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2016 Vitara 1.4 S Adventure

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Afternoon all, quick introduction to myself and my new (to me) 2016 Vitara S

Having owned many different cars and been a member of many MANY forums, best way to kick off is with an ownership thread!!

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I’d actually previously owned a 2007 Grand Vitara a few years back. An ace little thing that only let go after a spark plug ‘tip’ came off and went through the cylinder! Thanks BOSCH super 4….
One ruined engine later and my £300 purchase / 24K love affair was brought to an abrupt halt… black arm band day indeed….The car had performed BRILLIANTLY.. Going through deep mud / deeper snow / kid school runs without issue. It was indeed a FINE car.

Previous to this Vitara though, I’d owned a Kuga 2.5T in manual, not many of them going around.. The 275BHP was GREAT.. overtaking no problem, Macan baiting.. a pleasure….the rate of unleaded consumption… much less of a pleasure returning on average 26mpg.. that and the £600+ car tax pain made it a fun but wallet emptying 4years…
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ANYWAYS……. Today brings a new chapter and this little beauty in a charming ‘Essex White’ colour….. nice to drive, frugal… more modern.. it’s a good compromise..

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As with all things, it needs some careful adjustment…..

After Exactly 96x minutes of ownership, First up is a software update to enable CAR PLAY.. I’ll also get an updated NAV micro SD from Le Bay…. CarPlay is all fine and well.. sometimes Im out in the wilds (fishing and snowboarding) with no phone signal so it’ll be worth the £20 for when its needed
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the info given on the forum by @Ticking_Fox was brilliant to fix.

Next Up, the car is fitted with 4x new tyres… Now. there are tyres and TYRES.. (these are the former).. they’re made of rubber and are worth every one of His Majesty’s £20 Pounds they probably cost to buy… guaranteed to find a ditch every time….
So, they’re going. They’ll be replaced by these Nokian Winter beauties… I’ll get them fitted tomorrow. New (summer) wheels will be fitted in the spring.
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After that, the following is planned:

  • Dashcam hard wired
  • LED Number plate lights / Side lights / Interior bulbs
  • Mudflaps installed
  • Roof rack fitted
  • Spare wheel purchased
  • Swanky key ring purchased

All in the days to come! Thanks for having me along.
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With an hour to kill before the Mrs and I headed out, this morning was DashCam fitting time.
Anyone whos ever gone through the PITA that is contentious insurance claim, these things are worth their weight in gold… maybe even diamonds.. simple to fit, saves a lot of BS.

fitting is straightforward..

I mounted mines up behind the rear view mirror, means it gets a good view of the road and is hidden from the drivers view.
the power cable tucks up nicely under the headlining, I used a trim tool to push her underneath.
pull The door seal outwards and you can see a route to put the cable down the edge you’ve just exposed.

the fuse box is in the passenger footwell (LHS). The two pieces of trim gently pull away. This exposes the fuse box.

for anyone who doesn’t have an owners manual, here you go.
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you have a choice of where to plug the dashcam into.
I went for fuse 29. This switches on and off with ignition which is exactly what I wanted.

you need a piggyback fuse holder like this.

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simply remove the factory fuse, they’re a pain to get out.. and plug your piggyback holder in its place.

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There’s a handy earthing bolt right where you need it!!
your dash cam also doesn’t work on 12V.. it’s 5V, a bit like USBs.. you need a little power transformer to wire in line..
both can be seen here..

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once installed power her up and make sure it switches on and off with the ignition…

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best to do this on a warm day.. the fuse box is fiddly and awkward to get into.. cold hands make this tougher than it should be!!
Good dashcam fitting guide. I fitted my dashcam in the same way.
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Didn't know this was available... a new purchase will have to be made!
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