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Ridiculous shit installed in new cars ...

The spare wheel well in my 2011 Focus isn't deep enough for a full-size spare, just a dopey space saver. I've got a full size spare with a cover on it, and just slung it in the boot. I agree, though, bit of a pain.
My last VW (Touran) was the same - no spare whatsoever, only the compressor and snot kit. I bought a spare wheel and threw it in the boot. Had to use it twice for cuts in the sidewalls that the kit would have no chance of patching. The current Volvo ‘your crumple zone is the car in front’ came without a spare, but space for a space saver, which I got for a very good price on eBay. Local breaker wanted a shedload for one...
Edit: mine was a 7 seat, 5 seat with spare wheel was an (expensive) optional extra. 6 bolts later, I have 5 seats and a cavernous boot.
 
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OneTenner

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A Hyundai hire car I used once upon a time had a feature that qualifies surely? It was an overlay on the rear-view mirror that told me what the heading of the car was in cardinal and ordinal (intercardinal) points.

Why did the designers think I needed to know what direction the car was heading in while I'm looking in the rear-view mirror? Beats me...
You must have got one meant for the Italian market
 
My last VW (Touran) was the same - no spare whatsoever, only the compressor and snot kit. I bought a spare wheel and threw it in the boot. Had to use it twice for cuts in the sidewalls that the kit would have no chance of patching. The current Volvo ‘your crumple zone is the car in front’ came without a spare, but space for a space saver, which I got for a very good price on eBay. Local breaker wanted a shedload for one...
Edit: mine was a 7 seat, 5 seat with spare wheel was an (expensive) optional extra. 6 bolts later, I have 5 seats and a cavernous boot.

My Merc doesn’t even come with a tyre fixer spray thing or compressor.
On enquiring - ‘it’s got run flats sir’.
What happens if I want to put normal tyres on? Tyres that I don’t have to shout at the passenger in order to be heard, on?
 
A Hyundai hire car I used once upon a time had a feature that qualifies surely? It was an overlay on the rear-view mirror that told me what the heading of the car was in cardinal and ordinal (intercardinal) points.

Why did the designers think I needed to know what direction the car was heading in while I'm looking in the rear-view mirror? Beats me...

Do you mean it had a compass?
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
some of the all wheel drive ones had one mounted on the dash
Some had an inclinometer, which always made me smile - most of them only ever indicated when you had parked on a kerb.
Or cyclist.
 
Who thought it was a good idea to equip pickups with electric folding, heated, indicating mirrors ? They are working vehicles, hitting a door mirror on a tree/hedge/barn shouldn't cost £500.
 

aardvark64

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Do you mean it had a compass?
Yes, but why was the rear-view mirror the only place where it displayed a rough direction? Bizarre.
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
Yes, but why was the rear-view mirror the only place where it displayed a rough direction? Bizarre.
ISTR some Audi's have that - complete waste of time as who needs to know the compass direction you're putting your lippy on to?
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
Who thought it was a good idea to equip pickups with electric folding, heated, indicating mirrors ? They are working vehicles, hitting a door mirror on a tree/hedge/barn shouldn't cost £500.
Clearly you've not got the hang of pre-emptively using the 'folding' bit ;)
 
Who thought it was a good idea to equip pickups with electric folding, heated, indicating mirrors ? They are working vehicles, hitting a door mirror on a tree/hedge/barn shouldn't cost £500.


Lannies had the solution to mirror damage decades ago. They'd 'automatically' fold back on contact with obstacles ...or mild slipstream.
 

OneTenner

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Book Reviewer
Obviously not, but sacrificing my LHS mirror to avoid an oncoming Sprinter/transit/Vito shouldn't cost me a monkey.
Diifferent situation to the one I was imagining and you hinted at - most manufacturers price body repair parts according to what insurers will stand... body panels, front & rear trims and closures, door mirrors etc. are not usually 'cost plus %' but 'what the market will stand' - and they're all at it. The best defence is often a decent dashcam - Thinkware, etc. but often the process of notifying, claiming and providing evidence can be so onerous and drawn-out it's 'cheaper' in terms of sanity to pay up and put it behind you.
 
My gps golf watch gives me yardages accurate to 1 m (or yard, user preference) and cost less than £100. So why not?

The cost is in the accuracy........sub 1 - 2 cm needs pretty good correction ...
1m is an uncorrected free signal ....we can get to 5-10 cm with a free service but that's no good for drilling or inter row work or even spraying with latest boom control systems ...... also the contour mapping and height / speed corrections need to be more accurate than even the best free signal....
In the military world there is little reason or need for accuracy at 1 -2 cm levels
 
I used to work for BMw , and i never came across one , but recall seeing a brochure for a five series that had an option for a built in petrol heater that could be preset to come on at a certian time in the morning.

This was ages ago, but i think it would still be a great seller.
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
The cost is in the accuracy........sub 1 - 2 cm needs pretty good correction ...
1m is an uncorrected free signal ....we can get to 5-10 cm with a free service but that's no good for drilling or inter row work or even spraying with latest boom control systems ...... also the contour mapping and height / speed corrections need to be more accurate than even the best free signal....
In the military world there is little reason or need for accuracy at 1 -2 cm levels
I'm assuming you're referring to tunnel boring / coating type stuff? if so, how does GPS work through many metres of ground and buildings above it? I know it's a different level of tech but vehicle systems lose it completely in a tunnel over ~500m, granted, the velocity is very different but it's always been something that puzzled me.
 

OneTenner

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I used to work for BMw , and i never came across one , but recall seeing a brochure for a five series that had an option for a built in petrol heater that could be preset to come on at a certian time in the morning.

This was ages ago, but i think it would still be a great seller.
Wasn't it trialled in the 801 engine on the eastern front? Fw190 I think
 
Anyone on here mentioned the VW / Audi “Soundaktor” yet?
Because modern cars are so well soundproofed and insulated, you don’t really get any engine noise anymore.

Great if you’re after comfort, but no good on hot hatches and the like where your inner hooligan wants a bit of engine growl.

BMWs solution to this is to play engine noises through the speakers, no really.

VW / Audi fit something called a “soundaktor” to the front bulkhead. It’s basically an electric motor that vibrates against the bulkhead to make a growling noise "

Landrover do the same playing a V6 or 8 growl through the speakers......
What bugs me is all these little hot hatches and so called performance cars that blip the throttle on down shifts and make strange farting noises or make some engineered false sound as the exhaust flaps open when you floor it...
Audis and VW's with DSG boxes are a prime example although they all seem to be as bad now .....the last good sounding BMW was the 3.0 CSL with the carbon roof from about 8-10 years ago .... what all the manufacturers seem to forget is a good portion of noise from a performance engine is induction noise........

Why did a Mk2 escort BDA sound so good ? because it had twin 48's on short inlets with just a little foam to dampen the noise as it sucked air at 7500 rpm.

By fitting these devices all the manufacturers recognise that driving is as much about audible experience as the ride / feel of the vehicle and performance...... yet they think we are all going to rush and buy an EV that sounds like a milk float....
 
I'm assuming you're referring to tunnel boring / coating type stuff? if so, how does GPS work through many metres of ground and buildings above it? I know it's a different level of tech but vehicle systems lose it completely in a tunnel over ~500m, granted, the velocity is very different but it's always been something that puzzled me.

In my world drilling = Planting seeds and stuff ;-) ....not a scooby how they do stuff underground ...
 

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