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Leone, you may be right there.

There are a few things that have kept me with the Kuga, looks, seating position, comfort and with the Vignale all the factory fit goodies and driver packs that came with it t a stupidly low price. Having said that I’m sure that when the deal/PCP ends in just under two years, I’ll be hit with having to stump out either to keep this one or to pit yet another lumps of money in to secure another deal.

I’m not too sure on the new models looks and I quite the look of the Land Rover discovery sport and its price tag. I’d go second hand again like I did with the Vignale as from some very hard lesssons learned when I’ve bought new, you take a battering when moving on.

I know one or two have commented on the discovery sport and issues it has but although I’d never used it I like the fact that it just, well on paper has a more ruggedness to it. Guess thats a man/dad thing of being able to help the immediate family out.

I too like the Seat and whilst it has a very similar look to the VW Tiguan etc, it just looks nice from the outside but the inside is a bit plain, like our Tiguan was.

Now I’ve had the Vignale a year and sold the Tiguan back to VW there are just a few aspects I do miss from it. I’m not sure it would persuade me to get another and the condition/cleanliness it was handed over to us, was shocking for a new car. I did get a tank of fuel out of them as an apology. Not the point tho.

I’ve even considered changing next year as the Kuga is due it three year big service which includes the powershift gear box service and the total aspected bill is around £800. So I’d avoid that and upgrade but the Vignale has so much kit and I can’t see the point in buying another identical model that very young when there’s a new kid on the block.

Anyway enjoy the weekend off.
 

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I had a Disco Sport before the Kuga, which I purchased just before I retired, I intended to be my last car to see me through my driving days. I purchased it brand new and it cost 49500.00 I pxd for the Kuga and got 23000.00 for it three and a half years later. It was a lovely car but it had loads and loads of problems and niggles. Had three sets of discs and pads, two sets of front shocks, three mods to stop water in tailgate, three sunglasses holders, three times collected from the motorway with faulty dpf and loads and loads of minor probs. Was going to keep it but it started creaking again from the front, so though time to go, which was a shame.
The Kuga which cost about half the price when new, (mines Ford Direct) hasn’t missed a beat apart from a water leak from the sun roof. Hopefully it may see out my driving days without to many problems.
 

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A couple of pictures after fitting my Viofo Duo A129 Dashcam. This car seems to be extremely similar to my old Focus from a components perspective. As expected, since it was built on the C1 platform.
Notes regarding the assembly:
-I wanted to route the rear cam cable through the floor, but it seems it's too short.
-using one of those plastic tools is almost mandatory, but if you have good fingers you can do it without that.
-it's ideal to start routing the cable from the front side, since you don't want additional length in front, but in the back, where you have plenty of spaces to put the excess cable length.
 

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additional pictures + modified signature to add consumption
 

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Very good. Knowing Murphys luck is always lurking about, then that white trim would break at two of those lugs for me!
Enjoy.
 

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Very good. Knowing Murphys luck is always lurking about, then that white trim would break at two of those lugs for me!
Enjoy.
You are so right. I was always lucky with my Ford cars in terms of not having broken lugs, but outside of that...each time I need some tools for a specific procedure I need to perform, they are in the other box in the car. My previous role was 30% as a technical service specialist for medical equipment (Ultrasound Diagnosis scanners and neurology equipment). I've built the "perfect" two toolboxes for anything that could happen...and always what I need is in the box I leave in the car. Always.
 

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I wanted to route the rear cam cable through the floor, but it seems it's too short.
That's a common problem with the "dual" dash cams. Then you're forced to route the cable along the roof lining where the airbags deploy from.

I've got two independent cameras front and rear. I'm testing out a new Viofo A119V3 as the rear camera at the moment.

Have you noticed any reduction in DAB radio reception since fitting the cameras?
 

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I have two separate Motorola hdc100
I don’t use DaB cos its brown n smelly
Fm is good enough for me. Once away from my own station I’ll use my phone for music.
 

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Have you noticed any reduction in DAB radio reception since fitting the cameras?
I'm not sure what the DAB radio is. I have the standard sync 3, and all the radio I see there is FM/AM. I also don't listen to it, I'm all digital. My ears can't suffer analogue signals
 

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So you're in Romania. I wasn't sure the other day as it looked like there was a US flag on your avatar, now it's changed. I should have expanded your signature. :)

DAB (Digital Audio Broadcast?) is the digital radio system used in Australia and the UK. I'm not sure if Romania has anything similar? Rear mounted dash cameras can severely affect the reception. AM and FM don't seem to be affected (but if I'm listening to the radio it's usually using the DAB). In my case I get the signal dropping out in areas where it used to be perfect prior to fitting the rear camera.

