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What should I do if I misfuel?
"What will happen to a Land Rover Discovery 3 if it's misfuelled?"
Depends on how much of the wrong fuel was poured in. Less than 10 litres, a dose of diesel treatment with lubricity enhancer and the use of superdiesel from now on and forever may help as long as you do not let the tank run below half full for 2000 miles. More than 10 litres, I'd start to worry and have the tank drained.
Will a Ford Transit van tow a Coachman caravan?
"I'm looking at a 2016 LWB crew cab Ford Transit van 2.2, 155PS. I was wondering if you know if it would tow my caravan, it's a 2009 Coachman Laser 645. I have an old Land Rover Discovery 3 at present and I cannot afford to replace it."
Depends on which model Transit 2.2 TDCI you have, but towing weights range from 2.0 - 2.5 tonnes. This is usually enough to tow your average sized caravan. Owning to the fact your van is still quite new, I'd double check with the dealer to find out exactly what your van's towing limit it is first.
However, check what the van's Gross Train Weight (GTW) is first as this will tell you its maximum permitted weight of the vehicle plus any trailer being towed and its respective load. You can find a vehicle’s weight limits in the owner’s manual and they are usually detailed on a plate or sticker somewhere on the vehicle itself. This might be on the body behind the driver’s door, on the back of the fuel filler cap or in the engine bay, for example. You should never exceed the GTW.
Can I ask Land Rover to pay for my gearbox failure due to their inaccurate service schedule?
"Land Rover state in their service schedule that the oil in the automatic gearbox should be changed at 150,000 miles or 10 years. Mine has done 115,000 miles and the gearbox requires an expensive rebuild due to oil failure. Gearbox experts say that ideally the oil in that gearbox should be changed every 30,000 miles and will rarely last more than 70,000 miles without causing damage. Could I ask Land Rover to pay the full amount due to their somewhat unrealistic expectation and take them to the small claims court if they refuse to pay?"
JLR has been overestimating the life of transmission fluid for 20 years or more. The experts are right. But I've never heard of anyone succeeding in a case against JLR for premature failure as a result of their bad advice. When they say things like "sealed for life", they mean a "life" of 80,000 - 100,000 miles.
Is it OK to use a different size spare wheel in an emergency?
"Just bought a Land Rover Discovery 3 (2007) fitted with 18 inch tyres. However the spare is a 19 inch space saver. Is it OK to use this in an emergency and without causing any damage to the car?"
In an emergency, yes. Not to drive regularly in place of a normal size tyre. The shrinking spares on LandRover products is comparatively recent.