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September 15, 2007

The Ideal Car

I'd love for my next car to have these features. I think they are all realistic and almost all have shipped on some vehicle at some point in time.

  • Heated steering wheel
  • Heated windshield
  • Heated wipers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated suspension
  • Heated window seals
  • Heated and more importantly cooled seats
  • Fully integrated block heater, with heavy duty retractable cord
  • Separate, yellow turn signals on the rear and fully visible turn signals on all sides
  • Be small enough to park easily
  • But large enough for passenger leg room
  • Be very fuel efficient, perhaps a hybrid, HCCI, diesel, traditional combustion engine with cylinder deactivation
  • Have lots of low end torque
  • Have plenty of gears in the transmission that makes the above two points easier
  • Traction Control
  • Stability Control
  • Adjustable suspension for ground clearance
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated headlight
  • True tire pressure monitoring
  • Parked climate control, a solar powered fan for summer, heater for winter perhaps
  • Integrated interior car warmer, add it onto the block heater plug, put in some load control so you don't blow circuits and voila, you shouldn't need to scrape windows any more
  • Auto climate control
  • Headlights with the most illumination without pestering other drivers too much
  • Tilt/telescopic steering wheel and adjustable pedals and N-way adjustable driver's seat to get a comfotable but precise driving position
  • Integrated smart remote start system
  • And of course as cheap as possible with excellent performance, handling and looks
  • A navigation system under $1000
Notice the emphasis on heat and other winter comfort and performance features. When its hits -40c, its amazing the car can move at all without disintegrating.

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