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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by Terry » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:28 pm

prcscct wrote:..................heavy duty disks on front, drums off back and disks on, gas shocks and better springs, Alpine system with back seat video unit and power woofer, 18" wheels as 16" were standard in 2009...a whole bunch of stuff but all tasteful..........:
Pete - it makes me wonder why you bought a truck in the first place........... :wink:

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Post by PeteC » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:31 pm

^ To take the 2 Golden Retrievers for rides, they don't like pick-up's as their sunglasses blow off. :shock: :thumb: Pete :cheers:
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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by Terry » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:33 pm

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Post by Dannie Boy » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:39 pm

I know a short test drive is hardly like real world living with a car, but I was really quite impressed with the improvements they have made, both technically and cosmetically and by all accounts, significantly more economical and much safer too!!

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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by dtaai-maai » Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:46 pm

prcscct wrote:^ To take the 2 Golden Retrievers for rides, they don't like pick-up's as their sunglasses blow off. :shock: :thumb: Pete :cheers:


And I'll bet they love the power woofer...
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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by PeteC » Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:40 pm

dtaai-maai wrote:
prcscct wrote:^ To take the 2 Golden Retrievers for rides, they don't like pick-up's as their sunglasses blow off. :shock: :thumb: Pete :cheers:


And I'll bet they love the power woofer...
Yes indeed, they really dig it. :dance:
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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by STEVE G » Fri Oct 16, 2015 10:49 am

When I was having a look around Honda last week, I looked at a CRV, just out of curiosity and I was surprised to see that it had one of those American style foot operated parking brakes. I hadn't seen one of those since I last had a hire car in the States about 25 years ago and I forgotten that such a thing even existed. I imagine they're fine if you're used to it but if you're not, you're forever grabbing for lever that doesn't exist. Do any other manufacturers have that?

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Post by Big Boy » Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:32 am

I remember a couple of hire cars that I had in the UK had that, but I can't remember which ones. Confused the hell out of me.
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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by Terry » Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:32 am

The Accord is the same - primarily because the Accord and the CRV were both designed for the US market.

I've got used to the footbrake now, but must admit I prefer the old handbrake.

Having said that, Mrs. T's Captiva has one of those stupid electronic brakes. You get no sense of control with the thing. Instead, the vehicle has anti-rollback features.

Give me a manual shift car with a good old handbrake any day - unfortunately increasingly rare here. :roll:

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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by Gregjam » Fri Oct 16, 2015 11:46 am

The "foot" handbrake is common to many Mercedes Benz models although I think nowadays they are the electronic ones that release as you start to pull away.

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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by Dannie Boy » Fri Oct 16, 2015 1:33 pm

It seems to be coming more common as the new Pajero has an electronic "handbrake" as did a Jeep Renegade that I hired in the UK this summer.

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Post by Nereus » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:29 pm

Dannie Boy wrote:It seems to be coming more common as the new Pajero has an electronic "handbrake" as did a Jeep Renegade that I hired in the UK this summer.
Well, I had a late 1960`s Jeep Wagoneer last century, and it had a "foot operated parking brake". A stupid idea with a manual transmission.
Land Rover now have an "electric parking brake", but at least with an automatic gearbox it is not a problem.
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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by STEVE G » Fri Oct 16, 2015 4:40 pm

Terry wrote:
I've got used to the footbrake now, but must admit I prefer the old handbrake.

Having said that, Mrs. T's Captiva has one of those stupid electronic brakes. You get no sense of control with the thing....
You can't use it as a crude "limited slip differential" either, an old trick where if you have a back wheel spinning in the mud, you just pull away with the handbrake on and it slows it down enough to put some torque to the other one. I showed that to a driver in Indonesia and he thought I was using black magic!

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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by Terry » Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:21 pm

Well - the Captiva is supposed to be All Wheel Drive but only engages the additional drive when necessary...........

Never tried it yet :roll:

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Re: Buying a SUV?

Post by PeteC » Sat Oct 17, 2015 5:00 am

Terry wrote:Well - the Captiva is supposed to be All Wheel Drive but only engages the additional drive when necessary...........

Never tried it yet :roll:
As is/was the Honda CRV. Export models of the CRV have a light or some kind of indicator that activates when the 4WD activates. I think there are photos/examples if you search CRV Australia. Local Thai use models don't, or at least didn't on the year model we had. It was an interesting discussion with the salesman as to why not, and it basically end with "Thais don't care..." :roll: Pete :cheers:
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