September 28, 2023

We, naturally, are a discerning bunch with our private automobiles. We’d must be, proper?

In spite of everything, we evaluation automobiles for a residing, so we’re not precisely the kind of individuals who would purchase a automobile with out placing some thought into the acquisition.

With our private automobiles, we knew what we wished and we went out and acquired them. However that doesn’t imply we’ve all bought automobiles that have been totally good.

Right here, the CarExpert workforce shares what bugs us in regards to the automobiles we personal, and what we want we may change – or what we’re planning to repair.

Alborz Fallah

This can be the definition of a primary world downside, however I want my 458 Speciale had a stereo. I do know it’s not a lot to ask however imagine it or not, not solely does it not have a stereo, it doesn’t even have cruise management!

It was a no-cost possibility however the authentic proprietor had a plan to make it the lightest Speciale in Australia – which he seemingly succeeded in doing as a result of it has each little bit of carbon and never even a low high quality two-speaker stereo borrowed from a Fiat 500. To avoid wasting what? 8-9kg? Not price it.

I do know what you’re pondering (world’s smallest violin), however look, when I’m caught in visitors and all I’ve to take heed to is the Novitec exhaust burbling away (it does sound fantastic) by means of a spartan inside that has as a lot noise insulation as Anthony’s bike, it will get tiresome. I anticipate your sympathies within the feedback beneath.

MORE: Why I purchased a Ferrari 458 Speciale

Anthony Crawford

After ditching my 911 CS and Mustang Bullitt – all that is still in our storage is the XC40 (Polestar tuned, too) and BMW R NineT bike.

5 years on and the Volvo nonetheless seems to be totally up to date, solely, proper now, I want we had the brand new EX30 Extremely 315kW twin motor parked in its spot. It’ll do 0-100km/h in simply 3.6 secs. [Ed: So your answer is you want to change the whole thing?]

Yep, I’m into that and the design – Volvo continues to design and construct thrilling and modern automobiles.

I want my BMW had a digital rider’s show as a substitute of the ineffective analogue gauges that are tough to learn on the hop.

Paul Maric

One factor desperately lacking from our Tesla is a head-up show or display forward of the driving force. It makes issues like blind spot and pace monitoring more durable than it must be.

With the Mannequin Y not having blind-spot monitoring throughout the wing mirror, they’ve imitated the Hyundai and Kia system of a reside show, however as a substitute of it being on a display forward of the driving force it’s on the principle display.

The place Kia and Hyundai nailed the blind-spot digicam, Tesla’s use of it in the principle display is sweet, nevertheless it’s extra of a distraction than it must be.

Additionally they want Apple CarPlay. The inbuilt voice recognition system could be very common and makes easy issues like replying to messages laborious to do.

MORE: Why I purchased a Tesla Mannequin Y

Scott Collie

I want my Pajero had a telescoping steering wheel.

For essentially the most half it’s a really comfy cruiser, with plush velour seats and a relaxed experience, nevertheless it’s unattainable to get the wheel into the best spot for my gangly legs. After all, I’m keen to present it a go on that entrance given it’s approaching 20 years previous.

Whereas I’m complaining, the aftermarket head unit and parking sensors are common at finest. Perhaps it’s time to put in an Apple CarPlay head unit?

Jade Credentino

That is so laborious as a result of my automobile to me is ideal simply the way in which it’s. It was the primary automobile I totally paid off, it made the journey from Sydney-Melbourne with me, it has been there whereas i’ve travelled some epic locations round New South Wales.

Nonetheless, if I used to be to get a model new i30, I might undoubtedly love the choice of a wi-fi charging pad and wi-fi Apple CarPlay. Now residing in Melbourne, I’ve developed a dependancy on heated seats and a heated steering wheel which implies I would wish to maneuver up from the bottom mannequin Energetic, which is a complete new kettle of fish.

I feel if I used to be to purchase a model new automobile immediately I wouldn’t go for a base mannequin both, as a result of I’m used to all of the expertise and mod cons which might be accessible in different automobiles immediately. I might have immediate FOMO if I spent a lump sum of my financial savings and missed out on options i’d genuinely use on a regular basis.

I have to admit although there’s something so humbling about leaping again into my 2018 i30 Energetic and fidgeting with the wired Apple CarPlay and my single-zone air-con haha. Once I purchased the automobile it was such a drawcard to have Apple CarPlay in a automobile beneath $50K, now have a look at the place automobiles have superior to immediately!

