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Old 02-26-2007, 08:47 PM   #1
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Steering Wheel Radio Controls

Hello. I'm new to the site (though I've been trolling for a little while). I'm quite excited to see a new camaro on the streets. I've owned 2, but went to the Pontiac side for the 4th gen cars.

My first question to post is, will the 5th gen have the steering wheel mounted radio controls? I have them on my TA and love them, and I see most of the new Chevy's have them including the Vette. But neither of the concepts have them, and the design of the steering wheel used doesn't seem like a good fit.

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Old 02-26-2007, 09:02 PM   #2
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First, welcome Bart!

That's an interesting question. Thinking about the steering wheel in the concept, I'm not sure if that one we see will make production as I don't know that it'll hold an airbag?

So, if there is another "design" for the steering wheel, I would venture to guess that wheel mounted audio/cruise control would be a good possibility.

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Old 02-26-2007, 09:07 PM   #3
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I personally expect them to be an option since they're pretty common nowadays. I had them in my '02 Camaro. Loved 'em, up until I changed the head unit and then they were useless.

But I'm not so interested in changing out the head unit's anymore, so will make full use of them in a 5th Gen. And the way most cars are going with these unique radio controls, it's getting harder to switch them out anyway.

Radio and Cruise on the wheel would be nice.
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Old 02-26-2007, 10:16 PM   #4
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I have steering wheel controls and an airbag on my GMC

Great question. That is one of the creature comforts I have grown to appreciate for sure
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Old 02-26-2007, 11:46 PM   #5
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I dont find a use for them when i drive my moms 2002 GMC Envoy i always find myself reaching down to the controls. Also i dont know who all here is getting a stick which would make the volume controls pretty well useless as the volume controls are on the right hand side of the steering. Another thought of mine is what will the sterio be will it be similar to the 10 speaker in the GTO or something even better?
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:27 AM   #6
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Hope it's all Boston Acoustics. That would be sweet! As for the steering wheel controls, adapters are sold for aftermarket head units so the steering wheel controls can still be used. They're out there.
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I dont find a use for them when i drive my moms 2002 GMC Envoy i always find myself reaching down to the controls. Also i dont know who all here is getting a stick which would make the volume controls pretty well useless as the volume controls are on the right hand side of the steering. Another thought of mine is what will the sterio be will it be similar to the 10 speaker in the GTO or something even better?
There are plenty of chances to use the right side controls with a manual transmission
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Old 02-27-2007, 09:12 AM   #8
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Thanks for the welcome Ed. I'm in the camp, that I will probably keep this car stock, so I hope they include these options.
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Our Civic has them. It is funny becasue when we were shopping for it, I had to convince my wife to get them becasue I always wanted them. Now that I have them I never use them, I always reach over and manually turn the knob.

However, I would probably still get them on my Camaro if they were an option....
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I think it is a good idea, but I like the wheel that is on it.
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Old 02-27-2007, 12:38 PM   #11
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Welcome to site..........I would have to say that it would be on the new car. Might come with an uplevel option....I hope it does anyway....
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I think those controls would be neat cuz i've never used them before. Another feature that would be cool is the remote start. My friend with a new HHR that has it and its pretty sweet. Except idk how well it might work with a manual tranny
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Old 02-28-2007, 06:21 AM   #13
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I think those controls would be neat cuz i've never used them before. Another feature that would be cool is the remote start. My friend with a new HHR that has it and its pretty sweet. Except idk how well it might work with a manual tranny
It will NOT work with the manual tranny because you have to fully depress the clutch before it will start. It's a safety interlock.
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I think those controls would be neat cuz i've never used them before. Another feature that would be cool is the remote start. My friend with a new HHR that has it and its pretty sweet. Except idk how well it might work with a manual tranny
I DEFINITELY want Remote Start on my Camaro even if I have to have it installed aftermarket.

Don't want a manual, so I don't have to worry about that.
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I DEFINITELY want Remote Start on my Camaro even if I have to have it installed aftermarket.

Don't want a manual, so I don't have to worry about that.
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lol why are so many people afraid of the big bad manual transmission. Its not rocket science I learned to drive a stick in a day to the point where I could get around town. Now I can drive stick with my eyes shut. I like the added control over the vehicle. I will never have a winter vehicle without a manual transmision it has saved my butt more than once having the engine assist me in braking on bad surfaces. Not that I will be driving my camaro in the snow, but you never when you will need to stop in a big hurry. I have heard of several people putting remote starts in manuals. its not safe or legal where I live. you better make sure it is in neutral or you can be looking for your vehicle down the street.
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lol why are so many people afraid of the big bad manual transmission. Its not rocket science I learned to drive a stick in a day to the point where I could get around town. Now I can drive stick with my eyes shut. I like the added control over the vehicle. I will never have a winter vehicle without a manual transmision it has saved my butt more than once having the engine assist me in braking on bad surfaces. Not that I will be driving my camaro in the snow, but you never when you will need to stop in a big hurry. I have heard of several people putting remote starts in manuals. its not safe or legal where I live. you better make sure it is in neutral or you can be looking for your vehicle down the street.
I don't think people are "afraid' of a manual as much as would just rather not have to deal with it. This is especially true if you live in a big city and have to deal with stop and go traffic on a consistent basis. While I was living in Chicago, there is no way in hell I would drive a manual transmission car as my daily driver. Now that i live in Indy, I am not too concerned about it and will definitely be getting a manual....
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I don't think people are "afraid' of a manual as much as would just rather not have to deal with it. This is especially true if you live in a big city and have to deal with stop and go traffic on a consistent basis. While I was living in Chicago, there is no way in hell I would drive a manual transmission car as my daily driver. Now that i live in Indy, I am not too concerned about it and will definitely be getting a manual....
I know most here disagree, but to me manual shifting is just such a chore.

The couple times I was being taught I really disliked it. For one I can't get nearly as comfortable since I usually sit with my left leg bent rather than stretched out. That doesn't work well when you have a clutch you're supposed to use with your left foot...

Though I'm willing to give the whole paddle shift thing a try, so I hope that's on the Camaro.
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lol why are so many people afraid of the big bad manual transmission. Its not rocket science I learned to drive a stick in a day to the point where I could get around town. Now I can drive stick with my eyes shut. I like the added control over the vehicle. I will never have a winter vehicle without a manual transmision it has saved my butt more than once having the engine assist me in braking on bad surfaces. Not that I will be driving my camaro in the snow, but you never when you will need to stop in a big hurry. I have heard of several people putting remote starts in manuals. its not safe or legal where I live. you better make sure it is in neutral or you can be looking for your vehicle down the street.
I like the manual trans, my comment referred to the remote start
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m6 isn't hard at all. Sure, when you're learning it's pretty tough. I tought my younger brother in minutes how to drive a my m6. He stalled it twice, but got the feel and was fine. After driving it for a while, you get used to it and there's no problems. So far, there's only been one time that I have not like driving a manual and that was when I was treking through about 2 hours of stop and go traffic in Austin. If I had to deal w/ that every day, I could honestly say I'd get an auto w/out a second thought.
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