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Old 01-03-2014, 01:32 AM   #61
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The old joke about "what if your car ran like MS Windows" looks like it's about to come true.
It already did. Today's cars are moving computers, especially, with the navigation screen which does a lot more than giving you direction.
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Old 01-03-2014, 02:35 AM   #62
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It already did. Today's cars are moving computers, especially, with the navigation screen which does a lot more than giving you direction.
I have tooreboot my Tesla twice since owning it. It is remarkable computer-like hold the left and right scroll button on the steering wheel, for about 5 seconds, the screen goes blank and then it comes back to life.

I am very tempted to get a Ctrl+Alt label for the left scroll wheel and Del label for the right one.
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Old 01-03-2014, 08:00 AM   #63
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What is the dash shown? I like it.

It looks like an Austin Mini.

I had one that was ten years old in 1972.

The interior and instrumentation was even more simple than this one.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:09 AM   #64
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The old joke about "what if your car ran like MS Windows" looks like it's about to come true.
I am a Windows 7 fan boy but was disturbed to find out that the Ford/Lincoln Sync system was a Microsoft product! I think the engine control stuff is written but automotive contractors, though.

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Old 01-03-2014, 05:45 PM   #65
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1996 Cadillac SLS 68K miles
1998 Lincoln Signature Town Car 114K miles
Both have all that we need for safety, comfort, driveability and economy.
Both look like new and over the combined 23 years of our ownership, the annual cost of ownership including original purchase price is $1326/car. Includes all repairs. (excludes taxes, registration, insurance, basic fluids maintenance and fuel)

I do have to click the remote to open the locks, and both times I had to parallel park (driver tests) Had to do it (shudder) manually.

Trade the 6way leather seats or the JBL and BOSE CD player systems, or the OBDCII readings... and the adjustable air ride electronic systems and the super quiet ride for a back up screen?.... naw! Just too set in our ways to wanna try the new stuff.

On the one time each year I fill up with premium unleaded, indulge my primal joy... cruising the local highway stoplights for the young kid in his '64 GTO... and leaving him in the dust with the SLS.

Yeah... so in our own way, already have new car technology.
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My only beef with all this technology in cars is that it's so much more that can break and result in costly repairs -- repairs that "amateur" DIY mechanics can rarely, if ever, perform.
+1. One of the reasons I got rid of my '04 Silverado was the electronics (a lot of digital stuff) were so screwed up that you never knew when you started the thing which, if any, of the dashboard guages would work. Took it to the dealer and they got things working again (temporarily), but they also said they see a lot of this, and it could go out again at any time (which it later did). For my next truck, I went with a basic model Toyota Tundra with as little of the fancy digital stuff as possible. I can live without that stuff, but I can't live without a vehicle I can't drive at times because basic things are not working properly.
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