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Recent Cars on Viagra ? Is it just me ?

Is it just me ? I often tend to think that recent cars (maybe the last decade or so) are as if they are on Viagra (meaning, drugged). Seems to be the trend for all manufacturers. IMHO, somewhere along the advancements, the dependency has shifted from human factor to all out electronics dependency. Seems to me like it was more fun to brush up on your driving skills to drive than to go superfast supported by electronics and chips. Maybe that is why I feel detached with these technological marvels, feel removed. Thanx for reading my rant again. Any thoughts ? w/ smiles Jimmy
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Saw on TopGear yesterday the new BMW vs MB with all the giggets and such. Side view cameras, side cameras, night vision, actual kindergardners in each wheel well letting you know when the curb is too close....

they too sighed for the good ol days....Some looked even nice to me, like more vision is nice.

But parking without hands? Handicapped or such but if you are not skilled to drive without, then take a taxi.

An back seat TV, hmmmm perhaps not....does anyone eat meals or talk to one another anymore: Guessing you'll have to text your passengers to say "LK ANML rd kill DR --rolmao"
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I drove a lexus two years ago that parked itself. no kidding. no hands, no feet. we actually filmed it parallel parking between my lambo and my ferrari. it was that accurate.



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Jimmy, it sounds like you need to add an old Jeep to your stable. It's a simple piece of metal with a few moving parts and you can fix it with a hammer and a wrench. There's no place to plug in a laptop to reprogram it. You just pour a little gas down the carb and jump the starter with a screwdiver across the terminals and you're off!

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Jimmy, it sounds like you need to add an old Jeep to your stable. It's a simple piece of metal with a few moving parts and you can fix it with a hammer and a wrench. There's no place to plug in a laptop to reprogram it. You just pour a little gas down the carb and jump the starter with a screwdiver across the terminals and you're off!
Thanx, Pete. Maybe that is what I was longing for. Could it be Chrysler, by any chance ?
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Even with all the electronic gizmos and latest techno advances, accidents where a driver mistakes brakes and gas pedal, ending up slaming into stores or striking pedestrians occur quite frequently here in Japan. One reason is the rapidly aging population (me too ?) ; the other reason is that there's too many uncorordianted souls out there.
So much for the high techs. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Is it just me ? I often tend to think that recent cars (maybe the last decade or so) are as if they are on Viagra (meaning, drugged). Seems to be the trend for all manufacturers. IMHO, somewhere along the advancements, the dependency has shifted from human factor to all out electronics dependency. Seems to me like it was more fun to brush up on your driving skills to drive than to go superfast supported by electronics and chips. Maybe that is why I feel detached with these technological marvels, feel removed. Thanx for reading my rant again. Any thoughts ? w/ smiles Jimmy
Jimmy, it ain't just you.

Not only do I feel it's a useless and fun-less trend (I do not want to be some computer's mindless passenger when I sit behind the wheel!), it's also potentially dangerous to overly trust semi-intelligent technology. Toyota Prius: case in point.

Also - and I think this was discussed before - all that widgetry, power- and chip-assisted breaking/steering/parking/everything tends to de-sensitise people from the actual act and implications of driving. That is, until it's too late and they are confronted with their actual speed, (lack of) distance to other cars/objects, etc. etc.

Trust me Jimmy, it ain't just you...

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Jimmy, it ain't just you.

Not only do I feel it's a useless and fun-less trend (I do not want to be some computer's mindless passenger when I sit behind the wheel!), it's also potentially dangerous to overly trust semi-intelligent technology. Toyota Prius: case in point.

Also - and I think this was discussed before - all that widgetry, power- and chip-assisted breaking/steering/parking/everything tends to de-sensitise people from the actual act and implications of driving. That is, until it's too late and they are confronted with their actual speed, (lack of) distance to other cars/objects, etc. etc.

Trust me Jimmy, it ain't just you...
Thank goodness. I thought I was turning into an old fart. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Thank goodness. I thought I was turning into an old fart. w/ smiles Jimmy
Not so fast Jimmy you could still be turning into an old fart! haha

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then there is the whole unintended acceleration issue.....
Well, of course, because you think you are controlling the car but maybe that is just an illusion. w/ smiles Jimmy
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Yesterday, we had the 330 out on a fantastic day with fellow enthousiasts (although my car was by far the oldest). Just spontaneously meeting up for a nice drive on an Easter Monday, nothing planned.

Driving the 330 is just such fun. I'm still working on my double-clutching skills, and when Vitalone drove my 330 later in the evening I was watching him intently to see what he was doing as he grew up driving his dad's 365 GT 2+2. This is the cool stuff! It keeps you young, learning new things. I like the fact that you cannot drive it like a new car.

My younger brother also drove the 330 for an hour or two because he needs to work on his skills before we drive the Mille Miglia Tribute. It was only his second time behind the wheel and it was real fun seeing him improve his skills, feeling his way through the gearbox, trying not to graunch it, getting used to the slow steering when parking etc.. He was a bit stressed but enjoying every minute of it.


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Yesterday, we had the 330 out on a fantastic day with fellow enthousiasts (although my car was by far the oldest). Just spontaneously meeting up for a nice drive on an Easter Monday, nothing planned.

Driving the 330 is just such fun. I'm still working on my double-clutching skills, and when Vitalone drove my 330 later in the evening I was watching him intently to see what he was doing as he grew up driving his dad's 365 GT 2+2. This is the cool stuff! It keeps you young, learning new things. I like the fact that you cannot drive it like a new car.

My younger brother also drove the 330 for an hour or two because he needs to work on his skills before we drive the Mille Miglia Tribute. It was only his second time behind the wheel and it was real fun seeing him improve his skills, feeling his way through the gearbox, trying not to graunch it, getting used to the slow steering when parking etc.. He was a bit stressed but enjoying every minute of it.


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Great shots, great update, Onno. Your expressions tell it all, self-explanatory. Good luck with your upcoming big event. w/ smiles Jimmy
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