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Its not normal for me to find these, as I often read the manual front to back and know exactly what a car does and doesn't do.

But driving along with the wipers on the other day in the rain, and when the car stopped the wippers automatically went to intermitant mode. When moving off again they then re-selected constant.

Neat I though.

Was on dads 2009 Eleganza. I don't think sisters 2004 Active does this, and nore does my Stilo

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my active does this. if you have them on intermittant then they stop when you stop the car.

one thing i like about my panda is that when you stop the car with the lights still on they turn off with the ignition and if you push the stalk back you can set them to stay on in 30sec intervals. i think it goes to over 2 mins
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Re: Hidden features

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my active does this. if you have them on intermittant then they stop when you stop the car.
None of ours do that. That'd annoy me also as I wouldn't want it turning them off compleatly.
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Re: Hidden features

My 1994 BMW did that. Also had an excellent feature for setting the intermittent wipe time that was a doddle to use.
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Also had an excellent feature for setting the intermittent wipe time that was a doddle to use.
Yes Stilo has that on the wiper stalk. Something I miss when driving the Pandas in the rain.
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Yes Stilo has that on the wiper stalk. Something I miss when driving the Pandas in the rain.
No, it was better than a daft swivel thing to set the time. You simply flicked it on intermittent, leave for the desired time, then turn it off and then on again to intermittent. Worked very well.
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Re: Hidden features

I found a hidden feature in my Panda the other day, only had the front wipers on when i stuck her in reverse and the rears come on automatically and stop when in neutral or first. Never had this on a car before old tech i know, it just surprised me haha
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No, it was better than a daft swivel thing to set the time. You simply flicked it on intermittent, leave for the desired time, then turn it off and then on again to intermittent. Worked very well.
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I found a hidden feature in my Panda the other day, only had the front wipers on when i stuck her in reverse and the rears come on automatically and stop when in neutral or first. Never had this on a car before old tech i know, it just surprised me haha
lol. Yeah, every so handy.
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I found a hidden feature in my Panda the other day, only had the front wipers on when i stuck her in reverse and the rears come on automatically and stop when in neutral or first. Never had this on a car before old tech i know, it just surprised me haha
As long as you remember to de-ice your rear window before reversing

Probably worth working out which fuse will blow and carrying a spare
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Re: Hidden features

The wipers just work off the ECU speed signal, they speed up the faster you go.

The hidden feature I found is that when you remove the key from the ignition the electric windows still work for a about 30 seconds afterwards, a brilliant feature as I am always forgetting to wind the windows up.
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The wipers just work off the ECU speed signal, they speed up the faster you go.

The hidden feature I found is that when you remove the key from the ignition the electric windows still work for a about 30 seconds afterwards, a brilliant feature as I am always forgetting to wind the windows up.
Noticed that too, though the auto on the drivers side doesn't work in this scenario.
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The wipers just work off the ECU speed signal, they speed up the faster you go.

The hidden feature I found is that when you remove the key from the ignition the electric windows still work for a about 30 seconds afterwards, a brilliant feature as I am always forgetting to wind the windows up.
I thought they worked until you opened a door
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I thought they worked until you opened a door

yea they only work without the ignition until after like 30 sec or when you open the door.

i wish the car would put all the windows up if you hold the key in the lock postion for a few sec.

i dont have remote central lockin and only front elec windows so maybe its just the active that doesnt do this
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i wish the car would put all the windows up if you hold the key in the lock postion for a few sec.

i dont have remote central lockin and only front elec windows so maybe its just the active that doesnt do this
My Dynamic doesn't do it either, I don't think any Panda has elec windows in the back, either.

If I could replace the button on the remote to pop the boot with one that alternated between opening and closing the windows like on my parents' C5, I'd swap it in a heartbeat.
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Re: Hidden features

The other car in our house opens all the windows if you hold down the unlock on the remote which is great on hot days when you want to clear the air before you get in
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