Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
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My biggest bitch is that you cannot spec out a car by individual items like the early days. I think this began to change in the early to mid 1980's. Everything comes in "packages" and that means cost. This is my made upexample, but you get the picture. If I want the 5-speed, I have to get the "package" that includes HD clutch, HD suspension, HD shocks, anti-roll system, limited slip differential, HD U-joints and drive shaft, HD brake upgrade, power steering, comfort grip steering wheel, aluminum rims, big name tires, HD radiator. Cost.....$8,500 for the "package". I just can't get the $2,000 5-speed. Looked into getting a new "farm" type truck years ago, you know, crank up windows, rubber mat, vinyl bench seat, steel rims, poverty hub caps, etc.. Was told they don't make those anymore because trucks are too popularly used as one uses a car......comfort and all the "packages".
I rented a 2014 Toyota Corolla in March. It had a large touch screen in the middle of the dash to operate your radio/bluetooth/mileage minder. To operate it, you DID have to take your eyes off the road. At night it was viewable. Daylight and a little sun glare, forget it. Sometimes technology gets stupid. Radio knobs and a readable dial just don't cut it anymore.