It eased, and so confident was I that I drove it round the block (no smoke), then parked it up at home. But starting it again later from cold, it did the same thing, so I called Land Rover Assist.
Things began well. They offered a Land Rover technician between 3pm and 5pm, or the AA right away. I chose the Land Rover bod, but he was cancelled at 3.45pm because of an overrunning previous job. It happens. So, they said, he can come tomorrow, or you can have the AA straight away, and we’ll arrange a replacement car if that doesn’t help.
Half an hour later, then, Andy from the AA was agreeing that the smoke was excessive, diagnosed the fuel-burning heater, but couldn’t fix it, so 20 minutes after he left – about 6pm – Land Rover Assist called to say an Evoque with my name on it should be in Milton Keynes the next morning, if I didn’t mind taking the Discovery over there. Sure, said I, only in the morning it turned out it wasn’t going to be ready until 4pm, at which point I took the sensible option and pulled out the fuel-burning heater fuse.
I’ve booked the car in when both dealer and I are free – though this isn’t until April, when they’re still so busy they can’t give me a replacement car. Land Rover Assist called again and told me they’d ask the dealer to move things closer. They haven’t, but I haven’t had time to chase it either.
Meantime, I think the Discovery takes a mite longer to heat up the cabin and is, perhaps, a bit noisier on cold start (though I might be imagining it), but otherwise you still wouldn’t know it had a fuelburning heater, even though it doesn’t, if you follow me.
Everything else is normal and functioning well. The mileage is up to 22,400 and I’ve had to pop in another 10 litres of AdBlue, which keeps the usage at one litre every 350 miles or thereabouts. And the 99% of the car that’s still working is still great.
REMOTE APP I downloaded the Land Rover Remote app, which tells you loads about the car – more on which another time.
FUEL BURNING HEATER Fuse boxes are easy enough to find, but I dropped the darned FBH fuse as I pulled it, and there’s no way back for it.
Camera curiosities - 14th March 2018
A long, easy run to France, the kind of journey at which the Discovery is fabulous, has improved the economy to the other side of 30mpg. I tend to use my phone’s satnav because the Disco’s is a bit clunky, but its other systems – the plethora of cameras in particular – are good. Recently, the screen turned curiously negative (see image) but only for a moment, and it hasn’t done it since.