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Going through some brochures recently and looking at the factory options list got me wondering what options do you wish your car had when new,for example leather,A/C,metallic paint etc

My Safrane actually has every option listed which is amazing as it was a near 28k car when new without any options,but its nice to have all the options listed,i think its the only Renault i,ve ever owned with all the toys.

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My 405 Executive has headlamp washers and heated seats, neither work. I'd like cruise control but that was only available on petrols.

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I'd like electric windows and would happily trade the electric sunroof for them. Never really got why someone would spec it that way to be honest.

Haha that's horrendously shite spec! My mate's Dad had a Proton Persona (forgotten shite) in the late 90s and it had the odd combination of Central locking yet keep-fit windows and a double DIN HiFi location (which with the possessed*, normal-sized single-DIN radio they had just meant they had a choice of high or low mountings) Bizarre.

 

*that tape player was bonkers: when the ignition was switched off it spar out the tape with disapproving force. Every switch off.

 

A quality motor if ever I saw one!

 

On my cars:

 

Xantia - I think some of the last high-end V6 models had variable speed for the intermittent wipers - not exciting I know but I live in Glasgow where you get variable speed rain!

 

CX - similarly, I wish it had intermittent wipe! if it had been made less than a year later it would have..

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Tape decks ejecting at switch off..... preventing tape "pinch, wow, and flutter." There's three words you haven't heard together for about 20 years or so!

If my Land Rovers had turbos fitted, I would be happy.

Focus wants for nothing.

Sierra has iffy spec keep fit windows, C/L and sunroof........... in white with blue tweed trim and steels/trims. Proper, fully fledged mingebag spec.

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I'd like air-conditioning on everything I drive.

I have only ever had one vehicle - Audi 200T with a/c & I loved it.

 

On a slightly different tack, I have a 944 price list from '87 & my 944S was about £24,000,

until you added;

16 inch wheels

electric sports seats

ABS

sunroof

cassette rack

something else which pinot grigio has wiped from my consciousness

& bumped the price up to £36,000

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The XJR has a weird set of options fitted. It has a tilt/slide electric steel sunroof which wasn't on the official options list, cruise - unavailable on the XJR, full leather (an option...), CD changer, but non-memory, unheated seats when most had memory heated ones. It also doesn't have a glovebox, early X300s don't. That's more irritating than you'd think.

 

The Jeep has all the options. Don't think there was anything else available for it. Other than the V8, which is LHD only in the ZJ.

 

I wish the 604 had A/C and leather. It has big, comfy brown dralon couches instead.

 

The Escort has the best options available on the 1300 Sport. Tinted, opening 1/4 lights, 5 1/2 J Rostyles and the export heater.

 

I think the Rangie has all the toys available on a '95.

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Automatic transmission. FFS! What reason can there possibly be for speccing a top-of-the-range luxury car like a Granada GXL with a fucking manual box? NOBODY in their right mind could even dream of doing something so stupid. But someone did, and I'm driving the result 39 years later.

 

I'd be extremely happy to have it in the A40 too, and even the pickup. X1/9 is the only car I have that really deserves three pedals. Pickup is borderline, I suppose.

 

In this climate, the vinyl upholstery in the Granada really should be cloth instead. I decoded the VIN and apparently it's been there from new, so it's correct; just wrong, if you see what I mean. A steel sunroof and electric windows would help that car too.

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My Volvo has pretty much all the options ticked, apart from an electric passenger seat. There is one blanking plug left on the dash, which I cant work out what it could possibly be for.

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Well there were only three options on my Renault 14(assuming the French market models were the same as the UK ones):

 

Supergloss/metallic paint - would be nice but would have probably meant it would stand less chance of surving the UK climate

Vinyl uphostery - glad it doesn't have it

Sliding Sunroof - I think that would be quite funky but would probably leak!

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The Accord, being a mid-range model has pretty much everything required as standard - air, remote locking, cruise, leccy windows and mirrors, and a decent stereo. It does have a sunroof as well, which seems a bit odd when you have a/c - but the French persisted with this for a while too IIRC. It also has the 'Sport' package (which I suspect was dealer rather than factory fitted) - a not-too offensive bodykit and bigger (16") alloys. No suspension mods that I can tell. I could do without that, to be honest. Oh, and an automatic transmission, which is GR8 4 traffic jams.

 

The only thing I'd like is leather seats, but as leather-equipped Accords all had electric driver's seats I shan't bother. The top-line ones also had climate, which would be nice, a Bose stereo (I can take or leave that) and, in some cases, built-in satnav which would be comically ancient now.

 

The Avensis has climate and built-in satnav (Gameboyesque dot-matrix display style), but loses out on cruise which would be nice. Also a suspension that doesn't float and wallow would be a desirable option (yes I have already changed the shocks and bushes), but you can't have everything.

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Xantia - I think some of the last high-end V6 models had variable speed for the intermittent wipers - not exciting I know but I live in Glasgow where you get variable speed rain!

 

CX - similarly, I wish it had intermittent wipe! if it had been made less than a year later it would have..

