KuroNekko wrote:I disagree with your first sentence. After all, ALL CARS have these components. Steering wheel locks were implemented to reduce vehicle theft and have made a huge impact in that. Hence, every vehicle today has one and they've been around for decades in a mechanical form. Personally, I've had more issues with my old mechanical steering wheel lock in a previous car than with the Kizashi's electronic one. Keep in mind again that the issue here isn't the technology but the fact that Suzuki used a faulty one. Hence, this issue is prevalent with Suzuki, Nissan, and Infinitis that used the same part supplier. And again, given it's a lubrication issue more than a fundamental design flaw, it's haphazard and not everyone may experience it. Ambient temperatures will also play a factor. This is likely why some people experience this issue often while others like me have never once had it act up. At least yet.
As for the automated braking, I'd agree with you. It's not necessary and I'm quite shocked that you can't turn it off. Maybe there is a way via the OBDII port. I think for most drivers in most conditions, it's useful but there are exceptions and you are one. Most people can't relate to driving in rural Pennsylvania where the Amish in their buggies are those you share the road with. For these exceptions, one should be able to turn it off. Have you checked through the CX-5 forums? I'm sure the matter has been investigated by some.
Wrong..mechanical column locks have been around forever, not electrically operated by BS software/firmware dependent black box keyless ignition system locks. And, ask the guy who can't start his car whether he gives a rat's-butt if Nissan and Infinity have the known problem. Applying too much technology to things IS the issue and problem, be it faulty or not. Because ultimately, the technology fails and we'll be experiencing the negative and overly expensive results as we are beginning to see.
Alas, mother nature has provided a way to turn off the braking system by caking icy slush all over the car's front end, which includes the PITA radar detector located directly behind the Mazda emblem. Therefore, as predicted, autonomous vehicles once again are proving to be an expensive pipe-dream and have no place on the American roads of the Northeast... at a bare minimum. On the way home in the snow the forward camera error came up almost immediately, frost on the windshield (happens alot) disabling the cruise control (below 20mph it claims) and the auto high-beams. Lane keep assist would also be disabled because of poor fwd camera can't see. However I get no warning info for that one since I have that lazy-man's system completely disabled. Even if not disabled by me, it would still be disabled not only because the camera wasn't able to see period, but the fact there are no lines to follow on an ice covered road. Then ,about halfway home, a new one...the forward facing radar disabled warning popped up for the first time, which, fully kills the braking the annoying braking (yeah, I tested it) and renders my Radar Adaptive Cruise Control completely useless. Sooo, take off front bumper cover and pack the back side of the Mazda emblem w/ play-doh, silly putty, bubble gum, plumber's putty, or the like, and that should do just fine, except I like cruise control. Sucks taking that cover off as well, I did it to install the fog lights. The Kizashi's is far easier. So all this whizz-bang techno crap that I paid too much for simply to get a 'good' stereo in the car is all but useless under real-world adverse conditions Remember...I've said it many times, automation requires repeatability. If you intend on automating something, it is imperative to deal with the exceptions, that is not an excuse. If you're going to automate something, then do it right and make it work, lest we have half-assed automation that people despise. The radar in the Mazda can be set to very low sensitivity, which tain't low enough. It can not be completely turned off via any Mazda operator controls as the lane keep assist crap can. Next time I'm at the Mazda dealer I'm going to inquire if they can disable it. I'm not voiding my regular or extended warranties by performing any hack jobs either so there's no need to search CX5 forums. Besides, after reading a couple of those sites, I'd stand a better chance of gaining a useful answer from the folks on this forum anyway.
So tell me, the masses that become accustom to the car doing what they should be doing, driving, braking, etc....how, exactly are they going to react when, despite a lawyerly approved warning that pops up on a dashboard or screen, the car doesn't stop on its own before rear ending someone or some thing (akaTesla)? Because we all know how everyone pays attention to warning lights and all....
2010 Kizashi GTS, CVT, iAWD (3/10 build date)
2011 SX4 Premium Hatch, CVT, iAWD (12/10 build date)
2018 Mazda CX-5 iAWD Touring
2014 Wrangler JKUW (GONE, traded
1991 Samurai, 5-Speed, EFI, Soft-Top (