Car features you completely don't understand

Discussion in 'Automotive' started by Ytrewq, Jun 12, 2019.

  1. Ytrewq

    Ytrewq
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2014
    Messages:
    2,371
    In this thread, discuss car features and options that, in your opinion, have no reason to be popular, yet still are. Here are some of mine.
    1.) Leather seats
    They're hot in winter and cold in summer. They start looking absolutely filthy at 200K when their cloth counterparts are just a bit worn. Their production is bad for the environment. True, they are much easier to clean than cloth seats, but if you need to transport muddy wellies or vomiting drunkards in your back seat, you're still better off with vinyl than natural leather. And their only benefit is that they allow you to sit on the remains of a cow. How luxurious, especially considering 1/3 of drivers do the same.
    2.) Sunroofs
    Sunroofs add weight, drag, corrosion hotspots, possible leaks and rob you of headroom. Why do people still buy them? To look at the sky? You're not supposed to look there while driving anyway.
    3.) Convertibles
    They are heavy due to reinforced chassis and windshield frames. They are dangerous in case of rollovers. Sure, modern ones have really strong windshield frames and roll bars, but rolling over a protruding object like a rock or a stump will still effectively decapitate you. Also you'll have lots of debris getting thrown at your head. A convertible can only be used only on hot, dry, calm days, so it only makes sense in Mediterranean-like climates. Everywhere else, 95% of the time it's going to be an inadequate alternative to a coupe. A modern convertible's retracting roof needs maintenance and is prone to faults and leaks. An old convertible without any roof at all is a barely usable dirt collector and vandal magnet. By now, the popularity of convertibles has plummeted, which is totally understandable. What's not is that before, people kept buying them for decades.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  2. veyasan.ragulan

    veyasan.ragulan
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2018
    Messages:
    112
    Large dashboard screens in cars: I don't know who started them, and I don't know what their advantage is. I mean people tack their phones on their dashboard which can do most of what these large screens can do : Sat nav, music, radio, heck there are some which have car friendly interfaces. They dont have an advantage over phones in driver usability since you still have to look away from the road to tappity tap on the screen. The only decent use I can think of is maybe the birds eye view camera but other they're just another component that doesn't really have a justifiable use.
     
    #2 veyasan.ragulan, Jun 12, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019
    • Agree Agree x 2
  3. PriusRepellent

    PriusRepellent
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2018
    Messages:
    179
    HDMI port... like what am I supposed to do with an HDMI port in my car?
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  4. Alex_Farmer557

    Alex_Farmer557
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2016
    Messages:
    1,288
    -screens
    -pop up screens
    exhaust enhancing speakers
    -esc
    -fake gauges
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  5. PriusRepellent

    PriusRepellent
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2018
    Messages:
    179
    Screens... well those depend on the car, but in mine they are used to show data related to the car including some diagnostic data. Quite useful IMO. As for the ESC, that is a Electronic Stability Control and it helps keep the car moving in the direction that the steering wheel is pointed instead of losing control. Its a safety feature meant to help prevent certain kinds of accidents.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  6. Alex_Farmer557

    Alex_Farmer557
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2016
    Messages:
    1,288
    my issue with screens are that people'll look at them instead of the road.
    my issue with esc is that in certain environments it cuts poer when you need it, eg snowy hills
     
  7. PriusRepellent

    PriusRepellent
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2018
    Messages:
    179
    I'm pretty sure that you're mixing up ESC with TCS, and TCS usually has a toggle button in modern cars.
     