 

Wont the normal VW 99 Relay fit the Xantia? Does for most other cars. Gives intermittent wipes which are adjustable from 2 seconds to 99 seconds :)

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Mégane - It had every box ticked except Cruise, Xenons and the shitty turn-by-turn sat nav system. I'd love the Xenon headlights, they look great.

 

Avantime - Only option not taken was Sat Nav. Had it in the Vel Satis and it was shit anyway.

 

25 - It's got the lot.

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The real attraction of a non-premium brand luxobarge such as my car is that, as long as it isn't a de-specced fleet special, the buyer didn't have to worry about options- almost every conceivable extra was fitted to the car in a futile attempt to woo buyers over from Mercedes where you had to pay extra for leccy windows. However, I could do without the bloody sunroof- I keep worrying that it doesn't close properly, that the drains will get blocked etc. Things like cruise and aircon do make your life easier...I don't have satnav and I would be highly surprised if it had been available as an optional extra back in 1998, but a little compass (like modern mercs have as part of the satnav/audio/etc system) wouldn't have gone amiss.

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My Almera is pretty much fully loaded, being the top spec model with sat nav, climate contol, ABS, traction control as standard. However, the seat trim in it looks like it came from a lower spec E, S or SE model. :? It is a fairly shiny affair in funeral black. Some velour upholstery, or even leather would have been nice. 8)

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You lot should try living with a German car. My BMW was expnsive in 1995 and came with the following (E36 318 is coupe): electric windows, cassette player and electric tilt and slide steel sunroof. And opening rear quarter lights.

 

Everything else is standard fit. I mean everything. I've got cloth seats, a plastic knob (on top of my gear lever not a lesbian stimulator) and the steering wheel from a special needs college mini-bus. I also have black plastic door cards and a sports exhaust!

 

Had the first owner been flashier with the cashier then he could have had (from looking at other 318s, I could be talking nonsense) a full leather interior; a premium non-special bus steering wheel; a wooden gearknob; wooden inserts on the doorcards and dashboard; a CD player; traction control; air conditioning; a premium sound system; full exterior colour coding; ruched leather trim panels; courtesy lighting; cruise control; automatic gears; steering wheel mounted radio controls; a quiet exhaust; it goes on and on and on.

 

Just goes to show how basic some German cars are just to enable the vain to afford a decent badge. My car is roughly equivalent to a Mk1 Mondeo "L" in spec terms. But it has taugh me to appreciate what I don't need. I previously had a fully loaded Mondeo Si Ghia; I hardly ever used the optional stuff.

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The DS Safari could do with central locking. You have heard of keep fit windows (its got those too), walking round a Safari with a key to unlock the drivers door, the tailgate and the passenger side is much better exercise, you need to take sandwiches and a flask it takes so long.

My Volvo had heated seats. One cold dark night I realised that my bum was getting uncomfortably hot. I stopped the car as quick as I could and leapt out. There was a burn hole in the seat squab and in the back of my trousers. Closer inspection when I got home revealed scorched underpants and a sore bum cheek. I disconnected the wiring and told the new owner that under no circumstances is he to reconnect it.

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Never knew Ford put satnav in the Scorp. When did factory-fit satnav first appear on cars anyway - a couple of years earlier? There's an old TopGear clip on that there Youtube that shows Big Hair Clarkson waxing lyrical about it on the 'new' A6 in '97. Audi used to put that funny circular 'aerial' (like a Marmite jar lid) on the boot IIRC.

 

I quite like the old turn-by-turn factory fit jobs, the Avensis one is a bit of a faff ('cos it works on town then road name, rather than postcode) but it's never failed to get me to my destination and so I won't be ripping it out any time soon. Thinking about it, Toyota probably put 'em in all the runout Mk1s thinking it would be a gamechanger like standard-fit a/c was on the late 405s, but history has proved them wrong of course.

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I'd like a heated front windscreen on my Calibra, or even the option of fitting an afternarket one.

 

I'd like a leather interior in the Disco 'cos it'd be easier to keep clean.

 

I'd like ABS in the Maserati.

 

I'd like PAS in the 109, and I will have it as soon as I've fitted the PAS steering box that came with it in the box of spares.

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My 405 Executive has headlamp washers and heated seats, neither work. I'd like cruise control but that was only available on petrols.

 

My one has cloth, and I can't decide whether I prefer it to leather or not! Certainly prefer the smell of leather, not the cold feel of it in the winter.

 

My headlamp washers don't work either, or the heated seats. But it does have cruise as it's a petrol auto, and I love it. Couldn't do without cruise now.

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My one has cloth, and I can't decide whether I prefer it to leather or not! Certainly prefer the smell of leather, not the cold feel of it in the winter.

 

The cold feel goes away pretty quickly I find, but I'm used to it. I like leather trim. Cloth grips better but it's unusual to find a cloth trim I actually like. Leather is easy, black leather is always my first choice but I like cars to have really dark interiors. Don't like glass sunroofs, don't like 'light airy' interiors unless it's something like the Jaaaaaaaag, that just about justifies having a bloody cream leather trim.

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