OMG! I just discovered another feature of my new car!

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      NV Wino
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      The clock automatically switches from daylight saving to standard! All by its very own self!

      It always took me from 3 to 6 months to change the damned clock. Now it changes itself. There are other features I love as well, but this may top the list.

      Other features I like:

      Climate control; variable speed, intermittent wipers; intermittent rear wiper; seat position memory; adjustable lumbar support; backup camera; Apple car play; all sorts of safety and warning features. And a couple of features I laughed at for my area, but have turned out to be really nice—heated seats and heated steering wheel.

      Honda CRV Hybrid.

      “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
      “Politicians and pro athletes: The only people who still get paid when they lose.” William Rivers Pitt

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      jbnw
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      And having lived and commuted in the Bay area on cold rainy days, I suspect there are days I would have enjoyed those heated seats and steering wheel.

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      soryang
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      An A4. I have to say I found all the digital bells and whistles distracting and annoying. Since it is a relatively small car you can’t see anything around you in a parking lot when you are parked, because of all the SUVs and PUs which are much higher. The only feature I found useful were the warning devices that advised when you backing out from a blind spot which would warn you when some asshole you couldn’t see yet was cruising through the parking lot toward you. The warning device would slam on the brakes.

      I lost both of our analog cars during the flood. They had very low mileage on them. The insurer paid the blue book price on them or something like it, less the deductibles. I couldn’t find any vans near where I live. Someone tried to sell me a used dodge van with 74,000 miles on it for 34,ooo dollars. This didn’t include tax or anything. I got 18,900 for my van used dodge van (same model) with 40,000 miles on it from the insurer. A day or two later, my daughter found two vans at a dealer in a town about 25 mi away. She advised us to go immediately and buy it, as there weren’t any others on the lot in central florida or I would have to wait 3 or 4 mos. So I ended up using all the money from the insurers for two cars to buy one van at 5,000 dollar over sticker price. There were two on the lot. They wrecked one we agreed to purchase on the lot in a collision after they “detailed” it. So we had to buy the other one.

      The new van has all the digital gizmos and also “driver assist” which starts moving the steering wheel against your wish if it thinks you aren’t driving in the lane or are too close to another car etc. The manual is so fucking long I can’t be bothered to read it, I have other things I must read or take care of. Once again the bells and whistles are going all the time, which I can’t stand. I don’t need motorized side doors, automatic locks, motorized seat adjustments etc. The dealer acknowledged all those digital and electrical accesories just offer more failure modes and maintenance problems down the road which are not warranted. Did I mention the dealer and the finance people were as rude as they could be? They keep bugging for plus ten review on they way they screw their customers.

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        NV Wino
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        It made the steering wheel vibrate. Freaked me the hell out. Fortunately, there was a way to turn it off. Honda as a nice balance of digital and analog controls. It also has redundancy. For instance, I can adjust the radio volume with the conventional knob or with the +/- button on the steering wheel.

        The only thing that drives me crazy is the beeping when the car automatically locks/unlocks with the keyless entry remote. Close the hatch, walk away and it frantically beeps four or five times as if to say, “No, no! Don’t abandon me!” I think there must be a way to turn off the beeps, but I haven’t found it yet. It’s probably buried somewhere in the two inch thick manual, which I have read… mostly.

        Oh yeah, the battery takes the space where you normally keep a spare tire. So there’s no spare tire. They do give you a tire repair kit, though. 🙄 Not that it would have helped me with the last two flat tires I got because my crappy driveway slashed the sidewall when I drove off the damaged edge or fell into the rain-eroded ditch.

        Mostly I like it. It does make me feel safer in the Safeway parking lot with the backup camera and the proximity warning of oncoming cars. Plus, just be able to see and be seen with the larger car.

        “As we act, let us not become the evil that we deplore.” Barbara Lee
        “Politicians and pro athletes: The only people who still get paid when they lose.” William Rivers Pitt

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