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What's the most useless gadget in your car?

Old 13th Sep 2006, 11:46
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What's the most useless gadget in your car?

I'll hold back on my nomination for a while, see if anyone else has an answer that agrees with mine.
Old 13th Sep 2006, 11:49
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Me missus.

Got this in the Boot though...

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Old 13th Sep 2006, 11:55
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The "high visibility pack", i.e. automatic wipers and headlights.

I blame the Germans
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 11:56
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there's this rocker switch near the auto gearstick on my subaru that's labled 'manu.' and 'at'. i have no idea what it does apart from when i switch it to 'manu.' the word 'manu.' illuminates in the instrument cluster. nothing else changes. i would like to know what it does.
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 11:56
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Map Pocket behind drivers seat, would be more usefull behind pax seat as its easyer to reach. glove box with cassette holder places, car has CD player.

Renault Clio
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 12:01
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equally useless is that twist thing that you use to determine the interval for intermittant windscreen wiper operation. it seems to have 4 positions but only two speeds?!?!

whats with that?!?!
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 12:05
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Had a Citroen once. A button would light up if you pressed it. That's all. Supposed to adjust the suspension setting, but made bugger all difference. Even as a lighted button it was useless. Too dim to see in the day, and with lights on it would light up anyway, but light infinitessimally more brightly if the sport setting was on.
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 12:11
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In the Rottesses Toyota Fielder--HID headlights (gadget?) Feckin useless above speeds over 40kph and blind everyone else regardless...

Lil Jeep has no accessories at all, therefore none are useless
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 12:27
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Most useless gadget in several cars this morning seemed to be located behind the steering wheel and either had mobile phone clamped to ear or were applying another layer of warpaint whilst operating as a high speed hazzard to other road users.
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 12:35
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Newish car with a fecking casstte player as standard, try going into HMV or Virgin and buying one of the bloody things, you can't .
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 12:59
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Dud..I have a similar switch in a Ford..near the gear stick labeled "Power" and co". The only thing it seems to do is make a light come on. The fuel cosumption or power output does not change!!
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 13:12
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Mercedes Benz electronic safety overkill

Electronic Stability Package / Electronic Brake Assist / Anti-Lock Brakes / Traction Control and about 3 other things that only someone with a German engineering PhD could decipher......

All of which were totally f*****g useless when last Winter I drove over sheet ice covered with 6" of new snow..... vehicle did a full 360 spin followed by another 180 and finally came to a stop with the dashboard bleeping and flashing like something demented out of Airplane 2 Alpha Beta base.

Solution? The second time it happened I pulled the sodding fuses and invested in proper All-Terrain tyres, rather than the std highway tyres. Never had a problem since through two 5 month -40C Winters and 14' (yes feet) of snow.
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 13:12
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The most useless gadget may be the car itself: often, if you want to buy an 8-track stereo, you must also buy the attached '67 Dodge or Chev.
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 13:16
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An airbag that doesn't work.
A speed limiter on the computer that is turned off while you're still in the forecourt of the dealership.
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 13:18
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Vorsprung Durch Feckin stupid - Undoubtedly the high pitched beep that assaults my eardrums everytime I turn on the right indicators, to tell me a bulb has blown.. Yes I know its blown you twatting car, I just can't spare the 7 hours that it takes to remove the entire front of the car just to change a sodding lightbulb!!!
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 13:28
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My old van had a rear view mirror that was only any good if you had the back doors open (they didn't have windows).
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 13:34
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My Scoob has a switch marked "Bright".

When you switch it on the digital clock on the dash (about 3mm high) gets marginally brighter. Must be at least 10% of a difference. Whoopee.
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 13:34
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The feckin warning beeps for just about everything. I know, you have to cater to the shallow end of the intelligence swamp for people like Gonzo, but for chrissakes, I know my keys are in the ignition. I know there is something on the passenger seat that doesn't have a seatbelt on (yes, it's dangerous to drive without your briefcase securely buckled up, but that's the risk you take). I know that I've put the damn thing in reverse............AAAArrrrrggghhhhhhh!
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 13:41
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The chick driving
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Old 13th Sep 2006, 13:47
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Indicator switches in luxury 4x4s.
[rant/.....how difficult is it...........\rant]
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