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Gato
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Sep 26th, 2017 06:43 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Due to the previously chronicled crash of my VW bug, my wife rented us a little Toyota Yaris to transport me to my various ongoing medical adventures.

Since the 47 year old bug that was destroyed was our most modern car ever, she and I were like the apes in that scene from 2001, as we hesitantly poked and jabbed at the bewildering array of gadgets and gizmos in the Yaris that kept beeping and flashing at us.

Example: It was disconcerting to see the little display saying "passenger airbag deactivated". After all, being currently unable to drive, I would be in that passenger seat, and after my crash I would love to have an airbag!

No manual came with the rental, and the Youtube videos I searched were misleading.

I kept seeing Toyota air bags being switched on and off with the ignition key inserted in a special slot visible when the passenger door was open. Oddly, the Yaris had an indent where a key switch would have been installed .......... but no switch was there.

It took the bemused intervention of my next door neighbor, who saw us patting and poking the dashboard. "The airbag becomes active when a passenger is in the seat." Ohhhhhhh...

He was looking at us like we were an Amish family trying to figure out a garbage disposal.

Every time we would solve another dashboard mystery, he'd hear us going, "ooooooo....ahhhhh" like kids at a fireworks show.

Here We Are

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Sep 26th, 2017 07:07 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"...an Amish family trying to figure out a garbage disposal."


LOL! Best laugh of the day, so far.

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Sep 26th, 2017 07:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My wife found me a very low mileage 2006 Toyota Highlander about 2.5 years ago. I still couldn't tell you half of what it has going on. There is some kind of contraption box under the driver's seat, that I suspect is a GPS computer-tronic apparatus of some sort. I may even have a voice-assist mapping device. Have no idea how to use it, and have never tried to figure it out.

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Sep 26th, 2017 07:49 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

It's a black box. Your Highlander is spying on you!

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Sep 26th, 2017 10:01 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Gato's posts are the best!! :D

Te 52

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Sep 26th, 2017 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My 2016 VW came with a 90 page manual.

Oh no, not for the car, that's just for the "Infotainment System".

I love technology, but it's hard to remember all you need to know to operate all the devices you use, and the truly intuitive user interface has yet to be devised.

(This message was last edited by Te 52 at 10:26 PM, Sep 28th, 2017)

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Sep 26th, 2017 10:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I still haven't figured out my 2002 Lexus Land Cruiser. My wife's 2016 Camry is like something out of a sci-fi movie.

I remember having cars where you had to manually roll up windows and even morons like me could work on them.

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Sep 26th, 2017 11:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Apes of Yaris" sounds like an Edgar Rice Burroughs paperback. I still have roll up windows on my pickup. The Jeep we rented in Florida did not use a key to crank. You just pushed a button, but you had to have this large clunky fob with you at all times to make the button work, which was much more trouble than just using a key. This neanderthal longs for the day when a key was flat and light and did not require programming or a battery.

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Sep 26th, 2017 11:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

" This neanderthal longs for the day when a key was flat and light and did not require programming or a battery."

The most advanced electronic marvel on my 70 bug was the after market radio I had installed in 2001. And that thing was about as intuitive as the symbols carved into the Great Pyramid of Giza.

The engineers of this audio device apparently loaded a cannon with electronic buttons and switches and then fired it a clay mock up of the radio. Wherever they hit, that's where they stayed. And then to double the confusion, each button and switch has multiple functions.

The manual (in German, French, Spanish, Korean and even English) guides me haltingly through

1. Changing the colors of the display
2. Turning the demo on and off
3. Setting the clock (just kidding ... it can't be done)
4. Setting the audio options

But tuning in a station? Bring a lunch and a bag of Xanax, because buddy, you are in for the long haul.

I could more easily thread a needle with my feet than lock in a station that didn't sound like a mariachi battle of the bands.

I finally took the car back to the place that installed the radio. Want to feel like an idiot? Just watch the 20-something dude with the backwards baseball cap, zip through the procedure with one hand while talking on his phone with the other.







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Sep 26th, 2017 12:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Toyotas are the best. I really like the high tech features on my 17 Rav 4.

jay1vinton

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Sep 26th, 2017 01:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I just experienced this with my new car. My previous cars extent of technology was it ran....

My new one has a bewildering dashboard too, I finally got it paired with my phone and learned bluetooth so I can play music, but it's got a gauge, a light, a sign for everything the car does. I don't even have to use a tire gauge, it tells me on the dash the tire pressure...

Maybe by the time I pay it off, I'll be proficient.

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Sep 26th, 2017 07:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

OMG, this is hilarious! Don't hurt yourself laughing too hard, Gato!

(This message was last edited by WireDog at 09:29 PM, Sep 26th, 2017)

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Sep 27th, 2017 08:15 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I hate digital electronics controls. They're programmed in the most nonintuitive way possible. I never liked using manuals, I always liked to figure it out for myself, based on past experiences. Now, you have to spend hours with a manual and not expect it to make sense, 'cause it won't.

I still have to click the 'Start' icon to turn off my computer. Huh??

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Sep 27th, 2017 12:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"My wife's 2016 Camry is like something out of a sci-fi movie."

When my wife got a new Camry a couple of years ago, the recognition that it does so many things that my vehicle doesn't was immediately followed by "Maybe that's good." Apparently so, as I couldn't even change the radio station in hers last week.

(This message was last edited by Rick Knight at 02:40 PM, Sep 27th, 2017)

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Sep 27th, 2017 12:43 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The technology has taken over by leaps and bounds in just the last 5 years! I have a 2011 Fusion and while it was in the shop they gave me a new Mazda 3 as a loaner. Has a big LCD display in the middle of the dash and you can control just about everything through it. It took me forever to turn things off and furthermore convince the car that I really, really wanted it to stop trying to help me do things.

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Sep 27th, 2017 02:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looks like all the technology they reverse-engineered off that New Mexico UFO crash in 1947 is finally coming on line!

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Sep 29th, 2017 01:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I drive a Yaris. Good car.

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Sep 29th, 2017 11:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have the opposite situation, my daily driver is a 1993 Honda Civic. Manual everything including gearbox. Younger people get in the car and can't figure out what the window cranks are for. Then they're utterly horrified when I explain.

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Sep 29th, 2017 12:11 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My '94 Accord had the most perfect interior that I've ever seen or touched or operated. Everything was exactly where it should be and operated exactly as it should. When I sat in that car for the very first time I intuitively knew how to operate everything. Much has been added since then, but something has been lost, also. And I didn't need to carry a bulky fob, either.

Is that ultimate proof of geezerdom; longing for a 24-year old design?

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