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Old 12-04-2014, 12:37 PM
 
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My pet peeves regarding new cars today:
1) I like to just have a regular key and manual locks and windows - perhaps that's old school but I've yet to have a problem with the 3 vehicles I've purchased like this while the 4 I had with those automated/electronic ended up costing me more money (key replacement/repair, lock problem diagnosis, window issues). Sure locking the doors when getting out is something I need to be aware of (especially with kids), but everyone seems trained to do it now and it's not a problem. Likewise manually unlocking my doors is not a big deal to me (2 door vehicles). I'm spoiled by the keyless entry. Put your hand around door handle and car automatically unlocks. Best feature ever.

2) I don't think the tire pressure systems (TPMS) make sense - the sensors on an extra set of wheels for winter for me cost a ridiculous amount and I question why people don't just make a habit of looking around at their tires periodically and why this expensive feature is now on all new vehicles. I don't want to pay for this feature but it is my understanding that there is a federal law regarding it being on all vehicles. TPMS have been required since 2008. I don't think it's a bad thing but can sometimes go overboard (read my thread on Discount Tire)

3) Buckle up chimes. I know when I am unbuckled and need to re-buckle, each and every time the chime goes off - so do my kids. The chime is ridiculous, annoying and it's more than enough that there's laws regarding buckling up; I don't need nagging reminders when I am just getting something out of a pocket/taking off my jacket or briefly stepping out to get mail. Most manufacturers have a way to disable the chime. Something along the links of pressing a button for a certain amount of time while unlocking car, etc. I have done it on my past two cars. I still use my seatbelts but don't' want constant chime when I check the mail and am only a a block away from my house.

4) All that stated, I would have to say the biggest issue I have with most vehicles on the road today are fake bumpers! I don't even know why they are called bumpers anymore... if you bump them they get destroyed! Some might say that is their point but I don't think so... at least in my opinion their point was that they could take freakin light hit and not have any damage or easily repairable damage - so that the pretty body panels of the vehicle wouldn't be messed up. I've now seen it time and time again, a minor bump and the whole facade needs to be replaced to get your vehicle back to new looking condition. Body shops must love the extra revenue they make from these fake bumpers.
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Old 12-04-2014, 01:06 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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Back in the 1950's always drove Cads that were two yrs old and had low mileage...had three and every yr would sell/up to a newer model. Did like the dash controls w/o having to take my eyes off the road. Once when shifting my sitting and moving the left leg heard the radio change stations WTF ?...discovered a switch under the cpt that I never knew existed....wonder if any new cars feature that idea away from any console.
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Old 12-04-2014, 06:46 PM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Back in the 1950's always drove Cads that were two yrs old and had low mileage...had three and every yr would sell/up to a newer model. Did like the dash controls w/o having to take my eyes off the road. Once when shifting my sitting and moving the left leg heard the radio change stations WTF ?...discovered a switch under the cpt that I never knew existed....wonder if any new cars feature that idea away from any console.
My mom's former 1970 Cadillac Coupe de Ville had the radio floor control. I used it when I happened to be driving that car.
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Old 12-06-2014, 04:53 PM
 
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Hard seats are a consistent complain but nobody seems to listen.
This is why I held on to my 1989 Toyota Camry LE until last year. Seriously. They had the most comfortable seats ever, and it was a time when you could actually get cloth seats in the luxury model of a car.

My pet peeves when I was looking for a new car:

1. No cloth seats in luxury cars. What's this American obsession with leather? It's not forgiving, is cold or hot, sticks to my legs, etc.
2. Visibility. Windows are smaller, and there's a reason for those back-up cameras ... too may blind spots! I love big windows but didn't want an SUV.
3. My Camry was considered a compact but had the same interior room that my new full-sized Mercedes has. I know, I know - safety with a zillion airbags, but we're talking peeves here. I hate driving a larger car but need the interior room.
4. Headlights that blind me. I miss the old days when not every approaching car looks like they have on their brights. Driving at night has gotten tougher. The trade-off hasn't been worth it.

I wanted to buy a Toyota or Honda, but went with a Mercedes because the windshield is larger, not so slanted, when I look in the rear view mirror I see more of the outside than the interior of my car (the Prius was the worst - understand the aerodynamic reasons, but couldn't deal ...), and the side windows seemed larger. =Hate= the leather seats and am having some memory foam things custom made. If I had had the $$, I would have ordered a car from Germany the way I wanted it with cloth seats vs buying the way dealerships get them here.
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Old 12-06-2014, 06:48 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Back in the late seventies, one knew when they were in a luxury vehicle,
Sitting in these seats was like sitting in your living room chair.




Bob.
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Old 12-06-2014, 07:41 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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I used to HATE those seats. Now, I can’t get them. As for leather seats, it is true that if you go to the high end, as in the Limited and alike you have to get leather but you can still get cloth in the migrade trim.
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:14 PM
 
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Regarding those seat belt chimes--how do you permanently disable them? There has to be a way. If I get one of those newer cars, it will be one of the first things I do. Also, how do you disable the chipped keys situation?
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Old 12-06-2014, 11:26 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Regarding those seat belt chimes--how do you permanently disable them? There has to be a way. If I get one of those newer cars, it will be one of the first things I do. Also, how do you disable the chipped keys situation?

I don't think you can disable the chip for the key, but as for the seat chime (at least in older vehicles), there should be a wire connector under the seat that regulates the chime.
Just disconnect it, but be sure it isn't tied into the power seat harness.
I believe it is a separate harness than the one for a power seat.

Bob.
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:04 AM
 
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Back in the late seventies, one knew when they were in a luxury vehicle,
Sitting in these seats was like sitting in your living room chair.

Bob.
^^^^this^^^^ I grew up with a family vehicle that had the most comfortable thick-leather bucket seats I have ever seen in a vehicle... you sunk in, you felt great, and my God, they rocked! If I knew then what I know now, I would have pulled those darned seats when the car died 14 years later and kept them for a future vehicle.

The first time I sat in a BMW that supposedly was worth three times the value of my family's vehicle, I couldn't believe how firm and uncomfortable the seats were by comparison. These days, 20 years later, that seems more par for the course.
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Old 12-18-2014, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Back in the late seventies, one knew when they were in a luxury vehicle,
Sitting in these seats was like sitting in your living room chair.




Bob.
My grandparents had a 1977 Olds 98. That thing was like sitting a a recliner while floating on air lol! I think you could have run over a cow and not felt it
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