Shut Up and Take My Money – Transparent Hood? (Post #480) 4/9/2014

Truck Yeah! ran a story today about the Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept.

The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept will feature an incredibly intuitive pairing of grille-mounted cameras with a heads-up display in the windshield. The setup will project the view obstructed by the SUV’s hood onto the window, effectively creating a “transparent truck” from the driver’s perspective.

I can totally see how I need one of these. That is simply the coolest thing I’ve seen in a while.

Shut up and take my money!

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.

Always Fun to be Recognized on Twitter by Land Rover UK (Post #441) 1/31/2014


It’s always fun to be recognized by corporate Land Rover. I got this lovely tweet from @LandRover_UK when my blog post link went out on twitter.

A few of my friends could tell some stories of my exploits during winter. I’m not proud of them mind you, it was in my youth when they occurred. One story in particular calls to mind a friend exiting my Dodge pickup holding a beer when the passenger door failed to hold him inside the vehicle. He eventually recovered from his injuries. Another was during the Midnight Maverick Marauder’s Maximum Margarita Marathon. Frank Keller and I had quite the adventure that night. Stories for another time.

Thanks for reading, Hibernot, and Happy Rovering.

Workmanship? I think it’s dead (Post #417) 11/25/2013

I was looking at a post on Hooniverse today. LAAS- Range Rover Makes Whoopie. LAAS if you don’t want to Google it is Los Angeles Auto Show. The picture below is from the post.

Its a humorous one indeed. Some one has placed a “Fart Bag” under the seat of the 2014 Range Rover’s seat. Fourteen year old’s the world over know the humor value of a well placed fart bag. But that is not what caught my eye.

Look above it. The white Broce electric motor. What do you notice? Yes, rust. Really? That is a 2014 model. Who installed that motor? Did they notice anything wrong with it?

Okay, I know what you are thinking so I’ll go there now. So maybe it wasn’t like that at the factory. Well, its like that now at the dealership. What do you think it costs for a dealer to fix that? The 2014 Range Rover is astronomically expensive. I’ve bought a four bedroom house for what the 2014 Range Rover costs new.

Looking at customer satisfaction surveys and reliability surveys for the past thirteen years Land Rover is the bottom or near the bottom of every one of them. Thank you Jaguar…
 Here’s an excerpt for 2013 models from Business Insider

The bottom five scoring brands in the survey were Volkswagen(174 problems per 100 vehicles), Chrysler’s Jeep brand and Mitsubishi(each at 178), Chrysler’s Dodge (190) and Tata Motors Ltd’s Land Rover brand (220).

Knowing this is a perennial problem you would think Land Rover would begin to sort that out? And don’t try to blame that score on the fastidiousness (again with the fancy words WTH?) of the wealthy owners. They sent one of their models to A CAR SHOW with that sort of problem. I know people aren’t crawling all over these models but this is just part of the culture that is Land Rover now I guess.

Workmanship. I’ve long preached that “customer service” has been dead so long people have completely forgotten what it even was. Let’s look at the definition from Merriam-Webster.

Number two is the definition we are most interested in. “The quality imparted to a thing in the process of making.” Look at the examples…Holy crap! Nailed it!

“The problems were caused by cheap materials and poor workmanship.”

The standards of the products being supplied to Land Rover to make their vehicles must be very low or perhaps marginal. I get it that everyone wants to cut costs and increase profits. The factory makes it’s profit and then passes the auto to the dealership and they have their profit. But those profits are cut down by a repair at the most expensive end of the chain when a electric motor in a seat is sent in to be repaired.

The Japanese saw this decades ago. There might be a hundred books (nay, a thousand) about how the Japanese changed their manufacturing culture. I’ll give you their autos are somewhat soulless boxes that are not terribly fun to drive. They drive just like every other vehicle from that little island or the factory in Tennessee, whatever.

We have a Honda CR-V and a Scion xB. They are bullet proof mechanically speaking. My Honda Civic was also very reliable. But it was not fun to drive. There was no character at all. The Honda CR-V might be the most uncomfortable car I’ve ever driven. I think riding on a buckboard would be more comfortable than that uninspiring metal box with tires.

Who cares if it gets double the gas mileage of the Range Rover if you can’t walk when you get to your destination. The seats in my twenty-year old Range Rover are far superior to the CR-V. That is a design issue. My Range Rover is a luxury vehicle. Look at the seats in a Defender. Function first right?

So with that I’ll wrap up. It’s been a week of rants now hasn’t it?

On November 14th I had a 245 page view day. I wonder what that says about my workmanship on this blog?

I met Matt McDonough this week. He rolled up on me at the On-Cue and we had a long chat. I was impressed at his penchant for tearing down motors. I’ve never been in a motor on my own. To me that is sort of like going into Lonely Mountain to visit Smaug.

Thanks for reading, have a good week, and Happy Rovering.

1 Million Facebook Fans | Land Rover USA (Post #369) 7/16/2013

I don’t have 1 million Facebook Fans….Land Rover USA does. And to celebrate that, they made a video. A video that I submitted a picture for and since you are reading this…yes, our picture made into the video!

The original post was a post about my grand kids and their fondness for playing in the Range Rover while I work around their parent’s house.

It included this low res version of a photo I took of them playing in the back. I posted the photo on their Facebook page and they contacted me and asked to use it.

So without further ado…here is Land Rover USA’s video and watch for our picture in the 44 second. They open the glove box and there they are.

They got to one million fans pretty quickly. They were soliciting photos when they were around 850,000 fans.

I’m really happy they used our image. Perhaps I’ll submit a photo of Fireball’s dogs for the pets video. The dogs, like the grand kids, are fond of getting in the Range Rover when it is parked.

Thanks for reading and Happy Rovering.