Whats the most annoying thing about your car?

Whats the most annoying thing about your car?

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MG CHRIS

6,616 posts

115 months

Sunday 17th November
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Not so much the car itself but its a bugger to keep clean spend all day cleaning it then following days stinking again. It attracts every bit of dirt and road grime.

IntriguedUser

737 posts

69 months

Sunday 17th November
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JMEB5 said:
B5 S4 - Everything genuine is becoming/has become NLA. Making it hard to keep them on the road these days. Why can't Audi be more like BMW/Porsche in their parts department? rolleyes

Mk3 Mondeo - heated screen - although the idea is nice, seeing those little wiggly lines all the time grates on me. laugh
Always liked that shape S4, there's one around my way with some sort of AWD 2.8 engine



MellowshipSlinky

11,162 posts

137 months

Sunday 17th November
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Wife’s car - Golf R.
To defrost the door mirrors, instead of them being linked to the rear de-mister (like every other car I’ve had), you have to turn the toggle switch for adjusting the mirrors.

donkmeister

1,864 posts

48 months

Sunday 17th November
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toon10 said:
Gad-Westy said:
Some of you seem to love a bit of range! I don’t honestly know if I’ve ever even eeked 400miles out of a tank from anything I’ve ever owned. In fact a couple of my cars wouldn’t hit triple figures though I admit that was a tad annoying!
Me too. It must be the diesel generation. I've driven many diesels up and down the country with work but I've never owned one so anything over the 300 miles per tank mark is happy days for me. The tiny tank in the m135i was a joke but I'm loving the extra range on my G30.
I can't speak for others, but I've never had a diesel and love to have a good cruise range.

I used to have a Vectra 2.8T (not the VXR) that would typically do 23mpg but would best something around 27mpg with a ~60 litre tank. That was fine for my commute but meant that if I was doing a decent journey I'd end up having to stop for fuel at least once, and annoyingly the range was such that if I was headed south my fuel warning would come on just after I got onto the Peripherique... not a place where you want to have range anxiety!!! So, I ended up getting into the habit of stopping either before getting on the tunnel or somewhere in northern France each time.

The Merc that replaced it has an 80l tank that does about 350 miles of normal commuting, but on a roadtrip I get 550 miles out of it (not bad for a 5.0 V8 petrol engine!). So for me that means I can comfortably get to Edinburgh, Brugge or Charite-sur-Loire without a fuel stop. I know the "550 mile fuel tank doesn't mean 550 mile bladder" argument gets trotted out in these discussions however... I have a powerfully-built bladder. biggrin

(but more importantly, it's nice to be able to choose where to stop for fuel on your own terms rather than having to buy overpriced fuel on the motorway, or being able to come off the ferry/tunnel and just start whacking miles behind you).

rayyan171

1,250 posts

41 months

Monday 18th November
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Mr Tidy said:
rayyan171 said:
You'd think it would be the diesel generation but we only get around 500 miles, sometimes slightly less, from a 100L tank, on the E70. The A6 is better, gets around 450-500 (possibly) from 80L. Both 3L, the Audi is a petrol.
That's pretty poor - my E46 320td could manage over 600 miles on a 63 litre tank!

And the replacement 123d could do over 500 miles on a 55 litre tank.

I've moved over to straight 6 petrols now, but my E90 330i can easily do over 400 miles on one tank.
How big are the petrol tanks on the E90? I imagine 60L?

Best we have ever had is around 350-400 miles from a 40L tank in a C1, but thats all. Saying that, the old E39 528i used to get around 400-450 miles of range when it was in active use.

Pretty impressive from the 123d, with the twin turbo as well. Admittedly, whilst its up to 500 miles in the E70, it is a twin turbo as well, and if you were super careful you could achieve 550 miles. The Audi is simply a more efficient car despite having the same power and being petrol, it simply weighs less and is actually very aerodynamically efficient. Paired with a whisper silent V6 and its an amazing motorway cruiser. Bit small inside however considering its size. Thats another thing that annoys me actually, the size of the damn thing yet it doesn't have the most interior space.

Gad-Westy

9,648 posts

161 months

Monday 18th November
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rayyan171 said:
How big are the petrol tanks on the E90? I imagine 60L?

Best we have ever had is around 350-400 miles from a 40L tank in a C1, but thats all. Saying that, the old E39 528i used to get around 400-450 miles of range when it was in active use.

