Originally Posted by jsims
Something you may want to look into is a automatic that includes the "manual mode". I have this feature on my new pickup and love it. It was especially useful traveling over mountain passes. Honestly, I don't think I would buy another pickup I plan to tow with without this feature.
Good luck in your search!
This search has been like Meat Loaf's "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad":
You'll never find your gold on a sandy beach
You'll never drill for oil on a city street
I know you're looking for a ruby
In a mountain of rocks
But there ain't no Coupe de Ville hiding
At the bottom of a Cracker Jack box
I'm not saying there is anything wrong with automatic anything... It's just that I prefer (and will pay for) an appropriate
mix of manual and automatic:
Cruise Control - Love it.
Power Windows - Great!
One-touch power windows - annoying overkill.
EFI - early teething problems, Since OBDII - great.
Drive by wire - Works great.
Air Bags - Saves lives every day. Wouldn't be needed if folks used the seat belts properly.
ABS - The difference between winding up in the ditch or spinning out and winding up in the ditch. SLOW DOWN when conditions call for it!
Hands free phone support as part of the radio
- Great, love it.
Remote door lock/unlock with hatch/trunk release - Wonderful.
Remote start - nice idea, but an unmonitored idling engine can be dangerous.
Driver Information Center - Useless! Why show all that while trying to drive? Had it in luxury cars and even a VW. What a waste!
Centralized Locking - Unlock or lock all doors from either front seat.
Doors locks whenever the vehicle is moved- Annoying. Had it configured off in my 2013 Jetta. If the doors should be locked, lock 'em yourself.
Variable Intermittent Wipers - Great. Set 'em for what's falling.
Speed Sensitive Wipers - over engineered nonsense!
Automatic Transmission - the fire-and-forget of automobile operation.
There has also been a nice improvement in where the seatbelt latch is attached. Has anyone else noticed that the latch is now attached to the seat frame? That the latch is always in the same relative position, no matter where you move the front seats? Nice Touch.
I'm not anti-tech. I just enjoy
the whole driving experience. And if I HAVE to delegate one of my responsibilities of driving, I absolutely need to understand the real benefits of entrusting a machine.