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Old 08-24-2011, 09:30 AM   #141
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For me, the Parking Assist functionality is useless, but since it had everything else I wanted decided I'd go ahead and accept it (plus the dealer discounted it further since it was a selling point).

Anyways....I'm tickled to death I have it now because it's been a blast to engage it when I have someone in the car and they're not aware, especially kids. They totally freak out when the car starts backing itself into a space...totally freak out! I usually get it setup without telling them, then when it gives me the info all is good, I pick my hands up and look them straight in the eye while the car does it's thing. You have to look them in the eyes because their expression is priceless and it REALLY pays off if they're in the back seat!

Truth be known, it still freaks me out too. It's a bit disturbing to not be in control while it zips into a space...and it does...it zips. Absolutely wastes no time in doing it.
Wow -- this makes me wish I had that feature, just so I could see the expressions on people's faces

"what's going on??? why is the car parking itself???"
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:36 AM   #142
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For me, the Parking Assist functionality is useless, but since it had everything else I wanted decided I'd go ahead and accept it (plus the dealer discounted it further since it was a selling point).

Anyways....I'm tickled to death I have it now because it's been a blast to engage it when I have someone in the car and they're not aware, especially kids. They totally freak out when the car starts backing itself into a space...totally freak out! I usually get it setup without telling them, then when it gives me the info all is good, I pick my hands up and look them straight in the eye while the car does it's thing. You have to look them in the eyes because their expression is priceless and it REALLY pays off if they're in the back seat!

Truth be known, it still freaks me out too. It's a bit disturbing to not be in control while it zips into a space...and it does...it zips. Absolutely wastes no time in doing it.
It's not useless to me. I've already used it for real once and can easily see myself using it once or twice a month. And I've passed up spots on the left side of one-way streets before because it's a PITA. Not any more.

First time I tried it in mine was just a demo for a friend who wanted to see it. It picked a spot I would never have dared to try myself. It had to go back and forth twice more after the initial entry into the spot, but wound up dead center and nicely snugged to the curb. Impressed both of us.
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:43 AM   #143
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...I've passed up spots on the left side of one-way streets before because it's a PITA. Not any more.
I've never tried the auto-parking on the left side of a one-way street. Does the US version do this!?
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Old 08-24-2011, 10:45 AM   #144
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I've never tried the auto-parking on the left side of a one-way street. Does the US version do this!?
yep! turn on your left turn signal...it then looks on the left!
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The one thing I miss is some type small storage cubby for coins. The small area where I rest my left foot should have something to prevent the carpet from getting worn out and dirty. I rigged something up myself.

The messed up part is that some of the Euro Focuses have a pull out change drawer under the headlamp knob.
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yep! turn on your left turn signal...it then looks on the left!
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actually when you turn on the left turn signal it looks on both sides of the street. at least that's what i read somewhere.

i tried it out a few times, was very impressed with it. it got me into a spot i would have never tried on my own. unfortunately getting out of that spot was a bit tricky, took a few back-and-forth maneuvers, so be careful where you let it park you! it will get you in, but it does not to work to get you out (it should, but i can see why this would be dangerous).

i will rarely use it as i rarely park in a city street environment, but it is kind of nice to have. i do like the rear camera though!
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Old 08-25-2011, 08:01 AM   #148
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yep! turn on your left turn signal...it then looks on the left!
what does it do when you have hazards on? :scratchchin: :P
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what does it do when you have hazards on? :scratchchin: :P
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The room in the hatchback was very limited due to the full size spare. I removed the spare, and all the styrofoam inserts and put the amp in the spare tire well, and put the OEM cover back on. Gives you a lot more room for road trips/vacations. Better have the roadside assitance though LOL.
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