It has just struck me…
I’m on loads of forums and there’s always heated debate about stuff, but totally missing are…
…the endless threads about…what oil is best, which antifreeze to use, which engine treatments work, how to cure leaks, how to cure overheating, which brand of filters to use, how to quieten the tappets, how to cure the central locking faults, how to fix the air-con leaks, how to sort the power steering faults, which remap or chip is best, how to repair the head gasket, fixing ABS faults, which exhaust sensor is causing the fault, how to clean the EGR, how to clean the throttle bodies, how to adjust or replace the clutch, how to sort worn synchros on 2nd gear, does my auto box need replacing…etc etc etc etc
The simple design of the Twizy lets us just get out and use the car and worry about the range!
A few things:
1/ If electric cars are built with a battery pack, controller and motor, the above parts are not needed-will a decently designed and built electric car with a replaceable battery pack therefore not have the built in obsolescence of a “normal” car caused by all the above parts failing?
2/ I must say that this forum is a pleasure as the Twizy crowd seem to be intelligent, polite and open to an unbiased intellectual debate-unlike some other car forums which seem to be the manor of narrow-minded “my car is the only car in the world, all others are cack” types who seem to post for the love of an argument*. As such:
3/ Well done James and mods for keeping the forum so well policed (or to the posters who just keep it clean and pleasant) and such a nice place to be
I left one forum after one of the moderators posted that he had gone to look at a cheap 10 year old car advertised on Auto-Trader at a dealer. After half a day of driving and prodding he found a few faults that would be expensive to fix, so had tried to offer about half the price asked to fully cover the garage price of repairing it. The owner made it clear that he needed a certain figure for it and would not sell it under this price, whatever the issues were. Instead of walking away the guy then hung around for the rest of the day telling the seller that it was a rip off and he should get it for the price offered until the guy got cross with him and after many hours of repeating the same response, finally told him to go forth or he would remove him from the premises.
If you imagine the most annoying adenoidal trainspotter (I watched some of his cringe-worthy Youtube tutorials) this was the guy-I think many other garages (and me!) would not have been as patient with him. Anyway, he posted that he had been verbally abused for trying to buy a car and that this garage was effectively run by dangerously violent criminals and that something should be done about them.
What happened was that about 30 members joined in to keep posting that “****garage, *****rd *****town” was terrible, offensive, abusive and whatever other keyword they could think of to get the Google ranking of the thread in the top three, so when anyone searched for the garage this would come up in the search results.
What followed was around 300 posts over 5 threads to specifically ruin the trader’s business-and it did not stop until they got top search result for the garage name.
I was the only one who protested that this was fundamentally wrong-gang mentality had it won.
One forum had to (finally) ban a number of users when the threat of violence at an upcoming meeting after some really offensive posts got too likely
Aah, the Twizy forum. Home of a decent lot, with interesting topics and intelligent debate. And no arguments about oil. Is it an electric car thing?