Smart cars and dumbass consumers

Are you so fucking stupid you need your car to tell you how to get from say Houston to Chicago? You can’t figure out the weather in Roswell? You need your car to tell you to turn left here to get to the movie theater?

If so you are a moron. It pisses me the fuck off that automakers these days tout all of these kinds of things over actually how good the fucking car is.

I want to hear about the engine/drivetrain. Handling, fit and finish, braking, reliability, all that left out shit.

I am basically saying that car commercials these days don’t say shit about the actual car but that it has all the tech things.

I love my GPS. Of course, it’s a Garmin and I can move it from car to car, so I don’t really see the point of building one into the car. But I love my GPS. I guess I am a dumbass.

But Klaatu, what about a new feature in a smart car that reports all of the “unskewed” polls showing Romney winning by a landslide!?

Seems like it would be right up your alley.

Actually, I DO need my Garmin. Yes, I can read a map. But a map will do me no good if I don’t know where I am now, and if I don’t know where North is. And the way that some streets twist around, I might have been originally headed east but now I’m headed south southwest. And exits are not clearly marked. And the frigging name of the road changes here, and then changes back in another couple of miles.

I don’t give a shit about the tech specs. What I want to know is whether or not the car is reliable and economical. Is it going to break down? Will it get me from point A to point B without burning up a whole dinosaur’s worth of oil?

You have things that you look for in a car. I have other considerations. So buy the car that advertises about the stuff you care about.

So you thought you would be clever by just throwing that in? Dumbass!

OMG, how did we survive without Garmin…:rolleyes:

Drew sounds like you are a little scared considering how you jumped in there. We shall see

That problem you are having with GPS? Hint: when it says “turn left”, listen.

Damn and you are from Houston? Wow, I grew up near Galveston. And you are a liberal? Wow. Oil City. Drill baby drill…Houston couldn’t have changed that much…

Nice subtle pun. very nice. Well done

I don’t know about you, but I spent a lot of time parked on the side of the road, trying to figure out where I was and how to get to where I wanted to be.

Sorry Lynn, apologies for sounding mean. I just whipped out the big old map and ran off the road into the ditch…

The one you had to fold 20 times. USA Highway Map or whatever…

That’s why I always parked somewhere first. I have a Mapsco book that is larger than many phone directories, and I’ve got various routes highlighted. I really and truly do have problems with navigating if I’m the driver, and if one of my familiar landmarks is changed, it takes me a while to learn the new route.

Oddly enough, I can read maps and recognize turns pretty well when I’m a passenger, I just can’t read maps AND drive at the same time.

Yep. Remember those giant multi-page road atlases? I remember vacations with the family in the 60’s Mom and dad fighting over the maps. Good times.

So you get your information about car purchases from … commercials?
When there is Consumer Reports, Blue Books, and just tons of online info about reliability, handling, braking, resale value, – all that stuff you are concerned about?

I’d suggest you look elsewhere, and pay less attention to their commercials.

P.S. Was there ever a time when car commercials accurately covered the key points of a car? Because I can’t remember it.

For instance, an uncle was showing me his 1950’s car, with push buttons on the dash to control the automatic transmission – something really new to me. My uncle (an engineer) mentioned that Chrysler had touted the convenience of the push buttons in their ads, but the real feature was the smoothness & reliability of the transmission & drivetrain. It was about 15 years old at the time, with something like a quarter-million miles driven.

Well, you actually stated the the same fucking thing I was saying :rolleyes: Hello?

Sweet Og are you drunk? That was precisely my point

That’s not quite the same fucking thing you were saying. Not at all. Are *you *drunk?

All signs point to: YES!