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The Big Red Button and other Gadgets

What is it with us men and gadgets? especially big red buttons! (c'mon guys - you can't tell me that wasn't the first thing you pressed when you sat in a Civic??)

I know that my wife is dreading me getting my civic as she knows (from experience) that within 20 minutes I will have disabled some feature or other!

Worse still is my brother, a 28 year old paramedic with OCD when it comes to buttons, I went to visit him once in a hire car (renault espace) and within 2 minutes he had changed the language, lost all the stereo presets and disabled the electronic handbrake!

So what's your favourite toy in the civic? mine has to be the aforementioned red button, pretty pointless I know when you still have to turn a key first, but I can't resist.

5...4...3...2...1...Ignition!! 8)
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My favorite has to be the rear view camera, especially when in a tight space
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The satnav is my favourite toy. I like fishing in some difficult to find spots and it's been great getting me there! Second favourite is the loud pedal under my right foot
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The satnav is certainly up there, but to be honest I think the ambient lights, especially with the addition of the blue LED interior light.
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The "button" under my right foot.
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The "button" under my right foot.
That's the one for me too.
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I like the middle pedal too.
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Hmm I guess you guys are right, although not owning a civic yet (only 38 more days 8)) I can't comment much on the performance, so for now I will have to content my self with looking at pictures and hearing stories from you lot about how good they are to drive.

Sigh.... 38 days
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The Cruise Control is my favourite gadget as that's the only thing between me and losing my license.
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Cruise control YES! Keeps speed under check!

I like the cooled glove box, great for putting sarnies in on a day out.
Glass roof, rear passangers love it!
I thought I would be banging on about how great the dual zoze climate control is, but to be honest, it rarely gets used...
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There's too many to mention!
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automatic wipers are very nice

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Cruise control YES! Keeps speed under check!

I like the cooled glove box, great for putting sarnies in on a day out.
Glass roof, rear passangers love it!
I thought I would be banging on about how great the dual zoze climate control is, but to be honest, it rarely gets used...
Power folding mirrors
rear 12v supply
There's too many to mention!
You should Use the Climate Control, otherwise you'll have problems with it. Mines on all the time.
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What happens to the Climate Control if it doesn't get used enough?
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I know if it is not used for a while it can start to smell, its a lovely warm place for bacteria to live and they can make it smell a little musty. I am not sure of the mechanical reasons, but I always leave mine on Auto, its easier than messing about.
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Its to do with the lubricating oil contained in the refrigerant. If its not used very often, certain things could seize up.
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Oh yeah! I remember someone telling me that the "monday blues" were something to do with the bacteria that had been growing the AC over the weekend being blasted into the office where the lucky employees filtered it out through their lungs!

Oh well, gives an excuse to leave it on all the time
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voice activation, spooks my collegues when I talk to the car it finishes the star trek experience of the whole cockpit look and feel.
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I have to say at the moment it's definitely voice activation and mp3 capability that is doing it for me, HFT would be good if the bluetooth connection didn't drain my phones battery in 12 hours
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dtm, its a pain having to keep the phone charged up, I used to have a cradle which did the job for you, nice not to have a cradle bolted to the dash, but a pain to have to get a cig lighter charger, ruins the look.
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I have just left the phone in the boot, plugged in to the socket there. The Bluetooth works perfectly.

The downside is that the HFT microphone is so appallingly bad that I have to shout myself hoarse for the person at the other end of the phone to hear
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