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What Car? Would you not buy?

Old 26th Sep 2018, 06:38
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Chevron, on a down slope in an E class not much choice. Foot on brake, right hand pull parking brake, left hand select neutral. Green light, left foot release parking brake, left foot on brake, left hand select drive, right foot gas.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 06:42
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Who would want a Corsa?

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Old 26th Sep 2018, 06:46
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Originally Posted by DType View Post
ANY diesel.
How on earth did that stinking, smokey, slimy fuel ever manage to be considered eco friendly?
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NO thanks.
Fully agree. For years we've been into dealers to enquire about future car purchases and (in the size range that we're interested in) the only cars have been diesel. When we've asked about petrol we were told those are gone, it's all diesel now. Funny old thing, petrol is available in all models now! People seem to be waking up to how horrible and dirty diesels are. More CO2 from petrols? Trees need CO2. Nothing needs that particulate [email protected] that diesels kick out.

NO thanks. I've never owned one of those particulate farting diesels and I never will.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 06:47
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
NB: I'm not one of those people who habitually sit at traffic lights with my foot on the brake (whether manual or auto gearbox), too lazy to apply the handbrake.
The AA here in NZ recommend that you don't put your auto into neutral and apply the handbrake when stopped at traffic lights as in their opinion
it causes extra wear and tear in the gearbox over time.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 07:48
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Originally Posted by Nervous SLF View Post
The AA here in NZ recommend that you don't put your auto into neutral and apply the handbrake when stopped at traffic lights as in their opinion
it causes extra wear and tear in the gearbox over time.
I have always put mine into neutral with the brake on and can`t understand the logic of thw AA`s statement.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 08:07
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I really do wish you automatic, electric handbrake disbelievers would go and try a three litre auto beemer, and I am fully convinced you would not only eat your hat,you would want one for the weekend.
Better unconvince yourself, because I would not!
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 08:18
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
...............NB: I'm not one of those people who habitually sit at traffic lights with my foot on the brake (whether manual or auto gearbox), too lazy to apply the handbrake.

Not lazy, but unnecessary and adding extra complication with an auto. Selecting an auto to neutral, handbrake on, then handbrake off and back into gear again every time one stops in a traffic queue, is counterproductive, (and also negates a big advantage of auto boxes in traffic). To remove the interlock to allow selection of ‘drive’, one usually has to press the foot brake, so the first thing that would happen when a queue of traffic started moving would be that all the autos’ brake lights would come on, which would not be helpful.



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Old 26th Sep 2018, 08:30
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Chevron, on a down slope in an E class not much choice. Foot on brake, right hand pull parking brake, left hand select neutral. Green light, left foot release parking brake, left foot on brake, left hand select drive, right foot gas.
I used to left-foot brake when driving autos, but then I bought a car with a manual gearbox. One day in traffic, I was slowly moving forwards in gear, when I sneezed. Looking back at the road, I was approaching very close to the lorry in front. I stabbed for the brake with my left foot, but hit the clutch pedal instead. We were on a down slope, so the car kept rolling..........bang crunch. BOLLOCKS ! My lovely new car, smashed into a lorry. (Not a scratch on the lorry).

I never left-foot brake in autos now. ​Be careful sir.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 08:41
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Originally Posted by gemma10 View Post
I have always put mine into neutral with the brake on and can`t understand the logic of thw AA`s statement.
i seem to remember that, years ago when I was learning to drive, the instructor told me always to put the car into neutral with handbrake on at traffic lights so if someone rear ended you, there was less chance of being shunted forward and causing an even bigger smash, Not sure how true that theory actually was but I just do it out of habit now.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 09:14
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What Car? Would you not buy?
Anything that cost more than about two thousand quid. Here in the depths of West Cornwall with "roads" about one car wide, reduced to below that with vegetation growth that the council trims about once a year, bodywork scratches are inevitable. Just like some people buy ripped jeans I buy my cars "pre- scratched" - saves a lot of worry!
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 11:36
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Originally Posted by chevvron View Post
My 2003 Mercedes A class auto was great on hills; there was a set of traffic lights on a hill I regularly went through and if they were red, I could stop and leave it in drive without applying the handbrake and it wouldn't move. Trouble is the fuel consumption was horrendous so it had to go.
NB: I'm not one of those people who habitually sit at traffic lights with my foot on the brake (whether manual or auto gearbox), too lazy to apply the handbrake.
My SL has a feature called SBC Hold. When you stop at lights, an extra firm push then release on the brake pedal keeps the brakes on. When the lights change just touch the accelerator pedal and off you go.
It's a bit anti social at night though because the brake lights stay on to annoy those behind you.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 11:44
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My 57 De Soto's parking brake, a pedal you pushed below the dashboard, would fly off as soon as you pressed the accelerator in Drive.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 11:54
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Originally Posted by sitigeltfel View Post
My SL has a feature called SBC Hold. When you stop at lights, an extra firm push then release on the brake pedal keeps the brakes on. When the lights change just touch the accelerator pedal and off you go.
My first Jaguar (MKI) had that feature - very useful.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 12:01
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As a day to day drive, any SUV.

Sure, come the apocalypse a Land Rover is a fine choice. But short of that, what a total waste of road space, raw materials and your money. You could be driving something nice and there are far better and safer options to stick your family in.

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Old 26th Sep 2018, 12:25
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Wouldn't touch a diesel again. Had a brilliant 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee until this Feb, which had done us proud for 8 years but the new DPFs and all that stuff are a no-no with the short distances we drive.

Eventually after much searching replaced it with a PETROL Audi Q5 with auto gears and electric handbrake. Brilliant and 30mpg but slightly small in the boot area. I'd have had a Q7 but they only make diesels. Couldn't get a Merc SUV that wasn't diesel. Tried a Lexus hybrid but the tyre noise was deafening and I was pleased to get out after just a short test drive. It had nothing to recommend it.

Best ever car was a Cadillac Escalade 6 litres and 400 BHP. Only sustainable because petrol was 7 a tank in Qatar.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 14:48
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Have always yearned after a morgan....now that I can afford it and swmbo is happy, am pleased to note that nobody has slandered it here......yet!
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 15:03
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so the first thing that would happen when a queue of traffic started moving would be that all the autos’ brake lights would come on, which would not be helpful.
Best not over generalise - my wife's car doesn't need pressure on the brake pedal to get into "D"; but it does need it to move it from "D" to "N". My first automatic was like that, too.

Mine's the opposite. It's a diesel and an automatic.
I bought it when the UK government were pressing drivers to change to diesel fuel. I will never be able to afford a new car, so for now, it's staying with me!
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 18:15
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Mr Hertz lent me a Vauxhall Crossland I didn't know anyone made cars that bad anymore!....
Most surprising car, Skoda Octavia, really liked it...
Daily drive Mercedes C class brabus....
I wouldn't be buying ANY new car right now, I will wait a couple of years for technology to evolve to save losing a fortune.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 18:38
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I never left-foot brake in autos now. ​Be careful sir.
Honest John swears by left foot braking and it may come naturally to those brought up on automatics, but I never have. Muscle memory means that left and right feet deliver entirely different pressures even though you think they are the same.
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Old 26th Sep 2018, 18:43
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Originally Posted by Tankertrashnav View Post
Here in the depths of West Cornwall with "roads" about one car wide,
In Guernsey the Lanes have useful cut outs for your wing mirrors😁

One year we specified as a hire car a Fiesta Ghia. When we arrived they apologised and gave us C280 Mercedes saloon, auto and 120 miles on the clock. I was petrified.
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