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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

Somewhere I have a pair of LED conical beam flood lights that would do a fine job. The only snag is where to fit them. Maybe I can get a super bright LED bulb for the original reverse light holder.

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As for the Alfa, I keep a magnetic based inspection lamp in the car, stick it on the back of the roof when I need to reverse in the dark!
That's a great idea I'll have to see about that.
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Re: What's made you grumpy today? (Part II)

No one else just gently ride the brake? On the Mazda it doubles the available light output at least although it also has a passable reversing light..and park distance sensors so it's reasonably unlikely you'll reverse into something either way.
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I've never understood this.

Reversing lights:

Panda (169), barely worthy of the description, but does give some light.

Alfa 145, I assume it must be to signal to cars behind that you are reversing, because it is of no use to the driver whatsoever.

Uno, brilliant, can reverse at speed down a country lane.

Croma, like the Uno, perfect.


Why such a disparity between cars from the same manufacturer? I mean, I could understand if all fords were pants, but Fiats good, but this is just odd and has been so for decades.


Renault Super 5, was ok I think

Citroen AX, I reversed into my barn wall, 'nuff said.

If memory serves.. my 90's FIATS actually had 2 fog and 2 reversing lights..

The French cars had one of each..

Light pollution may play a part too.

Few streetlights..and no Xenons back then
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After doing a couple of triathlons, a half marathon and a 7 mile road race over the past month or so... I managed to trap a nerve in my back putting my trousers on. Then had to have a 4 hour meeting and a 4 hour drive home.

And we're going away for the weekend in the morning.

Talk about crappy timing.
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From memory, reversing lights were initially an add-on accessory, primarily to 'see' where you were going.
Later, legislation controlled positioning and brightness, so no more front foglamps used on the rear.
Legislation later again introduced them as a warning signal. This is where it all went wrong. Until then, manufacturers fitted reversing lights to help see when reversing. Now, to comply with legislation, they can be smaller, and placed where they are of no use as a light, only as a signal. What we get now depends on the overall design of the lamps, within the shape of the car.

When space is limited, we get one rear fog and one reverse lamp. Europe often get two rear fogs and no reverse lamps.

When we were using the Corsa C (high level rear lamps) with BSM, I used to fit an additional reverse lamp below the bumper, behind the left rear wheel. Almost unseen when off, but lit the left kerb nicely for a left reverse in the winter evenings.

Rear fog lamp and brake lights can help when reversingin the dark. Hazards tend to make things worse due to their flashing being blinding rather than illuminating.

If female, reverse only a little, at an angle, touch the kerb or verge, stop, burst into tears over the steering wheel and wait for the guy facing you to reverse 200 yards to let you pass. It'll make him feel superior and enhance his day.
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Button fell off trousers. Stabbed thumb while sewing it back on.
Later, went for flu jab, ouch again.

Microwave went pop.
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Well at least you got all 3 things of "bad things happen in 3s" out of the way in a day.
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Button fell off trousers. Stabbed thumb while sewing it back on.
Later, went for flu jab, ouch again.

Microwave went pop.
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Well at least you got all 3 things of "bad things happen in 3s" out of the way in a day.
If only it stopped there.
I need a simple microwave, actually difficult to achieve. The simplest, turn a knob and go, no longer have 'start' buttons, instead they go when the door is shut. So you must ensure the timer is at zero before shutting the door when finished. I can see that going wrong.
To get a 'start' button I have to go next step, electronic, with extra options built in. Shan't use any of them.
40 from Argos, 12 miles away.
Brought it home, it won't sit still. Turned it over, one foot is depressed. No damage to the box, so presumably damaged at factory prior to packaging.
Back to Argos, so that's now 48 miles instead of 24, but at least I get to drive the Panda some more. They were a bit miffed that I insisted on inspection before leaving. Replacement, again no box damage, but some mishaping to the foot, but it does sit flat. Will they feed back to the manufacturer about damage, doubtful.
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Thanks anyway, but still no 'start' button on it. But I do need a start button, as there are others in the house who will definitely break it otherwise.
My brother bought one of those a few months back. It works fine, but is actually a bit small inside, so he moans about having to use a smaller plate (he moans about everything though - family trait).
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