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    Rear Fog Lights

    I noticed this feature the first day I picked up my 2016 RRS SCV8 Dynamic last month but I have never seen this on another vehicle in my life and I've owned quite a few, but never an RR. Are these rear driver controlled rear fog lights a long time RR thing, are they standard on all their models and does anyone know of other vehicles that have them? I'm not sure what they are really even supposed to accomplish except to make you more visible to other cars in fog or dust, maybe to help you see when backing up in the dark?

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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    Don't use them unless it is very foggy. They are blinding, I repeat blinding, to the vehicle behind you at night if it is clear. The evoque has them, and I was following my wife home one night and she had them on. It was miserable. They are intended to help prevent being rear ended on a dark foggy night where visibility is low.
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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    European spec and Canadian spec have rear fog lamps. The only American car I saw with rear fog lamps was the aurora and the later on were the Lincoln cars.


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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    they work great to back people off you at night, they are esentially small brake lights and if you have someone tailing you and turn them on it looks like your braking. Its especially fun when you wait for them to hit brakes and hammer the throttle at the same time and they dont really know what happened.
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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    Rear fogs are on US spec rovers as well, I think they are with the visibility package. I had them on my '13 Evoque and on the '15 RRS SCV8
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    Most European cars has them. All my Porsches have them. For the rear, only the right side light is on for the left hand drive car.

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    Sorry, I meant to say only the left side light is on.

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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    You've never had fog lights before?
    Every Rover I have had, has had them. Hell I think some of the Jeep's I've owned have had them...
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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    Geez I am pretty sure every Rover I have ever owned back to Classics all had rear fog lights. As did many other makes.
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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    these have come on all of my Rovers, including my 2016 Sport. they tend to be a more prevalent feature on European makes than American. also, there are some manufacturers, like BMW, that have the hardware installed, but they don't include the switch on U.S. spec cars (including my '08 335, '11M3, and my '16 M3), so you can't use them unless you install the Euro spec light switch.

    I think some European manufacturers recognize that there are too many bad drivers in the U.S. that don't know how/when to use them, so they don't give them the option in those markets. I can't tell you how many times I've been behind an Audi of some sort that had these on in perfectly clear conditions, and it is obnoxiously annoying. they basically look like brake lights are on, and the brightness distracts your eyes like a tractor beam. so just be judicious when you use them. they are a great safety feature, but use them wisely.

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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by Brosef View Post
    these have come on all of my Rovers, including my 2016 Sport. they tend to be a more prevalent feature on European makes than American. also, there are some manufacturers, like BMW, that have the hardware installed, but they don't include the switch on U.S. spec cars (including my '08 335, '11M3, and my '16 M3), so you can't use them unless you install the Euro spec light switch.

    I think some European manufacturers recognize that there are too many bad drivers in the U.S. that don't know how/when to use them, so they don't give them the option in those markets. I can't tell you how many times I've been behind an Audi of some sort that had these on in perfectly clear conditions, and it is obnoxiously annoying. they basically look like brake lights are on, and the brightness distracts your eyes like a tractor beam. so just be judicious when you use them. they are a great safety feature, but use them wisely.
    That makes sense because we've owned three BMWs (all U.S. spec), including a '15 550 Xdrive we picked up in Munich last year (that was a BLAST BTW), and none of them have them or at least the ability to turn them on. I'll have to take a closer look at the 550 because I don't even believe they are physically there, just some reflectors in the lower bumper skirt. Other than that I've always owned Fords, partially because I inherited a Blue Oval gene from my father and because we get A-plan pricing from family that work there.

    Thanks for the feedback about how bright they are, I have been tempted to use them just because they're there, now I know better.

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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by bobukcat View Post
    That makes sense because we've owned three BMWs (all U.S. spec), including a '15 550 Xdrive we picked up in Munich last year (that was a BLAST BTW), and none of them have them or at least the ability to turn them on. I'll have to take a closer look at the 550 because I don't even believe they are physically there, just some reflectors in the lower bumper skirt. Other than that I've always owned Fords, partially because I inherited a Blue Oval gene from my father and because we get A-plan pricing from family that work there.

    Thanks for the feedback about how bright they are, I have been tempted to use them just because they're there, now I know better.
    there's nothing you'll be able to "see" in the tailights of your 550. it's just that the bulbs that are in there will turn a few notches brighter when you switch them on.

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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by fyarf View Post
    Don't use them unless it is very foggy. They are blinding, I repeat blinding, to the vehicle behind you at night if it is clear. The evoque has them, and I was following my wife home one night and she had them on. It was miserable. They are intended to help prevent being rear ended on a dark foggy night where visibility is low.
    Mine aren't THAT bright. I use them occasionally on the DC Beltway to avoid getting rear-ended. Lot's of people drive too fast and are on the phone. It gives a little more presence to the vehicle for people with short attention spans.

    I'll have to double-check them on a clear night. It's not my recollection that mine are blazingly bright.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nadurra View Post
    Mine aren't THAT bright. I use them occasionally on the DC Beltway to avoid getting rear-ended. Lot's of people drive too fast and are on the phone. It gives a little more presence to the vehicle for people with short attention spans.

    I'll have to double-check them on a clear night. It's not my recollection that mine are blazingly bright.
    I have glasses/contacts, and with my glasses (even with crizal lenses) the rear fogs glared on my lenses and caused spots in my eyes against the pitch black of night. during the day its not a big deal, but at night the contrast is the problem. I would have to wholeheartedly agree with the tractor beam comparison.

    Heck, before that if my front fogs were on, my backs were on. I never turn on the backs unless I can't see (well) out the front now.
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    Re: Rear Fog Lights

    Quote Originally Posted by fyarf View Post
    I have glasses/contacts, and with my glasses (even with crizal lenses) the rear fogs glared on my lenses and caused spots in my eyes against the pitch black of night. during the day its not a big deal, but at night the contrast is the problem. I would have to wholeheartedly agree with the tractor beam comparison.

    Heck, before that if my front fogs were on, my backs were on. I never turn on the backs unless I can't see (well) out the front now.
    Excellent points. I'll use them a bit more sparingly knowing that.


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