  8. Alex_Farmer557

    Alex_Farmer557
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2016
    Messages:
    1,288
    i wouldn't know, my car doesn't have either
     
  9. HotWheelsCollector24™

    HotWheelsCollector24™
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Apr 18, 2017
    Messages:
    2,090
    Huge grilles, such as these:


    Probably to let cows on the road know that a car with a huge mouth-like grille is going to eat them lol
     
    #9 HotWheelsCollector24™, Jun 13, 2019 at 5:04 PM
    Last edited: Jun 13, 2019 at 5:10 PM
    • Agree Agree x 1
  10. PriusRepellent

    PriusRepellent
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2018
    Messages:
    179
    or to catch moths in it when you're driving at night.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  11. SixSixSevenSeven

    SixSixSevenSeven
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2013
    Messages:
    7,005
    Power, snowy hills. Right... That's when you want traction, not power which will throw you into a no traction situation quickly. Precisely what traction control is for, plus stability control only kicks in when you're starting to spin out.
    Helps average Joe a lot, especially in snowy conditions
     
    • Agree Agree x 3
  12. Duster02

    Duster02
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2016
    Messages:
    948
    Lane Keeping Assist. Simply useless if car doesn't have self-correcting lane option. Also, it can be sorted out much easily, by making lanes to make noise when wheel of a car crosses the lane.
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  13. Hati

    Hati
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Aug 5, 2012
    Messages:
    1,367
    The whole dashboard of my Ford Ka. There isn't a flat surface anywhere on which to put anything. The center console makes it feel like I'm driving a testicle.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  14. JDMguy05

    JDMguy05
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2018
    Messages:
    121
    -Fake engine noise
    -Cigarette Lighters (Disaster waiting to happen)
    -I hate when turning signals are the same bulb and color as the brake lights
    -Shark fin satellite antenna covers (they look like some customization you buy from Auto-Zone. I like the ones that aren't even antennas, just little knobs on the roof. They aren't as obnoxious or noticeable.)
    -Extreme Noise-canceling interior (I know noise canceling is almost needed but some companies think it's a good idea to almost completely drown out everything else)
    -4-door coupes (It's not a coupe if it has 4 doors, now is it?)
    -Roof racks that only exist to look good, not to use (Beauty may be the price of utility, but that isn't the case with roof racks, they can still offer good looks and utility, so why make a fake?)
    -Active Aero Spoilers on non-performance cars
     
    #14 JDMguy05, Jun 15, 2019 at 3:56 AM
    Last edited: Jun 15, 2019 at 7:13 PM
    • Agree Agree x 2
  15. Ytrewq

    Ytrewq
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2014
    Messages:
    2,371
    How mentally handicapped has someone to be to consider a roof rack a beauty accessory? What's next, towing trailers just for style?
     
    • Agree Agree x 2
  16. Mullethead

    Mullethead
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Sep 15, 2013
    Messages:
    4,505
    Some of the modern-day Chevrolet "split fascias" or "jar grilles" look just plain awful in my opinion (I'm looking at you, Silverado). It just makes the design less conventional and not as eye-catching



     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  17. PriusRepellent

    PriusRepellent
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2018
    Messages:
    179
    You mean quad-coupes? Well those don't have 4 full doors, only 2 and the other 2 usually only open from the inside. I find some of them to look pretty cool. Example (Saturn ION Redline):


    Sounds similar to ricing but instead of race inspired its hauling inspired lol.
     
  18. Alex_Farmer557

    Alex_Farmer557
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2016
    Messages:
    1,288
    a


    b
     
  19. JDMguy05

    JDMguy05
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Dec 27, 2018
    Messages:
    121
    I think they look good and are useful imo
    --- Post updated ---
    I meant those bits on the roof that are usually chrome. I know they're rails for roof racks but if that's the case then why not make the racks a default instead of some chrome strips.
     
  20. ladafan01

    ladafan01
    Expand Collapse

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2018
    Messages:
    9
    1. Klimatronics
    Like, manual A/C does the same fucking thing, what's the point of auto A/C?
    Both blow the temperature you set them to.
    One usually has prettier controls and is more complex(i.e. unreliable)

    2. Self-driving tech
    If you want to drive a car - drive
    If you don't want to drive - taxi, bus, train...
    It's just making life easier for idiots and considering countries are gonna make much of that shit mandatory, cars are gonna become more expensive and you may not even be able to drive them.

    3. Digital gauges
    Absolutely despise them.
    There's already the center screen, what is the point of digital gauges?
     
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice