So far, the matter is somewhat self correcting (and not in a good way). Nissan and Toyota have proactively installed annoying noisemakers as standard features in order to ward off litigation.Boxbrownie wrote:No idea what's happening over the pond though.
In that case your definitely a country in need of fitment of dashcams, they already do this almost universally in Russia for that very reason (although no doubt the insurance claim limit is somewhat less than that would be levied in the US ) but some of the footage is laughably idiotic, literally as you say people launching themselves onto hoods of stationary vehicles!ultraturtle wrote:So far, the matter is somewhat self correcting (and not in a good way). Nissan and Toyota have proactively installed annoying noisemakers as standard features in order to ward off litigation.Boxbrownie wrote:No idea what's happening over the pond though.
Until insurance scam artists in the USA figure out they can collect an easy couple hundred grand by hopping on an i3 hood at a stop sign, we'll continue to enjoy the serenity of quiet driving. Unfortunately, once the settlement costs reach a tipping point, BMW will make the noisemaker a standard feature here as well. No need for ridiculous laws, when ridiculous legal settlements will do.
The device can easily be disabled by disconnecting one or two speaker wires. I will not do so, however, as such an intentional act would almost surely transfer the bulk of the liability from the manufacturer to myself. I've learned to live with the annoying noise.
I picked up my i3 a couple of weeks ago and used the horn for the first time today. It seems pretty loud and like my previous 3 series in obtrusiveness. Maybe BMW listened to the complaints and changed it to a better horn.BMW4Me wrote:OK, is it just me or do others also feel that the horn sounds like that used by a circus clown? Come on now, I've owned BMWs for years! This is the best they could come up with for their latest technology forward vehicle?
It's just a simple single tone horn. There's nothing fancy about horns... just that nice sounding horns have two tones.