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Old 25 Aug 2017, 10:51 (Ref:3761503)   #31
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The above post by wnut is a classic example of why no-one should ever buy a car manufactured on a Monday or Friday!

However, I think that you may have been unlucky. I stopped buying new cars after my last Crown, and usually just buy larger engined cars that that have been p/x'd for tiddlers, and which the dealers really have no interest in trying to sell.

Choose wisely, and you can pick up some cracking bargains. My current gas guzzler is a 3 litre Jag, with about 130,000 on the clock which has sailed through the last 3 MOTs. Chose it after giving the tyres a good kicking, which didn't break any toes, so I knew it was a good'un.
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Old 25 Aug 2017, 18:39 (Ref:3761581)   #32
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My truck odo shows 575000 kms. The rig is 9 years old, and apparently that's low mileage! Up until recently the engine's not needed to be touched except for servicing, but intermittent poor starting over last 12 months has just resulted in injector sleeve replacement, plus belt idlers as a precaution while in the vicinity. Last year the throttle pedal failed, and for longer than that the central locking has tried continually to lock me out. It succeeded once- in Brands paddock! Oh, and when I dropped the electric window in the driver's door yesterday the regulator fell apart..... Amazing how quickly you learn how to remove the interior trim.

The engine is (of course) OHC 24 valve common rail, high pressure injection and with fly by wire throttle. Adjustable valve timing and 'engine brake' as well. After the injector sleeve replacements, a check light came on going to Monza. Turned out to be turbo boost sensor show using a fault. Replaced. Also, performance was down since all the head work, and another session plugged into a PC yesterday bought up fault codes relating to the camshaft position sensor. Fitting new one on the morning with fingers crossed....

All modern tech, all very good for efficiency and ease of operation, all a pain in the butt when it goes wrong!
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Old 25 Aug 2017, 19:51 (Ref:3761590)   #33
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Your truck is a youngster. Mine shows 456000 proper British MILES not soppy foreign KM. Daf 45-150 I think it's called. There do seem to be a lot on the road so I hope it's because they are reliable workhorses.

It's a bit like the car we're all pining for - electric windows and cruise control and that's all the options it has!

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Old 25 Aug 2017, 21:35 (Ref:3761595)   #34
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Lane keep assist systems.
As if Autoblog were reading TenTenths -

https://www.autoblog.com/2017/08/23/...und-ab-tile-33
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Old 25 Aug 2017, 21:50 (Ref:3761598)   #35
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As if Autoblog were reading TenTenths -

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Which is fine for single lane roads, but on motorways or dual carriageways they make people too lazy to move back into the left lanre.
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Old 25 Aug 2017, 22:07 (Ref:3761603)   #36
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That's driving stupidity, not necessary complication. Earlier this week I was overtaking a people carrier on a dual carriageway when it drifted into my lane and gave me a hell of a fright.

I want everyone to have lane protection. That way there is less chance of a moron killing me and my kids.
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Old 26 Aug 2017, 11:26 (Ref:3761692)   #37
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'Lane keeping assist' or 'lane departure warning' were never on my radar, if that's not a pun, but a couple of scary moments changed my mind. Not something that can be retro-fitted, unfortunately! Both incidents involved the infamous articulated truck 'blind spot' and near misses when an ignorant (of the problem) car driver decided it was good to cruise along beside my cab at the same pace. The legally required n/s side mirror is not a lot of help, as the lens is so convex the distortion is hideous! A dark coloured car on a black road in the truck shadow is virtually invisible.....

To help, I'm now investing in a '360 degree' 4 camera system that will give a birds eye view of the truck and anything around it on the monitor. Also, if I indicate to change lanes it will show the relevant camera view for that side. Same if reverse is engaged. Expensive but it could save an accident or even a cyclist's life. It also gives compliance to any voluntary or compulsory city driving requirement.

