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Hey guys,

I'm at the end of my tether and thinking of trading my 2013 2.2 Auto D-Lux in for another car with manufacturers warranty. I got my Evoque in March 2020 with 57k miles, I'm now at 64k miles on the clock.

Work it's had done:
  • New EGR Valve
  • New rear struts in boot (automatic boot)
  • Front-left spring replacement
  • Rear brake pads
  • 2x new tyres
  • 3x new cameras (360)
  • Cambelt + Waterpump etc
  • Full service; all fluids replaced (transmission, gearbox, oil etc), new filters
  • Rear right passenger door lock replaced

Current issues:
  • Haldex service - LR says they're unable to drop the front-rear prop as it's seized to itself so they're unable to complete service (quote £1.5k for the job lot, replace prop etc)
  • Fuel tank cover corroded and needs replacing
  • Exhaust brackets corroded and in need of replacement
  • Boot floor (metal) is higher on one side, needs re-aligning (probably whacking back down) - this causes the boot to fail nearly every time.
Besides the above issues, it also has some sort of electrical issue, where it sometimes goes into limp mode, sometime snot - will show traction reduced, gearbox fault etc. You name it, it shows it. I've had the main battery replaced twice - both times with the OEM replacement part from LR. The alternator is running fine, as is the battery - 12.89v ignition on, 14.2v engine on (or thereabouts). Yesterday I replaced the auxillary battery too as not sure if that had been replaced - still get Gearbox fault errors.

Using the Carsoft II Land Rover ODB reader, every single module in the car reports errors each time (I clear the faults each time it happens to see if this changes). Here's a sample of some error codes before I grew tiresome of taking pictures:
Please, if anyone has any insight on what could be happening, please let me know. Land Rover (main dealer) and an independent LR approved specialist seem clueless, and say it's probably just the battery each time.

I really don't want to change cars, there's nothing like the Evoque to me, and I love it - it just doesn't love me. On a final note - sometimes I can drive the car for a couple of weeks trouble free, but recently the "Gearbox Fault" is every other drive. Limp mode has only happened a couple of times, other than that it's just an amber warning of HDC, gearbox, traction, dynamic unavailable etc. Before I had the wheel speed sensor replaced, I was on the M25 and the car went into limp and the speedo etc didn't work - not great at all.

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Morning!
That sounds like a fair list of issues you've had over the last 15 months.
One thing I would try, and I only suggest it because I know I would struggle with it being the cause, is to get a CTek charger and keep the battery on trickle charge if you can.
You have done 7,000 miles in 15 months and I know how temperamental mines is if its not driven a good distance for a few days.

They are so fussy about battery voltage that even the smallest drop will throw errors and it appears to take quite a distance to get the battery charged back up.
 

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Morning!
That sounds like a fair list of issues you've had over the last 15 months.
One thing I would try, and I only suggest it because I know I would struggle with it being the cause, is to get a CTek charger and keep the battery on trickle charge if you can.
You have done 7,000 miles in 15 months and I know how temperamental mines is if its not driven a good distance for a few days.

They are so fussy about battery voltage that even the smallest drop will throw errors and it appears to take quite a distance to get the battery charged back up.
Morning :)

Unfortunately I've tried this, although with a Noco trickle charge - the issues with the fault codes do seemingly happen at random, and I did a 200 mile round trip last week which I would have thought long enough to give a decent charge for a period of time, but it happened again within 4 days of that. I'll give charging another go, though!
 

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Well, now that is annoying and I would certainly hope that a 200 mile trip on a recent battery would be enough.

Looking through all your error codes there seems to be a lot of lost communications. This could be something as simple as a multiplug into a module isn't seated correctly all the way through to a single broken wire somewhere in the car.
Only suggestion I have is try to log when it happens and in articular what has happened right before it (going over speed bump/hitting pot hole/is it wet or dry/going round a right/left hand corner) to try and find some sort of common leading event which may direct you to a specific area of the car.

Apart from that, my armchair diagnostics has nothing overly helpful to give I'm afraid.
 

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Well, now that is annoying and I would certainly hope that a 200 mile trip on a recent battery would be enough.

Looking through all your error codes there seems to be a lot of lost communications. This could be something as simple as a multiplug into a module isn't seated correctly all the way through to a single broken wire somewhere in the car.
Only suggestion I have is try to log when it happens and in articular what has happened right before it (going over speed bump/hitting pot hole/is it wet or dry/going round a right/left hand corner) to try and find some sort of common leading event which may direct you to a specific area of the car.

Apart from that, my armchair diagnostics has nothing overly helpful to give I'm afraid.
Thanks, I appreciate your input! I did send an email to the JLR executive team last night in the hopes that something can be done, as I really can't just keep throwing money at the car in hopes that someone will identify the cause - they've responded and now opened a case about it, so I'll report back on if anything comes of it.
 

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Hopefully that'll get you some traction on getting a solution rather than, as you say, throwing money at it and replacing parts for no reason.
 

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I got a call back from a member of their Executive office, who said due to the age of the car they were very unlikely to be able to goodwill anything but they're happy to facilitate getting it booked in and ensure problem resolution through a franchised dealership. I then started to ask about their policy on the PAS rack and the failure on repair, and no word of a lie he said "yes" to what sounded like someone talking to him in the background and then hung up. :confused:

So now I'm back to:
  • Sell the car and move on
  • Attempt again to get a fix at my cost (which is understandable, I only raised it to them as I'm peeved at having to throw money at non-issues)
 

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FWIW Just looking at your list of issues on an 8 year old vehicle...
Most cars will need new brakes, the odd spring if you are unlucky, replacement tyres and servicing!
Cambelt/water pump as per required service intervals at 7 years old, etc. etc.

Perhaps you've confused things by stating normal running maintenance?
 
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FWIW Just looking at your list of issues on an 8 year old vehicle...
Most cars will need new brakes, the odd spring if you are unlucky, replacement tyres and servicing!
Cambelt/water pump as per required service intervals at 7 years old, etc. etc.

Perhaps you've confused things by stating normal running maintenance?
Perhaps, though I just wanted to give a full picture. My gripe is with the electrical issues :)
 
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