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    Loving the car - one small criticism

    I wanted the magnetic ride control so paid for the 2t premium. I forgot how much fun it was to drive a car with this kind of torque. My wife has a fusion hybrid, which is a wonderful car. No turbo lag on that one with the electric motor assist. Wouldn't that be fun on the ATS? But I find the lag minuscule and will have to be careful not to get tickets. My wife couldn't believe that with all the safety stuff - collision prevention, lane change warning etc., that the premium didn't come with the blind spot warning like she has on the fusion. Cadillac should address this. I bought mine during a sale and was working with existing stock. Yes I would have loved the adaptive cruise and all of that - I couldn't find that car and I was amazed that the blind spot was trapped in the $3,000 driver assist package. Makes no sense. She says she loves the blind spot awareness on the Ford. It should be in the driver awareness package or should be part of a la carte pricing.
    Overall - I love this car.

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    I guess there rational is its a "Driver assistance" device so thats why its in that package. I know its sorta silly, the escalade I had had Blind spot monitoring and I dont think it had an assist package, it didn't have adaptive cruise or any of that.

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    That blind spot was the one feature I wanted but was not able to get based on selection available and the cost. I would have gladly traded vibrating seat for that. I'm sure its awareness versus assistance and sensors required to some extent. Still would have liked it.

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    Is blind spot warning a part of a package, or it is a stand-alone option?

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    Read the first post.
    Quote Originally Posted by ben.gators View Post
    Is blind spot warning a part of a package, or it is a stand-alone option?

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    Quote Originally Posted by Stevo Supremo View Post
    I guess there rational is its a "Driver assistance" device so thats why its in that package. I know its sorta silly, the escalade I had had Blind spot monitoring and I dont think it had an assist package, it didn't have adaptive cruise or any of that.
    Stevo we could probably argue its more of an "awareness" feature.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ben.gators View Post
    Is blind spot warning a part of a package, or it is a stand-alone option?

    Ben yes it is, the "assist" package (not to be confused with "awareness" pkg) which is in the 3k range and includes adaptive cruse control, HUD, Blind spot, cross traffic etc. Now if you buy a Premium which has HUD as standard the price of the Assist package drops some. When I was buying I did not see any Premiums with that package and only 1 performance with it added and that brought the performance up to premium price level.

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    If you need lane departure warning and blind spot assist or etc, you should not be driving.
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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    Quote Originally Posted by SLA View Post
    If you need lane departure warning and blind spot assist or etc, you should not be driving.

    True, If you need it than you should not be driving, but too want is different. Our needs are few but our wants are many. I don't ask for much but what I do ask for should be of very high quality.

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    Quote Originally Posted by SLA View Post
    If you need lane departure warning and blind spot assist or etc, you should not be driving.
    Agree, a person who needs assistance from such warning systems to drive a car, should not be driving in the first place. BUT I think the main purpose of such warning systems, especially the blind spot warning, is to cover those very rare cases that the (experienced) driver fails to notice a car, makes a mistake, or simply forgets to check the mirror. I think we all are prone to such mistakes! So such warning systems will be useful in such cases.

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    http://www.motoringtv.com/kenzie-s-k...s_a_blind_spot!

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    Go to 2011 archive, episode 17.

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    Quote Originally Posted by Dave3283 View Post
    http://www.motoringtv.com/kenzie-s-k...s_a_blind_spot!

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    Go to 2011 archive, episode 17.
    Yep.

    I've been adjusting the side mirrors that way since I read an old Hot Rod article on the subject 20 years ago, and it works.

    People want what they want, and that is fine. But I personally wouldn't spend a dime on any of these "driver awareness" packages. Especially $3,000 +. Besides the fact I don't want the car bothering me with overly concerned warnings that I already know about. I've never needed that kind of warning in the past.

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    People choose different things - some of the "stuff" can actually improve the driving experience and make things safer. As for blind spots, I always look over my shoulder. But having used a Fusion with good blind spot warnings I can attest to the fact that the technology will pick things up before you do - and the tech becomes helpful. Eventually some of this tech will become standard as it will help to reduce accidents. That's a good thing. As for being chided by purists - please, to each his own - chacun a son gout is the French saying (probably misspelled).

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    I can attest to the fact that the technology will pick things up before you do
    Not if the mirrors are set correctly, last car was '10 Fusion Sport - never relied on amber light in mirror....too many false positives and false negatives.

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    I drive in Washington D.C. which just place number one in reported accidents. I'll take all the help I can get - but in the end there's no replacement for an attentive driver.

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    Re: Loving the car - one small criticism

    the best feature that the blind zone radars can provide is the backup cross traffic warning

    when backing out of a parking spot it can really help to know that there's a car coming instead of creeping out and almost getting hit
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