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Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

(OP)
This new car has all these gizmos that I have never had before.

Thinking about getting a Thule bike carrier for the tow hook with lighting board built in.

How do these things interact with reversing sensors and cameras? I presume the camera will be blocked but maybe not as its at the top.

Reverse sensors is it a rate of change or just a distance that they get triggered by and will learn that there is a bike rack on the back?

I am sure it will work as there is nothing about it on the internet. Just it triggered a wonder how it deals with that thoughts.

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When you get a properly fitted tow bar when you plug in the lights it disables the rear sensors otherwise they go off when you have a trailer.

Also there is usually a way to disable the sensors from the car somehow. You will need to RTFM.

If you get ice on the bumper that often sets them off as well warning of a collision as soon as you go below 10 mph

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(OP)
cool

Got to have a sit in one this morning and changed it into English menu so I could figure out what the options are. You can manually turn them off.

Never driven a car with all these gadgets before. I am wondering if most of them are just a PIA and more trouble than they are worth.

RE: Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

Likely PITA but having a camera that shows your trailer hitch as you're trying to hitch a trailer is definitely a never-go-back type feature.

Keith Cress
kcress - http://www.flaminsystems.com

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(OP)
Must admit I have never had a problem hitching trailers. Must go back to my army days and driving 4 tonners with 1.5 ton trailers on the back. You got good at it fast as there was no way you were going to shift them by yourself.

When we were on the exercise areas we used to string 3 of them together.



Got my HGV license on one of them when I was 17, 3 normal forward gears and a crash 1st gear, low ratio box and 2/4 wheel drive diff box. No power assisted anything. After 2 weeks in Germany shifting arty positions every 6 hours all the drivers were built like the Terminator.

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Most of the gadgets are wonderful - find it difficult to do without parking sensors now, especially for long cars like the jogger and most cars slope off now at the corners so it's very difficult to judge the extremities.

The lane keeping thing is the worst invention ever though - that one's thankfully permanently disabled, but some cars you need turn it off every time you start the engine.

Adaptive Cruise Control is the best - may not have got onto the Dacias yet though...

Electric auto handbrakes are also great unless you have another car without it or that doesn't auto engage it when you press the stop button. Then you can forget as you switch from one car to the next and the car starts rolling away as you get out....

Little things like heated wing mirrors and ones which dips down to show you where the kerb is when you engage reverse are nice, but you could do without.

If you're anything like me you will spend the first week reading the entire manual, setting it all up then completely forgetting how you did it 1 month later.

As for the radios / sat navs etc - they are complete extra set of things to forget how you set up.

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(OP)

Quote (littleinch)

If you're anything like me you will spend the first week reading the entire manual, setting it all up then completely forgetting how you did it 1 month later.

Aye more than likely. You don't even get a manual these days. It comes on the car infostation thingy. And I suspect all I will get will be a quick start guide in 7 languages none of which is English.

Its got an electric handbrake with hill start assist. It has cruise control and limiter but zero clue if its Adaptive. I will be happy, with turn it on and it keeps a speed and kicks it out when I touch the brakes and press a button and it goes back to the previous speed.

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And I suspect all I will get will be a quick start guide in 7 languages none of which is English.
Then choose Swedish and I will help you. winky smile

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.“
Albert Einstein

RE: Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

(OP)
err scandi is a different product zone and price as well by the looks of it.

I think the options will be Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Russian, Czech, Hungarian and Slovakian. I can get two of them translated at home already. But I don't trust the translations to be full and complete technical translations without alteration. But rather to the way someone thinks it should work instead of how it actually works. That won't stop them trying at least 5-10 times getting it to work their way until they announce its broken its not working.

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There is normally a paper manual as well or you can download it.

The Renault hill start thing is terrible though. It only comes on a a certain angle, but doesn't give you any notice or light to say it is working or active.
Then it only holds the brakes for about 3 seconds before releasing and the car hurtles backwards. Utterly useless. Use the little handbrake switch all the time.

The VW one is much better. Hold the brakes down when the car is stationary and a little green brake indicator comes on to tell you it's like you're holding the brake pedal down which then pings off as soon as you move. It seems to use the hydraulic system and not the little electric motor you hear whirring away when you use the electric handbrake.

