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The Worst Car Features That Drivers Can’t Stand

Sometimes automakers design new features with the genuine intention of improving the lives of the drivers who use them. Enhancements can be implemented to streamline style, add convenience, or improve function. But other times, those features become more of a hassle than they’re worth. When that happens, owners are more than willing to band together to complain about the worst features they absolutely can’t stand.

When interior tech upgrades aren’t all they’ve cracked up to be

One VW owner expressed frustration with the outside temperature warning. Heart attacks ensue when all of a sudden, a loud and incessant beeping starts, to warn the driver it’s 39 degrees (F) or less outside. Other vehicle owners chimed in about annoying warnings, probably intended for safety awareness, that can catch a driver off guard. Of course, being aware of potential black ice or slick roadway hazards is essential. But being put on high alert suddenly can cause a bit more panic than necessary.

There’s also always nothing like having a great feature you don’t know how to turn on or that requires a series of hurdles to activate. One Lincoln MKX owner pointed out not having a button to activate the heating steering wheel. Instead, the owner is required to go into the infotainment menu and navigate additional steps to activate the heat.

An Acura TLX owner chimed in that their vehicle has a button for the heated steering wheel, but they have to use the infotainment selection to activate the heated seats. Others joined in with similar sentiments and frustrations for other features that require touchscreen sub-menu selections, instead of a physical button. The end-all frustration? Having to do it all over again every time the car is turned off.

When there’s too much or not enough

Automakers may never win the cup holder battle. Some vehicles don’t have enough, while others offer too many. One vehicle owner even complained about the cup holders of her E39 being too small to fit any sized coffee mug. Others complained of having to fold down trays to access their cup holders.

Speaking of other features that have seemingly disappeared from many vehicles without consumers noticing, you may want to check your vehicle for a spare tire. In an effort to make vehicles lighter and to conserve trunk space, many newer models have begun to transition away from spare tires altogether. To replace those spares, vehicles often offer an inflator kit instead. Owners of all kinds of vehicle models commented with utter hatred for having experienced a flat tire situation, only to find an ineffective inflator kit in the trunk.

Is it true “they just don’t make them like they used to”?

One commenter on the Reddit thread about annoying features expressed his disdain for his 1992 Corvette’s chassis. He said it flexes so much that if his rear corner is elevated, the car’s hood won’t open. Hilarity ensued when others shared similar Corvette stories about having to open all the doors and hoods before performing any work on the car, to avoid breaking anything. Another pointed out hitting speed bumps just right might cause the doors to unlatch altogether.

M2, Mustang, and BRZ owners chimed in about the nuisance their frameless windows are. They complained about the automatic up and down, with each opening and closing of the car door. Others spoke about the widow seals wearing to the point that the window starts to rattle. Also common for those in more wintery climates, the frustration that comes with the windows freezing to the seals and either not opening correctly or damaging the seals.