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  2. It seems that the people who design all the modern space-aged devices, never actually use them, which is why they are so poorly thought out. RBSinTo
  3. The other thing I can’t stand about new cars is the desire to put as many controls as possible into a touch screen. They need concentration and a steady hand, neither of which are available in a moving car. And that is with a good user interface design - I’ve seen some that have terrible user interfaces that are almost impossible to use.
  4. Apple Music has been my salvation from the disaster that is FM radio today. Every Friday on the desktop app they put up a playlist of songs that they recommend “For You” based on your listening preferences. If I find something I like I click the little heart icon and then I also add it to one of my own playlists. This automatically downloads to my phone. I have 3 or 4 huge playlists now with different types of music that I just shuffle whenever I am in the car. I haven’t listened to the radio in years (I do listen to BBC Radio 2 in the office sometimes).
  5. Can't you get BBC Radio 3 in Ontario .. ? .. 😉 I had a big Healey for a good few years before I left Australia, and you could only hear the radio with the engine off! Nowadays I would prefer aircooled flat six audio when available .. cheers, Maurice
  6. Dallas, There has essentially been no music since the Beatles broke up, and I can't bear to listen to the shit they pump out endlessly on FM radio. So as long as I can listen to the news, weather, traffic, some drive-time talk radio, and some AM radio oldies, the sound system that came with the car when we got it works just fine for me. RBSinTo
  7. For me the interior of a car and the features it offers is the most important thing, especially in-car sound. I recently got a warranty upgrade on my JVC aftermarket stereo which has Apple CarPlay, and wow, what a difference it has made for me. The sound quality is the best I have ever had in any car (using the standard Hyundai door speakers) and the navigation options are now so much easier. I also fitted a reversing camera which helps a lot.
  8. I believe that if you can't drive what you want to, then it doesn't matter what you drive. I'm driving a 2013 Subaru Forrester (meh). When I get in it I'm here. and when I get out of it I'm there, which is how I know it is working. It ain't no Austin Healey 3000, or Ferrari GT 250 California, so for what I need it is OK. Robert
  9. The day is long gone when I used to all my own car maintenance. Not possible with current electronic systems. At least I can still maintain my bicycle myself. No electronics, just Newtonian physics and tension mechanics.
  10. Electronics can be a stumbling block for many vehicles. I don't think I will be buying any new cars for the foreseeable future, firstly because of affordability and secondly because I am happier owning an older vehicle that is easier to maintain and has an established reputation amongst private mechanics.
  11. I don’t think it is necessarily any worse than any other modern vehicle with electronic engine management which shuts itself down to avoid damage. Another problem is diesel particulate filters which are a common cause of cars going into limp mode. Unfortunately it is not possible to build a modern car without these features (commercial vehicles can sometimes bypass them but can feel very agricultural in comparison to a passenger vehicle). it is probably time form me to start thinking about a new car, but at the moment I just can’t think of one that appeals to me but isn’t ridiculously overpriced.
  12. This vehicle is a "lifestyle" vehicle, not a "life" vehicle. I agree with Alan. The original Land Rover was truly awful, but it was virtually unburstable and did not have electronic systems that could shut the show down. I did have a look at the Velar, but what was put off by the price and my previous horrendous experience with a Discovery.
  13. Price. That, and the backlash from "traditional" Land Rover Owners who prefer cars bolted and riveted together by hand from flat pieces like Meccano, ride like buckboards, have less elbow room than an outback dunny (i.e. toilet) and leak like sieves all as standard equipment, which will probably make the model, good as it promises to be, difficult to sell in Australia outside of the wannabe-Crocodile-Dundees in the suburbs, where its potential abilities will be totally lost and pointless and mostly be spent driving over gutters and kerbs in low range. No doubt sales will be further hampered with the joyous inclusion of the Nanny-mode "Reduced Engine Performance" feature, which I have had the dubious joy of experiencing without warning last year in my own 2011 Land Rover product. This is nothing short of downright dangerous (picture a fully laden log truck pulling out to pass me on a hill as the "feature" had reduced my car to a 5 km/h crawl and nearly ended up with said log truck rear-ending my car going uphill), and which would make cross-desert holiday expeditions much favoured by the Aussie 4WD adventurer community a hazardous gamble to undertake at best, and possibly a hideously expensive rescue-retrieval operation ensue should some electronic decision of the unfathomable computing system buried in the workings of the car cause Nanny-mode to engage and render further progress impossible, as there is simply no override switch or command. Clearly the concept of remoteness and distance is not one fully understood in the design rooms of Solihull (or wherever the vehicles are designed these days), and situations where it is perfectly possible, and not even unusual, to drive for 1,000 or even 2,000 km without seeing another car or even human being, for that matter, are simply not even entertained. Australia was probably the reason long-range accessory fuel tanks for 4WD vehicles were invented, and not without very good reason. To have full tanks of fuel and die of thirst and exposure because your new vehicle's computer shuts the show down with no warning or reason would be perhaps one of the lousiest ways to exit this life. So as good as it might be, and as much as I'd like one (Tasmania is more reasonable when one thinks of remote - if you're healthy you can usually walk to safety from any vehicular track on this Island State, which is certainly not the case for mainland Australia), I really do think the vehicle will fall short in sales targets after the initial "must have one" brigade get done and move off to the next latest-and-greatest vehicle to drive over kerbs in.
