The size of their packages

Suzette’s checklist for New Motor Vehicles:

Here’s my list of must haves:

  • in-dash navigation
  • auto-dimming mirror

Here’s my list of absolute no-nos:

  • leather seats

As for anything else, meh:

Sure 12-speaker surround sound would be nice but I won’t wither without it. Panoramic sun roof? I have a sun roof in my current car and you know what happens when I open it? THE SUN SHINES RIGHT ON ME. Ew. So I never open it. Heated steering wheel? Heated seats? Never gonna use them. When will they offer cooling seats? That I might invest in.

When will they offer cooled seats? Is 1996 good for you?

On the other hand, this isn’t good for anybody actually wanting to buy a car:

[F]or this car if you want the package that has the navigation in it, you are required to get the package that has the leather seats. Is that bullshit or what? And there’s no getting around it.

It’s times like these that I am grateful to Messrs. Rand and McNally.

If anyone cares, my current ride has the auto-dim mirror and, yes, leather seats; they designed the dash before they developed the nav, so the little pop-up box on the dash where the nav is supposed to live is officially designated a storage compartment. It is theoretically possible to buy the OEM part and have it retrofitted, but for that kind of money I could buy a TomTom, a TomTom, and several other Toms.


  1. Cripes Suzette »

    2 September 2012 · 11:28 am

    I know that I can use a separate portable GPS unit – that’s what I’ve been doing. But the built-in navigator is actually an 8″ touch screen that also gives information about what’s playing on the radio or CD player and will also show caller information via BlueTooth link to your phone. So of course now you see why I need this.

    Does this make me sound less effete or more?

    Another factor is that this is probably going to be my last car purchase before interment so I think that my last days should be happy ones, merrily scrolling through the tracks on Ultimate Manilow as I drive along.

  2. CGHill »

    2 September 2012 · 11:42 am

    And truth be told, I’m not that crazy about leather seats, but that’s all they offered for this model. (Seat heaters — no coolers available — were offered as an option with heated mirrors. I do have that.)

  3. Jeffro »

    3 September 2012 · 1:24 am

    In GM pickups, if you want the ninety seven way power seats, you buy leather. It used to be in the LT package, but now the LT package is cloth w/o all the power seat hardware, and you have to go to a LTZ.

    In Chevys, that is. GMC calls it something else, but same principle. Ford, however, has leather and power seats spread across the different packages.

    My current ride has leather power heated seats. I never have used the heaters, except when I hit the power button accidentally. Increasingly warm buns in the summer ain’t all what it’s cracked up to be, as it were.

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