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  #3153164 28-Oct-2023 18:17
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jarledb:

 

 

 

(Or maybe I misunderstood what you meant by "thumb rollers")

 

 

 

 

Probably me that's wrong - I understood them to be buttons on the steering wheel - I assumed since the aim was to reduce cost that meant using the existing thumb rollers rather than introducing extra buttons. But I certainly could be wrong.





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  #3153173 28-Oct-2023 19:17
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Definitely extra buttons, but within the steering wheel spoke assembly (outboard of the current scroll wheels). So manufacturing is simplified as there is no longer a requirement for an assembly for the two stalks on the steering column. Easier and simpler on the assembly line as well, which equals cheaper.





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  #3153197 28-Oct-2023 22:17
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billgates: Anyone else carry an extra purchased spare tyre with them in boot or roof rack when gong on longer trips?


Nup - the tyres for our larger EV are pretty wide so one of these would take up far too much of our boot - space we need for all our luggage when on holiday with four people and all their cr@p! I did look into various options - Teslas don’t even come with goo and pump, whereas my wife’s new MG4 does at least - but ended up taking the rental car cover with our insurance, just in case we had issues on a long SI trip at Xmas. I didn’t bother renewing this when our insurance renewed in August, and we’ve done a long trip since then.

I do have two spare tyres and wheels, but they sit in the garage! Bought off someone upgrading the wheels on their Model Y, so they’ve only got delivery kms on them; not much use when on a long trip, but the idea is they’re there if we have a puncture when near home, plus we have two new tyres when it comes time to replace some.

(Ironically I had a decent number of flats in my last ICE car which had a spare , most if not all would have been avoidable if I’d kept a better eye on them. I finally learnt from this and bought an after-market TMPS. Both our current EVs have TMPS so I feel ok with this now.)



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  #3153219 29-Oct-2023 06:55
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My VW has no spare but a mini compressor and goo instead. Never needed it so far. If I ever get a flat I expect it’s useless and I’ll need roadside assistance.

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  #3153268 29-Oct-2023 11:08
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My car (not an EV) came with just a pump and goo kit. I drive often enough in places where a flat tyre that couldn't be fixed by the pump and goo would be way more than just an inconvenience.

 

Rather than a full size spare I bought a space saver wheel with the correct wheel pattern and a scissor jack which had a handle that fitted the lug nut. Fortunately the car had a space below the boot floor where the space saver and jack could be stored.

 

Sure my speed is limited and I wouldn't travel a long distance on the space saver but it would get me to somewhere I could get the spare repaired/replaced.

 

 





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  #3153295 29-Oct-2023 11:47
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Picked up our MG4 yesterday (Excite64 in Volcano Orange).

 

Did 100+km in it yesterday (most of that getting home from Hamilton).

 

Very happy with it. A couple of software foibles I'll need to get used to (like the way the system handles things like Cruise Control compared to the Kia it replaced). So far so good.

 

 

 

If anyone else has one and is having issues connecting to the iSmart app (Binding), I got mine going this morning after all yesterday it telling me it didn't recognise the QR code. Either - MGs servers were playing up yesterday (though, the code was very quickly rejected - it didn't seem to be checking anywhere), OR, me changing the time to Auto-Set in the menus fixed it (I had the time manually entered as when I first set it, it was an hour out and I couldn't see a DST switch). I set it to Manual again, changed the Time Zone to Auckland, set it back to Auto and the time was right (and the Bind QR code worked in the App).


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  #3153304 29-Oct-2023 12:23
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Just out of interest, what are MG4 owners mapping the ‘shortcut’ button on the steering wheel to? I thought during my test drive getting it to bring up the hvac controls was the most useful.





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  #3153305 29-Oct-2023 12:26
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I've mapped mine to AC on the right and Regen Levels on the left.


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  #3153317 29-Oct-2023 13:00
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trig42:

 

I've mapped mine to AC on the right and Regen Levels on the left.

 

 

 

 

Me too.


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  #3153371 29-Oct-2023 13:18
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How are MG4 drivers finding the lane assist?


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  #3153436 29-Oct-2023 17:12
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PJ48:

trig42:


I've mapped mine to AC on the right and Regen Levels on the left.



 


Me too.



While also AC on the right for me, I’ve gone with drive mode on the left - I’m used to the regen setting and OPD in a Tesla so am used to not changing regen. Love the AC steering wheel controls and wish Tesla would add this.

My hope is that MG add additional functions to the shortcut buttons - only three options for two buttons! If they’re not going to allow OPD to be left on by default adding this as a shortcut would be great…

There’s a seamingly random bug with the left-hand shortcut button, and perhaps only on the Excite, where the programmed function disappears (ie pressing the button does nothing) and it requires re-selecting from the menu. This has happened at least three times to me - anyone else experienced it?

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  #3153529 30-Oct-2023 00:02
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trig42:

 

If anyone else has one and is having issues connecting to the iSmart app (Binding), I got mine going this morning after all yesterday it telling me it didn't recognise the QR code. Either - MGs servers were playing up yesterday (though, the code was very quickly rejected - it didn't seem to be checking anywhere), OR, me changing the time to Auto-Set in the menus fixed it (I had the time manually entered as when I first set it, it was an hour out and I couldn't see a DST switch). I set it to Manual again, changed the Time Zone to Auckland, set it back to Auto and the time was right (and the Bind QR code worked in the App).

 

 

That is the encryption on the connection doing that.  It is sensitive to the correct time.


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  #3153539 30-Oct-2023 07:08
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huckster:

 

How are MG4 drivers finding the lane assist?

 

 

It's 'ok'. I haven't had a lot of time with it - drove from Hamilton to home (about 60k) on Saturday and drove home to Auckland in the crap weather early this morning (about 125k, SH2 & Southern Motorway). So far, it doesn't feel as nice as the Kia it replaced, but it nudged me into the centre of the lane a couple of times. When I get a chance, on an empty road on a decent day, I'll test it a bit further - letting the wheel go and see how it gets me around corners. 

 

What I find more annoying, and I hope they fix it with a software update at some point, is the slowing down on bends when in Cruise Control. I don't mind slight slowing, but it's quite noticeable (maybe that is because I have regen on 3 and it's just releasing the 'throttle'?). It's no deal breaker, but it must be annoying for following cars.


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  #3153546 30-Oct-2023 08:19
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trig42:

 

It's 'ok'. I haven't had a lot of time with it - drove from Hamilton to home (about 60k) on Saturday and drove home to Auckland in the crap weather early this morning (about 125k, SH2 & Southern Motorway). So far, it doesn't feel as nice as the Kia it replaced, but it nudged me into the centre of the lane a couple of times. When I get a chance, on an empty road on a decent day, I'll test it a bit further - letting the wheel go and see how it gets me around corners. 

 

 

 

 

Interesting - I assume its largely the same as the software in the ZS, which we turned off nearly immediately as it was like driving a pinball machine. The slightest wander and it would be pointing you at the opposite line and then back again. Strangely, after my wife found the autosteer (as opposed to lane keeping assist) she decided that that was fine. Only the lane assist is dumb.





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  #3153549 30-Oct-2023 08:46
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Yeah, it's certainly not bouncing from side to side in the lane - just I noticed a couple of times this morning I was pretty much on (or maybe even over) a line before it did anything. The Kia one wouldn't let you get near a line (or if you did, it'd bleat at you). That could have been the shite weather and the fact it was dark.


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