Pontiac G6 Review

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Apples and oranges. The beef would be with the government that requires the seatbelts...not with GM. Your example doesn't impact GM sales for two reasons. It isn't GM's fault that seatbelts are forced on people AND no one can buy another brand car without the seatbelts either. With DRLs, it *IS* GM's fault they're forced on you and you *CAN* buy just about any other make of car without them. Bottom line. Customers make choices...they always do! Either GM gives them the choice OR they find the choice elsewhere. Quite a simple concept..heh!?
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I abandonded the in car 8- Track in 1986. Tapes kept coming off the spool and not playing right.
Harryface ؿ 1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE 301,365 miles
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Wow Haryface! You lasted longer than most of us! I'm now waiting for the car audio system to come with a USP port and that can hold ALL of my MP3/WMA music files...almost 1800 of them and counting. Since I worked out a way to "capture" music my old 1960's and 1970's LP and 45 records to music files, I've been listening to music I haven't listened to for probably 10-15 (or more) years! Getting them all on a small digital music player (a.k.a. MP3 player) sure makes it convenient! Having a car system that could natively hold them would be even better yet!
There you go GM. There is a idea you could be 1st to market with! Give me a car with a built in MP3/WMA player and give me *total* control of the lights and other systems and I'll buy one of your cars tomorrow!
I abandonded the in car 8- Track in 1986. Tapes kept coming off the spool and not playing right.
Harryface ؿ 1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE 301,365 miles
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James, here's some good news for you. I've found that you can burn hundreds of songs in MP3 format onto a regular CD-R disk that will play in newer car CD players. I have a single disk with over 500 tunes, burned in MP3 format, from the '60's and '70's.
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I'll have to give that a shot! Thanks! -Jim
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James, I actually stumbled across that discovery while playing around with my Nero Express software and I was amazed that it works. To be honest, I still cannot figure out how it works. I know that MP3's are much smaller files, but the CD turns at a certain speed and I just can't fathom how one CD spinning at a certain RPM can actually hold so many MP3's. But it does! If you can explain how it works, please enlighten me.
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When music is written to a CD, it itakes about 10 megabytes of data to encode one minute of audio.
The MP3 process "squeezes" ( encodes ) the data, so it only takes about 1 megabyte per minute of audio.
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That's about right. And, if you encode the MP3 at a lower bitrate, you can get even more songs on a CD. The caveat is that quality of the sound goes down as the MP3 bitrate does. Most people use 128KBPs bitrate as a compromise.
I haven't tried this yet. Most of my music is in WMA (Microsoft's competing audio compression technology), so I would need to convert them to MP3, I'd bet.
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And, unless state laws say otherwise, you have the option to do that if you desire...as it should be.
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On Wed, 6 Apr 2005 23:24:43 -0400, someone posing as James C. Reeves donned fireproof bloomers and chiseled in the wall:

Um, yeah. That's problem.
Riiight.
/me shakes head in amazement...
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I like the day time running lights, I dont have to worry about turning my lights on manually at night. I can use my time more wisely and focus on more important tasks at hand like steering the car. Statistics clearly show that .762% of all accidents are caused while people take there eyes of the road to turn there lights on at night!
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The tail/marker lights are not illuminated with the daytime running lights...which is not a good thing at night. So one still needs to turn on the regular lights at night on most vehicles. The exception are the vehicles with auto light controls. Regardless, even the vehicles with automatic light control still need manual light control intervention for situations like daytime fog/snow, etc. where the auto controls aren't very reliable at turning the regular lights on in those situations (as most state laws require).
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"James C. Reeves" wrote:

DRLS are really a bad idea for many reasons. See here for rants & raves: http://dms.dot.gov/search/searchResultsSimple.cfm SEARCH on: 4124 17243 8885
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DLR's are good and thats all that needs to be said....I dont want to talk about it anymore!

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Yes, he is confused. Seen it time-and-time again in this NG...which obviously is fairly typical of quite a few people that own GM vehicles. It's just a example of yet another problem with GM's control designs and systems implementations. But, now we're getting off topic...except perhaps how a car with confusing, a-typical (or some say, non-standard) operating controls might negatively influence repeat buyers...assuming the existing customers even figure out that they are confused (this one hasn't and neither have many others that have posted here over the years). I suppose it does/can have some negative impact to sales though!
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