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  1. Perc

    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    While it's true that diesel fuel isn't as cheap as it used to be, last time I did the math I came to the conclusion that I saved 400 euros over a year of driving. I do about 15000km. This was of course apples-to-apples math, I used official figures for my car and an otherwise identical 2.0T...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Thankfully, I'm not driving a Lamborghini Aventador SVJ.
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    My car has keyless start and I love it. I get in, press the ignition and grab the seatbelt while the engine fires up. The keys stay in the pocket where they belong.
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    Fuel? Where we’re going, we won’t need fuel! ==>NooDle’s eGolf

    I came to this conclusion in my early 20’s :p I can’t understand why “non car people” want manuals. I have friends that even refuse to drive my cars because they “can’t drive automatic”, like it’s difficult somehow. It’s silly. On the other hand, another friend went from hating automatics to...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    I guess the bmw saleswoman realized you’re going to spread the word, even if you aren’t planning on buying.
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    Sadly no, the GDPO didn’t care for that... or for the adaptive cruise. :( Even the digi dash has analog gauges to both sides, but the middle part is a big display. I have this middle-tier version.
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    In my car, the touchscreen is recessed a bit so I can rest my thumb or a couple of fingers on the panel while operating it. Works fine IMO. I've put 40,000km on the car now and I've never had any problems with operating a touchscreen while driving. I also have a useless touchpad between the...
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    Post your random dashcam videos thread

    In my country, the law specifically says that you shouldn’t move over and create a mess on the freeway. It’s the driver on the onramp that needs to learn how to merge. There are plenty of obliviots (good word!) around these parts that think joining a 120km/h freeway at 75 is the correct thing...
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    Aftermarket aircondition unit for RV camper

    I would not want to have that in an RV, where floor space is limited to begin with. :) And they're noisy and not very powerful. Source: I have one at home. I would be surprised if there weren't 12V rooftop units readily available. I know for a fact there are 24V ones for sleeper cab trucks. At...
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    Rental Car Roulette

    Adaptive headlights are awesome. My car sadly doesn't have all the features - the light output is excellent, the beam turns with the steering and there's an auto dip/full beam sensor that works fairly well, but I really REALLY wish it had that thing where you can drive with the highbeams on all...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    The Skoda's rear sensors were way better and more precise than the ones on my Opel. On the other hand, the Opel has better rain sensing wipers. :P
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    Ownership Verified: The wait was long enough: leviathan's Tesla Model 3 Performance

    How did it work out, roadtripping with friends in ICE cars? Were you a massive annoyance to them as you had to stop for charging or did things go smoothly? :P
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    I’ve been parking with and relying on rear sensors since 2012. Last year I reversed into a metal cabinet because the bastard started beeping right before the hit instead of at the usual distance. Right in front of the entrance at a busy supermarket, too. A metal corner at a 45 degree angle...
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    Random thoughts.... [Tech Edition]

    If that doesn’t scream “I’m technically illiterate” I don’t know what does. “I just paid 75000€ for this XC90 and I can’t be bothered to learn to use it” Also, these people are obviously aware that holding the phone to your ear is frowned upon, but speakerphone in front of your face (phone...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    A couple years back, I was sitting in traffic behind a brand new Skoda Octavia RS wagon. Black with tinted glass. It caught my attention because it couldn't have been more than a couple days old - it was absolutely spotless in every way, but other than that I didn't notice anything special about...
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    Our "own" car reviews

    Last fall, we got a new company runabout. A 2018 Opel Vivaro Biturbo to replace a 2012 Renault Trafic. Pictures stolen from the internet, but it's the same nice shade of blue. You’re probably dying to learn about the complicated mess that is the commercial vehicle market in Europe. Pretty...
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    Random Thoughts... [Automotive Edition]

    "These newfangled driving aids are making drivers incompetent! Back in my day, you had to learn how to drive." Does this sentence sound familiar? I bet that back in whatever "day" the imaginary person in the sentence above grew up in, his or her car probably had driving aids such as...
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    My fight with liver failure has ended...

    I never met him either but we shared an IRC channel for many years. Nice guy. Rest in peace.
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    What car(s) did you hate at launch but have grown to like as time has passed? Or vice versa

    The 2002 Škoda Superb looks and feels like a stretched Passat because... that's what it is. It was developed by VW for China, because the Chinese like rear legroom and pretty much every sedan on the market can be had as a long wheel base version. VAG brought it back home and slapped a Skoda...
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    Other Random Car Sightings [Photo Required]

    I have a thing for wagons wearing rubber boots (as you probably can tell from what I'm driving) and the 156 Crosswagon is no different. It's by far my favourite 156.
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