2011 Hyundai Equus: Cheesy Startup Tune
May 12, 2011
Every time you get into our Equus or turn off the engine, it plays a tune and shows an animated graphic on the gauge cluster display. Having been driving the car for a few days straight now, I must say that the tune is getting on my nerves. You can hear it in Donna's startup video from a couple months ago. It sounds like a rejected theme from Windows 95 or, as carguy622 commented in Donna's post, "I'm starting a car, not a digital camera circa 2002."
Now, before you fire off about me being a moron or before Hyundai PR sends me a politely worded "you are a moron" email, I shall note that yes indeed one can disable the tune. But it's not something easily accessible in the Equus' main menu commands. Instead, you have to read the manual to find out how to do it and then perform a specific sequence of button pushes that could have very well been taken from a secret cheat move in Tekken 6.
More fitting for the Equus' luxury status, I think, would be a customizable startup sound where you can add your own through the USB port. Ringtones for your car -- maybe that's the next frontier.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor