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February 05, 2010

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Cop Car

You are just trying to make me jealous, Bogie, having all the neat "stuff" show up on your control panel. Your dad's car does similar stuff, but my car does not.

As to the "!", it took me a while to figure out what it meant on software icons a few years ago. If my car did that, I probably wouldn't be able to figure out what it was showing me because I have a hard time discriminating among ! 1 l | i - which was most of my problem on the software icons on my tool tray. An online class from hp cleared up my confusion.

bogie

Apparently this is your excuse to get a new car. I got a basic model (except for the AT tire package and electronic locks/windows). It's also pretty much the cheapest one in its class - and the pressure minder is standard. I would expect that any car that you would buy would certainly have some of those cool little goodies (besides, the economy needs you to pony up!).

If I had gotten another package, the pressure warning would hafve tole me exactly what tire was low. That's okay, I know how to use a tire guage, and keep one in the truck too.

Fortunately the vehicle isn't a computer. I also have troubles differentiating different symbols. But the dashboard isn't likely to have a 1, |, or i. Plus, since I was looking in the book to see what it meant (sacrilige - I looked in the book), I knew the exact spot on the dash it showed up on so I didn't need to know the exact symbol.

Cop Car

Bogie--"Basic" vehicles are including more and more "stuff". Both your dad's and my cars are the "basic" vehicles in their lines, and your dad's car is at least a couple of years older than mine. (HH's car cost about 1.5 times what mine cost, though - I think.)

(Please recall that, when getting ready to drive to a Red Cross assignment in Topeka KS on 7/1/2009, I took my 2001 Lincoln LS in for service and walked out with a signed contract on a 2007 Lincoln MKZ, which really is a little cheaper car than the LS was. But...the LS didn't have the "stuff", either. Perhaps "stuff" is against the sporty image that the LS and MKZ were meant to project.)

At any rate..."stuff" has never been high on my list of "must have's". (I required AWD and stability control, this round - even dropped the stick shift requirement, which wasn't available on the MKZ.) I should think that in your climate zone, knowing that you have a low tire, without having to check, would be a good deal! Yes, you still have to isolate the specific tire, but you don't even have to check until your "!" light illuminates. Neat!

Cop Car

Correction: My 2007 MKZ was purchased in July of 2007, not 2009. It now has nearly 15,000 miles on it.

Cop Car

Correction: My 2007 MKZ was purchased in July of 2007, not 2009. It now has nearly 15,000 miles on it.

bogie

Hmm, I would have thought that Lincoln's would be at the forfront of having this type of nice-to-have. But maybe you're right, it might be against the sporty image (although, how fast can you go/corner if you have a tire going flat?).

That is where I got the not caring about the "stuff" in a vehicle - My requirements were 4WD, Standard transmission, AT tires and gets better than 20 MPG. I dropped the skid plates since I no longer have pet-sitting customers out in the boonies.

Cop Car

Talk to your uncle about skid plates. He could have used one in 1955 while driving Mom's 1950 Dodge. He put a gash in the oil pan from a rock in our path while the three of us were out birding in Rolla. Sorry about your loss of out-in-the-boonies customers.

bogie

I've lost most of my customers (down to 2 - whcih means I only pet-sit about 2x per year. Some of the customers have died, some of their pets have died, and some have re-homed their pets becuase of financial difficulties in this economy. I'm looking at perhaps helping with the census to help cover that lost income (that is NOT counted in 10% loss of income that I wrote about earlier).

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