I Miss the Old Stuff - 2009 Audi A4 Avant Long-Term Road Test

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2009 Audi A4 Avant: I Miss the Old Stuff

May 07, 2010

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Our Audi A4 Avant has a button for the electronic parking brake right next to the gear shifter. Pull up to engage, push down to release. Only one finger needed.

I don't mind it. But it's not very satisfying. Sure, it's conveniently located and saves space. But I prefer a lever in between the seats that you pull up with your hand. You feel like you're fixing the car in place. I'm old school, I guess. I even prefer the parking brake pedals you operate with your foot.

There are some old-school features I miss in cars. I miss automatic gear shifters that were mounted on the steering column. And I loved the front bench seat in my Caprice. You could fit three people up there. Did you ever drive a car that had the windshield fluid button in the footwell?

What old-school features do you miss in modern cars?

Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor

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