Pretty impressive from the 123d, with the twin turbo as well. Admittedly, whilst its up to 500 miles in the E70, it is a twin turbo as well, and if you were super careful you could achieve 550 miles. The Audi is simply a more efficient car despite having the same power and being petrol, it simply weighs less and is actually very aerodynamically efficient. Paired with a whisper silent V6 and its an amazing motorway cruiser. Bit small inside however considering its size. Thats another thing that annoys me actually, the size of the damn thing yet it doesn't have the most interior space.
Tank size is somewhere around 60l. An e90 needs to average over 30mpg to do 400 miles but that’s assuming that you run it dry. More like 33mpg if you’re more cautious.

Deranged Rover

230 posts

22 months

Monday 18th November
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My Mk3 Mondeo again (and the Focus I used to own, come to that...) and the headlamp flash/main beam selector.

Nearly ever car I've ever driven has required you to pull the stalk towards you from its rest position towards you to flash, and push it away from rest for the main beam. Simple, effective and easy.

Why then, do Ford insist on using the ridiculous system whereby you pull it towards you a bit to flash and then a bit further until it clicks to maintain main beam? It's all to easy to pull a bit too far to flash and accidentally leave the lights on main beam. Bloody daft.

FunkyNige

6,534 posts

223 months

Monday 18th November
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MellowshipSlinky said:
Wife’s car - Golf R.
To defrost the door mirrors, instead of them being linked to the rear de-mister (like every other car I’ve had), you have to turn the toggle switch for adjusting the mirrors.
Father-in-Law's A6 (again) is worse than that - it's on the toggle switch to adjust the mirrors but there's no "don't do anything" position on the toggle; it's either adjust left, adjust right, fold in, or heated. Ends up being left on heated all the time as leaving on an adjust feels wrong and you obviously don't want them folded in!

irocfan

21,300 posts

138 months

Monday 18th November
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my 2013 Camaro has, I am sure, the thickest 'A' pillars known to man - a real PITA at some junctions frown

TTmonkey

15,188 posts

195 months

Monday 18th November
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Stop/Start again.


Mine is way to aggressive (BMW 420d) always cutting out whenever I stop.


Parked the car this morning after drive into work. Engine must have cut out with stop start.

Obviously forgot to press the actual 'engine off' button. Got out. locked the car, waked away.

just got a call from reception.... your car engine is running! has been for nearly 3 hours.


Heated seat/aircon were on, engine must have restarted some time after I went inside. car still securely locked.

Too much technology. keyless entry and stop start. I don't need either in my life.

Shakermaker

10,159 posts

48 months

Monday 18th November
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Deranged Rover said:
My Mk3 Mondeo again (and the Focus I used to own, come to that...) and the headlamp flash/main beam selector.

Nearly ever car I've ever driven has required you to pull the stalk towards you from its rest position towards you to flash, and push it away from rest for the main beam. Simple, effective and easy.

Why then, do Ford insist on using the ridiculous system whereby you pull it towards you a bit to flash and then a bit further until it clicks to maintain main beam? It's all to easy to pull a bit too far to flash and accidentally leave the lights on main beam. Bloody daft.
That's an way of doing things but far from uncommon, probably from before the days where you'd ever need to "flash" your headlights at anyone?

I remember when I bought my second car. I'd spent just over a year in my little old Polo with the main beam being on by pull towards you, and that was the same system in my mum's Renault that I'd done some lessons in and my instructor's Peugeot. I then moved on to a Cavalier, where the main beam was "push away" from you and I didn't know this, was quite alien.

The 19-plate Peugeot I had a courtesy car the other week still uses the pull for main mean, which was once again, a bit odd to get used to again

Hammerhead

2,360 posts

202 months

Monday 18th November
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Its thirst for screenwash at this time of year! As well as spraying the screen, it double washes each of the headlights every 5th activation. Then add in the rear wiper wash when it it needs clearing.. drinks more than Oliver Reed! hehe

mradam

112 posts

42 months

Monday 18th November
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TTmonkey said:
Stop/Start again.


Mine is way to aggressive (BMW 420d) always cutting out whenever I stop.


Parked the car this morning after drive into work. Engine must have cut out with stop start.

Obviously forgot to press the actual 'engine off' button. Got out. locked the car, waked away.

just got a call from reception.... your car engine is running! has been for nearly 3 hours.


Heated seat/aircon were on, engine must have restarted some time after I went inside. car still securely locked.

