Hello, everyone. I am a long time reader of these forums, first time poster. Unfortunately, I am (maybe) shopping for a new car, although I may still have a shot at repairing my old one. Anyway, I was thinking about what I consider to be dirty tricks built into cars these days. For example, there is a thread active now where someone discovered their BMW doesn’t have an oil dipstick. I agree with the poster who said this would be a deal-breaker, although I could imagine if I were shopping for a new car, it might not occur to me to even ask if the car has an oil dipstick, I’d probably assume that was a given.
What got me to thinking about this was an article I read where somebody discovered his brand new car didn’t have a spare tire, just a can of fix-a-flat and a $10 air compressor. The guy stated it never occurred to him to ask if the car had a spare tire, he just assumed that new cars come with spare tires.
I have learned a lot from reading these forums. For example, I learned about Ford Rangers where you have to remove the front bumper to change a headlight, Dodge Neons where you have to remove the front tire to access the battery, and another car I forget the name of where the battery was tucked under the back seat. All of these are what I consider dirty tricks, engineering simple things to be so difficult that you will probably return to the dealer for something you should have been able to do yourself in 10 minutes.
Test driving a new car can be seductive, because, well, because its a new car. Its easy to be distracted by the shiny paint, the new car smell, and all the bells, whistles, and gizmos. One doesn’t think about the day to day issues like checking the oil, changing a headlight or a battery, etc
So what say you? What are some more issues / questions like this which need to be answered before signing on the bottom line at the dealership?