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    Brake and Indicator lights on Tailgate o0f D%

    Hi All, Another complaint re the Disco 5 Tailgate - the Brake and Indicator lights

    The Tailgate is furnished with a what looks to be a beautiful set of LED indicator lights and brake lights reversing lights and Tail lights.

    However, only the Tail Lights and Reversing Light are connected - The Brake lights are not used and the Indicators are not used on the tailgate, the Lights continue on and wrap around the rear wing of the vehicle so that form the rear all you can see of the Brake and indicator if it were on is a 25x 25mm section of brake and the same for each indicator whilst it is quite bright it is really small ( Think 1959 Morris Minor- no I think they had bigger brake lights). In the sun you could easily miss it. You can see the beautifully from the side but poorly from the rear especially in a low car . There is of course the Brake light array at the top of the vehicles rear windscreen but again in bright daylight and a small sedan very easy to miss change of direction or an emergency stop. You would expect these signal to come from the main cluster but they do not.
    I actually pulled the rear light cluster of the vehicle and it shows that the Brake SAE indicator reversing light and Tail light are included and indeed they are wired for it - So I checked by flashing on the leads I could get the tail and reversing lights to work but not the rest even though they appear to be there. One possibility it that there are a CAN slave and must be programmed to have the other channels to work.
    The reason I bring this up is one of safety as I fail to see why these lights have been omitted .
    It could be that they were too bright and they decided to turn them off - Well that's a good fix isn't it lets just have people crash into us instead! Indication Light have been around since cars were invented so surely a light that isn't going to blind people could be made a liitle less wattage perhaps . I dearly Hope that Land rover reads this and act upon it before some one does have a rear- ender. I have been in a crash such as this with my D4 and it wasn't good hence my concern, You don't look at this when you buy the car you find out later.
    Does anyone know if the tailgate cluster lights can be activated?


    I tried to upload the photos but it doesn't seem to have worked anyway you will see a 2018 disco5 on the road and you will see what I mean.
    Last edited by disco4man; 4th August 2019 at 10:21 PM. Reason: Sent before completed

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    One year in and nobody has hit the rear end. Iím guessing but the lights are bright enough to be visible. Or maybe the rear end that is so big people canít miss it when it is closing in on you?
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    ADRs specify that cars can only have one set of taillights and AFAIR indicators.
    That is why you see Nissan Patrols with dummy taillights .

    regards PhilipA

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    A member on disco5 mentioned that in some markets brake and indicator lights can't be on an opening part of the rear of the car. I had a look at other cars tonight and it does indeed seem that many have the brake lights on the side not on the tailgate or boot lid.

    Ron
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    Tailgate brake lights not connected

    Yeah I have just been trying to sort out why they were not on when I tested them! What a joke!

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    FWIW - I have now seen other recent release cars with lights operating that extend onto boot lids & tailgates ...
    Regards,

    Les.


    Previously MY11 D4 SE Orkney Grey
    MY15 D4 SE Fuji White
    Currently MY17 TD6 SE Kaikoura Stone

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    Porsche Cayenne lights on the tailgate work. Same with Audi and Jeeps.
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