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  • Shibboleth
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    The hard plastic packaging surrounding memory sticks and stuff.. supposed to be in store theif proof but needs industrial strength machinery to open without lo

    Agreed, but did you know you can use a can opener to open them?

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    john drummer – that’s minging. What is it?

    edlong
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    Banner advertising fail:

    On my screen it currently, picture-wise, goes teapot, olympic logo, ugly car, Shimano groupset (@CRC)

    edlong
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    WTF is that? Pontiac?

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    Please step forwards the Vauxhall Zafira handbrake lever (55 plate onwards). It resembles a clip together mystery object that tumbled out of the middle of a Kinder Egg, but is only half as sturdy.

    Or the the handbrake in a toyota avensis – replaced with a button. Where shall we put the button? Under the dash, out of site somewhere half way down the driver’s shin.

    The flippin Microsoft Office ribbon!

    thebrowndog
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    The BT Vision remote control. Nothing is where it should be. The TV guide scroll function is laughable. And don’t get me started on the nightmare that is the On Demand menu.

    And +1 for the Range Rover Evoque. Gopping.

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    I think the cars are a ssangyong rhodius followed by a Pontiac Aztec.

    Heh. In a similar vein, these two are fairly bad:

    But for my money, and despite in every other sense it being a masterclass in doing design the right way, the FD Mazda RX7 has a fuel filler hole positioned in such a way that if you have a full tank and park facing uphill at an angle of more than 5°, the fuel tank empties itself via the filler hole.

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    My poxy iPhone.

    The new met line trains.

    That bloody shimano brake effort that also changed gears.

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    disc brakes with that crappy bit of metal wire in the middle

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    The re-design of the M40 and A43 junction would get my vote.

    john_drummer
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    indeed a SsangYong Rodious. Often spelled “Odious”.

    of course, the Fiat Multipla also deserves a mention

    Cumbernauld…………………jeeez

    john_drummer
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    looking a lot worse for wear these days, been empty for about 5 years and now starting to show it. steel anti-vandal panels on all of the windows…

    this is pretty grim these days too:

    fasthaggis
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    LH side headlight bulb replacement in old Honda Civics. 👿

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    Coventry.

    john_drummer
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    mind you we did have this:

    they knocked it down about 10 years ago & replaced it with this:

    bob_summers
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    Suzuki indicator/washer stalks. Had mine 2 years and still wash the windscreen everytime I try to flash the headlights.

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    I forgot some cycle lanes…(not my images)

    batfink
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    The small things are the worst – they would be so easy to fix:

    The “auto” windscreen wiper function on BMWs resets when you turn the ignition off – therefore requiring you to turn-on the “auto” setting whenever it starts raining…. defeating the point?

    Added to that, the tiny light indicating that the auto setting is on (located on the stalk) is perfectly obscured by the steering wheel – requiring you to press your face up against the side window/ceiling/windscreen in order to see it.

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    Get that 5 off this thread please.

    I would like to nominiate the Citroen C4 Picasso. Gearstick too far away, and the heating controls are not in the middle of the car but by the driver’s right knee. This means that a) you have to take your eyes a long way off the road to operate them, but worse b) the passenger can’t reach them at all.

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    Samsung’s Smart TV user interface, particularly the web bits.

    Virgin media’s TiVo remote.

    Any cheapo kids bike.

    sbob
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    But for my money, and despite in every other sense it being a masterclass in doing design the right way, the FD Mazda RX7 has a fuel filler hole positioned in such a way that if you have a full tank and park facing uphill at an angle of more than 5°, the fuel tank empties itself via the filler hole.

    In theory.
    In practice no RX7 has ever had enough fuel in it for this to occur. 😆

    If my friend attempted to use the grill on his old oven the heat would melt the knobs.
    The replacement cured this by having an attachable heat shield to put in place, which meant you then had to leave the oven door open as you had a red hot bit of sheet metal poking out.
    The spelling mistakes on the oven where a notable clue as to its quality.

    JulianA
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    Am also liking ‘easy-open’ Bravissimo products very much!

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    ISIS bottom brackets. Some of the newer PF30 and such may be up there as well.

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    eddiebaby – Member

    Women.

    Generally, I think that they got the packaging layout, design, and materials about right. 🙂

    Its the software and/or programming that is faulty! 😉

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    The new Fox Dual control lockout, currently 2 weeks is par for the course, re threading the cable is not easy either.
    Trek bikes, had the misfortune of doing a full service on a couple recently

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    Why can no-one design a bike light that doesn’t switch in in your bag?

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    molgrips – Member
    Why can no-one design a bike light that doesn’t switch in in your bag?

    Ay-Up Battery mounted on lid with the light (still lighter than most)

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    Why woujld that not turn on in your bag?

    Post colonial africa/middle east

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    is this worst or best, still not sure?

    peterfile
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    There must be millions of these feckers in service and every last one of them dribbles tea all over the table. I mean, why??

    Ben Elton discussed this in detail in his “Ministry of Crap Design” Sketch. quite funny 🙂

    Ro5ey
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    Pandas…

    Not the car

    The stupid, big, hairy, black and white ones.

    winston_dog
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    Why woujld that not turn on in your bag?

    Because they don’t have a switch, you have to plug the battery into the light.

    That plastic packaging they insist on using for bags of pasta etc. It’s so brittle it just splits all the way down when opened.

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