The A119 v3 is a bit better than my other camera (a Mobius action cam), but still affects the reception. I was wondering if a dual camera set up might be more DAB friendly as the rear camera shouldn't have as many noise generating electronic components inside it.
 

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So you're in Romania. I wasn't sure the other day as it looked like there was a US flag on your avatar, now it's changed. I should have expanded your signature. :)
Hehe, yes, the workings of the company's IT department. I frequently check this forum when I'm at work. Our internet exits through an US ip (in the past was an UK one). This forum, in a curious manner, records that ip and based on it displays the location where it thinks you are. Never seen this before, and I needed some time to understand this... I thought it was a setting originally
DAB (Digital Audio Broadcast?) is the digital radio system used in Australia and the UK. I'm not sure if Romania has anything similar?
We don't have DAB. Just DTV, and a plan to switch fully to that. We are avid, fanatic users of Youtube/Spotify etc :D
 

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So, at last a fitment of my two identical Motorola MDC 100 I’m happy with.

The front facing one was so easy to place and fit but the rear, erm has been some trial and error.

The issue I have had, is my own insistence on making sure I have the option of when I want them on or off.

So the front one is powered from a usb to 12v power socket adaptor and that’s how it came. It has a bright blue LED to remind me it’s on.

The rear one was powered the same with a very long USB cable but the cameras plug was a micro usb and not the small chunky one. So I had to use and adaptor which was a straight piece. This put the cable hanging down into the rear view and looked messy. I did just plug into the rear 12V live socket but had to open and closed the tailgate to turn it on and off.

So from Tebay, bought a double ended female usb connector and a 1.8m double ended male cable and linked it together, running the cables under the seats and carpets. I’ve then plugged it into the 12v usb socket at the front which has 2 x 2.5a output and 1 x 2a output. The original cable has a short angle plug so it sweeps the cable up and away from the window and into the rubber seal for the tailgate.

I now can have them both on but if I nose into a car parking spot and the front one or rear one doesn’t need to be on I can just lift the cable out. So I’d be saving the camera life and the car battery. Plus if anything happens to the rear whilst driving, I can again pull the cable out to save the footage as I can’t get to the SOS button like I can at the front.

A bit long winded to do and write up but it may help others out.
 

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Plus if anything happens to the rear whilst driving, I can again pull the cable out to save the footage as I can’t get to the SOS button like I can at the front.
I'd suggest leaving it running. If you unplug it and there happens to be a problem with the camera's internal battery (it happens) you'll lose the last file. Note the time down instead.
 

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Cheers Murcod.

I’m trying to be “clutter” and “OCD” free, so I’ll not bother noting the times.

Whilst I’ve utilised a spare but newish camera I won’t go that far. I know the battery can deteriorate quickly. I have a older cheaper camera and that won’t even turn on if it’s not connected to the cars power supply. Handy as a spare if needed although last time I got it out it need the time and date etc setting up.

Cheers tho.
 

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I replaced the battery on my nextbase 312. Not too bad to do. Not sure why they solder the wires on for the battery when they could just put a plug on but it was easy enough. Cost about a fiver for a new battery and as murcod says, if the battery is duff it won't save the last file, usually the most important one in an accident, if the car's power is cut.
 

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During the last days I've added some door sill metallic protectors. I'll add some pictures soon. As a side note I found the following new things:
-On the middle pillar on the passenger side, on the exterior, there's a small gap on the bottom part, near the area where the windows rise up. Hard to explain, tomorrow I'll add a picture. I've seen another Kuga with the same issue.
-Display auto dimming seems to only, well, to dim the display. What I mean is that this does not control the night/day switch mode.
-Display mode ...I'm not sure how to check that's working. As I said above, when it's too cloudy, I switch on the headlamps, then automatically the display switches in a couple of seconds to night mode. Later edit: wtoday, when in bright weather, even if I switch the headlamps, the display remains in day mode. So I would say there's some sort of intelligence there that also takes into consideration the headlamps status when in (uncertain brightness) weather.
 

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First 2 pics are the result of using the heated windshield for the first time. Not seen here, but you can very clearly see that the main cigarette 12V socket is powered even if the car is locked because the area around the dashcam does not have any frost (dashcam is warm during usage).
The other 2 pics show the small gap I mentioned above.
 

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One thing that I consider it's surprising to see how often I use is the heated steering wheel. This is the first thing I switch on after the engine each time when it's cold outside. The feeling of having your hands around something warm in a cold car is priceless.
 

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My screen is like that, so nothing to worry about.
The door pillar gap doesn’t look right to me.
Heated steering wheel, yep got that but still wear gloves to get to the car and when it’s on, even better.
Heated seats are nice and the longer you leave them on the better as it feels like you’ve peed up ya back. Somehow that doesn’t read right but I’m sure you know what I mean.
 
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