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Old 05-03-2009, 02:14 AM   #1
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GM Please move the Stereo Steering wheel controls to the left side!

After test driving the Camaro today, I felt that this little annoying thing deserves it's own thread!

I do not understand why they put the stereo controls on the right side of the steering wheel. If my right hand is free, I can just reach for the actual stereo.........stupid. I want to be able to lower or raise the volume while I am steering and shifting. It is like this on my SKY also and really pisses me off. So I rent an Infiniti G37 last week on vacation and like all the other non-GM products I own or have owned the stereo controls are on the left..........hello that is where they should be. THe cruise control can be on the right, becuase once I activate that I am usually already in the desired gear and can take my hand from the shifter.:bangdesk:


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Old 05-03-2009, 02:45 AM   #2
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:08 AM   #3
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After test driving the Camaro today, I felt that this little annoying thing deserves it's own thread!

I do not understand why they put the stereo controls on the right side of the steering wheel. If my right hand is free, I can just reach for the actual stereo.........stupid. I want to be able to lower or raise the volume while I am steering and shifting. It is like this on my SKY also and really pisses me off. So I rent an Infiniti G37 last week on vacation and like all the other non-GM products I own or have owned the stereo controls are on the left..........hello that is where they should be. THe cruise control can be on the right, becuase once I activate that I am usually already in the desired gear and can take my hand from the shifter.:bangdesk:


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QFT!
For all the same reasons.
All the non GM vehicles I have owned are that way as well...
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:19 AM   #4
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I can understand your point but my girlfriend's GM truck has those controls, I got use to them being on the right so it really doesn't bother me! Sorry!
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:25 AM   #5
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:30 AM   #6
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maybe this...?

if you have on left...and your shifting...your left hand in playing with radio,your right is shifting...your not in control for even just that small amount of time...

if you have on right...and your shifting...your left hand is on steering wheel,your right is either playing with radio or shifting...your one hand is at least in control at all times...
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:32 AM   #7
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Old 05-03-2009, 04:35 AM   #8
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After test driving the Camaro today, I felt that this little annoying thing deserves it's own thread!

I do not understand why they put the stereo controls on the right side of the steering wheel. If my right hand is free, I can just reach for the actual stereo.........stupid. I want to be able to lower or raise the volume while I am steering and shifting. It is like this on my SKY also and really pisses me off. So I rent an Infiniti G37 last week on vacation and like all the other non-GM products I own or have owned the stereo controls are on the left..........hello that is where they should be. THe cruise control can be on the right, becuase once I activate that I am usually already in the desired gear and can take my hand from the shifter.:bangdesk:


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Right side is standard. It's so people can keep their hands on the wheel.

But what's the point if you drive a manual trans and you have your right hand on the shifter?

Go for the Automatic. Let the computer decide the most efficient gear to be in to travel at your desired speed

Manual cruise control? Do you start red-lining if you hit a steep hill?
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:34 AM   #9
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It all comes down to preference. I happen to prefer the controls on the left for the following reason:
- I usually drive with my left hand on the steering wheel more-so than my right. My right hand is usually on the shifter nob or the armrest. It is more convenient for me to change stations and adjust volume with my left hand currently.

It will be a small adjustment to get used to, but I will probably find myself using the steering wheel controls less than just reaching for the knobs.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:38 AM   #10
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I can understand your point but my girlfriend's GM truck has those controls, I got use to them being on the right so it really doesn't bother me! Sorry!


That's where they are on my 4thgen Firebird, so I'd be hitting the wrong button all the time if they were on the left. Only thing is with a stick, I might have to listen to a few bars of a bad song while I shift.

On the other hand, I'll probably be pulling up to the wrong side of the gas pump for at least a couple months.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:51 AM   #11
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Right side is standard. It's so people can keep their hands on the wheel.

But what's the point if you drive a manual trans and you have your right hand on the shifter?

Go for the Automatic. Let the computer decide the most efficient gear to be in to travel at your desired speed

Manual cruise control? Do you start red-lining if you hit a steep hill?
Well said. Just because one person wants them on the left doesnt mean everyone wants them there.
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Old 05-03-2009, 09:56 AM   #12
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maybe this...?

if you have on left...and your shifting...your left hand in playing with radio,your right is shifting...your not in control for even just that small amount of time...

if you have on right...and your shifting...your left hand is on steering wheel,your right is either playing with radio or shifting...your one hand is at least in control at all times...
im with him.
they want your hands on the wheel, but they still want you to be paying attention.
so why use to hands while driving a car..if neither is for steering?
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:06 AM   #13
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On the other hand, I'll probably be pulling up to the wrong side of the gas pump for at least a couple months.
Don't know if you're jokin' or not, but don't forget that little arrow next to the gas symbol on the dash that points to what side the gas is on. Someone showed me this a few years ago...I had never, ever noticed it before and it blew my mind!!! (j/k)
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:06 AM   #14
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:09 AM   #15
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I had never, ever noticed it before and it blew my mind!!! (j/k)
LOL I probably won't see it. As in, it's been mentioned here before and I totally forgot!
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:15 AM   #16
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I know what you mean.....its on the left on my Nissan Titan, and when I use my dads Chevy I get all confused. I do prefer the left side myself.
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Old 05-03-2009, 10:36 AM   #17
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Auto trans. Both hands on the wheel with thumbs for radio, cruise controls and index fingers on the paddle shifters.
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As taught at Spring Mountain, you're not supposed to drive with your hand resting on the shifter. After a shift, your hand should always return to the proper driving position on the steering wheel.
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Old 05-03-2009, 02:13 PM   #21
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Right side is standard. It's so people can keep their hands on the wheel.

But what's the point if you drive a manual trans and you have your right hand on the shifter?

Go for the Automatic. Let the computer decide the most efficient gear to be in to travel at your desired speed

Manual cruise control? Do you start red-lining if you hit a steep hill?
I had a car with manual and cruise control. Only problem was in the mountains and the cruise kicked off when the engine started bogging down.

I'm used to the radio controls on my right. In the wifes Sky they are almost pointless because you are so close to the radio anyway as far as volume goes.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:58 PM   #24
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I only posted this to see if this bothered others besides me. I am not whinning so f'up. I will suck it up and take it like a man to get my Camaro, but it seems so obvious to me that it is a matter of poor thinking.

Besides, Some of you are missing the point. If your right hand is free to use the stereo steering wheel controls than you can just use your right hand on the actual stereo.

I currently own two 5 speed manuals, a Sky Redline and a Honda CR-V that I drive to work. The Honda is on the left and I can adjust the stereo in NY City Bumper to Bumper traffic, when it is not as easy to remove your right hand from the shifter. With the SKY I always use the controls on the front of the stereo because if I have to wait for the right hand to free up, I might as well got to the source.

BTW: Honda, Nissan, Infiniti, VW, Subaru, Toyota and many others have the stereo controls on the left.
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I had a car with manual and cruise control. Only problem was in the mountains and the cruise kicked off when the engine started bogging down.

I'm used to the radio controls on my right. In the wifes Sky they are almost pointless because you are so close to the radio anyway as far as volume goes.
That's the beautiful thing about an automatic transmission with cruise control... it'll down-shift for you so you maintain a constant speed.
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