to choose in the detail in design of Polo, Fiesta, Corsa, down to things like the small windows between mirror and windscreen. Overall, you can tell them apart, but in detail, get what I'm trying badly to say?On the subject of the Mini, if anyone has one and is wondering where the switch is for intermittent windscreen wipe is, it’s the hidden little push button on the end of the stalk with absolutely no labelling at all. It’s on page 4,862 of the Owner’s Manual under the title “What to do if you run over a hedgehog”.