There isn't that many things I miss besides all the friends I made in the service department so I kinda had to sit down and consciously make a list. I've been back since then to take someone who recently got a car from there to pick up some paperwork. The Cruze I wanted last January and the Malibu I tested last month were still there surprisingly. The intent of this post was the grass is not always greener on the other side. Even if you jumped out of a L Cruze and into a 745Li there is still going to be something to nit pick. I didn't say I miss the friends I made here because, I haven't really left at all.
For me the things I kinda miss are (in no real order):
- Flick the key to start. At times I forget this and short stroke the key in the Accord. So far I kinda un programmed myself of this.
- Self closing doors. The doors on the Cruze were self closing as in all you had to do is get in and sit down and the car did the rest. If you didn't get in all the way your ankles would find out what I meant by self closing really fast.
- Fuel door is just press to open. 1st 3 fill ups in the Accord I'd get the pump all ready and forget I have to go back in the car and open it from the floor lever.
- MPG. MPG new till before I started having issues in the Cruze I was never below 29 mpg. I had to work my *** off to get a 15 MPG. In the Accord I could hypermile and get a 37.9 MPG then do 1 single 10 second 4th gear downshift to pass 2 cars that are going well under the limit and drop down to 21.4 MPG and ruin the entire tank MPG no mater what I did. Sometimes you will see me fuel up just to go back and try again.
- Digital speed. I been so used to that digital speed I never ever ever looked at the analog. Actually the steering wheel blocked my view of the analog after 40 mph where in the Accord it's center of the dash.
- TPMS pressures each tire. It was reassuring to see the pressures granted they were never right and never the same for each tire setting off OCD. Instead I get a light and a button to reset them.
- Leather covered plastic shift knob. One in the Accord is a really fancy weighted metal with some leather splashed on just enough to make it look upscale. Anyone who has had a metal shift knob knows how fun that is for me in 10 degree weather. I'm gonna find a cover for it so I'm not wearing 1 glove 1st half of the trip in to work.
- Tweeters. My car has 4 speakers, 2 on the door and 2 on the rear deck. The drivers door one is useless until I crank it up past 16. I can just snag the panels from the upper trims to add tweeters in the factory spots on the door and figure out the wiring later. I haven't listed it as a mod on my thread as I'm not that serious of it just yet and the listed items are more realistic.
- Complaining about how many times I go back in for the most randomest issue nobody has ever had in the history of CT. Since I got my car I haven't been back besides the 1 time the dealer said he was gonna take a look in the used car trash bin for 9th gen all season mats for me. Honda service waiting room looked so elegant with the concierge, starbucks coffee, a smoking patio area, netflix, WiFi and is open to 3 AM but I have yet found a reason to go back in the 2200 miles I have on the car. My Chevy dealer wasn't as pretty looking but it had way more amenities like a movie theatre, nail salon, child waiting area and a few other things. The old dealership they left behind had even better stuff to add like a restaurant and the child area was a huge slide/maze/ball pit setup 10 times better than the Chuck E. Cheese nearby.
- OCD wouldn't let me stop at 9 so cheaper parts. Tires for this car will cost me even more than the overpriced LRR the Eco comes with no matter what. Snow tires, yeah I can only downgrade from 19 to 18 since the front brakes won't let me go any lower a size. Price of the Eco alloy is about the ball park of one of my 19s if you heavily relied on the dealer parts department. Online vendors and classifieds of appropriate forums will make that number change quite a bit.