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I'm Such a Car Wimp Now
Old 07-31-2020, 06:13 PM
 
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The post about our first car got me thinking about what I needed back then - basically the car starts, stops, and it has working windshield wipers, headlights, turn indicator, heater, and windows will roll down.

We're looking for a car now and I won't even consider something without cruise control and air conditioner and I've fallen in love with heated seats and moon roofs.

What are your "have to haves" now?


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I recently got a new car after 16 years with my old one. It had no technology so I was quite amazed with all the stuff my new car can do.

My new must haves are:

automatic air conditioning
apple car play (didn't know what it was - don't know how I lived without it)
back window wiper
back up camera

I like cruise control but I drive mostly in the city and rarely use it.

My old car had a moon roof - that is one of the reasons I bought it. I can count on one hand the number of times I used it in 16 years.
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I luv my CRV Touring with more amenities than I can ever use so. . . I probably would miss all the extra features however if I could add some I would add for free of course

self parking

blind spot monitoring

smart car to connect to my cell phone

voice activation. . . does this even exist?????

Yes Son of Joy my dad's 1947 dodge truck sometimes didn't automatically start so he had to go in front of the hood and physically crank it. I remember feeling so embarrassed!
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Old 07-31-2020, 07:51 PM
 
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Have to have:

* back up camera and front camera ( for parking)
* Apple CarPlay
* seat heaters and coolers
* heated steering wheel
* backseat with their own air/heat control
* blind spot indicators
* seat and steering wheel automatically adjust to the driver
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Old 07-31-2020, 08:47 PM
 
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A/C and automatic transmission, power steering and brakes, cruise control, backup camera and warning beep, lane change warning, radio and CD player. Oh, and a leather wrapped steering wheel! Those are my must haves.

I drove stick shift cars until the year I turned fifty. That was when the knee surgeon told my mother she couldn't have surgery done on her left leg until she traded her stick shift pickup for an automatic. Mom was seventy-six at the time. I decided to make the switch so I wouldn't need knee surgery on my clutch leg one day.


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Old 08-01-2020, 01:39 AM
 
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I need:
AC
outside temp display
auto windows
Weather Tech mats!
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Old 08-01-2020, 02:46 AM
 
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AC
Intermittent wipers
Automatic windows
Cruise control
Adjustable steering wheel
Radio/CD player
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I have a 13 year old Honda Civic. No amenities except electric windows. (How did I ever manage with a car where I had to roll down the windows manually?) AC is the 4-55 model (4 windows down, drive 55 mph). I even have standard transmission (which ds calls the theft determent device for thieves under age 30).

I would like a larger car so I can see around the huge cars that always park on either side of me to back out of a parking space.

I am holding out as long as possible for my next car, which will probably be the last car I ever buy. I want all the driver assist features possible...if possible, I would like it to drive itself. Where I live, if you can't drive, you are really stuck. So as I age, I am hoping for a car I can use safely as long as possible.
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I want air-condition and heater that work. I am not very picky, but I demand to have a car that is reliable, will start and not leave me stranded. Not fond of sitting in a car waiting for AAA or insurance road assistance to come around. It needs to have a comfortable seat, clean interior, with room to wiggle. A glass or can holder is nice with radio that works. I had a car that I put 8-track players in in the 70's. I can not count the times that my window was broken and the 8 track players were stolen along with the speakers while in college. In the early 2000's I use to have a car that had CD player and the works. I lived in an apartment complex in the "weathy" part of town. I got broke into in the middle of the night by some bored teenagers, and the entire CD player, radio and tech got ripped out and stolen along with a case of CD's I had. I am not in my car long enough to have all the stuff people want to RIP off anyway. Now a days, I just want a vehichle that will get me where I want or need to be. Don't need to pay sport car insurance coverage anymore either, but just want a car/vehichle that blends in with all the other vehicle's. I once owned smart cars . . . .fun but not much room. Once owned a Corvette. Again fun, but took me at least 15 minutes after riding in one to stop yelling loudly at people because the loud humming of the car goofed up my hearing temporary. Just a reliable vehichle these days is what I want.
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Old 08-01-2020, 08:52 AM
 
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My must haves:
lots of space,easy getting in and out,built in sun shades and window tinting for back passengers,keyless entry,lots of cup holders, automatic seat and mirror adjustments,easy to clean upholstery,weather guard mats for floor area, button to close the back trunk area,separate climate control for every area ,automatic locks,AC, Android Auto , Honda or Toyota brand only


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Old 08-02-2020, 05:49 AM
 
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I have a 2018 Highlander that has everything I need on it:

Leather seats
Blind Spot indicator
Cup Holders
Back up camera
Button to open back area
Heated Seats
Automatic lights and dimmer
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Wishes for my next car
Old 08-02-2020, 02:04 PM
 
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Leather seats (Iíve never had them)
Windshield wipers with more speeds
Heat and air conditioning
A GPS system would be nice
Nice cup holders
Anything else would be a nice extra
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What I need in a car...
Old 08-02-2020, 07:41 PM
 
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A few years ago I decided to buy older cars and get what I needed when I needed it.

The result?

1. A 1995 Saturn for traveling to any nearby location where parking is difficult. (I'm 6'2", but fit into this very small car with a bit of room to spare.)

2. A 2006 Ford F-150 for when I need to haul things. Works well for trips too.

3. A 2002 Lexus LS for cruising long distances (drives nice, cruise control, sunroof, heated seats, etc. etc. etc.). Has very good acceleration and very good road manners.

4. A 2006 Toyota Solara for the times I want a convertible (which is often).

Except for the Lexus, I only need a reliable engine and a heater. If the windows don't all roll down, who cares? Same for other features.

Didn't pay much for any of them.
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Old 08-03-2020, 06:56 AM
 
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All I ask of a car is that it starts, has a reliable gas gauge, safe tires and brakes. Preferably not black or white.
When we retired DH wanted to replace his worn out, won't pass inspection, ancient Ford pick-up with a Subaru Forrester. The heated seats sold me on it. AND I can control how hot my seat is.
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I am happy w/ reliable and safe.
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It must be 4 wheel drive though.
I had a CRV before I got a Forester. I liked both.
Laughing at the heated seats.... Even living in a cold climate, I don't use them.
I was riding w/ my d-in-law though in the winter and coughed.
I did not realize she'd turned the heat on the seats.
She is one of the most serious people I know, but she laughed when I told her I thought I'd peed a little when I coughed. I hadn't, it was the heated seat.
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