Not a warning system or driver assist device, but a very good way of monitoring your surroundings. Still requires me to check the info being displayed, but that's hopefully within my powers!
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Old 26 Aug 2017, 15:49 (Ref:3761724)   #38
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The engine is (of course) OHC 24 valve common rail, high pressure injection and with fly by wire throttle. Adjustable valve timing and 'engine brake' as well. After the injector sleeve replacements, a check light came on going to Monza. Turned out to be turbo boost sensor show using a fault. Replaced. Also, performance was down since all the head work, and another session plugged into a PC yesterday bought up fault codes relating to the camshaft position sensor. Fitting new one on the morning with fingers crossed....

All modern tech, all very good for efficiency and ease of operation, all a pain in the butt when it goes wrong!
One of my Volvos suffered from a cam position sensor fault which manifested itself by the engine refusing to start sometimes, when the mechanic turned up it would miraculously start, as happens with most faults.
The throttle pedal is a common fault on these as are water pumps as they are made of toffee and elastic. Another problem is the lower mirror breaks off very easily when attacked with fists in road rage incidents.
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Old 26 Aug 2017, 19:06 (Ref:3761747)   #39
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Water pump? I've got the pleasure of that to come then! Presume no nasty modern electronics involved though.....

OT, so apologies- major wheelspin in damp on way home from this morning's sensor fitment. Promising! Proof of cure will be when a loaded trailer is attached.
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Old 26 Aug 2017, 20:41 (Ref:3761769)   #40
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OT, so apologies- major wheelspin in damp on way home from this morning's sensor fitment. Promising! Proof of cure will be when a loaded trailer is attached.
What, no traction control?
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 05:34 (Ref:3761843)   #41
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What, no traction control?
Oh yes! Warning lights and symbols flashing up all over the dash...
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Old 27 Aug 2017, 06:12 (Ref:3761849)   #42
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Sometimes manufacturer's efforts are in vain; a former colleague (very smart, important and very easy on the eye ) bought one of those ghastly side door Peugeot 1007s . I have no idea why she did this . En route to a meeting with her in the awful Pug I noted that the ASR button was 'off' . 'Err, J*** , why have you turned that off , it can be really quite useful.' 'Can it? What does it do then ? Didn't want to turn it on - no idea what it is .'

But far more absurd is the gazillion Euros spent in design of a Bugatti Chiron , when its primary use will almost certainly be being driven by a Dubai teenager up and down Kensington High Street to impress girls ...
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It's no wonder the 1007 was withdrawn from sale. Apart from the looks, the electric sliding doors were so slow, if it was raining the interior and you got soaked while they operated. At least power tailgates and bootlids offer a little shelter, but even then you can get very wet waiting......
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Keyless entry and push button start, he drove there, she drove back. He still had the fob in his pocket. The car had not been stopped when they swapped over.

There was a spare key (and a spare car) at home. However she had been intending to stop for fuel on the way home but changed her mind. Just as well because absent the fob she would have been stranded at a fuel station, blocking a pump and with a baby in the car.

Which story, no doubt not uncommon these days, might suggest that a large number of not very special cars on the roads are too clever for our own good let alone theirs!
On keyless entry. This is a god send for parents with hands full of stuff and kids hanging on. I know people who will only buy a car with it. That bit is top, living with a car, something useful is brilliant and what the manufacturers are doing to add value to the consumer. So for some necessery.

Push button start. Well, if there is no key then you might as well. Although I think this has mainly come from a style thing from car “enthusiasts”.

Leave it too close to the house door and they can boost it to get in the car. Easy to solve. However it is a good example of criminal activity. Manufacturers invent something new, bad people work out how to get round it, manufacturers have something better, the cycle continues.
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Regarding keyless entry and push button start, pretty soon you will have a key and an option for your phone. Yes, that is more complicated, but it seems to work and the chances you will be without a key or your phone are slim.

I have a Chrysler product with an old Merc key - You may have seen the plastic nubs that you put into a plastic hole and turn as if that is actually accomplishing anything. Maybe it is the engineer in me, but the stupidity of this drives me crazy.

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Trucks? What trucks? They sound like Rams?
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