Things that still happen - Gen
A little parasitic on another thread, but what do people still find car manufacturers/sellers do which noone seems to want.

My suggestions would be:

(1) Nasty stickers in rear screen that can't be removed without killing the rear heated window.

(2) Badges - I know its a Ford so why do I need them? Do I really need to tell the driver behind whether its a 316 or 318 or 325?? Just make cleaning the car hassle, invite rust etc.

(3) Failure to put stickers that would be useful eg tyre pressures, spark plug types (why do I need to look in Haynes?)
Things that still happen - Clanger
Cigarette lighters. Even regular smokers use those plastic gas lighters and lob 'em out of the window at passing bikers when they are finished with.
Perhaps those with nicotine-stained keyboards and steering wheels (Mark?) can advise?

Sun roofs - rattly, leaky afterthoughts - give me air-con any day.

Front fog lights - if you are in such a pea-souper that dipped headlights won't do, you shouldn't be out, you should be swigging a Youngs Double Chocolate Stout in front of the box or polishing your Moggie hub-caps.

Dipsticks, actual not allegorical - this is the age of electronics for goodness sake. Look at the gauge.

Badges - nasty dirt-collecting self-important bits of scrap that potentially injure pedestrians.

Bull bars - similar.

OK, that's the blue touch paper well alight; I'm off behind this parapet.




H.

Things that still happen - Mark (RLBS)
>>Perhaps those with nicotine-stained keyboards and steering wheels (Mark?) can advise?


Not me, I always lose the damn things long before I get the chance to be anti-social with them. Not since I once chucked the car cigarette lighter out of the window in a fit of absentmindeness have I done such a thing.
Things that still happen - Gen
Oh yes, and another that is still not fitted as standard:

Normal plug so I don't need to buy everything I have to use a cig socket. You can buy a dc to ac power inverter for 25£ that's the size of a brick so why not incorporate it as standard??
Things that still happen - Miat
i miss spare wheels that were the right size to let me drive normally if you ever need to use them
Things that still happen - king arthur
Drum brakes. Nasty, horrible contraptions. People don't bother changing the shoes, and then when you go to try, they've worn a groove into the drum so it's impossible to remove. Should have been phased out years ago, along with foot-operated washer pumps etc, IMO.
Things that still happen - Wally Zebon
Radio aerials - these should be built in somewhere as per the new Mercs

Things that still happen - henry k
Radio aerials - these should be built in somewhere as
per the new Mercs

or as per old Ford Sierras
Things that still happen - terryb
>> Radio aerials - these should be built in somewhere
>> as per the new Mercs
>>
or as per old Ford Sierras


Or new Jeeps
Terry
Things that still happen - Altea Ego
or new lagunas
Things that still happen - lezebre
Drum brakes. Nasty, horrible contraptions.


Maybe, but rear drums do make for a handbrake that's both reliable and powerful.
Things that still happen - CM
Saloons/coupes with no rear screen wiper

Radios with MW reception that makes listening impossible esp when SWMBO is sitting next to you
Things that still happen - Maz
Cupholders. If you're driving you shouldn't be drinking out of a cup. If you're not - try using the gift of your hands to hold the drink. Damn things, popping out of every crevice.
Things that still happen - THe Growler
Disagree about cup holders. I have 6, and have just done an on site audit. They are the ideal repository for coins for the tollway, my reading specs, my cellphone, my Mace spray to welcome would-be carnappers with, chewing gum, the letter I was supposed to mail for Growlette last week, the extra set of gate and door keys I always need because I can't find the others, 3 unpaid traffic tickets, Growlette's lipstick, a half empty bottle of Ralph Lauren Chaps cologne, a Big Mac Combo promo voucher, some melted Toblerone, a small teddy bear keyring which has been there for two years with keys for which no one can recall a purpose, and a 9 mm bullet.

My only complaint about my cupholders is they don't have any room to put my cups in. Apart from that I don't know what I'd do without them.
Things that still happen - blank
Also an ideal size for the half bottle of Scotch for those long journeys on one side and the Hookah with the extra long pipe on the other.
[Ducks]!
Things that still happen - Technoprat {P}
Cupholders. If you're driving you shouldn't be drinking out of a
cup. If you're not - try using the gift of your
hands to hold the drink. Damn things, popping out of every
crevice.


There seems to be only on in my car, very inconveniently place right in the middle of the radio. Also, it has a nasty habit of retracting itself without warning. Any suggestions?


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Everything I know about cars you could write on the back of a bacterium.
Things that still happen - Nsar
Unheated washer bottle/nozzles. How many crashes are caused by drivers with road salt smeared across their windscreens driving into low winter sun? It must be a £5 part to add to the safety of millions of car journeys each year, not much to ask it it? To be fair VW have had them for donkey's years on even cheap models (not that safety should be a luxury)
Things that still happen - joe
Dashboard illumination dimmer switches. What on earth are they for?
Things that still happen - THe Growler
Dimming the dashboard illumination :-D
Things that still happen - Phil I
I would never have thought of that G. Sent you an email to 39com
yesterday and had it bounced back as undeliverable this morning.
Are you still using this one.?
Happy Motoring Phil I
Things that still happen - THe Growler
I'm growler@37.com


Things that still happen - henry k
fitting indicators on the left of the steering wheel.

Not fitting a light in the glove compartment.

