You can never truly get a sense of a car until you've owned it. I thought it'd be fun to share the minor flaws, quirks, or idiosyncrasies of our cars. The traits that give them character and personality. Lets make our first three points identical, then rattle off as many quirks as you can think of. Go! Make/Model/Transmission: - Redline Shift Points: - When people sit in my car, they're surprised that: - Make/Model/Transmission: Acura Legend 4AT Redline Shift Points: 40, 67, 100 (mph) When people sit in my car, they're surprised that: foot well lights illuminate their shoes at night. The sun visors sag about an inch from where they should in the closed position. There is no solution. After washing the car, water always collects like a tear drop just below the grille on the passenger side bumper. Pulling the bass-fader out a couple of millimeters will cause the lights on the stereo to go out at night. Using the volume control on the steering wheel will cause the volume on the stereo to rotate. The buttons on the climate control make a beep noise each time you press them. The future! The gas gauge indicates the cars fuel level even when the car is off. If a Legend has ever used non-OEM coolant in it's lifetime, the hoses and seals will weep causing the engine bay to smell like coolant. Full-on leaks are not common unless non-OEM coolant is used indefinitely. The automatic transmission has planetary gears which are common in manual transmissions and uncommon in automatics. The result is a very positive up-change. Wide-open-throttle shifts feel like power shifts. The Legend is one of the only cars I've ever driven with an automatic transmission that allows you to feel pressure from the kick-down switch in the accelerator pedal. This allows you to stay in a high gear easily or change down as you choose. Unfortunately, the fuzzy logic in the transmission computer is quite near-sighted. The car will not intuitively hold a lower gear if it detects you're going up a hill at a steady pace or anything of that nature. It wants to be in the top gear at all times and will do so as slow as 25mph. The Legend is an Acura on the outside and a Honda on the inside. While the bumpers and airbags have Acura branding, the valve covers and numerous relay boxes and trinkets are Honda branded. In the early days, even the fluids they would sell you at the dealership were Honda branded. The light in the glovebox tends to stay on while the glovebox is closed hitting your side seat passenger in the eyes at night. The switch creates a indentation in the felt it rests against over time causing the switch to remain open. Make/Model/Transmission: Honda S2000 6MT Redline Shift Points: 40, 60, 80, 100, ? (mph) When people sit in my car, they're surprised that: The underside of the roof is black. Non-convertibles almost always have light colored roof liners. The car has a clutch delay valve. This automatically slips the clutch if the shock of engagement is too great. It makes for a dynamite launch out of 1st gear but power shifting is impossible. There's an irritating bump in power that happens at 3200 RPM. It's irritating because it only happens 80% of the time. The other 20% of the time it's a smooth surge of power. The bump seems to be completely random but is probably drive-by-wire related. The brake bias is just a tiny bit on the tail. You can feel the tail wiggle if you're hard on the brakes and don't let off soon enough turning in. This issue is exacerbated by my snow tires as they are one section narrower in the front and TWO sections narrower in the rear. You might think the black roof makes the car a magnet for the summer sun but you'd be wrong. The windows are small in comparison to the canopy making the interior 10-15ºF cooler than my Legend. In freezing temperatures, the digital dash doesn't update in a useful or read-able way. Using the parking brake for longer than 24 hours is not a great idea. Surface rust on the rotors will freeze the brake in place. This leads me to my next point. Ordinary driving is not sufficient for removing surface rust from the rotors. You need to conduct some hot stops or stand on the brake and throttle. I warped my rear rotors after failing to do this. I can hear exhaust gases rushing through the pipes beneath the cabin during wide-open-throttle at low RPMs. It's a metallic wooshing. If I ever get a flat, and I have, the doughnut can only go on the front axle. For a rear flat (which is more common) this will mean that you have three different sized tires on your car and no matching axles. The result is a kind of teeter totter. Putting the obviously smaller doughnut on the rear axle would destroy the differential in feet, not miles. As you engage the clutch from a stop, the idle valve will increase power to the engine in response to the drag on the clutch. It's the only manual I've ever driven where the revs go up when you engage the clutch in first. If you still manage to engage the clutch too quickly from a stop, the car will chatter quite loudly. I don't know what it is but a lot of things are very tight and it sounds awful. If you try to redline the car before the temperature reaches the third bar on your dash, you'll first be surprised that VTEC doesn't engage at 6000 rpm, then you'll be surprised that the fuel cut off is 6500 rpm. That's a bad way to pull out into traffic on a cold day.