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Ianus
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I've been thinking of buying a new car and want to know if it's necessary to have power steering.

I'm looking to buy a small car (eg. Renault Clio, Ford Fiesta, Smart Car), say around 4-7 years old and a lot of the ones i've looked at don't have power steering. I've never driven a car without power steering before (my current 1997 Renault Clio has it) so is it really hard to drive without it? Or does it not matter so much on a small car?

Thanks for any help!
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power steering is really not required on a Smart. it would help sure but you don't need it.
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My car didn't have power steering, okay so it takes a little longer to get used to it, and builds up arm muscles and means that some parking spaces you just have to abandon all hope for, but I really didn't find it a hinderance.
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Really, really not needed at all.

I drive a people carrier (seats 8) without power steering, and only ever wish for it when it is full of people. A small car really won't need it.

If anything, cars without power assisted steering feel nicer to drive anyway - more connected, in my opinion.
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Nope, my 1994 peugeot 106 doesnt have power steering and since its a light enough car its not that bad. Just a bit of a ***** for parallel parking and 3-point turns but meh, easy enough
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Doesn't matter so much for a small car, unless you plan to be doing a lot of reverse parking and the like!
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The parking problem can be helped by slipping the clutch and crawling over a short distance very slowly. Doesn't eradicate it, but it does help.
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(Original post by Nuffles)
The parking problem can be helped by slipping the clutch and crawling over a short distance very slowly. Doesn't eradicate it, but it does help.
i dont think ive ever performed a parking manouvre without slipping the clutch :o:
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(Original post by Nuffles)
The parking problem can be helped by slipping the clutch and crawling over a short distance very slowly. Doesn't eradicate it, but it does help.
You shouldn't dry steer (steering whilst the car is stationary) anyway, whether the car has power steering or not.
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What does slipping th clutch mean?

I don't have power steering in my car (1996 fiesta) and there are times when I'd kill for it, like parking in a multi story carpark yesterday, but overall it's really not that bad
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I lived without it. It's more fun without, in my mind.
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Not that nescacary, you can live without it fine. As others have said, it builds the arm muscles, and it really isn't noticeable once you're rolling.
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(Original post by Tofufi)
You shouldn't dry steer (steering whilst the car is stationary) anyway, whether the car has power steering or not.
i once bled the powersteering system by turning the wheel left+right about 10-15 times, by the time i had finished there were thick black marks and noticable patches on the tyres! thank god they needed replacing beforehand!
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Isn't it a bit weird that the 4 - 7 year old cars you're looking at don't have power steering? I thought they all had it these days.
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God no, on small cars it's completely unnecessary.
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Power steering makes life so much easier, as expected, especially when parking. I wouldn't buy a car without it to be honest. Its on my 'list' of absolute necessities in a car.
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A lack of power steering is a beautiful thing, you can actually feel the road... I hate the 'spaceship' feel of modern cars.
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More important, in my opinion, is a good turn radius. Then I don't might having no power steering. :yep:
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Necessary? No, but I wouldn't choose to drive a car that didn't have it. The one time I did drive a car without power steering, it turned driving from a pleasure to a chore - no thanks!
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(Original post by The Referee)
Necessary? No, but I wouldn't choose to drive a car that didn't have it. The one time I did drive a car without power steering, it turned driving from a pleasure to a chore - no thanks!

It's funny isn't it, I actively prefer to drive cars without it - I like to be able to 'feel' the road and you just don't get that in the same way with power steering.
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