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LKnight598
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:26:03 AM

I simply couldn't make it without cruise control!
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 8:05:00 AM

Hi ricebike. You're like most of us in not using your door keys. I posted a Topic awhile back and found that some new vehicles only have one door lock (driver's door) and one Gas Buddy said he had none. In any case, make sure to lubricate the locks periodically, especially the ignition lock, with WD-40 or, better still, powdered graphite to prevent the lock cylinders from corroding. Take care :-). MGY
twt
Champion Author Virginia Beach

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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 5:23:11 AM

I like the cruise control.
ricebike
Champion Author New Jersey

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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 3:53:05 AM

remote key fobs... i can't think of the last time i inserted the key for a door lock or trunk lock
DasAuto92
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2013 2:20:03 AM

That's a tuff call LKnight598,since most vehicles come as we say all dressed, unless your driving a cheap model.For me i would say power steering.I have three '90 model Jetta's and 1 does have power steering while 2 do not.
eccerr0r
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2013 2:06:18 AM

Electric Starter...
Automatic choke...
Fuel Injection...

:-)

Gee I don't know, for one of my cars, all the options on it came "standard" with the model...but granted the quick starts on most conditions I could not imagine if I had to choke the carburetor, run outside and crank the car with a hand crank...
diesel8888
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 12:11:20 PM

I have to go with traction control. They are my little angels....
CactusBobs
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2013 12:03:35 PM

Wamster:"Stability control, traction control, and roll stability on my AWD. "

"Most useful" , wow so you use them all the time !!!

more than even the radio ........MOST USEFUL !

I am thankful i am nowhere near you when your "driving" !


[Edited by: CactusBobs at 1/24/2013 12:06:45 PM EST]
wamster
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 3:52:57 PM

Stability control, traction control, and roll stability on my AWD.
herbiepopnecker
Champion Author British Columbia

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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:37:43 AM

Cruise control by far
Gas_Master_G
All-Star Author Springfield

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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 12:31:45 AM

A/C; cruise and Satellite radio
STEVE853
Champion Author Florida

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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 3:37:01 PM

5.7 Hemi
14smoke
Champion Author Birmingham

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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 2:35:13 PM

AC, T-tops and power windows.
PatAZ
Champion Author Tucson

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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 1:24:29 PM

Around here it has to be the a/c.
scoobynuts
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:07:59 AM

A/C ...and the Remote start on those cold winter days
WEPSMAN
Champion Author South Dakota

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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 8:16:20 PM

Cruise and A/C are not so much an option as standard equipment anymore. I do not know if there is anything I could do without, but I do like my USB port in my vehicle.
Dale Jr.
Champion Author Illinois

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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 11:49:38 AM

Cruise control for one. AC is another useful option so it keeps my wife cool when we go somewhere.
jimmy544
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 11:35:21 AM

AC
tagorgia
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 9:51:36 AM

Power running boards. My wife loves them!
Somis1
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 9:49:41 AM

Bluetooth is good, but I rarely need to use my phone in the car, so I'd say the backup camera is my most useful option.
bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 9:45:55 AM

The Brakes. They keep you out of accidents.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 8:36:59 AM

I love not having to hold a phone to my ear anymore as my car has Bluetooth through the radio and it is like talking to someone while you drive. I refuse to hold a cell phone to my ear anymore, especially while I am driving.
hyeglenn
Champion Author Fresno

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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 8:30:43 AM

Satalite Radio
jes
Champion Author Pennsylvania

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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 7:53:50 AM

Radio.
CactusBobs
Champion Author Arizona

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:40:55 PM

Power Windows
dontuknowOH
Champion Author Ohio

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:22:54 PM

Adjustable electric side mirrors,reclining seats,dash air vents,handy storage/transport levels at the rear of a suv,plus fold down rear seats.I dont like wide console areas that take up too much leg room,love strait-line floor tranny shifters.
mnrick041
Champion Author Twin Cities

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 7:59:22 PM

LKnight598,
My car does have cruise but looking at the window sticker here it is listed in the standard equipment category, it is not optional.

The only options on mine are the power moonroof, Sony sound package and the rear vision package which gives me a camera and back up sensors.

Of those three things the one I probably enjoy the most is the sound system. I was in a rental that was very similar to my car but it did not have any options in it and the audio system just did not sound good.

They can keep their moon roof but I do find the rear vision package to be useful in parking lots where it is not always easy to see what is coming at you from the sides while you are backing out of a spot.

bearscharger
Champion Author Cleveland

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 7:25:23 PM

power windows
PatAZ
Champion Author Tucson

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:06:34 PM

Most useful is the ignition.
Pugpal
Champion Author Toronto

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:33:38 AM

To answer your question directly, I like the option of having a manual transmission - so many cars today don't even give you that choice anymore.

Other than that, I can't really identify any options, as my cars came from the factory (decades ago) well equipped. But they have a few features that you can't even seem to get as options on new cars that I greatly appreciate. Here are three:

1. the ability to independently direct and control cold fresh air onto driver and/or front passengers at dashboard level, even with the heater on full bore. (a safety feature IMHO and the subject of another thread on these boards)

2. Uncompromised sight lines - no blind spots - anywhere. A, B, C and in the case of the wagon, D pillars are all skinny but strong, and head rests are unobtrusive.

3. Five mile-per-hour bumpers with thick rubber skins that can take (and give) direct hits without suffering damage, unlike the current crop of cosmetic bumpers and the old fashioned "cutlery" bumpers. Also good for push starting or shunting if the car is immobile.

Titanic1985
Champion Author South Carolina

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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:20:00 AM

Hi LKnight598. I would have to say the most useful option (I had to custom order it) would be my running lights, also known as driving lights. I live in the country and drive back roads. Those lights fill in areas not covered by the low beams. They also make my car more visible at dusk and dawn.

Cruise control is also a must for me. I won't purchase a vehicle without it.

Take care :-) . MGY
97PearlCat
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:48:37 AM

Moon roof, I love it.
EdPG
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:40:13 AM

The radio cell phone system. {u-Connect}
KentuckyWildcat
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 6:58:18 AM

Seat belt!
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