On my E92, the window switches are a little too far forward....my E90 friends tell me they often open the back window when they reach for the front window....so it is an ergonomic niggle...but certainly not a "worse ergonomics fail" that the thread is looking for. I think the GM hazard switches are the winner for me too.
I can't even find a picture of the damn thing, it's so obscure.
In case you're wondering, it's in the B-pillar. You've got to open the door, probably exit the car, and then pull the little lever to open the trunk.
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1. You have another unlock button. Its on your key fob
2. You can program the car to unlock your doors when the keyfob is pulled out of the receptacle. You have a choice of just the driver door or all 4.
What more do you want?
Hazard placement win: R56 MINI. Right on top of the speedometer...when I had to put them on suddenly on I40 yesterday when the car in front of me wrecked and 3 lanes had to come to a grinding halt, all I had to do was blindly slap the top of the dash.
Pic of accident and my car with hazards:
The dump truck nearly split that Impala in half.
Also...what's up with the blink rate of the hazards changing on some cars depending if the key is on or not? When the key is on, engine running, the hazards blink at normal pace...but with the car off, they blink quicker. What's the reasoning for that?
Yes, I own an E90 and I do agree: the cupholders on this car are a joke. They are not designed to hold anything bigger than a 12 oz drink. Your best bet are soda cans. They fit perfectly and there is much smaller chance of liquids splashing onto you or the center console.
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I wonder who was the idiot at Honda/Acura who decided to change the trunk opening mechanism on the Integra from the 94-97 models to the 98-01 models. The previous 94-97 had a simple cable operated hatch you can open from the inside, or you can turn the key and it opens. Then for some reason on the 98-01 models, they remove the interior cable mechanism with a electronic actuator that fails and costs a lot to fix, when I bought my 2000 this year, the trunk was actually working for the first month or so, then out of nowhere I couldn't open it. The only way to open it is to remove the key and use the backup method of turning the key, holding it for a bit and lifting the hatch.
I'll have to try this fix
Alfa Romeo 75/Milano power window switches. They are mounted in the ceiling. I can imagine people pulling up to toll booths, the cockpit a flurry of activity as they try to figure out how the hell to put the window down. Gloriously Italianate.
There's also the GM Tilt column. So many hot rodders love to boast "yeah, it's got a big block, a/c, tilt, cruise, all the goodies..."
But that GM Tilt column is awful! There are three positions available for the steering wheel:
1. Horizontal like a bus (aka, the fat guy setting)
2. Sort of okay but always just a few degrees from where you really want it
3. Sitting in your balls (really, does anyone EVER use that position??)
Yet they used that bloody mechanism for eons. I never understood it.
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The Citation wasn't the first GM with the vertical radio, the C2 Corvette had one too. It's not really ergonomically bad for a pushbutton AM/FM like that, it just means the presets go top to bottom, volume on top, tune on the bottom. The last year or two of the Citation got the same basic dash layout as the A-body cars (Celebrity, etc) and a standard GM 1.5-DIN radio.
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The chances of your key working on another car in the parking lot were rising every time another car rolled off the assembly line. Their solution was to issue two keys, so even if you were able to open another GM in the parking lot, your other key wouldn't work in the ignition.
Most simple and inexpensive solution ever.
I can't remember where I read/heard this. I might be wrong, but it makes sense to me.
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