Wipers starting when I want to thoroughly wet the windscreen first.

Hiding oil filters and ensuring they empty when unscrewed.

Supplying a silly little spanner to undo wheel nuts

Not fitting a warning indicator for loss of oil pressure when it begins to drop not when its is almost zero.

Inadeqate warnings when critical items fail.
The Citroen SM had a big red eye ball that lit up and said STOP if anything critical failed. Simple and to the point

Things that still happen - Phil I
Recommend for a good optician anyone?
Things that still happen - NorthernKev {P}
Old people saying young people should be banned from the road.
Young people saying old people should be banned from the road.

People thinking anyone going slower than them is a danger to all.
People thinking anyone going faster than them is a danger to all.

Funny old world...

Kev
Things that still happen - Martin Devon
Dashboard illumination dimmer switches. What on earth are they for?

You're not very bright,....... are you?

Sorry.

Regards.
Things that still happen - lezebre
Radios with MW reception that makes listening impossible esp when SWMBO
is sitting next to you


You mean as in: "and another thing, why are we listening to this crackly foreign jazz station when we could have Steve Wright in stereo"?
Things that still happen - AlanGowdy
What an excellent selection of gripes - if only manufacturers listened more attentively to their customers these irritations would be a thing of the past.
Things that still happen - Martin Devon
why are we listening to this crackly foreign jazz station
when we could have Steve Wright in stereo\"?


Steve Wright was funny many years ago,......or was I younger? I love my muzic of all types, but I find the jockeys, with the exception of Johnny Walker, a boring bunch of stewards. Too much inane banter, (Carp), and not enough, (decent), MUZAK.

Regards.
Things that still happen - Cliff Pope
Vanity mirrors on the passenger side only.
Women never drive, men never shave at the wheel !
Things that still happen - Sheepy-by-the-Sea
Light bulbs. So primitive - what's wrong with LEDs ?

Manual gearboxes. So primitive.

Things that still happen - james_60
Manuel gearboxes primitive

you wont get me driving one of those whiplash auto boxes yeeeewww

James Stephenson
Things that still happen - Sheepy-by-the-Sea
Car boots with no storage cubby holes - why does everything have to slide about or be tied down? (I know Citroen did that funny trolley thing, but that doesn't count).

Deep crevices around the seats that you can't get into with a hoover.

Things that still happen - Another John H
Have you found any white 60 watt LEDs ??
Things that still happen - henry k
Spare wheels left out in the weather and available to any local felon with a bolt cropper. The Bristol, a gentlemans carriage, allows one to leave the golf clubs undisturbed when a wheel change is required.
Things that still happen - Steve S
What's MW reception? :-)
Things that still happen - Welliesorter
Cassette players!

Some cars still have them as standard. I haven't bought a cassette since 1988. Can you still get them?
Things that still happen - THe Growler
Yup. My '01 F-150 has in-dash cassette player as well as CD as does Ms Philippines '02 Lynx.
Things that still happen - Welliesorter
I know cassette *players* are still fitted. My new car had one and it would have cost an extortionate amount to get the CD changer and compatible player as optional extras.

It cost a fraction of the price to replace with the CD player of my choice.

I just wondered why car manufacturers haven't woken up to the fact that no-one uses tapes any more.
Things that still happen - Altea Ego
>I just wondered why car manufacturers haven't woken up to the fact that no-one uses tapes any more.

Probably because they have 350,000 left and need to do something with them.


Things that still happen - peterb
I just wondered why car manufacturers haven't woken up to the
fact that no-one uses tapes any more.


They have. It's an excellent source of revenue to charge £250 to upgrade to a CD player that costs just a few pounds more to source.
Things that still happen - THe Growler
Well I'm not so sure no one uses cassette tapes any more. They are still sold where I live, both blank and pre-recorded. If you hear something on the radio you want to keep, hit the rec button.
If you just want a couple of tracks of a CD, same-same. If you want to play Dolly Parton's Greatest Hits (HITS I said) from that 1978 cassette you've still got, you can.

Now look at the laborious procedure you have to go through to copy CD to CD. Copy it PC avi then to mp3 then to cda or whatever. Fiddle around drilling down through your HDD to try and find what mysterious folder the CD copy software put your tracks in, then fiddle around with your windows so you can get both directories up at the same time to mouse your selections into the CD burner window, then go away and have another beer while the thing groans away only to come back and find the CD/R has spat out the disk and you have a message saying "Burn Unsuccessful" or some such. That's if your burn software doesn't hang or crash your PC.

I have at least 5 different CD burners and they're all as bad as each other. So I like the old cassette, you can see what you're doing, you know what you're getting and when it goes wrong all you need is a tiny cross-head screwdriver and a pencil to make it work again.
Things that still happen - CM
Cassette players!
Some cars still have them as standard. I haven't bought a
cassette since 1988. Can you still get them?



I am glad that I had a cassette player as this w/e I took the kids to Longleat. They hand out tapes to explain what thoe caged animals are!
Things that still happen - Alfafan {P}
Of course they've got them I use mine to listen to audio books which I get from the local library. And if I want to listen to CDs I've got a little gizmo which goes into the cassette slot, the other end plugs into my Walkman. Cost? £15.99 from the Innovations catalogue.
Things that still happen - Steve S
Great looking alloys damaged and having their looks spoilt by plonking wheel weights on them. When they could just as easily have them put on the inside.
 

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