Weird car facts...

Weird car facts...

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Kiltox

12,029 posts

102 months

Friday 17th June 2011
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Lets Torque said:
I'm bringing this thread back to life with this...

One of the selling features of the Hyundai Getz was that it has/had more rear legroom as the Hyundai Sonata.



You can all sleep better now you know that. wink

Edited by Lets Torque on Friday 17th June 13:48
Yet you need to be able to detatch your legs to sit behind me in the Getz-derived Picanto laugh

Sheeda Pistol

4,680 posts

121 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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The BMW E34 5 series came with an option to include a fridge in the rear centre armrest and in between the front seats.


XJ84

303 posts

100 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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Well it took me a while to read the whole way through, but read through I did. And I've learnt some fascinating things along the way.

Don't remember seeing this, the MGZT V8 (260?) has bigger brake discs on the rear than the front. Is there any other car like this??

Also the MK2A/MK3 polo has three heater settings. Windscreen, feet, and nothing but extra noise. The two I had were both like it.
One of them had windscreen washers that soaked the front seat passenger when the sunroof was open. Most amusing...

FurballS2000

946 posts

109 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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They may have bigger diameter on the back but I'll bet that they aren't ventilated like the front ones will be.

steveo3002

6,659 posts

118 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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XJ84 said:
Also the MK2A/MK3 polo has three heater settings. Windscreen, feet, and nothing but extra noise. The two I had were both like it.
One of them had windscreen washers that soaked the front seat passenger when the sunroof was open. Most amusing...
not really a car fact is it , you just had a broken /faulty car

benjj

6,770 posts

107 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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The original Citroen DS had fold flat front seats which when laid flat converted the front and back seats into a std size double bed.


Liquid Knight

15,491 posts

127 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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benjj said:
The original Citroen DS had fold flat front seats which when laid flat converted the front and back seats into a std size double bed.
So did the Fiat Panda.

benjj

6,770 posts

107 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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I didnt think the Panda's were the std double bed size...

LuS1fer

35,252 posts

189 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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The Maxi folded down into a double bed too but I never tried one that was ever comfortable.

G350

382 posts

107 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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Lets Torque said:
NERD ALERT nerd

On the Discovery 3 & 4 Land Rover had that kink in the back window put on the right side to aid parking for LHD variants , (where there biggest market is) , but for RHD they just left the back window the same as LHD , so the kink is no help to us becuase it is directly behind us.

Pictures:

The Discovery 3




The Discovery 4



I told you i was a nerd! nerdhehe

Edited by Lets Torque on Thursday 31st March 20:45
Of course, that rear window shape was a Discovery feature from the start, only it was hidden by the rear spare.



XJ84

303 posts

100 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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steveo3002 said:
XJ84 said:
Also the MK2A/MK3 polo has three heater settings. Windscreen, feet, and nothing but extra noise. The two I had were both like it.
One of them had windscreen washers that soaked the front seat passenger when the sunroof was open. Most amusing...
not really a car fact is it , you just had a broken /faulty car
Yes alright, not strictly a 'car fact', just thought it was amusing and worth mentioning, jeeez.....

I thought the heater one was weird at least, seeing as they were both 'faulty' apparently...

Oilchange

5,567 posts

204 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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To get past strict Californian emmissions regs, Lotus fitted an 'exhaust backpressure valve' and 'throttle jacking capsule' to the Esprit.
These operate when the Catalytic converter is cold to almost close the exhaust (valve) and jack up the throttle so it doesn't stall. The end result is a warm Cat, quicker (they work best when up to temp, hence lots of cars have them as the first bit of pipe after the manifold) and therefor the emmissions reduce to regulation levels or below within the set period of time stipulated.

They also fitted these to cars sold in the UK like mine. Needless to say the rusty,cracked, heavy, rattling valve was tossed away and a spacer put in, the capsule was tie wrapped away and the engine doesn't sound like a washing machine full of ball bearings now...

busta

4,504 posts

177 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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XJ84 said:
Don't remember seeing this, the MGZT V8 (260?) has bigger brake discs on the rear than the front. Is there any other car like this??
I seem to remember the MK1 Vectra did too, because the rear brakes where a combined disc and drum (drum for the handbrake).

tali1

5,180 posts

145 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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M5 Russ said:
It is impossible to get the windows on a VW Phaeton to mist up no matter what settings are used on the climate control (as learned by my son who is a current VW apprentice)
Learned ? or rather he watched Top Gear ? (@ 3 MINS) smile
Sorry russian voice over
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR32B5QcvRM

Jakg

2,087 posts

112 months

Saturday 18th June 2011
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XJ84 said:
Don't remember seeing this, the MGZT V8 (260?) has bigger brake discs on the rear than the front. Is there any other car like this??
I'm geussing the reason being that the front brakes are taken from it's little brother (ZT 190 - albeit 180° around on the disk). The rear axle/setup etc is very different (i.e. the 260 is RWD, the rest are FWD) meant they could get away with an uprated part to give a bit more braking performance (the rears were AP's, the fronts were from an e46 330)

busta

4,504 posts

177 months

Sunday 19th June 2011
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tali1 said:
The Merc A class Lwb had more rear room than the E class of the time
EFA

tali1

5,180 posts

145 months

Sunday 19th June 2011
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busta said:
tali1 said:
The Merc A class Lwb had more rear room than the E class of the time
EFA
Meant to say as much room as S class
Not truly convinced by the Getz/Sonata marketed trivia- Getz was roomy -but it wasn't even roomiest car in it's class

zaphod42

32,844 posts

99 months

Sunday 19th June 2011
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@Busta: It was comparable with the S class, actually:

http://archive.carkeys.co.uk/launches/mercedesbenz...
Typical legroom: 110cm
Typical kneeroom: 87cm

"In fact those 945mm separating the front and rear seats mean that the A-Class offers about 100mm more space than found in the Merc E-class saloon."

Which was comparable to the S class at that time:
2002 S class: http://www.theaa.com/allaboutcars/cartestreports/c...
Typical legroom: 101cm
Typical kneeroom: 77cm

PH: being a pedant matters wink

va1o

15,893 posts

151 months

Sunday 19th June 2011
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What's the difference between legroom and kneeroom? paperbag

I've always found the old shape A-Class a bit weird inside, the floor is quite high up so your legs are higher than they would be in a conventional car, almost feels like your sitting on top of the car rather than inside it...

tali1

5,180 posts

145 months

Sunday 19th June 2011
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zaphod42 said:
@Busta: It was comparable with the S class, actually:

http://archive.carkeys.co.uk/launches/mercedesbenz...
Typical legroom: 110cm
Typical kneeroom: 87cm

"In fact those 945mm separating the front and rear seats mean that the A-Class offers about 100mm more space than found in the Merc E-class saloon."

Which was comparable to the S class at that time:
2002 S class: http://www.theaa.com/allaboutcars/cartestreports/c...
Typical legroom: 101cm
Typical kneeroom: 77cm

PH: being a pedant matters wink
His EFA was because i said mistakenly A class had MORE room