Weird car facts...

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FurballS2000

1,030 posts

142 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

9,402 posts

151 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

6,787 posts

140 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

15,753 posts

160 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

6,787 posts

140 months

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

LuS1fer

38,810 posts

222 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

140 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

133 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

7,955 posts

237 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

210 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

5,252 posts

178 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

2,944 posts

145 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

210 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

5,252 posts

178 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

44,125 posts

132 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

15,969 posts

184 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

5,252 posts

178 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

zaphod42

44,125 posts

132 months

Sunday 19th June 2011
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tali1 said:
His EFA was because i said mistakenly A class had MORE room
My post was stating that the A class LWB had more room than either the E or the S class.... you weren't mistaken...

shakotan

10,433 posts

173 months

Monday 20th June 2011
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carlove said:
tali1 said:
The Merc A class Lwb had more rear room than the S class of the time
They made a Lwb A-Class?
Do you not remember the tv advertisement, where the Mercedes salesman is lining up some A-class cars, and notices one is stick out a bit, so he pushes it back to line the nose up, goes around the back to fit the arse sticking out 6 inches, leaving him all confused?

I tried finding it on YouTube without success...

petrolsniffer

2,461 posts

151 months

Monday 20th 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??
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I think the toyota mr2 mk2 has bigger brakes at the rear? I assume its because of the midengine layout?