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#1354 of 2056 You may want to read this article
Jan 02, 2011 (9:44 am)
I interrupt my Caribbean vacation (itís raining no hiking today) to share this article.
ďA BMW 535i sedan, loaded with options such as navigation, adaptive cruise control and night vision, costs about $60,000. The vehicle is highly rated and is powered with a 3-liter, six-cylinder engine. Buick's 2011 LaCrosse, with a 3.6-liter engine, navigation, leather and other options costs about $40,000.
U.S. sales of the LaCrosse this year have more than doubled to 56,038 through the end of November, compared with 23,237 a year earlier. Sales of BMW 5-Series sedans, by contrast, have fallen 4.7 percent to 33,746 from 35,392 during the same period.
I've driven both of these estimable sedans. Amazingly they're quite comparable in terms of comfort, performance and handling attributes, even though the BMW costs roughly 50 percent more than the Buick. But years of image-building by BMW have produced an intangible sense that one's status is elevated simply by getting behind the wheel.Ē Read more at http://money.cnn.com/2010/12/21/autos/Buick-LaCrosse-luxury-GM.fortune/index.htm-
#1355 of 2056 Re: Reply: totally diagree! Not a safe car [rainman5542]
Jan 02, 2011 (1:14 pm)
Not earlier than 32 degrees though. And having to keep an eye on the temp display would detract from eyes on the road safety.
These devices can be highly accurate, is the one on our vehicle?
I was just throwing out stuff that could be added as safety items and an attention getting sound. I think mine has come on while driving and encountering the preset temp, but again you are left to guessing when freezing will occur. But then the same if roads are salted, but then salt stops working at around zero degrees.
Once you've gotten the power of computing, then it is just adding circuits with the proper software.
I have to question the accuracy of the sensor used since it is also part of the automatic temp control and mine swings wildly. But now I will try to learn if it occurs with onscreen temp display. Thanks.
#1356 of 2056 Re: Reply: totally diagree! Not a safe car [e_net_rider]
Jan 02, 2011 (7:17 pm)
I park in an attached garage. When its in the 20s outside, I can be 50 degrees in the garage. As soon as I pull out (under a minute), I will hear a chime and my attention is drawn to the ice warning. As I drive over the next several minutes, a quick glance at my Nav screen tells me whether temps are dropping from the 36 degree warning or rising. That's all I need to know to safely proceed. I am always within a single degree accuracy as I drive around town. You do need to allow a few minutes with the car moving after a stop because the sensor is influenced by the temp given off by the engine block.
Reading your posts, it seems you are suffering from paralysis thru analysis. Try to keep it simple...KISS.
Jan 02, 2011 (7:19 pm)
I nearly crashed today with my entire family in the car. I was driving in the right lane of the highway, I looked, signaled left then looked again to make sure it was clear like I've been doing for 30 years of driving. As I pulled into the left lane I luckily heard a loud "HONK" and pulled back at the last second. If the other driver hadn't honked I would have been toast.
Anybody know if you can add the side impact warning system if the car doesn't come with it?
#1358 of 2056 Re: Reply: totally diagree! Not a safe car [e_net_rider]
Jan 02, 2011 (7:30 pm)
My DIC frost warning works consistently when the outside temp display shows 37 degrees. I have found the outside temp display in my CXS is also consistent with my home outdoor temperature monitors. Measuring temperatures is not rocket surgery. I have not found the dramatic swings in my temp controls you report. I find extreme comfort with the climate controls in my cabin. Set it and forget it!
#1359 of 2056 Re: Not a safe car [caffemaven]
Jan 02, 2011 (7:35 pm)
Wow, glad it turned out as it did.
I don't have the side warning system although my wife wishes we had it. But I thought it only covered the passenger (right) side of the vehicle. If that's the case it wouldn't have alleviated your problem. Others who have the system may correct me.
#1360 of 2056 Re: Reply: totally diagree! Not a safe car [rainman5542]
Jan 03, 2011 (6:32 am)
Thanks for the heads up on the effects of engine heat. I had not considered it.
#1361 of 2056 Re: Not a safe car [caffemaven]
Jan 03, 2011 (7:07 am)
It is a wonderful system, unfortunately it would be difficult at best to add it. At the very least you'd need the mirror assemblies, both sides, and I have no idea what other components are involved other than the directional signal has to be tied to it. When signaling it lights an amber light on the bottom of the mirror to alert others. If you get the little warnings on the mirror of something present, it flashes like crazy if you turn the signal on.
I allowed my son-in-law to do some of the driving on the last trip. He knew of the system but obviously working with it as a newbie. Consequently he was spending too much time checking the passenger side mirror when traffic in our lane came to a stop. I called out and avoided a new front to my car. I can see where that front sensing system might have value.
Perhaps if you can get wiring/system diagrams you can learn the needs or what is changed with this feature. If you are a bit of a do-it-yourself guy you might be able to get the parts from a junkyard. Wiring will be an issue though because it might have been incorporated into the main bundles when Buick decided to add it. If it is added wiring harnesses and other parts you will more likely have success. And you may be lucky enough to have all the needed wiring or part of it.
I think this system was part of the driver confidence package. From the beginning of the 2010 model till now there has been a large number of changes as to what was standard at a model level and available as an option.
An added thought. This site,
and there is a dedicated GM forum where they can give you the three letter codes that are specific for this option. They might be necessary when looking at wiring diagrams to determine what is applicable.
Good Luck. I hope you have success.
#1362 of 2056 Re: Reply: totally diagree! Not a safe car [bobinor]
Jan 03, 2011 (7:18 am)
"Set it and forget it!"
That is the way it is supposed to work, but mine does not. I actually see some people adjusting the setting up or down thinking it will heat or cool car quicker, but that should not be if it is working properly.
Mine will be fine for a period of time and then it suddenly becomes to hot or too cool forcing me to change setting.
And because bad smells enter with what is supposed to be a CAF, I have to suspect there is a common cause.
BTW, as you point out, measuring temp is not rocket science, yet I see these signs posting temp all over town and they seldom agree with my display.
I have a laboratory thermometer somewhere and will compare when I find it.
#1363 of 2056 Re: Not a safe car [bobinor]
Jan 03, 2011 (8:28 am)
Blind side assist works on both driver and passenger side.