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Five car features that are going the way of the dinosaurs

Pop-up headlights, cassette players and roll-up windows are things that only people of a certain age will remember.

2y ago
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BY MITCHELL TULK

As vehicles continue to evolve, some car features are beginning to disappear and are being replaced by whatever is considered superior.

Here are five items that you're unlikely to see on future cars.

1. Manual gearbox

Who gives a shift?

Who gives a shift?

For years we've been hearing that stick shifting is on the way out and, while it’s true, there are some cars that continue to fly the manual flag.

However, how long can it last? People are getting lazier and a lot of manufacturers are beginning to offer cars with only automatic transmissions.

My suggestion is to make the most of the manual gearbox while still you can.

2. Manual handbrake

A boy doesn't become a man until he uses this. (image credit: Grimmer Motors)

A boy doesn't become a man until he uses this. (image credit: Grimmer Motors)

Manufacturers are turning away from the manual handbrake in favour of an electric version for a number of reasons.

Having a button instead of a lever frees up more space and it's safer in a side-on collision (nobody wants a handbrake in the leg).

Yet, the biggest question I have is: how are 17-year old boys going to impress girls with well-executed handbrake turns without the traditional handbrake?

3. CD players

When was the last time you used a CD player? Seriously? (image credit: Heartland Motors)

When was the last time you used a CD player? Seriously? (image credit: Heartland Motors)

Cassettes replaced eight-tracks, CDs replaced cassettes and now CDs are being replaced by online music streaming.

With the introduction of Bluetooth, which allows anyone to play whatever music they have on their phone through a car, CDs players are becoming redundent.

Surprisingly, cars such as the Audi A8 and R8 have CD players, simply because the buyers are the type of people who still use CDs.

4. Cigarette lighters

Oi Damo, give us ya lighter! (image credit: Car From Japan)

Oi Damo, give us ya lighter! (image credit: Car From Japan)

It’s been a while since the majority of new cars were sold with a cigarette lighter, seeing as it's no longer the '70s and people now know smoking kills.

The in-car lighter was phased out (mostly) and replaced by a 12-volt socket, but similar to CD players the odd manufacturer still puts a cigarette lighter in some models.

Audi has a lighter for back passengers in the RS6 wagon, while you’ll also find one in the front of a Hyundai Tucson.

5. Analogue dials

Fifty years down the track these dials will still work. (image credit: Peter Anderson)

Fifty years down the track these dials will still work. (image credit: Peter Anderson)

Originally, digital gauges were reserved for high-end supercars and luxury cars, but nowadays they are filtering down into mainstream models.

The Mazda CX-9, Ford Mustang, and Volkswagen Golf are just some examples, which can be had with a digital instrument cluster and the list is growing.

Digital dials offer the benefit of a more accurate speed reading compared to analogue ones, but if something goes wrong just think of how expensive it would be to fix.

What car feature will you miss? Let us know in the comments.

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Comments (82)

  • IF IT SHIFT IT DRIFT IF NOT DAMD BUY A CAR THAT DO :)

      2 years ago
  • I've got all of those and wind up windows!

      2 years ago
  • Would definitely miss Manual shift and manual handbrake the most...

      2 years ago
  • It’s about time door mirrors disappeared.

      2 years ago
    • Not sure if it’s true but I once heard a story of a maniac conservationists who went round at night smashing door mirrors on cars on the street.........

        2 years ago
    • Not sure about that... I'd rather lose a mirror than a more expensive camera.

        2 years ago
  • The only one I care about is the handbrake, but I don't see why it can't be replaced with an equally good electronic version. Not the push button parking brake of course, rather like a brake bias button/paddle that can be used together with the normal brake pedal.

      2 years ago
    • Why not a pneumatic handbrake equipped on the dash as rally cars and four point harnesses as standard?

        2 years ago
    • The "handbrake" is a very misunderstood safety device. Not only does it stop the car rolling away, it also serves as a last-ditch saviour when the service brakes fail. I don't feel safe in a car without a mechanical emergency brake, an engine...

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