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Twelfth Monkey

Most pointless FG?

Can we beat the Mini's Always Open Timer?  At £130, it will time how long your roof is open for, presumably in total.  How much do I not want to meet anyone with that information at their fingertips...
Boxer6

Re: Most pointless FG?

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Can we beat the Mini's Always Open Timer?  At £130, it will time how long your roof is open for, presumably in total.  How much do I not want to meet anyone with that information at their fingertips...


At least as much as I don't I suspect.

I really can't think why anyone would wish to know that sort of information, or why BMW decided to dream it up and include it as an option!
Blarno

Money for old rope.
PhilD

How about this?


Chris M Wanted a V-10

You have a radio with a built-in printer ???
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
You have a radio with a built-in printer ???


Get with the times Chris, it's a fax machine.
Giant

Re: Most pointless FG?

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Can we beat the Mini's Always Open Timer?  At £130, it will time how long your roof is open for, presumably in total.  How much do I not want to meet anyone with that information at their fingertips...


That is so plintlessly stupid I applaud BMW for offering it as an option. If they can persuade fools to part with their money for that then good luck to them!
PhilD

Erm, I quite like that  
Bob Sacamano

I'm sure when the MINI Cabrio came out the Open Timer was gimmick that was free and just for a laugh. If they're now offering it as a cost option then fools and their money etc etc.
Andy C

Almost as bad as a heated steering wheel !
Bob Sacamano

Andy C wrote:
Almost as bad as a heated steering wheel !


I had a Focus with one of those and it was brilliant!
DetmoldDick

Andy C wrote:
Almost as bad as a heated steering wheel !

Whatever my next car, I would tick that option if available. I had it on a Ce'eed test drive and also thought it was brilliant.
TreVoR

Andy C wrote:
Almost as bad as a heated steering wheel !


I hated the heated steering wheel in my dad's Jag because you couldn't turn it off independent of the heated seats.  

My circulation isn't great in my fingers and it is bloody painful and uncomfortable when cold - gloves don't always help - a heated wheel in the Defender would possibly be welcome!
Humphrey The Pug

I seem to remember that on certain Micra's of the K12 variety, you could programme a birthday into the stereo so when it was your birthday it would display "Happy Birthday" on the radio screen.
gooner

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
I seem to remember that on certain Micra's of the K12 variety, you could programme a birthday into the stereo so when it was your birthday it would display "Happy Birthday" on the radio screen.


I can only ever imagine a Japanese car having a function like that!
Martin

One mans FG is mans essential option, even more so if you've got used to it.  

However, I really struggle with the Always Open Timer.  I suppose it's a bit of fun if it's standard (ideal for a 1 make forum), but not something I would ever pay extra for.  It would make more sense if it immobilised the car under a certain % or if the weather was nice and the roof wasn't down.....
PhilD

gooner wrote:
Humphrey The Pug wrote:
I seem to remember that on certain Micra's of the K12 variety, you could programme a birthday into the stereo so when it was your birthday it would display "Happy Birthday" on the radio screen.


I can only ever imagine a Japanese car having a function like that!


Yes, not the sort of tacky thing a British manufacturer would do...

PhilD

Martin wrote:
One mans FG is mans essential option, even more so if you've got used to it.  

However, I really struggle with the Always Open Timer.  I suppose it's a bit of fun if it's standard (ideal for a 1 make forum), but not something I would ever pay extra for.  It would make more sense if it immobilised the car under a certain % or if the weather was nice and the roof wasn't down.....


Porsche's raison d'être is speed so you can option a chrono thingy. For the Mini convertible it's about getting your top off. And I'm sure we used to moan on here about people driving drop tops on nice days with the roof up.

Having said all that I wouldn't pay for it!
Humphrey The Pug

Re: Most pointless FG?

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Can we beat the Mini's Always Open Timer?  At £130, it will time how long your roof is open for, presumably in total.  How much do I not want to meet anyone with that information at their fingertips...


Ideal for the instagram and FB generation, so they can boast about how long they have had the roof open:

1hr34mins #sunnyday #roofdown #indasunwivmabitches
Twelfth Monkey

Martin wrote:
One mans FG is mans essential option, even more so if you've got used to it.  


That's certainly true, and heated bits and bobs are probably a prime candidate, but whether someone considers them FG or not, they do actually do something.  The sheer uselessness of things like this timer and the birthday greeting are what flummoxes me.  Gratis they'd still be pointless, but at £130...
Tim

What about all the optional carbonfibre bits on Ferraris, McLarens, etc?

We've all seen the magazine articles with, for example, 458s that have £70k of extras on them yet can anyone look at a photograph and actually spot them?
Michael

Andy C wrote:
Almost as bad as a heated steering wheel !


You need to try one! They're brilliant in the winter, should have got one on the Volvo...
BeN

Humphrey The Pug wrote:
I seem to remember that on certain Micra's of the K12 variety, you could programme a birthday into the stereo so when it was your birthday it would display "Happy Birthday" on the radio screen.


That is neat!
PR

Michael wrote:
Andy C wrote:
Almost as bad as a heated steering wheel !


