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Old 01-02-2018, 02:41 PM   #1
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Features that will be lame or cool in 20 years.

I agree with many but not all.

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Old 01-02-2018, 03:35 PM   #2
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I liked the first reference--"in 20 years this will look like the gold package on a 90s Lexus".

That's my go-to for cars now, much like "that'll be the next Harvest Gold" is when I look at home decorating trends.
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:36 PM   #3
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Ambient lighting--not sure about this one, but I do like the very low-key, simple white footwell lights in my GTI. I would not go beyond that, and I would not make those colored, or brighter, or color shifting, or anything like that.
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Old 01-02-2018, 03:52 PM   #4
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Wait, gold package isn't "in" anymore?

Come to Ft Hood and you'll think otherwise
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Old 01-02-2018, 04:19 PM   #5
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Ambient lighting I like. Along with the ICE, those are the things in that list I think will always be good. The rest they are pretty spot on about.

My wife's Escape has that "waggle your foot under the bumper" thing to open the hatch. Most the time, you aren't in the right spot to do it, and you end up doing the hokey pokey int he parking lot to the amusement of all in sight. So, no, just no.
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Old 01-04-2018, 11:54 PM   #6
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Lol...black mirror caps. They used to be on low end models. Now black caps are a "sport" feature. Back then it was all about color matching them black caps.

I saw some commercial for the Focus RS. The Ford rep pointed them out as "black sport mirror caps".
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:15 AM   #7
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Some of their reasoning is just absurd. Ambient interior lighting didn't happen during the F&F era and then go away because it wasn't cool. Like many other innovations, someone did it themselves first, then others copied it, and then finally the car makers caught on and started installing it at the factory. Same thing happened with car alarms, remote start, mobile audio that sounds decent, in-dash CD players, USB connections, etc.

On the other hand, matte-look paint finishes were dumb when they were conceived, and purchased only by the stupid.

Luxury Car Salesman: "So, we're almost done selecting the options on your car, just one more thing before we place the order; for an extra $3000, would you like to make it look like they forgot to spray your car with clearcoat before it left the factory?"

Rich Idiot Who Inherited Their Money or Earned it By Playing Sportsball: "Yeah, that sounds cool!"
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Old 01-05-2018, 07:31 AM   #8
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Old 01-05-2018, 11:12 AM   #9
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Lol...black mirror caps. They used to be on low end models. Now black caps are a "sport" feature. Back then it was all about color matching them black caps.
x2 on this

If it comes painted or chrome now, people want it blacked out (when they "mod" it)

If it comes blacked out, then people want it painted or chrome instead as an upgrade.

They just want the opposite to be different or something
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Old 01-05-2018, 03:45 PM   #10
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Here's the Tercel with the black sports mirrors and optional aerodynamic package.
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Old 01-06-2018, 06:25 AM   #11
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Here's the Tercel with the black sports mirrors and optional aerodynamic package.
And here's where it started, except Honda did it to match the black plastic on the bottom of the car, as well as the black see-through part of the hatch:



And also it was the 1980s so all Hondas were economy cars at their core.
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Old 01-09-2018, 04:54 PM   #12
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x2 on this

If it comes painted or chrome now, people want it blacked out (when they "mod" it)

If it comes blacked out, then people want it painted or chrome instead as an upgrade.

They just want the opposite to be different or something
I generally agree with this and believe that's why most people do it as well, just to be different than factory and mess with stuff because it's a cheaper mod.

I, on the other hand though, just don't like chrome as a finish on anything haha. So, I tend to black things out or color match because of that. I actually picked the North Face backpack I just got because it has black zippers instead of silver.

Tl;dr - I'm nuts.

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Old 01-09-2018, 06:30 PM   #13
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Features that will be lame or cool in 20 years.

I think puddle lights are a great feature and will actually become more prevalent as time goes on. Just as long as theres no cheezy logo projected.

Same with interior and exterior lighting. Over the decades manufacturers have been continually adding more and more lights to cars and other products. Everyone has always loved pretty lights. I dont see Christmas lights going out of style any time soon.


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Old 01-09-2018, 06:42 PM   #14
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I think one thing they forgot too add to the list is the current HP arms race. It will probably die down again. I think at some point some fuel crisis will probably hit again like in the 70ís, also safety concerns of everyone driving over powered cars (toyota famry with 300hp??), and self driving cars will have an impact.


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Old 01-09-2018, 08:29 PM   #15
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Another - Angry Headlights

Mk7 is as guilty as the rest. There's currently a race to see who can develop the most angry/intense/focused "face" on the front of a car.
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Old 01-09-2018, 08:37 PM   #16
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Agreed! The angry fish face car is so played out already. Toyota/Lexus has this in spades.


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Old 01-10-2018, 06:08 AM   #17
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Agreed! The angry fish face car is so played out already. Toyota/Lexus has this in spades.
"I'm with you, guys! Can't we all just be happy?"

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