Thursday, 18 November 2004

Recently I described how, due to unexpected circumstances that unfolded over the past week or so, I had to find a new vehicle. Well, I did my research, made up my mind, and bought one.

I decided to go the Big-Ass Honking Truck route. A Dodge Ram truck. With a Hemi. With heated leather seats. With cup holders. And with Bluetooth.

Yeah, I said Bluetooth. Built straight into the truck.

That's right, my Big Ass Honking Manly Ranch Truck has the ultimate geek-out feature: Bluetooth built into the rear-view mirror (cabin microphone, computer and two push-button controls) and the stereo system (for high quality audio output to the speakers, text menus that compliment the female voice that prompts you to speak your commands, and more computer stuff). So, I have complete speakerphone voice-recognition and command control of my mobile phone.

I'm talkin' geek-out in a big way, heheheh... It's awesome.

The system is called U-Connect, and Chrysler has taken it from being an add-on knock-off style option to a fully-integrated system. It's all part of the car's fine fit and finish. In fact, if no one told you it was there, you'd probably never notice it til the phone rang and the system switched the audio from your in-dash stereo system over to the phone.

U-Connect is very cool. Friendly voice prompts walk you through the menus, and voice recognition software allows you to set it up, pair it with your Bluetooth phones (yes, you can use multiple), create speed dial voice entries, and all the other nifty stuff you'd expect from a relatively high-end piece of software and hardware that does the Bluetooth boogie. And the audio is very good, even when driving down the road. It's really quite cool, and on top of that it's extra safe - two small buttons on the rear-view mirror and your voice are all that's needed to make the system work.

Oh, and the rest of the truck is great, too. Did I mention it's got a Hemi? Woah, dude, a Hemi... Heh... Sweet...

Yeah, sure, the gas mileage kinda sucks, but everything else about it is awesome. As much as I drive, comfort and convenience matter these days, so I am glad for the extras. It's the best of both worlds: Geeky and Tough. So, it's all good.

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Thursday, 18 November 2004 01:44:51 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
One word. Gas. =p
Thursday, 18 November 2004 01:50:58 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
Gas eh? Hmmm, sounds like a personal problem, Dave. Hehehe - just kidding.

Yeah the gas thing is a concern for sure, but it's something I took into account against all the other aspects of the purchase. Between hauling stuff, ATVs and trailers, snow and mud, and other random things, that's where I came out.

Oh - and I got a great, great deal on it.
Thursday, 18 November 2004 05:05:58 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
WOW! Too COOL! I love my Ram, I get good mileage as long as I stay out of the peddle to the metal mode! In fact the mileage is as good as the Explorer with V6 that I had previously. Right at the same but a lot more poer and response. Pictures of your new truck? Color? Need a long road trip now to break it in (Smile)
Friday, 18 November 2005 13:16:00 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
I got new 06 charger came wit u connect and what softwear do i need to connect my black razer to it?? any one can help me out that be cool
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