Derek Fung

Ever since we purchased our secondhand 2014 Ford C-Max I’ve flirted with the concept of upgrading the usual Sync 2 infotainment system for a more recent Sync 3 unit.

Not solely is the interface miles forward when it comes to on-road usability (thanks bigger buttons, higher structure, and capacitive touchscreen), nevertheless it helps Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, each of which might be my key cause for happening this route.

After watching (seemingly) hours of how-to movies on the right way to do a swap, I discovered an affordable Sync 3 display, management unit and USB ports from a wrecked Escape. I backed out from hitting the Checkout button as a result of I do know in my coronary heart of hearts what takes an hour in a YouTube video, would probably take me weeks.

On condition that it took a number of hours to alter the entrance indicator (I blame the unnecessarily tight design of the headlight bracket and plug), and a complete day to interchange the defective reversing digicam, the considered residing with out components of my dashboard for an prolonged interval imply that my Sync 3 dream will stay simply that. For now.

I additionally dream of changing the wheels with ST-style alloys stolen from one other member of the Ford household. And if I had boundless baggage of money, I’d additionally discover a technique to change the hideous entrance finish with the marginally higher Euro model. Then once more, if I had boundless provides of dollarbucks, would I nonetheless be driving a Ford?

William Stopford

There are a number of minor issues which have bothered me about my 2015 Hyundai Genesis since I purchased it, they usually revolve round lacking options that have been accessible in different markets.

I can deal with out the rotary management knob for the infotainment system that’s present in left-hand drive autos, however as good because the faux wooden seems to be – one thing that’s not all the time the case for plastic bushes – I’d like to have the beautiful open-pore wooden trim that was accessible elsewhere.

Then there’s the lacking turn-by-turn navigation function. On the instrument cluster display, one of many headings is for this however when you choose that display, you merely see an influence off icon. Flip-by-turn instructions don’t seem on this display, nor do they seem within the head-up show.

Then there’s the dearth of USB ports, and stability management that may be a bit intrusive at instances. I even have the hi fi to classical as a result of the automobile doesn’t default to Bluetooth Audio on startup, and for some cause the radio is louder than audio streaming. I used to be sick of Triple J or Nova blasting loudly once I began the automobile, and the system might be gradual in addition up at instances, too.

However what bothers me essentially the most is the dearth of Android Auto, regardless that this was rolled out to homeowners of some autos abroad. It appears to be off the desk for Australian homeowners, and the extra I drive new automobiles with Android Auto – which is sort of each new automobile on sale immediately – the extra I want my automobile had it.

MORE: Why I purchased a Hyundai Genesis

Jack Fast

There are a good few issues I’d like to alter about my 2020 Suzuki Jimny, however a whole lot of them are unavoidable given it’s actually a field on wheels.

My predominant gripe with the Jimny is that it feels continuously out of puff. I’ve to completely wring its neck if I wish to take off on the lights with the visitors. 75kW and 130Nm is just not fairly sufficient.

I’ve additionally had situations the place I’m travelling up a hill at freeway speeds and my pace completely plummets. It’s not like I can actually change down a gear as a result of at 110km/h in fifth gear the Jimny is revving at 3500rpm.

I’d love one other gear as a result of at freeway cruising speeds the racket the engine makes is tough to disregard. I strive my finest to drown out the noise with some music however there’s solely a lot I can do.

One final thing that I’d love to alter about my Jimny is how a lot it will get blown round on the street. I bear in mind one time driving previous Ballarat on the freeway in heavy rain and wind and virtually getting blown from one aspect of the street to the opposite. This was really fairly a daunting expertise.

James Wong

In case nobody knew, I drive a Mk7.5 Golf – a GTI, no much less.

Whereas I’ll die on a hill saying it’s my pinnacle of compact automobiles in latest instances, there are some options which have come out since its launch that might make it that little bit higher.

Wi-fi Apple CarPlay and wi-fi cellphone charging would alleviate the necessity to fumble round with a cable each time I get within the automobile, in addition to having a specifically designed place for the cellphone to take a seat.

It’s additionally a lot extra handy to only get in and have my cellphone connect with CarPlay the identical method it connects to Bluetooth on startup.

My different gripe is that my 12.3-inch Energetic Information Show – which might today be known as Digital Cockpit Professional – blanks out the mapping view once I’m utilizing Apple Maps or Google Maps for navigation.

Within the new fashions, the map show will keep on and small turn-by-turn prompts will flash up for Apple Maps. It’s simply higher built-in today.