So you’re leaving the dealer in your new car. The “new car smell” is overpowering, as is the existential weight of your new debt. But at least the hard part’s over – aside from the radio and seat adjustments, there’s no real learning curve to a new car. The vertical pedal on the right makes it go, the horizontal pedal on the left makes it stop, and you don’t have a clutch because you’re a filthy fucking coward. What else is there?
Everything, my friend. Absolutely everything.
See, gauges change. Symbols change. Because … I’m not sure why, actually. Automakers want to kill you?
“We are really running into issues with new instrument clusters,” Ryan says. “Since they are slowly transitioning to LED/LCD displays instead of the traditional gauges and bulbs, some of the icons have changed. On all the BMW’s over the last five years, there is no coolant temperature gauge. They just replaced it with a yellow pop-up message in the LCD display that shows a symbol implying the engine is hot.”
Too hot, that is. If your engine isn’t hot at all, then you’re from the future. But the symbols aren’t the only thing that people are getting wrong – some people don’t understand the basics of their car.