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Things that "should" be standard equipment in 21st century cars?

Discussion in 'Sidewinders Bar & Grille' started by LPBlue, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 19, 2012
    Canada, near the other end
    There are the obvious examples like power windows/mirrors/locks/seats and 4w disc brakes but what about improvements toward safety and longevity of the vehicle?

    I believe (fwiw) that every new car should have automatic lighting/wipers/climate control and cruise control. All of the aforementioned can be controlled by a chip half the size of the nail on your pinky and costs next to nothing to take some of the brain load off of the driver that they can devote to their eyes and ears.

    Also, could the manufacturers please over-engineer the mechanisms of the driver's door? The hinges/locks/windows/switches etc. take the most abuse over the service life of the vehicle. I know I open the rear doors of my car somewhere in the range of 30~50 times a year and that might be a stretch but the driver's door could get 10~20 a day and the abuse adds up quickly!

    C'mon, rant with me!:D
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  2. T Bone Slort

    T Bone Slort "I have a cunning plan" Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jan 7, 2014
    Gibsons British Columbia
    All low (as in ground clearance) cars should have airbags to lift them over ridiculously high speed bumps.
    Hey people, we don't all drive SUVs:confused:
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  3. AncientAx

    AncientAx Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Nov 24, 2010
  4. himijendrix

    himijendrix Senior Stratmaster

    May 2, 2012
    Barrow Upon Soar, UK
    I agree about the automatic items although I hate cruise control, but there is more to these than just the controlling chip. Servos and actuators are the costly part.

    I’ve had all of these features on the last few cars I’ve owned, they are fairly standard these days.
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  5. jvin248

    jvin248 Senior Stratmaster

    Jan 10, 2014

    All the electronics provide additional failure points (wires abrade and short, connectors corrode, additional electrical load on the battery/alternator) so manual window cranks and so on would make for a longer lasting vehicle. However, due to 'economies of scale', power windows and locks are cheaper than manual cranks. Manual trans vs automatic the same way, much more complex and less reliable but because there are so many made they are cheaper.

    I want a simple key back not forced to use the key fob gizmos that are the size of gas station bathroom key keepers.

  6. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 19, 2012
    Canada, near the other end
    I have all of those things and whole lot more like heated/cooled leather, 3 zone c/c (in a sedan!) with a lumbar back rub mode, automated rear sunscreen and a ton of other useless toys in a Cadillac...from 04! Isn't it about time?:D
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  7. hornpiper

    hornpiper Senior Stratmaster

    Apr 23, 2014
    Portland, OR
    I hear ya, and love it. I'd want to have the power seats, and overall room in my '85 Delta 88 Royale transplanted to the "future car", as well as the general cruisability for that matter. My wife jokes that my big old Olds is the "living room on wheels".
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  8. newplayeroldguy

    newplayeroldguy in the wind

    May 12, 2015
    north and east
    lights that are on when the car is running and that can't be turned off

    there are so many idiots driving around in fog colored cars in the rain with no lights on
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  9. Sarnodude

    Sarnodude Senior Stratmaster

    Sep 26, 2015
    I hate modern conveniences in cars, because they are failure prone.
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  10. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 19, 2012
    Canada, near the other end
    Just like the Caddy. The back seat is a leather couch that has been used twice and once was a family funeral. Even my tilt/telescope wheel is electric and it sets itself by memory to my preset drive/exit positions. What could that level of tech even cost these days?:rolleyes:
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  11. abnormaltoy

    abnormaltoy BushBaby Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 28, 2013

    Hey, just 'cause you can't get it up...over the speed bumps anymore...
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  12. LPBlue

    LPBlue "That Guy", again...dammit! Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jul 19, 2012
    Canada, near the other end
    Nothing lasts forever. I've been my own wrench for 40+yrs with a solid electronic/mechanical background. Please, share your insights.
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2018
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  13. Namelyguitar

    Namelyguitar Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Jun 3, 2009
    Mobile Bay

    1.) USB charging port in vehicle that will accept USB end of cable from music device and/or phone.

    2.) 3.5mm input jack input that will accept cable from music device/ phone.

    3.) CD player. At last count, there were millions of quality CDs just waiting to be used in a vehicle. :whistling:
  14. Bodean

    Bodean Just A Simple Man Strat-Talk Supporter

    Aug 23, 2014
    South Carolina
    An ashtray and cigarette lighter.:D
  15. thomquietwolf

    thomquietwolf Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    Dec 2, 2010
    Peardale CA
    I'm just an old guy
    Sitting by the pot bellied stove remarking...
    Drove from Novato to Minneapolis non stop(cruise?)
    Drove from Anoka to Carsbad non stop towing a trailer with 4 Suzukis(cruise?)
    Never had power windows(because I've repaired far too many)
    Never had an automatic trans(because I've overhauled in excess of 3,000)

    Drove a Chevy van(230 6) 3spd column 400,000

    Drove an 55 Olds 88 (324 v8) 300,000[apparently I lied about the automatic trans]

    Drove a 61 Chevy fleeside pickup (283 v8) overdrive trans 250,000

    Current Tacoma v6 5spd 289,000

    I'm just an old guy

    Fire went out
    Cigar became too short to clench tween my dentures...
    Good Night
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  16. Swampash

    Swampash Senior Stratmaster

    Jun 13, 2012
  17. circles

    circles Most Honored Senior Member Strat-Talk Supporter

    record players.
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  18. stratman323

    stratman323 Dr. Stratster Strat-Talk Supporter

    Apr 21, 2010
    London, UK
    You sound like my old Dad. :D I remember that when any new gizmo came out, particularly when connected with cars (stuff like electric windows), he would look at it, sniff in a disapproving way & say "....something else to go wrong...".
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  19. balston11

    balston11 Senior Stratmaster Strat-Talk Supporter

    May 8, 2013
    Preston UK
    All should be at least hybrids to be powered by electricity to improve the nearly toxic air in some cities.
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