Originally Posted by DM-15Lat
your points on the good are spot on. Granted I would like the water bottle space on the doors to have been a little bigger, but that's nitpicking. Your 'bad' items are really 'good' features (minus the shift response). I wouldn't want you driving with the door open or without your seat belt.
I understand the safety feature of not being able to drive with your door open. But I feel like these kind of features are for retarded people. Kind of like parking and lane changing sensors. If you learn how to drive properly and stay off your phones, you don't need these retard prevention features. Closing your door properly should be second nature.
I'm a DIY home mechanic it helps if I can crack my door open to check the edge of the car or tire placement when maneuvering around the garage or driveway to get the car exactly where I need it. My current home has a small driveway, that's suppose to fit 2 cars, so I like to park the cars as close to the edge as possible to allow the doors to open. Off the edge of the driveway, at it tall point, is a 5" drop. All the door opened driving I do is under 5 mph. Same with backing up into a parking space, with no other cars around. You can usually use the cars on the side as a gauge, but with no cars there, you need to reference the lines on the ground you cannot see. Crack the door open to check the line and back up into the space.
Sure, if you don't work on your own car or forget to close your door or have issues properly closing your door before you do some highway driving, this safety feature is great for you. But I work on dozens of cars for my family and friends, and this is a simple technique to use without the aid of a spotter or getting out/in of the car to keep checking the position of the car.
As for the seat belt, chime I'm all for it. I don't have an issue with naturally putting on my seat belt. It's usually my passenger. So when I here the chime I tell them to put their seat belt on. My grudge is that it keeps chiming forever as long as your seat belt is off. Other cars will chime a couple of times when you start the car and then stop, but will keep the seat belt warning light lit on the dash.
There are times when being able to drive with the seat belt off is convenient without the annoyance of the constant chiming. The same points I made above. I play tetris with the cars in the garage, driveway, and curb to get the car I need to work on in my work space. Try putting a trailer hitch on, by yourself without a back up camera. How many tries do you think it will take and how many times will you need to get in and out of your car to check the ball joint alignment? How many times will you need to put your seat belt on and take it off? How much fun will you have with the chime reminding you how annoying this whole process is?
These aren't bad features for everyone, but for the ones that do anything other than commute, they become a simple annoyance that we can do without.
5) Seatbelt brake clicking. For me it clicks all the time on the highway. Every few seconds, why? When the seat belt clicks, it engages the brake/lock so that you cannot pull out anymore belt. It's suppose to click/brake/lock under hard braking, in an event of a crash, etc. To hold you back in the seat and not lunge forward. Mine clicks under normal driving conditions and it annoys me.