Last week on the way to downtown I found my main east/west road was closed.
Trying to avoid a two mile drive to and from the next e/w main road I
ducked into the residential area nearby. This is a dry agricultural area so
there are lots of irrigation ditches and I kept getting blocked by them.
Quickly became lost. Finally ended up on the next main road I was trying to
avoid driving to but with many side trips on the way. <sigh> I had wished I
had a compass. Can you still put one in the car? There used to be many more
places to fasten one around the windshield than nowdays on a modern car.
You know it's time to clean the refrigerator
when something closes the door from the inside.
Unless I was going to trade every 2 years I would not get a built in GPS,
especially if it was more than $ 200. You can get several for way under
that and lifetime map updates.
Then if you do trade cars you can take it with you.
Just like the spare. I have a 2007 and 2008 truck and car that the spare
has never been on the ground, but don't intend on taking them out.
If you need it, you need it even if only once every 20 years.
Just like insurance.
Exactly. Once near Plymouth Rock, all the roads went in S-curves and
the fog was thick (so Icouldn't tell where the sun was) and the guy I
asked had me follow him to get to a numbered highway. And twice I've
come to a road thinking turning left will be south, when it was really
north, but that's only 3 or 5 times in 20 years. Plus the two times I
left the house for blind dates and didnt' take the address with me.
Once I somehow remembered the complicated instructions and the other
time I had to go door to door asking, Does Jane Crawford live here?
Where does she live? Only took two houses to find her.
Yeah, but you can ask someone where you are. You can't ask him to run
along side the car, holding up one corner.
Many cars now have a can of fix-a-flat instead of a spare. Useless when
you cut a sidewall like I did last December. It is the first time I put
a spare on in over 25 years, but I'd have not gotten home without it.
This MDX has DVD based GPS costing over 4G, the thing is
DVD is not that reliable in a car and updating is extra.
No way I'll pay that kinda money for a GPS. When I went to Korea
for a visit, I noticed their GPS is really nice, it even tells where
speed trap is, surveillance camera is, direction is much more detailed.
I guess 'cos it is a small country.
Not that simple. In most cars today the navigation is a part of a
package. If you want the other items in the package you have to pay for
the high price of the nav. Updates from the dealer are very expensive.
On my car, the Limited, it was included, but on the lesser models it is
part of a $4100 technology package.
The old 'package extra charge'. Seems that they will have a package you
have to get to get one or two things you really want. Most of the package
deals can be argued down in price as there is often a very high markup in
In 1972 I ordered a car and it came in with an electronic ignition system
that was not included in the origional price of the car. The dealer told me
I had to have it with the engine I wanted. He showed me a book of prices.
It started off at about $ 50 and he flipped over to 3 or 4 other prices. He
finally did show me a price of about $ 10 that it was actually suspose to
cost the dealer.
I don't know how it is for some cars, but for the Toyotas ( all I have
bought for the last 25 years) it is difficult to get anything special. They
come in certain packages and that is about it. The dealer may be able to
add a few minor things, but that is about it.
On Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 8:37:28 PM UTC-7, Ralph Mowery wrote:
last year a bought a new toyota avalon, without any navigation,
which would have been 1.000s more
so i treated myself to a $200+ garmin GPS, with voice navigation, and a very large screen
i really like it, and i can use it in other cars
i haven't tried the voice command thing
Guess they're ok but...there's one in the Enclave but I simply find I
never pay any attention to it since its output is a section of the
center rearview mirror; I (like most truck drivers I suppose) use the
side mirrors automagically as you get to where you simply "know" there's
nothing visible directly behind you excepting the front wall of the
truck bed (here, most frequently the grain box). Also, with dirt roads,
the lens is always covered with dust and if it gets muddy it gets
splattered as well. I did happen to notice today when in town with it
for a meeting that if one looked _very_ carefully, one could still see a
few smatterings of something totally indistinguishable between the
opaque spots--and that's _after_ I happened to swipe a finger across the
lens getting back in out after coming out of the post office a day or so
The audio avoidance warning is really more useful in many ways imo as
even when it was clean and first got the vehicle I found the distortion
in it to be of limited use. I suppose for the instance of the kiddo in
the driveway, but we have none of them any longer...there are some
neighbors with them on trucks and for a bumper hitch they turn out to be
the cats meow they say...
OK, you give me another reason not to buy Buicks any more. I have a
very clear 7" screen in my Sonata. After driving 25 miles in the snow
it will be a bit blurry but a swipe of the finger restores it. The
screen is shared by the navigation. New models have an 8" screen.
A surprisingly large number of kids are killed every year so there is
definite payback for many drivers. Also nice when parallel parking in
tight spots, the yellow and red lines are very accurate.
The problem w/ the Enclave is one of most SUV body styles; the upright
rear is far worse for blow back on the rear as compared to a sedan.
That we're also on dirt roads doesn't help. The snow'll come off
easily, it's the dried/caked mud I've not wet down to wipe off the lens
that's the problem above.
The size is a little of an issue if one really cares about using it, but
I'm just too old and set in my ways to really care/pay any attention.
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