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Why I don't like modern cars. [Jun. 12th, 2008|12:17 am]
Mark Rimmell
When I got my latest car I struggled to find one without electric windows. Manufacturers love piling in all sorts of extras that are fine while they work and a pain in the bum when they go wrong... and go wrong they do. I have become very familiar with the insides of the doors on previous cars because of electric windows, and extremely proficient at taking off the door panels to fix the se labour saving devices... Ah happy hours of fun.

Now I find some gadget happy fool designed my car with electric headlight adjusters. Which have gone wrong. 6 weeks of sitting doing nothing seems to have confused some circuit and the lights are happily adjusting themselves at random to the sound of whirring motors. What, I ask you, was wrong with the old method of adjusting headlights with a screwdriver?

That is it!

Next car is going to be pre 1973.

I guess I should give the Rover a pat for starting first time after sitting for 6 weeks.

I waited to see if the lights would stop moving of their own accord, eventually they did and didn't seem to be pointing at the sky or likely to blind oncoming drivers. So I took the the car for a midnight spin to hunt down some petrol, having been given the heads up of impending tanker strike... Unfortunately my panic petrol buying kit is in the storage unit. I knew I shouldn't of given those home brew beer barrels away.

From: lady_gaslight
2008-06-12 01:26 am (UTC)
It seems you need a degree in computers to fix cars nowadays - at least thats what my Dad says.
But I am seeing more and more classic cars driving around here. When you see them coming along, they make you smile and bring back lovely nostalgic thoughts of years gone by. I always try to smile at the driver as if to say 'kool, you drive a classic car!' They just had so much more character and charm than the ugly slabs of unmolded metal I see now. My Dad had an Austin Westminster and a Hillman Minx when I was a kid. I can still remember the lovely seats in the Austin :)
Just my 2 pence worth!
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[User Picture]From: ian_wyrdness
2008-06-12 01:57 am (UTC)
Perhaps Sir needs one of these. Pity they're so expensive.

There was no queue for petrol when I bought some yesterday at around 6pm. I think that the reports of panic buying are greatly exaggerated, though such reports can become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
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[User Picture]From: pinkwitch2000
2008-06-12 02:11 am (UTC)
Even more reason to go to a classic car show on Sunday, if it isn't raining we could take Sir Alec! At £100 a year comp insurance, no road tax and a thirst for fuel like a Saturn 5 rocket, it all pans out in the end!
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From: lady_gaslight
2008-06-12 05:18 pm (UTC)
Wow now thats good taste!
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