Almost certainly not adaptive CC - you need a radar or lidar type thing. Too posh for Dacia.



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RE: Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

Alistair_Heaton,
If you get one of those bike racks, buy heavy duty lock cables to go thru both wheels and frame.
I'm a cyclist. I have friends that had bikes stolen off those racks.

ctopher, CSWP
SolidWorks '19
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(OP)
Well funny enough they tend not to use the handbrake round here for hill starts. They use heel on the brake and toe on the accelerator. Must be something to do with old soviet cars.

The other great thing is there are virtually no hills :D

been looking for an manual to download but even the French Renault manual portal doesn't have anything in any language.

RE: Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

There are a lot of configuration settings that are not in the owner's manual.
There are shop configuration manuals that let you permanently set up many of the options.

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Do any cars have a "save my settings" kind of profile? For when 2 different drivers use the car and they each have completely different mirror positions, heating needs, radio stations, etc. etc. The more electronics packed into the car the longer it takes to get everything set up if you have to switch drivers.

My wife is 6" (20cm) shorter than me and doesn't listen to heavy metal.

RE: Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

(OP)
I think this dacia has profiles on the media thingy. And there are cars which pull a profile and move your seat and mirrors.

But they are way way out of what I am willing to spend on a car.

It appears most of the car settings for Dacia is through an app. Or on the media screen if your model has one. And you plug your phone into the USB port on the dash to access them if you don't.

It runs windows SE :D <sarcasm on> which I am sure will make it stable and bug free <sarcasm off>

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(OP)
Wonder how long it takes Haynes to bring out a manual for a new model?

That can definitely be on my Christmas present list when the warranty runs out in 5 years time.

RE: Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

Both my 2021 GMC Terrain and my wife's 2018 Mercedes C300 has memory seats which allows us to save the position of the driver's seat as well as the outside mirrors. My car can save two different settings and my wife's car, three. We once had a 2000 Cadillac Catera that not only saved the driver's seat and external mirror positions, but also the in-cabin rear-view mirror's position, the driver preferred positioning of the steering wheel as well as a preset radio station.

John R. Baker, P.E. (ret)
Irvine, CA
Siemens PLM:
UG/NX Museum:

The secret of life is not finding someone to live with
It's finding someone you can't live without

RE: Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

Memory seats - Lethal things if misused.

Had a hire car delivered for an early morning trip to Heathrow a few years ago. I was well on my way down the M4 before I was awake enough to start taking an interest in what they'd given me and pressing buttons to see what they did. That game came to an abrupt stop when I landed on a memory seat button and the car started folding me quite efficiently into the footwell as I passed Membury Services at 80 mph.

A.

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zeus it must have been a really unpleasant/scare moment, but since you are still alive, I can't help but laugh at the situation seeing it in my mind. lol

Had a workmate that was over 195 cm and drove a Morris Mini (we call them doghouses here), only ones I saw him get in and out of it, still don't get how he managed to drive it though.

“Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.“
Albert Einstein

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(OP)
Sorry it made me laugh Zeus...

Thankfully I don't have to hire car places any more. When I worked for Eastern Airways I got caught for having 6 cars out with Enterprise in 3 days which blocked me from getting the 7th.

I seem to remember having a complete sense of humour crisis the first time I picked up a Megan. I wasn't the only one, I think 4 people ended up sleeping in them until the rental office opened up and someone showed them how to start it.

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The ford Focus has a push to open door to fill the gas tank. I think a spent a good 10-20 minutes at a gas station trying to figure out how to open it and fill the tank before I returned the rental.

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It was those old cars in the US that hid the petrol full cap behind a fold down licence plate that fooled me.

Walked around the car 5 times before one of the locals stopped laughing and showed me where the filler cap was....

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RE: Reverse Sensors and bicycle racks.

My seat setting in my Toyota Avalon will adjust while driving.
Since I am the only driver I will have them just slightly different and toggle between them on long drives.

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The ford Focus has a push to open door to fill the gas tank.

BTDT, on some random rental car, in the dark, where the gas cap release was inside the glove compartment,

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