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So, I'm bringing my new-to-me car home and...

You all know the excitement when it comes to buying a vehicle, whether it be new or used. For some like myself, this hasn't been very many times in my lifetime (I tend to hold on to everything for long time) so it's usually pretty damn exciting. I'd already driven the car, made a visit to look it over, etc so when the wife and I carpooled the 2 hours to the location, you can imagine the thrill.

We get there, everything goes smoothly, paperwork, exchange of funds, etc. I don't know about every one else, but that first start when it's yours is different than the previous times. You're looking to get things in order for the ride home, like radio station (yeah, radio, because there was no aux in, had no CD, no BT), set the seats and mirrors, and so forth. I'm still in awe with all the neat bells and whistles this car has, far more than anything I've ever had before.

It's about 15 minutes of rural back roads before the freeway and halfway there I notice there's no way I'm going to make it home on the gas that's in the car. I know there's a gas station right before getting on the freeway so I'm ok there.

I pull in, taking care not to get too close to those yellow concrete filled poles and exit the car, making sure that I don't appear to be some wierdo can't stop openly admiring his own car (you know those people). I slide my CC, answer the onscreen questionaire and turn around.... whoops, forgot a step.

I slip back in the car and start looking for the gas door lock release. Got to be there somewhere on the left of the seat, in the kick area, along the door sill, somewhere right? I know it took a minute to find the trunk button and that's right out in the open. So where the hell is it?

After a couple relaxing sighs I text the guy I just bought the car from, but of coarse no immediate answer. I take another thorough look. Nothing. I start Google searching and eventually it lands me here.

Imagine my disbelief when I conclude that with all the bells and whistles, technology, there is NOT a gas door lock! I'm still dumbfounded every time I fill up.

So, what are you surprised the car doesn't come standard with?

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Yep, clearly remember the same thing after picking up my 07 model and looking everywhere to find the release button.
I found it surprising myself.



I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather.. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.
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Gas is so expensive in canada the first thing I did was put
a locking gas cap on it.About $1.20 a litre($5.20a gallon)
But I know that is cheap compared to other countries.I
think a locking gas filler is a important feature on an expensive
car if only to curtail vandalism.Ray.
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Gas is gas, be it a lawn mower or a LFA!

I here ya. Can you tether those locking caps like the stock one? Never thought about it.
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I slip back in the car and start looking for the gas door lock release. Got to be there somewhere on the left of the seat, in the kick area, along the door sill, somewhere right? I know it took a minute to find the trunk button and that's right out in the open. So where the hell is it?

After a couple relaxing sighs I text the guy I just bought the car from, but of coarse no immediate answer. I take another thorough look. Nothing. I start Google searching and eventually it lands me here.

Imagine my disbelief when I conclude that with all the bells and whistles, technology, there is NOT a gas door lock! I'm still dumbfounded every time I fill up.

So, what are you surprised the car doesn't come standard with?
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Yep, clearly remember the same thing after picking up my 07 model and looking everywhere to find the release button.
I found it surprising myself.
I'm surprised the two of you could find the ignition, much less the fuel filler door.

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Any auto parts, walmart etc,sell them$5-20.00.I do not have
mine tethered,but I suppose you could easily fix some thing suitable.Ray
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I'm surprised the two of you could find the ignition, much less the fuel filler door.
Funny. Though I don't think the location of the door itself is what was in question.

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Funny. Though I don't think the location of the door itself is what was in question.

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Do tell us about more things that surprised you. My "aha" moment was when I found the memory button for the seats, steering column extend/tilt & mirrors.

Then there was the realization that the ash tray would pop open during hard acceleration. Now that was a bit disconcerting the first time it happened.
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The doors. I grew up with my dad always getting on us about slamming the car doors unnecessarily. Since he would fix, repair, or replace anything he could himself, he would get irritated that we might be wearing out something quicker than need be.

And you know what? You guessed it, I became him! The doors all shut so nicely, with so little effort. Then there's the 4 sex trophies that I'm constantly jumping on for slamming the doors. Don't even get me started about the wife. Honestly, they are getting better. You should see the looks I get when I have to tell them that the truck door isn't shut, and need to slam it.

On the opposite end of the scale, what's up with the trunk? It's so 1995 like, not wanting to shut and lock. I'm like a chauffeur out there lifting school backpacks in and out of it so they don't drag 'em over the weather stripping and paint.

My gawd, I've become more anal than before, something I didn't think was possible.
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Oh boy can I relate to that. My wife has the habit of slamming doors.

I'll tell her it ain't her dad's old '49 Chev pickup that became her play structure back in the day before it totally oxidized and she'll start taking it easy. But then she forgets and starts slamming it again. She does the same thing to my new Ram! Sometimes I'm tempted to put her head in the door jamb and slam the door. Maybe then she'd get the message.
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