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  1. It's not what I have done today but what I want to do - I want some front rubber mats for a 2019 XV instead of those hairy standard ones that are a pain to clean, what are the best to buy. I only need the front ones, would even buy used if they are ok. incidentally my rubber boot liner is from a 2004 Discovery, it was cut down to fit a Freelander 2 and Discovery Sport, still going strong. just been looking at the Plastidip info - great idea and looks good, will definitely have todo this soon!
  2. Had my dashcam on for a few days now, it's mounted centrally under the mirror and has caused no problems so far! I still have it on a suction mount but will be changing for an adhesive one in a few weeks, these are slightly smaller and will let me tuck it up under the mirror better. bob
  3. I have bought a 2019 XV. this has some LED lights but in the manual there is no info as to what they are or how fit them, does anybody have any info? I would like to make up a lightbulb pack to take to Europe. Bob
  4. I have a 2019 XV Premium and I could use some roof cross rails. only for occasional use so I don't want to pay dealer price / silly money. Dont know if previous versions fit. I have heard that Aldi sometimes do them but never when I go there. based near Bingley West Yorkshire but could travel when I recover from radiotherapy (I.e. stop glowing in the dark!). Bob H
  5. Using a Nextbase 512 and hardwiring kit ( essentially a piggyback fuseholder and low voltage limiter), but similar for most cameras. Remove the driver side dash end cover - small screwdriver / knife etc. Then pull off. Remove the driver side dash fuse cover - pulls off. Locate the required dashcam position, mine is behind and under the rear view mirror, as far up as possible. I am using a suction base for now, then an adhesive base when happy with the position. Clean the mounting position. Plug the connector into the camera. Run the supply wire carefully behind the Eyesight equipment at the top of the screen, ensuring it is well clear of the cameras etc. Push the supply wire behind the headlining on the drivers side where it touches the windscreen and down to the side trim on the driver side "A" pillar. Tuck it behind the top of the side trim along to the door seal. Pull the door seal away slightly and tuck the supply wire behind it all the way down to the end of the dashboard. The door seal can be pulled away completely on that part of the door, it goes back easily. Locate a fuse to supply the camera - I used No. 7, a 15 amp one, it supplies the 12volt sockets. See 12 - 10 in the owners manual, it is the third from the left on the second row down. I used this one because I wanted my camera to turn on and off with the ignition. Using the fuse removal tool from the engine bay fuse box I removed the fuse. The Nextbase hardwiring kit uses a piggyback fuse - push the removed fuse into the spare location on the piggyback, there will already be a 2A fuse for the camera in place. NOTE: The existing Subaru fuses are very short and have plastic between the fuse blades, this has to be trimmed back to fit or a suitable replacement fuse obtained ( Halfords HFS 215 is a small pack of various fuses). A replacement longer fuse is best. Plug the Peggy back fuse arrangement into the fuse box and ensure the fuse holder is located correctly and nothing catches. Plug the other end of the piggyback connector wire onto he camera lead - I secured mine with a bit of tape as well. On the end of the dash, above the bonnet lever is a cross point screw holding the dash trim to the metalwork - remove this and add the earth connector and wire from the hard wiring kit. You may need to cut off the existing connector and crimp a slightly bigger one on. Ensure a good connection to the metalwork of the car to complete the circuit. Turn on the dashcam and then the ignition, the dashcam should operate. Turn off the ignition only, the dashcam should go off after a short delay. Cool all the excess wire and tape it up into a tight neat bundle and push it up at the side of the fuse box. Secure in place. Replace the plastic dashboard end cap. Replace the fuse remover and cover in the engine compartment. Set the dashcam to point in the required direction and go testing! NOTE: You may need to use a ferrite core if interference is found. so far after two days everything seems to work ok.
  6. We have just bught an XV Premium 2 Litre from KT Green in Otley, West Yorkshire via a recommendation from not only our next door neighbours but also another friend as well. Really easy to deal with, test drove a car before they even knew my name. No pressure sales tactics and a good cup of coffee to boot. We needed one quickly because my Disco Sport had just been written off so Matthew the Sales Manager said that if we wanted one so quickly why didn't we buy the demonstrator, only 2000 on the clock and a really good deal instead of ordering one - so we did. This has been a really good car to drive so far - the only things I as a driver miss are the lack of parking sensors but I can soon rectify that! Being an independent garage they are really flexible and helpful, we got a lift into the garage to collect the car at short notice, this was very helpful to us as the loan car wasn't brilliant so got sent back. Matthew even put my cherished number on retention for me. We would wholeheartedly recommend them to anybody. ps I was really grateful for my dashcam, it helped with the insurance claim and was the first thing that went on the new car! Bob H
  7. Not got my XV yet but looking to fit my Nextbase 512 dashcam, I have seen the post about the correct live fuse but has anyone any other info / ideas. I have fitted them before so will eventually figure out what works, just looking to make life easier! Bob H
  8. Hello all, New to Subaru after 30 years of Landrovers. just in the process of getting an XV on the recommendation of our next door neighbour who have had several in the past. Apart from a brief test drive I have no experience of this brand, but our local dealer KT Green are very friendly and helpful, they have gone above and beyond already and we do not even have a firm commitment to buy yet! Hope our relationship continues to flourish. I generally like the car so far but the only niggles would be lack of parking sensors and the inclusion of a CD player, come on Subaru, we are in 2019 now! Bob H