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More genius car design, why design it so the AC condensation drip pipe keeps the brake pipe connector permanently wet, Peugeot this time...
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Then you get a Mercedes sprinter for a service and it has no dipstick, just an electronic sensor so you have to trust the data is correct on filling up the oil.
You then have to start the engine to get a level reading, not only that but you have to get it up to temperature before you can get a reading, hoping the data is correct and there's enough oil in!
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That remind me if my first experience of servicing a smart 4-2. First car I’d ever seen with no sump drain plug . But it did have dipstick tube that you had to use an oil vacuum system to suck the oil out of the sump . I remember thinking at the time that’s a STUPID idea !!!
My Porsche also has an oil level meter like that when you first turn on the ign it shows the level and if you run the engine you have to wait 5-6 mins and it actually counts down . Again STUPID !!!
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That is mad.

So an electronic fluid level sensor is now cheaper than drilling a hole in the block and putting a stick in it?

The motor industry is so keen on the "sealed for life" engine concept, they forget that there is still a significant minority of owners that want to pep up their vehicles, but I guess they have got used to fitting big stereos and cat-back exhaust boxes, neither of which do anything for performance.

And now they expect us to buy a boring electric box! I think I am going to be cycling a lot more in the next ten years as petrol becomes more scarce :(

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Spacenut wrote:
Sun Jan 09, 2022 10:55 am
That is mad.

So an electronic fluid level sensor is now cheaper than drilling a hole in the block and putting a stick in it?

The motor industry is so keen on the "sealed for life" engine concept, they forget that there is still a significant minority of owners that want to pep up their vehicles, but I guess they have got used to fitting big stereos and cat-back exhaust boxes, neither of which do anything for performance.

And now they expect us to buy a boring electric box! I think I am going to be cycling a lot more in the next ten years as petrol becomes more scarce :(
Worse than that Lauren, the dipstick tube is still in place and is merely blanked off with a plastic bung where the dipstick would go! :roll:
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If that’s the case Kev. I think I’d be making my own dipstick.
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Yes, it did occur to me that if I ever owned one (unlikely as that is) then I'd either get a dipstick from one that's pre electronic setup (tube lookd in the same place/height as the older version) or use one from something else and calibrate marks to suit.
It just makes no sense to fully rely on an electronic system.
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Discovery in today, this is what you get now re the dipstick issue, or lack of...
I blame focus groups where they ask idiots what they want in a car, the rest of us are too busy to answer their stupid market research questions so they rely on the "look at me" lemon sucking facebook/instagram brigade who will answer anything if it makes them feel important.

If they insist on fitting electronic dispsticks to suit the numpties why not at least fit a manual one alongside it, so the sensible amongst us can keep a check on things.
But no, they have to make a new design and spend more money than simply fitting a dipstick where it's always been!!
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Now this really is the stupidest of ideas, cars with no spare wheel! Unfortunately it's very common now, yet the spare wheel well remains in place just filled with a foam spacer, not like they've used it to create for storage space!
This is a Peugeot 3008, a car aimed at the family motorist, just the job to be stranded with a flat tyre with the kids on board.
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So instead of the tried and trusted spare wheel they now spend money on supplying a small compressor and a bottle of puncture sealant, which invariably doesn't work.
Then they can charge you a fortune to replenish the sealant or better still, declare it out of date and sell you a new bottle even if you don't use it!
The amount of cars that get brought it on flatbeds or on towing dollies by the AA or RAC is crazy, all because there is no spare wheel to fit.
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When we bought our Octavia VRS it did indeed come with a polystyrene thing that held a compressor and tub o goop . but like you Kev. I hate the idea so we ordered a full size spare. Ok so It’s a 16” steel but It’ll get me home. It cost about £150 with the tool kit and jack !!
In fact Kev that leads me to a question. Can you buy new tyres for space savers. As you know the spider has a small space saver. And the spare is a little tired .
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I actually got asked that fairly recently Lou, a customer had damaged his space saver tyre while driving on it!
Couldn't find a replacement one, I do recall them being crazy prices when we had them listed, so advised him to try ebay as there'll be loads available from scrapped cars.
Or try a breakers yard, they'd be only too happy to sell one rather than them pay for disposal.
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I did have a spare from the silver spider but 4 yrs sat outside the back of the shed did for it and one day it just exploded through dry rot luckily no one was around it at the time I just heard this almighty BANG !!!
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