A couple of weeks ago I unfortunately ran over a badger. The result is that the car is in for repairs and I have been given a Vauxhall Astra as a loan car.
I think that Vauxhall is branded Opel elsewhere.
A couple of months ago I had to hire a car for a business trip and I hired a Vauxhall Zafira.
I will never again drive a Vauxhall car for one reason. They have changed the functionality of the indicator stalk. (And the windscreen washer but that is less noticeable.)
In a normal car the driver has 3 feedback methods as to the status of their indicators.
- An audible ticking
- A light flashing on the dashboard
- The position of the stalk
Now for no good reason Vauxhall have decided that that last form of feedback is no longer necessary. In their cars when you flick the switch it activates the indicator but THEN RETURNS TO ITS REST POSITION!
In addition to this stupidity if you don’t press the stalk enough then it only activates the indicators for 3 flashes, but you have no way of knowing this.
The result is that if the indicators fail to cancel, say you are changing lanes, then you have to manually flick the stalk the other way. But you then end up with them switching to the other way and so on.
I totally fail to understand the mentality of a design team that considered this an improvement. It must be the only case in the history of car design where a conscious decision was taken to REDUCE functionality and HINDER drivability.
In conclusion NEVER drive a Vauxhall they are dangerous!