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    Accessory Technology: which ones do you like or hate

    It seems the auto makers are running out of ideas to make the cars we buy more attractive, so they are loading them with some dubious technology. Are there new accessories that you really like and are there new pieces of technology that you could live without (would rather live without!)?

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    I'm ecstatic when my car has delay wipers...

    Bluetooth nice for wife talking to her family on way to work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodnok01 View Post
    I'm ecstatic when my car has delay wipers...

    Bluetooth nice for wife talking to her family on way to work.
    My dad's Lexus RX350 has a useless rearview camera, the screen is in the inside rearview mirror and is tiny.

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    Re: Accessory Technology: which ones do you like or hate

    Quote Originally Posted by orconn View Post
    It seems the auto makers are running out of ideas to make the cars we buy more attractive, so they are loading them with some dubious technology. Are there new accessories that you really like and are there new pieces of technology that you could live without (would rather live without!)?
    The hands free bluetooth calling/talking on newer cars is pretty trick. Only time I really do talk on the phone in the car is when I'm out on a deserted section of interstate and I know I'm not getting off for a while. Not enough hands/arms to take calls if you drive a stick like me.

    Traction/stability control systems have come a long ways from where they were 15 years ago. My 1999 Z28 had "traction control", which when it sensed even the slightest wheelslip it would just retard the timing of the engine, killing any power/fun you were trying to have. IE briskley leave from a dead stop, turn the tires over a few times, it would then cut timing and make the engine bog. Also, punch it from 20mph, it would kick down from 2nd to 1st, spin the tires over two or three times, bog the engine, then shift back to 2nd. You'd be going a lot faster if you had just given it half throttle and avoided a downshift. Thank god there was a big button high on the dash to turn it off.


    Now on the new Corvette, Ferrari's, Porsches, etc, you have 4 or 5 settings for traction/stability control. From total nanny state like my old Z28, that is usually "Rain" or "Snow" mode. Then normal, which does allow a bit of wheel spin in a straight line, performance which will let you slide/rotate the car a little bit before it cuts in and selectively brakes the correct wheel to bring you back in line(along with cutting the timing/throttle), and you can then turn the whole she-bang off and do donuts in a parking lot until you burn off all the tread on the tires.

    Now as far as useless gimmicks, lets talk about parking sensors and a back up camera on a Mini Cooper. Not saying those are features are useless, as they are very handy when trying to park a big Suburban or if you are backing up to hitch a trailer.
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    Re: Accessory Technology: which ones do you like or hate

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    Remote start will not own a car with out it.
    Bluetooth.
    USB ports an SD slots.
    Nav
    Front and Rear Ultrasonic Parking Assist.

    Do not like or can do with out the Lane departure warning, Forward collision alert and Intellibeam in the newer Cadillacs.
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    Re: Accessory Technology: which ones do you like or hate

    And I thought "Curb Feelers" were modern technology.
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    Re: Accessory Technology: which ones do you like or hate

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    And I thought "Curb Feelers" were modern technology.
    You were right. Everything that isn't now WERE modern technology

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    Re: Accessory Technology: which ones do you like or hate

    I appreciate anything that helps me see better at night. Better headlights (that don't yellow after a few years), driving lights for deserted roads, fog lights, anti glare windshield etc.
    I like the additional accessory outlets (remember cigarette lighters?). I like the additional cupholders so i don't spill my hot McDonalds coffee on myself. I still plan to add a new head unit with flip up screen and backup camera in my Suburban.
    I don't like touchscreens because they are not used properly. HUs in the past were designed to be adjusted without taking your eyes off the road. Some, like my 'burb have remote control. How so with this new tech? That said, I like the controls in the steering wheel.

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    Re: Accessory Technology: which ones do you like or hate

    ^ I'm with you on better headlights. Cornering lights are cool as well, they turn on and light the side of the road when you put on the turn signal. Have them on my 92 Lexus, both my 91 Brougham and 95 Fleetwood had them. Helps you see the inside curb/ditch. This feature has gone away on newer cars. Later model SC's have a revised front bumper with lower "fog lamps", useless extra lights in place of the cornering lamps on my car.

    As far as headlight technology goes, you don't need Xenon lights, LEDS, or all that more expensive technology to make effective headlights. My buddy's 2012 Camry has awesome headlights, its a conventional two bulb(one for low, one for high) arrangement that has been around since the 80's. The real technology is in the reflector/lens design, the bulbs themselves are just cheap off the shelf items I'm sure Toyota pays $1 a pop for.

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    Re: Accessory Technology: which ones do you like or hate

    Headlights, even with basic bulbs, have really come a long way in the last 20 years. The Fleetwood is better than the Seville and Maxima in terms of seeing at night, though none of them can compare to the '06 Grand Prix I used to have. I had an '06 Corolla for a few months before the GP and that car had the best headlights of anything I've driven. The high beams were outstanding...literally "light up the night" good.

    Back on topic, I don't think any kind of blind spot detection is really necessary with properly adjusted mirrors. I follow the "side mirrors pick up where the edges of the rear view mirror leaves off" kind of adjustment and cover the majority of the blind spot. I do like Volvo's City Safety thing where it can automatically hit the brakes. I miss the GP's remote start. Bluetooth seems like it would be handy but if I'm in heavy traffic, leave a voicemail...I'm not picking it up for anything. Nav is hit or miss depending on the car...some are great, some just annoying like my Dad's Accord where you need to hit the Lawyer Screen each and every time the car starts.

    Those things lead me to another issue. A lot of those kinds of options seem to come bundled in a technology package that includes the best stereo and many don't let you get the best stereo as a stand alone option. That would kinda piss me off having to buy $3-4K+ worth a crap to get the stereo I want.
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