South Central PA
- 2018 CX5 Touring
- w/ Pref Pkg
I KNEW IT!
i thought i test drove the cx-9 and it had a tachometer...phew good to know i wasn't losing it!
And THIS right here is the real problem w/ software controlling everything.
It happens constantly w/o one's knowledge or consent. The manufacturers and dealers act as though the vehicle, your vehicle, bought, paid for, and insured by you, is theirs. Features, functionality, here today gone tomorrow. Fixing things that weren't broken. I took my '14 Jeep JK in for its first annual state inspection after purchasing it new. Next morning I notice it wasn't shifting properly, as it had been for nearly the entire year, going up a certain hill under light acceleration as it had been. My imagination. Day after day, same thing. Not my imagination...WTF!? Go back and look at my service invoice and find buried in all of the BS they flashed the TCM. Why? I hadn't reported any problems, didn't ask for it, wasn't asked if they could, they just did it and then didn't tell me. I went in for state inspection and emissions testing, period. I took it back, complained asked them WTF are they flashing things that aren't broken for. A manufacturer update he says. I explained FCA didn't own the thing, I did and to back-flash. Said they couldn't. I called bullshyit, and asked, can't or won't? Blank stare. Pissed me off. Now I tell dealer service monkeys behind the counters no updates w/o my ok every time I drop any vehicles off at a dealer for anything.
Now that most of the newest vehicles have connections to wonderful web world 24/7, these updates happen at will and there's nothing you, the owner, can do to stop it. To make matters worse, hackers know this, are far better at their craft than manufacturers, and let's just say that security measures for these intrusions, 'friendly' or otherwise, are not very high up on the manufacturers profitability radar. Kinda like the Nest invasion of privacy devices and your kids' IoT Teddy Bear.
This is my gripe and why I rail against automotive automation. Far too easy to manipulate. From safety perspective that everyone is concerned about, THIS type of willy-nilly practice is extremely dangerous.