I remember that switch from my S-15 Jimmy SLT. To be honest, I've never figured out how to use it.. LOL
I had a 1984 Buick Grand National when I was in college, and it had the standard GM hazard switch on the steering column (looked sort of like this):
I hated using it, because once it was on I could never figure out how to shut it off, and when I did manage to turn it off I felt like I was snapping a chicken bone in half.
Anyone else annoyed by this? Has any company made a switch that was worse from an ergonomics point-of-view?
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I submit this:
In the late 70's, Ford decided that having the horn button(s) on the steering wheel was too difficult/accidentally activated/I have no idea WTF they were really thinking. Solution? Put the horn button on the end of the turn signal stalk.
I recall more than a couple of people slamming their hands on the steering wheel to no effect when trying to use the horn in Fords of that era.
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We have had and have currently a few 80's GM cars and its really not a bad switch. I would have liked to see a pull out high beam, rather than pulling the turn signal stalk toward you. That's my only complaint.
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84 C30 crewcab dually
86 cutlass supreme
84 or so cutlass calais
88 vandura conversion van
Last edited by 1985Jetta; 10-02-2012 at 01:12 PM.
not worse than those old GM hazard switches
but I find this really annoying on our E90.
This is the only unlock button in the car.
Would it really kill them to put one on the driver & passenger door??? Plus it's tiny.
Ugh. This thread is a perfect example of the mkIV/B5 interiors raising the bar for plebeian transportation. My first 5 cars had this switch and I never had a problem with it. As a matter of fact, I still miss the old GM cruise controls too.
Who the **** turns on the hazards while driving and turning?
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This to me is a worse offender than the GM switch.
The T4 was a pretty big offender too in that the switch is tall and narrow and is easy to bump while wiping down the cluster and dash and can break off too easily.
I don't know why they treated hazard lights so differently from any other switchable electric consumer with respect to ergo.
Back when airbags were still relatively new tech for most companies and made for huge, otherwise unfunctional steering wheel hubs. The horn buttons were often like tiny little Chiclets set on the wheel spokes. Trying to hit your horn in a panic situation (like someone swerving in your lane) was always a pointless exercise in mashing your hand into the airbag with no effect.
I used to wonder if I'd knock myself out with my own fist trying to hit the horn in a wreck while the airbag deployed.
Pretending to listen is a man's version of faking an orgasm.
That really wasn't much worse than the more typical hazard switch arrangement on older cars, which was to have a slider on top of the column. Why were the switches arranged that way? Was it just so the hazard switch could be part of a unit with the turn signal lever?
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