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Ridiculous shit installed in new cars ...

aardvark64

War Hero
You're going to love the flat earth baiters vids on yootoob. The amount of wibbling lunacy from the tinfoil hat wearers is humorously epic.
My favourite was this one:



But that is a Mahoosive™ thread drift....
 

Joshua Slocum

LE
Book Reviewer
My cousin who is a plasterer, for some reason leased a huge pick up truck thingy, several of the other tradesmen had them, so I suppose peer pressure
He said it was too thirsty on the fuel, tyres didn't last long, no good off road as its too big and too heavy, and has sod all carrying capacity in the back, needing a sliding cover for his kit, which allowed water in when you opened it, was easy for pikeys to force open, and the cab was like a luxury car ie not any use for a builder, also too big and wide to get into sites and car parks
He got rid of it after the first year
Gone back to an old estate car, parks it no trouble and costs very little to run
 
I know nothing of surveying but how is curvature of the earth factored in?
Big thread drift! I’ve no idea how cartographic surveyors deal with it. Engineering surveyors basically ignore it.

Engineering survey is really about establishing a horizontal plane and measuring elevations from it. The earth’s curvature is therefore included in any reading against that plane.

It becomes relevant over longer chainages; long roads etc. But it’s reasonably easy to eradicate. Keep the survey stations close together and take back readings that cancel out “staff droop” due to curvature and refraction.
 
I guess that main dealers do not use any fault finding techniques. My car went in for a service and they told me the rear washer wasn't working. £60 for a replacement pump etc. I refused and showed the technician that the pump still worked by pulling off the little jet on the wiper and operating the switch. Luckily he wasn't looking too closely but all his tools got soaked as I may have kept the switch on for too long.

On the subject of spare wheels it isn't a new thing for them to be a real pain.
The BMW z3 comes with a space saver spare so that you can get on with your journey.
Too bad if you have a passenger as the main wheel will not fit in the spare wheel holder. The only place it will go is the passenger seat.
Which would you leave on the side of the road?
Passenger or wheel?
(I only know this as a friend gave me a lift in hers)
 

Ex_crab

Old-Salt
I guess that main dealers do not use any fault finding techniques. My car went in for a service and they told me the rear washer wasn't working. £60 for a replacement pump etc. I refused and showed the technician that the pump still worked by pulling off the little jet on the wiper and operating the switch. Luckily he wasn't looking too closely but all his tools got soaked as I may have kept the switch on for too long.

On the subject of spare wheels it isn't a new thing for them to be a real pain.
The BMW z3 comes with a space saver spare so that you can get on with your journey.
Too bad if you have a passenger as the main wheel will not fit in the spare wheel holder. The only place it will go is the passenger seat.
Which would you leave on the side of the road?
Passenger or wheel?
(I only know this as a friend gave me a lift in hers)

My Z4 came with a pump and a tube of sealant, I bought a 3 series get you home spare and felt a lot happier. I believe you have to make the same passenger/wheel decision on MX5s.
 

NSP

LE
No, most are laser guided. The lasers are set up by conventional surveying, using GPS for fixing the bench mark. The latest machines are self-guiding using laser gyroscopes for azimuth.
Probably a bit easier to do it that way when boring a train-sized tunnel through a mountain rather than a skinny tube through the Earth's crust, though. Especially when the first couple of hundred metres of the job are somewhat wet.
 
Oh hell, yeah! Plenty of senior govt and ANC types and the new upwardly mobile getting govt contracts for knowing the right people living there.

Malema has/had a mansion there, while calling for the destruction of capitalism and scourging the honkie working class who are oppressing him.

ETA: The ones apparently doing the oppressing and making him cry are generally battling to make ends meet and live in very modest homes if they're doing OK, as opposed to him suffering in a 15 bedroom mansion with a garage full of Mercedes.
 
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Mattb

LE
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....
Damn right, induction noise is the tits.

I bought a BMC carbon intake for my Alfa, it sounds incredible.
 
In the military world there is little reason or need for accuracy at 1 -2 cm levels

Except for Indirect fire weapons, direct fire weapons, ISTAR, EOD and generally getting to the right spot.

Or would you trust an officer with a map?
 
Electric parking brake. Pulling the switch up engages the brake. Pushing the switch down engages the brake. Why two positions to do the same thing? There's a convoluted method to disengage the brake but I can't remember it.

Similarly hill start assist. If you come to a halt on a slope, it engages the brake for two seconds after you take your foot off the brake, effectively encouraging you not to apply the parking brake. But it doesn't tell you whether you're on sufficient of a slope for this to happen so you could roll backwards if it's a gentle slope. Or the gap in traffic that you're waiting for might be more than two seconds after you take your foot off the brake so it disengaged and you roll backwards.

Also, to disengage the brake in normal use, you just drive off. But the manual doesn't tell you how many revs you need to make this happen so if you (try to) move off gently, the brake doesn't disengage and you stall. There's also some quirk that I haven't got to the bottom of yet which can lead to the brake not disengaging when you harshly accelerate from stationary - that's loads of fun as you find that the car revs like hell with the brakes doing their best to resist movement.

What the hell is wrong with just having a normal hand brake? Admittedly, rear wheel handbrakes were crap but front wheel handbrakes did everything they needed to do.

At this rate it's going to make for a dull remake of the Professionals when the time comes.
 

Hohenidoom

Old-Salt
I recently had a white fleet focus, and was staggered by the gearbox and turbo combination. By the time the turbo (turbos?) was on boost properly the valves were just about ready to dance on the bonnet; and changing up with a small modicum of mechanical sympathy instantly took them off boost. Que a 3-ish second delay before they came back up. Being seriously off-boost in a car that depends on it's turbo to get out of it's own way almost felt like it could have got me into trouble a few times.

Turns out if you switch the thing over to sport mode, the steering stiffens up and the throttle is way more sensitive to inputs. It entirely changed the nature from useless to simply slow.

Remind me why we need multiple gearbox and steering settings on a 1.5 litre diesel focus estate.
 

OneTenner

LE
Book Reviewer
Ahh..... the joys of adaptive gearboxes, multiple drivers and a usage case outside of the 95th percentile - enjoy! :thumleft:
 

AlienFTM

MIA
Book Reviewer
Ahh..... the joys of adaptive gearboxes, multiple drivers and a usage case outside of the 95th percentile - enjoy! :thumleft:
I would have been happy to replace my Polo with another VW a year ago until I read up on DSG boxes (over the years I've driven just about every kind of gearbox. In 1990 I realised there was no point in driving a manual when an automatic just worked. I've hated every manual hire/ courtesy car I've had since).

Complexity of the DSG box turned me right off VW. To Vauxhall rep, "how complex is the Corsa automatic box?"

"Simple." And it is, but far more sophisticated than those I've had before. One day I'll try and work out the semi-automatic setting that allows me to change up or down with a button on the stick. Or not.
 

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