Little things that makes your car special to you..

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Originally Posted By: Quattro Pete
On the e39, I like the little 'gong' sound and message that shows up on the display when the temperature drops below 37F, to remind you that roads may be icy. Other than that, all the hidden on-board computer (standard equipment) readouts are nice since I'm a tech geek. You can look up the actual coolant temp, engine rpm, amount of fuel in both tanks, real time fuel consumption (in liters/100km and liters/hour), battery voltage, etc. The one thing that's not there that I wish was there is the ability to read oil temp. I also like how easy it is to replace the oil filter from the top without making a mess. I only found that out when I did the first oil change. Finally, I really like the idea of having the battery in the trunk - it stays clean and is easy to access. It also helps with F/R weight distribution. :)
This all look very familiar to what my Z4 does. Except that I haven't figured out how to see the readings like the coolant temp, etc. Did you have to activate something or is it a standard ability to view these? I can only see few items like outside temp, average MPG, average speed and such by pressing the button on the turn signal stalk.
 
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I like a subtle high beam indicator. Some cars use a square that's very distracting.
 
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Originally Posted By: CivicFan
Did you have to activate something or is it a standard ability to view these? I can only see few items like outside temp, average MPG, average speed and such by pressing the button on the turn signal stalk.
Not sure about your model. On the e38/e39, some of these tests need to be unlocked first. Instructions are here: http://www.bimmerboard.com/forums/posts/129948 http://www.bimmerboard.com/members/ripp222/original/Instrument%20Cluster%20Test%20Fcn%20E38.pdf If you search around on various bmw forums, you may be able to find something similar for your e85, if it's not the same.
 
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2003 Passat: I like that the headlight switch either turns all lights on or off, no middle ground that lets you turn on your interior lights and running lights without the headlights being on. I also appreciate that the headlights do not have some sort of automatic switch; when in doubt, turn them on. I also like that the owners manual has its own storage slot under the steering wheel. I did not know about this for years and that big, clunky thing was taking up all my glove box space, leaving me little space for my gloves.
 
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My Maxima is the first car I've owned that has power seats (8 way). Prior to that, my parents had cars with power seats, but usually 4 or 6 positions. I never found the 7th and 8th position (tilting seat bottom) until I'd owned the car about 3 or 4 years. It was like I had a brand new car again...or at least a new seat. :)
 
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I know it's not a factory option (or is it), but I like that: 2001 Civic LX, 204,600 miles. Non-normal parts replaced are the thermal overload circuit on the A/C compressor twice, and the alternator. That is it. Those three parts cost me $350 grand total. That's the kind of reliability I will expect from every car I buy from now on. C'mon Ford Fusion and Chevy Malibu/Cruze..........I'm interested.
 
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I like the sound of the engine firing up I like the sound of the engine running hard up to redline I like that I have a car hardly anybody else has I like the powerband of the motor I like the high rpm's the motor can sustain I notice some of you guys talking about seats, I like my seats as well, they have good bolsters on the side. They are leather, they adjust up, down, front, back, two different tilt buttons, inflatable side bolsters, inflatable lumbar
 
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I noticed something that I have on my Silverado, that I missed not having on a rental car this week. Heated exterior mirrors.
 
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not having a car payment and paying $30/month for liability insurance while only paying $50/month in gas. makes my sunfire real special to me grin
 
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