- 27 Oct 2009
Over a period of 5yrs I drove hundreds of them. When they were good they were excellent but later they began fooling around with totally unnecessary electrical gadgetry causing lots of problems. I have an Astra K with a Renault sourced electric handbrake. It releases frequently when the engine is started and often locks on, great fun at traffic lights because I have to switch off and restart to release it. On one occasion it banged on as I reversed. I thought the wheels had fallen off!We are off topic somewhat but the best car I even had was a Renault Savannah estate with 3 rows of seats. As smooth a ride as a Rolls Royce, comfortable, loads of space and completely reliable. The Laguna that replaced it was almost as good. But the Espace not so.
Having seen the effect.. I have to say I am a little under-whelmed.
I'm sure it could be enhanced - I was thinking of something like the font at our last church in Midhurst. After a baptism, I'd get the kids around when I took the plug out, and as the water drained away, it emitted the most fantastic raspberry soundHaving seen the effect.. I have to say I am a little under-whelmed.
Even the simpler electronics are causing problems for me at the 30 year mark. Directional lighting diodes are shorting in my FA-1's and opening up in my Chinese made starter set LGB. I realize that some (most) of these engines were bought at train shows and the "newness" could be a concern, but the two I bought from a Texas dealer were returns that he sent back to the distributor for repairs, and they have been 100% good.I must agree. For me and my Lionel trains, it's all about play value. But I can admire these guys who like the ultimate realism. As some of us point out, over on the "O" gauge forum, our seventy-plus Lionel trains took a licking and are still ticking. What will these electronic marvels be like in seventy years ?
The gentleman said 30 years - so early LEDs could be getting a bit tired.20,000 running hours for most are railways is going some.