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post #1 of 71 (permalink) Old 01-11-03, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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worst automotive accessory ever

they tried and failed with the in car record player, automatic cigarette dispensers that also lit the ciggie for the driver, but to me, the worst accessory ever invented for a car is...heated seats.

we had a fiat hire car in england a few years back and there was me on a snowy christmas morning driving up the M1 at about 80mph doing a little jig in the car cos my arse was burning.

mrs rsgerry kindly looked up how to turn the seats off, then left hers turned on the rest of the time. she liked the toasty bum feeling.

You wash your car like it was your firstborn child, you tend to its needs like it was your own body, you protect it like it's your family, then you drive it like you stole it.

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In Australian terms this would have to go to the infamous Brock Polarizer.

Special mention should go to the dozens of allegedly fuel saving devices bought by gullible and unsuspecting people.

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Moulded scuff plates on Escapes because they really serve no purpose. Or bonet protectors becasue they look so shit.

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Originally posted by russellw
In Australian terms this would have to go to the infamous Brock Polarizer.

The Polarizer is #2 on my list - defeted by the SHU-ROO Kangaroo repeller that has been sold by the thousands!

Didn't one of the Australian Universities (or maybe the CSIRO) finally prove last year that by the time the kangaroo hears the sound the device makes it's within about 2 seconds of hitting the front of the car?

Now obviously the company disputes this, but I think I'd take an impartial academic source over a self-interested company any day.

And the best part is some insurance companies STILL say it's the real deal and insist the be fitted for high mileage country drivers.


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THe shu-roo works, ive got one on my Forte, but it only works on Roo's, doesnt work on Emu's, Goats's or big old Dairy cows as I found out last year.
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What ever happened to the twin tyre rim from the 1980's??

I also saw a US article a couple of years back on coloured tyres.... Just like BMX tyres. So instead of getting black tyres, get red, blue or yellow!
Question - what colour smoke would a red tyre make whilst doing a burnout????????

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Those rubber strips that hang from the bottom of your car that are supposed to stop car sickness... Oh dear!
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I always thought those rubber strips were there to discharge static build-up in the carpet?!? (nothing worse then being zapped)

But if it stops car sickness, excellent!!
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The coloured tyres leave colourful marks on the road, but I dunno about the smoke.

Those cheap little shoo-roo things don't work, but i've seen these boxes mounted on the front bumpers on some cars, they look expensive, I dunno how good they are

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I would be ripping the earth strap off quick smart as my best mate ( ambo officer ) has seen too many accidents involving cars running into power poles and the live wire landing on the car which sends a massive current through the car killing the occupants instantly, doesnt happen without the strap so I would have to say that is my first....Also the sunvisors on Land Rover discoveries....they are mounted too high and barely pass the top of the windscreen when in use!

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