  14. Yep, I have the same problems...
  15. And some nice Namibian scenery too. There are a few other videos from those not lucky enough to make it to Namibia - they just got a drive around Ledbury and Eastnor in the UK. I wouldn’t mind one apart from the price and being too big to fit in my garage.
  16. This video came up on my YouTube recommended feed. Wow. All I can say is that this is definitely a cool car.
  17. Yes, I agree. We got one as a rental on our holiday to Cape Town last year. We drove around for an entire week on one tank of fuel. It also has a nifty hill start assist in the manual version. My wife's old 2004 one was however, not a car I had a lot of love for. It refused to start so often because of faulty engine temperature sensors, plus the overall design inside left much to be desired. The driving position was terrible no matter how you adjusted the seat and on the RH drive versions the left side windscreen wiper would stop right in your line of sight leaving you with a temporary line of water to peer through before the return wipe would clear it. I will be honest, I was relieved when the insurance company wrote it off. She got a Fiesta after that and then the Indian made Ford Figo which, while lacking in many refinements, has been a trouble free motoring experience for her. Not a single breakdown or any other issue.
  18. Would James Bond actually fit into the Cygnet?
  19. The current-model Polo is about the same size as the Mk I Golf. It's a very good car.
  20. Golf and Jetta demand has fallen quite low here in favour of the smaller Polo range. They were still making the Golf Mk 1 here well into the 2000's under the CitiGolf brand, so there are still thousands or them on the road. We've owned two of the Mk 1 Golfs and then my wife had a 2004 Polo which she loved and was unfortunately written off by a mini-bus taxi driver who ploughed into the back of her while he was busy looking at his phone instead of at the traffic. Fortunately she wasn't injured but she got out and smacked the guy in the nose! Had to have a long chat to her about that... 🙄 Chris, when my brother emigrated to Aus in 2009 they packed his wife's B-series Mercedes into the container. When she was in a minor accident the Mercedes agents wouldn't repair it because the engine spec was different to the models sold in Aus. He ended up having to write it off. That Mrs Dahms also got a long talking to.
  21. I had a Mk I VW Scirocco GTi (which actually was launched before the MkI Golf GTi), which I bought new. I had a Mk II Golf GTi, also bought new. My last Golf GTi was the 35th Anniversary Edition. That was a great car.
  22. The mk1 golf might be worth hanging on to for resale to the uk, especially after they drop the EU regulations later this year. Australia is a bit fussy about private imports and I’ve heard stories of customs stripping them down to check the brakes and head gasket don’t contain asbestos then delivering you a box of bits to put back together.
  23. We don't get too many micro cars from Europe here these days, however there is/was a city car project between Toyota, Peugeot and Citroen where they all shared the same basic chassis and engine from the Toyota Aygo. Funny that, I have been hearing about the prices of old Ford Escorts (Mk 1 & 2 models) costing upwards of £20k for good examples. A 1981 Escort was our first car. I think we sold it to her cousin (our mechanic) for R3000 when we bought our 1995 Mk 1 VW Golf (which her Dad is still driving!). My brother was also telling me that in Australia people pay big money for chopped up VW Beach Buggies. Those are quite literally the cheapest 4-wheel modes of transport that can be bought in SA. You'll get a good one for about R30,000 (£1500).
  24. No. It's a rebadged Toyota iQ.
  25. Isn’t it just a rebadged Smart? I think the prices will fall a long way before there is any chance of them rising. I have heard that there is a bit of a market for more ordinary cars that are still on the road on SA but are much less common in the UK where most examples will have a severe rust problem if they are still on the road. Things like 30 year old Fords.
  26. I suppose though that because they were made in such small quantities it wouldn't be a surprise if they became super-collectible in years to come. Might be worth a punt to buy and store one.
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