• Alfa Romeo 164. Contemporary magazines always gave the Alfa stick because the scribblers couldn't just get in the car and figure it out without consulting the manual. I guess that is a problem if you drive 5 different cars a week, but I always thought it was a fine example of cool Italian design.

    [img] 2.bp.blogspot.com/-aBeyz2H7XF4/UKXiHFmjATI/AAAAAAAAC-Q/caV4iPCI2BU/s1600/1991ALFAROMEO164SINSIDE%2B1.jpg[/img]

    • @Gianni – I guess the Italians have never driven in a snow storm, where you are juggling heater controls like a madman, while wearing the equivalent of Mickey Mouse hands.

    • B! Not that my opinion counts for much but I drove mine in SLC – in the snow – and, as everyone knows, I'm not the greatest snow-driver (is that English?). I got used to it surprisingly quickly and could operate the controls without looking; something I can't do with many of the new touchscreens these days.

      G knows I know where the radio is from, so I won't answer. If you don't know already, it will surprise you! Very cool bit of trivia, G.

    • I know where it is from. Fun piece of trivia.

      @Bobinott – You probably wouldn't have any heat in such a cold climate by the time you got to your destination anyway. It is typical pre-FIAT Alfa: Runs cool at about 175 – 185. In the mild winter climate where I live it took about 5 miles before I got any heat out of the car.

    • No, I KNOW you know where it's from G. I meant the global DT population. You know, them…from the deepest, darkest part of the interwebz…

      [img] i.imgur.com/6gG4a8N.jpg?1[/img]

    • I remember being very surprised by the answer (who makes the 164 stereo). It's actually rather complicated.

    • Correct, William Robinson! Way to go. There's more to the answer, but you're right.

      [img] i.imgur.com/8BmPelL.jpg?1[/img]

  • Much to my frustration, 2008-2011 NA Ford Focus. They replaced the "direction" selector with a group of relatively small buttons, which you must take your eyes off the road to operate. They are also awkward when wearing winter gloves. It is the only car I have ever owned where I ask my co-pilot to make the selection, depending on traffic conditions.

    [img] thumbs.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/mC4V6eqPCCqwkamt_eKF9BA.jpg[/img]

    At least with the proper knob on the previous generations, you could just grab it and step through the settings without looking at them.

    • p.s. (so it doesn't count as breaking the multiple sequential post rule!):

      Don't even get me started about the absolute stupidity of touch screens for such controls. Come and drive one mid-winter commute with me, and you will understand.

  • 2005-2010 Honda Odyssey equipped with Navigation received this setup
    [img] i.ytimg.com/vi/4nHBhIngJU4/maxresdefault.jpg[/img]

  • Saab 9-3, 2003-2010? with the automated climate control
    [img] fop-dortmund.de/cms/upload/bilder/news/93_ACC.jpg[/img]

    • True. One of my favorite Saab AC controls are the arrows on the right dial…I owned one of these and am still a little mystified at what they all do…
      [img] saabsunited.com/upload/images2009/02/great_moments_in_saab_design_-_saab_900_hvac_system/Saab900HVACcontrols.jpg[/img]

    • This is actually the optimal control layout for someone who wants control. Left is fan, middle is temperature, right is where the air comes out. AC means whether the AC is engaged (otherwise cranking the temp down gets you nothing below ambient air + whatever heat it picks up in the ducts) and the car-pic with the arrow in it means 'shut off outside air and recirculate what's inside' which will cool faster with the AC on (it's what other cars get with their 'max AC' settings).

      Saab 900 '79-93.

    • Wow, sliders! I had almost forgotten them. When Fords used them in the 1980s, they were self adjusting, by sliding full right, then full left, then back to whatever setting you wanted. Worked very well, and dead simple to repair.

    • Fine. Here you go. Here's mine – with a/c. Sorry for the blurry piccy; I took it while sitting at a stoplight.

      [img] i.imgur.com/kvgmnep.jpg?1[/img]

  • BMW E30. Sliders and two knobs. Why? Because they are so focused on making the ultimate driving machine, I guess.

  • Lexus ES300 system. I personally thought it was nicely layed out, and the car had fantastic A/C/heating abilities.

    [img] i.ebayimg.com/00/s/MTIwMFgxNjAw/z/tP8AAOxy3NBSgcxx/$_35.JPG[/img]

  • Citroen 2CV (come on, you knew I was going to do it….)

    The heat control slider is up under the wiper motor, on the passenger side of the dash (still easily reached by the driver). It directly operates a cable to flapper doors on shrouds around the exhaust pipes near the head.

    [img] specialiste-2cv-voitures-anciennes.com/photo/image/336.000.gif[/img]

    The "direction" control is just a little push-pull knob near the floor, which pushes a flap to direct heat to the floor, the windscreen, or sort of both, at the centre detent.

    [img] images.forum-auto.com/mesimages/1069351/2cvrnov35.jpg[/img]

    And unlike a VW Bug, the heater actually works.

    • More useless Saab trivia: those head units were built by Alpine in Japan.

      Note that Saab 9000 has a Ford Taurus, etc. cointray/cupholder insert in one of the two single-DIN slots under the HVAC control. The Turbos and Aeros usually had that slot filled with the Clarion CD player/equalizer…

  • So when has three knobs ever been 'standard'?

    Looking at the double-digit number of cars around here, I have none with twisty-knobs, lots of levers and buttons and sliders and a wheel but no twisty-knobs.

    I won't have time to post any of them today.

  • Okay, I'll do one: Taurus/SHO EATC:

    [img] rcmautomotive.com/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/sho-eatc.jpg[/img]

    • My vote for one of the most insane dashboards ever created. This image doesn't even remotely display how mental it truly is.

      [img] i.imgur.com/hgQBIHw.jpg?1[/img]

  • Volvo S60 doesn't really have knobs, save for the temperature..


  • Audi C5 A6/S6/RS6:

    [img] c1521972.r72.cf0.rackcdn.com/img/news/C5A6ClimateControllarge20110608084401_large.jpg[/img]

  • Infiniti M series based on the Nissan Fuga (2005-2010). I have a 2007 M35, with these controls:

    [img] media.caranddriver.com/images/media/35750/2006-infiniti-m35-sport-audio-climate-controls-and-navigation-display-photo-39144-s-1280×782.jpg[/img]

  • B13 Sentra used sliders – my 1993 SE-R had these. Actually many 1990s cars used sliders, which were largely carryovers of 60s/70s/80s designs. The controls in my 1986 T-Bird were remarkably similar, for example, to those in my 1970 Mustang – just with modernized colors/graphics.

    [img] se-r.strictlyeta.net/pictures/sale/interior01.jpg[/img]

  • GMT800 trucks, this is I think the early dual-zone version:

    [img] i1132.photobucket.com/albums/m571/oakley6575/IMG_0692.jpg[/img]

    and the later electronic dual-zone version:

    [img] i.ytimg.com/vi/N6zAoPPCau8/hqdefault.jpg[/img]

  • Prius C:

    [img] media.ed.edmunds-media.com/toyota/prius-c/2012/lt/2012_toyota_prius-c_cc_lt_190413_600.jpg[/img]

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