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Discussion in 'General Cars' started by Djangobanjo, 22 Mar 2021.

  1. fixitflav

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    I agree with most of that, but I think most of the eg Range Rovers on the road (seems like about every 3rd vehicle round here) weren't bought because of need for space. Mostly as status symbols or something to blow a pension pot on. And reading too much Jeremy Clarkson!
     
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  3. Harry Bloomfield

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    People have also become bigger and wider - anyone tried getting into an Austin 7?
     
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    The government have pledged to tackle obesity. Discouraging bigger cars might help on that front!
     
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    Exactly. The car in the middle is my 30-odd year old Alfa 164. A BMW 5-Series sized car in its day! It looks absolutely tiny next to the Nissan Note (yes, that's a Nissan Note!) on its left!
     
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    So... pretty much anything with more than 3 wheels then?!
     
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    That's because most people buy their cars based on the largest thing / most people they're likely to want to get in it. For several years, I had 7-seat MPVs. Why, when I only had a family of 5? Because it was nigh-impossible to get three child seats next to each other in the back! As soon as the oldest was out of her child seat, it was 2 child seats in Row 2 and a booster cushion in Row 3. However, for the vast majority of the miles that those cars covered, they were just carrying me. You can always carry small things in a big car. You can't do it the other way round.
     
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    Might be truer to say "...so that it suffers less damage from other cars in an accident, I'd have thought?
     
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    Oh they've noticed alright, but they're addicted to the tax revenue they bring.
     
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    I think that last one's a bit suspect! Almost like someone "needs" a Rolex because of their stature in life! WTF?! Nobody needs a Rolex!
     
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    However, Mrs Avocet now drives Skoda Kodiaq. Bloody mahoosive monster which weighs 1862kg with just driver and a full tank of fuel! The reason, is because she's only just started driving again, 2-and-a-bit years after an accident that ended her career and has left her with a permanent (thought mercifully, relatively slight) mobility impairment.

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    That was a Nissan X-Trail.

    So who the hell am I to tell her she shouldn't be driving such a big, heavy car?

    On the plus side, despite being so big, it has so far averaged about 7 MPG better than the X-Trail and produces less CO2 per mile and fewer other emissions.
     
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    No, but people want.

    Which is the whole point people should have the choice of what they drive not dictated to what they are allowed to drive.
     
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    an interesting but contentious word.
     
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    But wearing a Rolex has no consequences for other people. Choice of vehicle does have.
     
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    Some people are just too easily impressed. I drive a top of the range large diesel car, which have had for a decade, does 50/60 mpg. I love it on the road, but hate it for parking in tight spaces, it's over 16' long. I can easily afford to buy a new one, but why? I have just had it thoroughly inspected and it's good as new. I have an expensive gold wristwatch for a few decades, which I have rarely worn. I have a cheap Casio, which is radio controlled and solar powered - which basically means I never need to adjust, wind, or fit new batteries, but it is well battered, because I never take it off. I really ought to buy a new one, but why?
     
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    I too have an old diesel car. It's 13 years old and I've had it for 5 years.
    My mate just paid £30,000 for a new car and was telling me how it does this, that and the other. My reply to everything he told me was "mine does that".
    Already, his car is worth less than 20 grand.
    I gave up wearing a watch when I got a mobile phone.
     
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