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#16542 of 16985 Re: I'd Pay More Extra for Dash Cam [sweendogy]
Aug 28, 2013 (2:47 pm)
I find ABS and Airbags useful (although I've never had an airbag actually be used for me; knock on wood).
ABS has been used countless times though; sometimes just for fun in an empty parking lot.
The Accord does have backup camera as standard now, but the 2013 is a new feature-laden model from Honda.
I actually considered the Accord Sport and the S4 lately. I could order the S4 without a backup camera, and did so. Not that the camera was the deciding factor, but I appreciated not being forced into it by Audi. Audi got my money; Honda didn't; nuff said.
#16543 of 16985 Re: I'd Pay More Extra for Dash Cam [andres3]
Aug 28, 2013 (6:06 pm)
Not the best responce I crosses shopped the accord vs s4 - 2 cars which are 30 grand apart at the start. Congrats on the s4 but the counter wow really.
Forced into a safety feature - did you also delete the seatbelt for the "weight savings? "
"Audi got my money" hahah
Best of luck- lets not back into anything yah hear.
#16544 of 16985 Re: I'd Pay More Extra for Dash Cam [sweendogy]
Aug 29, 2013 (3:10 pm)
Yes, they are nearly 30K apart; however I was cross shopping due to possibility of:
1) keeping my souped up modified A3 for the track toy and beat it to death until it dies at some point, and buy something economical, reliable, and comfortable
2) get a new car that can do it all (be tracked), and be a nice luxurious daily driver at the same time.
While the Accord passed the daily driver test, it could not be tracked. Not even a 280 HP FWD version could legitimately be tracked. That didn't stop me from thinking about option 1 being a possible route to take though.
The TL-SH-AWD Tech package has the back up cam, probably why it costs $3,500 for the Tech option that has some things I liked, but at that added price the S4 seemed like more bang for the buck to me. The TL-SH-AWD needed to be about $2K less with the tech package to steal a deal from me; not having a back up cam gets them partly there.
#16545 of 16985 Re: I'd Pay More Extra for Dash Cam [sweendogy]
Aug 29, 2013 (3:13 pm)
Are you really comparing a seat belt to a back up camera?
The seat belt is in use every second you are in the car (or close to it). The back up camera only when you are in reverse.
I'd say I spend less than 1% of my time in a car with the gear selector in reverse.
#16546 of 16985 Re: I'd Pay More Extra for Dash Cam [andres3]
Aug 29, 2013 (4:38 pm)
You didn't pick up the sarcasm?
The argument you present is very weak - I understand you not wanting to pay extra for ala cart options and "Audi has your money" but like I stated before the accord which can be had for less then 20 grand has it standard- no options - no money needed to add.(true car says you can get a manual sport for 21,6 btw) Sure some cost is passed to customer- "A camera adds $58 to $203 to the cost of a car or truck, depending on whether the vehicle already has a video display, according to a NHTSA study from 2010." The weight issue - really- how much we talking. 30lbs? Do you know there is legislation to have it mandatory on all new cars in the near future, so lucky you got the S4 this year.
Better engage the quatro because you have a couple of wheels spinning.
Drive fast, take chances
#16547 of 16985 Re: I'd Pay More Extra for Dash Cam [andres3]
Aug 29, 2013 (9:04 pm)
"ABS has been used countless times though; sometimes just for fun in an empty parking lot."
How do you have fun WITH anti-lock brakes? LOL...
#16548 of 16985 Re: I'd Pay More Extra for Dash Cam [sweendogy]
Aug 29, 2013 (10:34 pm)
You didn't pick up the sarcasm?
Just a comment - sarcasm doesn't always transmit very well to a text medium.
#16549 of 16985 Re: I'd Pay More Extra for Dash Cam [tlong]
Aug 30, 2013 (2:34 am)
Very true but "Forced into a safety feature - did you also delete the seatbelt for the "weight savings? "
Delete seatbelt pretty clear where I was going
#16550 of 16985 backup cameras are nice
Aug 30, 2013 (8:21 am)
for when you are forced to valet park. Valet parkers are always backing cars into spaces, and in a massive hurry. Helps prevent all kinds of annoying bumper dings.
I agree that it is nice to have it as an option rather than forced on you. I remember when you could order a car without power locks and windows.
#16551 of 16985 Re: backup cameras are nice [kmur]
Aug 30, 2013 (8:54 am)
Rear windows have gotten smaller and the rear decks much higher due to increased passenger safety regs for rear collision. This had made the view out the back window much harder to see short objects(kids, dogs, fire hydrants, etc). There are many kids killed each year due to people backing up vehicles hence the rear cameras. Many people are looking at them like they are just convenience features like power windows. They aren't, they are meant to save lives, not to preclude a "ding" to your bumper. Weight?? Probably less than a lb. once you've already got the big screen for your nav or radio. Stop eating fries for a week and you'll save that one pound a rear camera will cost you.