You need to try one! They're brilliant in the winter, should have got one on the Volvo...


Yep, they are great on a cold morning. Not sure I'd ever consider one an essential as I do heated seats but I'd probably tick the option if it wasn't stupidly expensive.
Big Blue

Yeah the Gorilla has a heated steering wheel.

Pointless FG? The BMW logo puddle lights spring to mind.
PhilD

Big Blue wrote:
Yeah the Gorilla has a heated steering wheel.

Pointless FG? The BMW logo puddle lights spring to mind.


Now, if you could program them to say "happy birthday"...
Martin

Big Blue wrote:
Yeah the Gorilla has a heated steering wheel.

Pointless FG? The BMW logo puddle lights spring to mind.


They're not a factory option.
gonnabuildabuggy

Perhaps it depends on the journey.

The MX5 has minimal FG, beyond a heater and DAB Radio and yet, as long as the sun is out then driving it is always enjoyable.

FRV also has minimal FG beyond Climate and now a Bluetooth phone/ipod player, it's fine for all our journeys, though not exactly entertaining when pushing on.

The Mini has DAB, Pano roof, Bluetooth phone, climate and Xenon's. It's always a hoot to drive and on fast night runs the Xenon's are worth the extra, the DAB radio and Climate are great for longer journys and the Pano roof means fresh air whenever the weather permits.

If I was buying another car then ideally it would have Climate (close to a deal breaker), Pano Roof (really love a big sunroof), DAB (not so essential) and Xenon's (great but often not spec'd) followed by Leather and Sat Nav.
BeN

Big Blue wrote:

Pointless FG? The BMW logo puddle lights spring to mind.


Now also copied by Audi and Mini.  
Chris M Wanted a V-10

In a recent Autocar, McLaren 570 (IIRC) has a timer that lets you know for how many days you can leave the car parked, before the battery goes flat.....
Twelfth Monkey

Given that it's the sort of car that might not be used every day, surely that serves a purpose?
PG

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
In a recent Autocar, McLaren 570 (IIRC) has a timer that lets you know for how many days you can leave the car parked, before the battery goes flat.....


Unless of course the battery has gone flat as you forgot to check....  
PhilD

Twelfth Monkey wrote:
Given that it's the sort of car that might not be used every day, surely that serves a purpose?


And doesn't the battery cost a million dollars?
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

I seem to remember reading somewhere that if you let the P1's battery pack go flat, you need a new one
TreVoR

That's common with AGM type batteries.
PhilD

Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
I seem to remember reading somewhere that if you let the P1's battery pack go flat, you need a new one


that was the other half of my post which I neglected to write!
Dr. Hfuhruhurr

PhilD wrote:
Dr. Hfuhruhurr wrote:
I seem to remember reading somewhere that if you let the P1's battery pack go flat, you need a new one

that was the other half of my post which I neglected to write!

Always glad to oblige!
Roadsterstu

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
In a recent Autocar, McLaren 570 (IIRC) has a timer that lets you know for how many days you can leave the car parked, before the battery goes flat.....


I'm amazed no one has suggested a timer showing how long since the spare wheel was last used. So I will.
gooner

Roadsterstu wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
In a recent Autocar, McLaren 570 (IIRC) has a timer that lets you know for how many days you can leave the car parked, before the battery goes flat.....


I'm amazed no one has suggested a timer showing how long since the spare wheel was last used. So I will.


But Chris will have to spend his life resetting it all the time!
PhilD

gooner wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:
Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
In a recent Autocar, McLaren 570 (IIRC) has a timer that lets you know for how many days you can leave the car parked, before the battery goes flat.....


I'm amazed no one has suggested a timer showing how long since the spare wheel was last used. So I will.


But Chris will have to spend his life resetting it all the time!


reminds of this sign from a school  


Chris M Wanted a V-10

Roadsterstu wrote:

I'm amazed no one has suggested a timer showing how long since the spare wheel was last used. So I will.

... but I thought we were talking about options that are actually available today, not hypothetical ones...... and It's less than 7 weeks since I last had to change a punctured wheel/tyre (fingers crossed..... although my reserve trolley jack is now positioned just inside the garage door)
PhilD

Chris M Wanted a V-10 wrote:
Roadsterstu wrote:

I'm amazed no one has suggested a timer showing how long since the spare wheel was last used. So I will.

... but I thought we were talking about options that are actually available today, not hypothetical ones...... and It's less than 7 weeks since I last had to change a punctured wheel/tyre (fingers crossed..... although my reserve trolley jack is now positioned just inside the garage door)


I thought of you recently in France. New front tyre due to the puncture on Saturday, 2 days later I drove over a bit of plastic, which had just fallen off a lorry, with the same wheel at 70 odd mph. Amazed I didn't suffer another puncture.

How many miles do you do a year? I guess my paltry <5000 means I'm much less likely to be a victim.
Chris M Wanted a V-10

Well, the Ka suffered 3 punctures in under 9500 miles.
My annual mileage now must be around 14,000 across "several" vehicles
Martin

I hope I'm not tempting fate, but I must have done about 70,000 since my last puncture and a couple of hundred thousand since the one before that

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