1975 Honda CB400F Super Sport
1986 BMW 535i
1984 BMW 745i turbo
2002 Passat 1.8t
2001 Saab 9-5 wagon
Case in point on the drivers of BMW's. Today at work someones brother stopped in, young kid in his early 20's from NY. Had the Jersey type of look with one earring and was up in the area for a job interview or something. But he had a brand new 335 in white with a black roof and black wheels. Not sure if that comes as options from BMW (never paid much notice), but I kinda rolled my eyes at the whole thing cause it was symbolic of the stereotype.
I am not envious of BMW's although I would never turn one down, personally I'd rather have a C63 AMG just because I feel they are more rare and just look more badass.
Any brightly colored light will ruin your night vision though. Best to keep the gauges as dim as you can stand.
You won't notice it too much in a city, but drive on a back country, unlit road at night, and then look at the highbeams on an oncoming car. It'll be awhile before you lose the big burned dot, and your vision goes back to normal.
I never had any color of gauge display bother me for its color alone, but my Audi's red pattern is very nice at night, and thought it was awesome if anything when I first bought it. I figured it as a "sporty" sort of thing instead of a biologically-ergonomic kind of thing.
Interesting thread about a mundane topic!
I used to be in the camp of "I think that BMW's amber lighting looks dated." However, I've never thought the color of the dash lighting to be a deal breaker. 2 years into owning my E92 3 series, I have to say I really appreciate it...very readable in all lighting conditions, day and night.
My only beef with BMW's dash lighting is the HVAC lights...why do I have those ugly green indicator lights for my AC settings amidst all that orange? Is it THAT important that my car signals I'm recycling my cabin air? I don't get it! Please enlighten!
I had a buddy who would dim his S40 dash to black when driving at night. I never got it. I don't mind the blue used in the Ford and Hyundai's nowadays, it's new and flashy. Mine may be boring with red/white but the needles contrast very well, it's simple to read without having to give a long gaze and keeps it clean.
I just always loved good dash lighting. I do a lot of night driving so I find if I'm in a pleasent place to be with nice ambient lighting then I'm a happy camper. I get incredibly bored if I have a really boring/ugly gauge/lighting setup...guess that's my really weird automotive pet peeve/quirk.
I'm partial to a light amber, much like what my old Sentra had in it. Low eye fatigue, while being visible.
This has uprated orange bulbs, which really only make it brighter.
The left side of this one isn't quite right either, it was only slightly less orange than the radio backlight. I tend to keep mine at full brightness, unless I'm doing long distance night driving, in which case it's just bright enough to see.
This is blinding, and stupid.
Hmm. I like my BMW's red gauges. But I also like my Mustang's MyColor gauges set to a soothing dim purple.
I love cars, but the problem is they are like schroedinger's hobby. They're always in a quantum superstate of being both awesome and a huge waste of time and money... until observation momentarily forces them into one state or another.
"visible" doesn't mean "scannable".And 2 feet, crucify me. It's still close enough to be visible regardless of the color.
I can see this web page from 3 feet away. That doesn't mean I can read every visible post on the page in .25 seconds and give you the highlights.