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Old 29 Apr 2015, 09:19 (Ref:3531728)   #16
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The absolute essential to me is air conditioning!

Just about nothing else matters as long as the aircon is good!


The VW aircon however thinks it can take a vacation when the ambient temperature goes above 35 deg C, when do they think I want it most?
Until I had it, I viewed air-con as a luxury, but now for me it's essential. Not just for cooling the car on hot days, but more importantly, as it dries the air in the car, it's excellent for de-misting the windows too. The other advantage (tied in with the window de-misting) is that as the condenser (which gets warm in operation) is in-front of the coolant radiator, using it on a cold & frosty morning not only helps demist ALL of the windows (not just the windscreen), but also helps the engine warm up too. A win-win situation for me.
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Old 29 Apr 2015, 14:08 (Ref:3531806)   #17
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Old 29 Apr 2015, 14:10 (Ref:3531809)   #18
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2014 Honda Civic: heated seats. I was sceptical. Now I am not, they are ace.

2008 Honda Civic: variable speed intermittent windscreen wipers. I LOVE these. And they removed the variable speed by the time the 2014 model rolled around! $#%^$!!! ARGH!
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Old 29 Apr 2015, 14:27 (Ref:3531813)   #19
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there are three things on my car i struggle to survive without in hire cars and the like.

1. heated seats.
2. automatic windscreen wipers.
3. automatic headlights.

everything else i can take or leave. but the above items are non-negotiable.
That's 1 thing I don't care about (heated seats) and 2 I despise! Auto wipers are annoying - pick a ****ing speed and stick to it rather than slowing down and speeding up - also work when it's raining you useless pieces of ****. My wifes MINI has an auto wiper option but doesn't appear to have an 'intermittent' setting - so you have on, off and annoying. The Honda variable intermittent setting is good (as mentioned by someone else). Auto lights - good idea, technology not there yet - shouldn't flick on and off as you travel through shady woodland on a bright sunny day - it's irritating following a car with lights that are on then off then on then off etc. etc.

Those features all fall under the 'pointless technology pile' for me My list of deal breakers is more basic:

1) Decent brakes
2) Decent seats
3) Handling not like a barge
4) Noticeable acceleration - not rocket ship fast but something must happen when you bury the throttle.
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Old 29 Apr 2015, 15:38 (Ref:3531829)   #20
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That's 1 thing I don't care about (heated seats) and 2 I despise! Auto wipers are annoying - pick a ****ing speed and stick to it rather than slowing down and speeding up - also work when it's raining you useless pieces of ****. My wifes MINI has an auto wiper option but doesn't appear to have an 'intermittent' setting - so you have on, off and annoying. The Honda variable intermittent setting is good (as mentioned by someone else). Auto lights - good idea, technology not there yet - shouldn't flick on and off as you travel through shady woodland on a bright sunny day - it's irritating following a car with lights that are on then off then on then off etc. etc.

Those features all fall under the 'pointless technology pile' for me My list of deal breakers is more basic:

1) Decent brakes
2) Decent seats
3) Handling not like a barge
4) Noticeable acceleration - not rocket ship fast but something must happen when you bury the throttle.
I really really wish we had a facebook 'like' on this forum. Agree 100% with your 'pointless technology' view.
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Old 29 Apr 2015, 17:35 (Ref:3531866)   #21
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depends where you live.

the most glorious of all car accessories is the command/remote start!

-40c and i dont have to go outside to start my car so its nice and toasty once i get in...amazing!
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Old 29 Apr 2015, 19:40 (Ref:3531927)   #22
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depends where you live.

the most glorious of all car accessories is the command/remote start!

-40c and i dont have to go outside to start my car so its nice and toasty once i get in...amazing!
I'm not sure if remote starters are even legal here. Never heard anyone having it. Instead of that we use preheaters and cabin heaters. The latter one looks like this
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Of course it needs electricity first, unless you use Webasto/Eberspächer -type system which uses cars own fuel to produce heat.

E: And remote starter would also cause some weird accidents here in Europe since most of the drivers still 'choose' manual transmission (can't afford a decent automatic ). I mean if one tries to remote start a car but the gear's not on neutral.

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Old 29 Apr 2015, 22:08 (Ref:3531977)   #23
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Fair point, I guess it's a matter of perspective. It's currently 65F/18-19C and I'm wearing a jacket, so....
At that temperature we take our clothes off and lie out in the back garden.

The thing I miss most in any car other than mine is the arm rest in the middle. Perfectly placed so you can rest your elbow and still hold the steering wheel and change gear. The other thing I love is the rechargeable torch in the glove box.
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Old 30 Apr 2015, 05:01 (Ref:3532046)   #24
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Two years ago I traded my 2004 Ford Falcon on a 2012 Ford Falcon. One stand out feature that I gained in the update is a USB port.

I can't stand listening to the radio, the same songs everyday and idiots babbling **** incessantly. Now I plug in my iPod and I hear no talking, nothing but my music collection. I have 7000 songs, so it's not repetitive.
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Blue tooth and a UBS slot, what a relief to get rid of cassettes and CDs after years of cluttering up the car !
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I know I might upset Armco Bender, but I really prefer using sheepskin seat covers over leather seats.

My Honda has leather seats and a sunroof, and the next one I buy is likely to have neither... I have probably opened the roof less than a half dozen times, the dust comes in... and the leather is not as luxuriant to your posterior compared to a pukka sheepskin...
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I know I might upset Armco Bender, but I really prefer using sheepskin seat covers over leather seats.

My Honda has leather seats and a sunroof, and the next one I buy is likely to have neither... I have probably opened the roof less than a half dozen times, the dust comes in... and the leather is not as luxuriant to your posterior compared to a pukka sheepskin...
I enjoy lifting the back of the sunroof so it keeps the air moving in the car, often don't need the aircon when you do this.

Don't you find sitting on sheep skins a bit like driving your car sitting on a ladder?
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I enjoy lifting the back of the sunroof so it keeps the air moving in the car, often don't need the aircon when you do this.

Don't you find sitting on sheep skins a bit like driving your car sitting on a ladder?
I find that I perspire more on leather seats..
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I find that I perspire more on leather seats..
That is what I use the aircon for, I must admit I don't find it a problem, although on hot days, black upholstery in the sun ....
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although on hot days, black upholstery in the sun ....
Genuine leather is still ok on hot days, but those vinyl seats which were the standard in 60's till the mid 70's are awful if the car has been under the sun for a while.
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