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What's the most useless gadget in your car?

Old 17th Sep 2006, 15:09
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Semi-automatic gearboxes? Driving a C Class coupe which is a diesel auto, and you can wiggle the stick to select the maximum gear which the car will drive in. Useless to my mind. If you select 'sport', the revs will go up to the redline and then change, so the only reason for using semi-auto is if you really wanted to drive around bouncing off the limiter. If you could change down before a corner then I could see the point - as it is, you slow down, turn in, then exit and get a lovely jolt as the silky smooth 'box jumps down a couple of gears and doesn't make any effort to match the engine to the wheels. Crap. Even the auto 'box on an XKR was nothing compared to a normal person's left foot.

As mentioned earlier, the Merc rescue system is quite good though. I have locked the wheels a couple of times because the brakes seem almost digital in their response, but i get the impression in a real emergency it would be quite useful. Maybe more so if it wasn't such a tub of lard. Another thing - don't fight the system. I tried to indulge in a bit of 'ESP off' sliding (off the road mind you) and found that the car was nulling some of the inputs that I was trying to put in to keep the car going where I wanted.

What's wrong with cruise control? There is the odd occasion where you can use it for minutes at a time, and it beats oscillating either side of your cruise speed for three hours.

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Old 17th Sep 2006, 16:29
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It was the GS Club with the points. You also had to take the engine out to change the exhaust (actually in both cases you didn't have to fully remove the ngine, just undo the mounts and jack it up).

But you did have to remove the front grill to change two of the plugs (it was a flat 4 with the crank running across the engine bay so two of the plug-holes pointed forwrd and that bit of the engine was under the front valance). You also needed an (at least) 18 inch socket extension. And it wasn't difficult to cross-thread the replacement plugs.
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Old 17th Sep 2006, 16:39
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Shame, because the GS was a clever car. We had a GS van, which could be driven flat-out over the sleeping policemen on Boscombe Road, Dunstable (first place I encountered them). Any other vehicle had to be below 10mph otherwise it would ground on the flat road after pitching violently over the hump. I'm talking late 60s. It was also a private road (with public access) between two truck factories (Bedford one side, Commer the other).
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Old 17th Sep 2006, 18:14
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Old 17th Sep 2006, 18:53
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my father had a renault with a semi auto box. when you touched the gear lever it disengaged the clutch. you then changed gear normally.
trouble was, anyone who drives with their hand on the gearknob........

funneeeeee car.
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Old 17th Sep 2006, 18:56
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Yes, I had one of those Renault 'gear-shift' models too. Renault 750 springs to mind. Had 'wet-liners' that kept leaking!
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Old 17th Sep 2006, 22:23
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Originally Posted by G-CPTN View Post
Had 'wet-liners' that kept leaking!
My kids used to wear those... made a mess of the seats.....
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Old 18th Sep 2006, 05:14
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Anyone remember the Hudson Teraplane ? c 1939 I suppose. It had a miniature gear lever on a stork.
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a stork???

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Old 18th Sep 2006, 13:02
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I have a small pointless switch in the side of the storage compartment where the service wallet goes. On picking my car up from its service recently the car suddenly started making very loud high pitched morse type noises thro the speakers.

Being an Audi I wondered what had gone next..light bulb perhaps...no. break pads worn..no. Oil pressure/temperature/viscosity/wrong grade/empty...no
memory seat setting warning to tell you its not set.....er no.( the fact that my head was virtually thro the sunroof gave that one away).

I eventually lost patience and went home and read the manual...couldnt find a thing. I put the folder back in its cubby and at that point realised everytime to removed the wallet this noise appeared sometimes , so I started rummaging about and found this little switch . I've now switched it off and the noise hasnt come back, but does everytime it it switched on. I have yet to discover the purpose of this little switch but being an Audi its an audible warning to tell you youve left the pointless hidden switch on.

By the way Audi is latin for "Hark" which figures...
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Old 18th Sep 2006, 15:32
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Originally Posted by Gingerbread Man View Post
What's wrong with cruise control? There is the odd occasion where you can use it for minutes at a time, and it beats oscillating either side of your cruise speed for three hours.
You will get better fuel economy if you don't use it.
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Old 18th Sep 2006, 15:40
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I recall having a stork in a car. (New) girlfriend took it upon herself to suck-out the poison.
Why didn't I hang onto her? She sucked.
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Old 18th Sep 2006, 15:44
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Originally Posted by Burnt Fishtrousers View Post
I have a small pointless switch in the side of the storage compartment where the service wallet goes.
Ford Fiesta MkIIIs have a similarly located 'switch'. It is, apparently, an inertia switch. In the event of an overturn or similar extreme manouevre, a device shuts off the fuel supply. According to the Handbook, should you find your can 'unable to proceed', it is worth checking whether this safety device has operated, whereupon pressing said tit will restore the supply of juice.
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Old 19th Sep 2006, 11:58
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Bit off topic but ....

My first car in the mid 1980's was a dog pooh brown Triumph Dolomite.

Great car but I did have severe reservations about the sunshine floor in the passenger footwell!!

I took it for its final MOT and the female mechanic, who I think must have been called Bernard had to push the car onto the forecourt and into the garage...with me inside it after it conked out again.

I considered offering to push car + 'Berrnard' myself but (a) not sure she(?) would have fitted in the car, (b) I don't think I would have been able to budge the thing with her in it.

Imagine my surprise when the thing passed its MOT
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