I really have a strong dislike of the “idiot lights” in a car. Give me gauges any day of the week.
To me, and idiot light just says “Hey! I’m broken! Figure out what’s wrong with me before I break further!”. It doesn’t even have the common decency to say “Here’s where the problem is!” – no no…that’s for YOU to figure out. The thing that kills me is, WHY resort to idiot lights anyway? Why not still have gauges that SAY what the problem is? You would think in this modern age of vehicular transportation, we’d have something a bit more specific included on the dashboard that does more than mock your existence and goad you into figuring out in blind fury what the heck the issue really is.
One theory I have is that they do this on purpose in order to force you into taking your car to an expensive mechanic so he can hook up some electronic doohickey and say “That’ll be (OMG how much???) to fix it”. I get stuck with sticker shock quite a lot of the time when it comes to repairs, so I guess I should be used to it by now. One would think, right? Luckily, the place I’m buying my car from has a pretty good powertrain warranty while you’re paying on the vehicle, so during the time I’m shelling out funds to pay for it, they can shell out THEIR money to figure out what’s wrong with it.
It just kills me to think that with a MODERN vehicle, they can’t think of a specific way of telling you when something is wrong other than resorting to the idiot lights of the 1960’s vehicles. Oh wait……….most of those HAD gauges – didn’t they?