Too much technology. keyless entry and stop start. I don't need either in my life.
Saw a M140i doing the exact same thing in a multi-storey on Saturday. Had a walk around it just in case the driver was injured inside or something, but no-one to be seen and doors locked. I decided perhaps the owner had remote started it with a phone app or something to get it warm, but guess it was possibly the stop/start.

Speed addicted

3,965 posts

175 months

Monday 18th November
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mradam said:
TTmonkey said:
Stop/Start again.


Mine is way to aggressive (BMW 420d) always cutting out whenever I stop.


Parked the car this morning after drive into work. Engine must have cut out with stop start.

Obviously forgot to press the actual 'engine off' button. Got out. locked the car, waked away.

just got a call from reception.... your car engine is running! has been for nearly 3 hours.


Heated seat/aircon were on, engine must have restarted some time after I went inside. car still securely locked.

Too much technology. keyless entry and stop start. I don't need either in my life.
Saw a M140i doing the exact same thing in a multi-storey on Saturday. Had a walk around it just in case the driver was injured inside or something, but no-one to be seen and doors locked. I decided perhaps the owner had remote started it with a phone app or something to get it warm, but guess it was possibly the stop/start.
Another very start/stoppy 420d here. I think if you have your foot on the brake when pressing stop (like you would to start) it can switch off then on again rather than just off. I'm not sure though!

Flibble

5,133 posts

129 months

Monday 18th November
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I'm surprised it will lock with the ignition on. My car just beeps at you if you try to lock it without switching it off.

TTmonkey

15,188 posts

195 months

Monday 18th November
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Flibble said:
I'm surprised it will lock with the ignition on. My car just beeps at you if you try to lock it without switching it off.
the car is a 4 year old automatic. I'm hoping BMW have given this some more thought since and newer models are a bi more 'clever'.


it was securely locked. You'd think that without the key being present, when locked, it would cut the engine after a few minutes or something.


nope, just sat there, heated seats on, heated steering wheel on, stereo playing, lights on.

The planet died a little bit more today.... !



TTmonkey

15,188 posts

195 months

Monday 18th November
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Speed addicted said:
Another very start/stoppy 420d here. I think if you have your foot on the brake when pressing stop (like you would to start) it can switch off then on again rather than just off. I'm not sure though!
Yes i'm sure something like this has happened to me too. PITA.

thebigmacmoomin

2,307 posts

117 months

Monday 18th November
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MellowshipSlinky said:
Wife’s car - Golf R.
To defrost the door mirrors, instead of them being linked to the rear de-mister (like every other car I’ve had), you have to turn the toggle switch for adjusting the mirrors.
Ford's heated mirrors are linked to the heated front windscreen which is more logical

thebigmacmoomin

2,307 posts

117 months

Monday 18th November
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Deranged Rover said:
My Mk3 Mondeo again (and the Focus I used to own, come to that...) and the headlamp flash/main beam selector.

Nearly ever car I've ever driven has required you to pull the stalk towards you from its rest position towards you to flash, and push it away from rest for the main beam. Simple, effective and easy.

Why then, do Ford insist on using the ridiculous system whereby you pull it towards you a bit to flash and then a bit further until it clicks to maintain main beam? It's all to easy to pull a bit too far to flash and accidentally leave the lights on main beam. Bloody daft.
I've never found that to be in issue in all my Ford ownership.

Fastchas

1,781 posts

69 months

Monday 18th November
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Speed addicted said:
mradam said:
TTmonkey said:
Stop/Start again.


Mine is way to aggressive (BMW 420d) always cutting out whenever I stop.


Parked the car this morning after drive into work. Engine must have cut out with stop start.

Obviously forgot to press the actual 'engine off' button. Got out. locked the car, waked away.

just got a call from reception.... your car engine is running! has been for nearly 3 hours.


Heated seat/aircon were on, engine must have restarted some time after I went inside. car still securely locked.

Too much technology. keyless entry and stop start. I don't need either in my life.
Saw a M140i doing the exact same thing in a multi-storey on Saturday. Had a walk around it just in case the driver was injured inside or something, but no-one to be seen and doors locked. I decided perhaps the owner had remote started it with a phone app or something to get it warm, but guess it was possibly the stop/start.
Another very start/stoppy 420d here. I think if you have your foot on the brake when pressing stop (like you would to start) it can switch off then on again rather than just off. I'm not sure though!
My E91 disables the S/S after the drivers door has opened. You have to push the start button to start it again.
Although I have not got out and left it after it has auto-stopped, I will have to keep an eye on that.