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Old 08-22-2005, 06:06 AM   #1
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Hello everyone, I'm fairly new here - some of you may know me from my message posted in the Forced Induction forum. I was just browsing your fine forum here when I came across the thread about the Lotus steering wheel.

Well, I have a question... or a poll for you all.

I've been a Ford guy ever since I was 17 (21 now) and I bought my first Ford Vehical, an '86 Bronco. After that I owned a '93 Taurus SHO and now my Thunderbird SC.

Cars I've driven include a large varity of Fords, a few GM'* of various eras, MOPARS, Imports, one BMW Z3 for about 300ft.

However, I find that out of all the cars I've driven, I find Ford steering wheels the most comfortable and unobtrusive wheels to guide a car down the road with.

My girlfriends Bonne is a great car, but I can't get over the looks of the steering wheel and the feel of it. It just feels very unnatural and uncomfortable, plus for me it'* in a poor position. I tend to tilt the wheel up quite a bit, as I find it the most comfortable, but when I do this in her car, I can't see about a 1/4 of the tach and speedo.

So basically, my quesiton in this pointlessly long 3am post is to find out what your favorite type of steering wheel is? Whether it be Ford/Gm or whatever other make. Just curious how other people feel about their steering wheels.
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I like the steering wheel in my bonne, I find nothing wrong with it what so ever. It is very comfortable.
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i prefer the Pontiac from 2000 and up, however going from my 94 bonnie to my 99 GP, i do like the steering wheel on the 99 better cause the airbad isnt as big and things are easier to see, and the buttons are closer to the 10 and 2 position, which is where i tend to have my hands alot of the time, but as much as i like fords, if her bonnie has the radio buttons on the steering wheel, she is one up on that, that is a major thing i love about GM steering wheels!!
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The '91 SSE'* wheel does tend to block out some of the smaller metering gauges like temp/oil pressure/etc... but it'* not too bad. I like the wheel on mom'* Nissan more. Thicker rim, smaller diameter - it'* just a bit more sporty.
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I like the one on the Bonneville (also the same one as on my Firehawk). However, the design is not to feasible with the Bonneville because it blocks out 100% view of the temperature guage. You have to move your head over to the right to wholly see it.

On the Firehawk, it'* perfect!! Complements the car well.
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I like the one on the Bonneville (also the same one as on my Firehawk). However, the design is not to feasible with the Bonneville because it blocks out 100% view of the temperature guage. You have to move your head over to the right to wholly see it.

On the Firehawk, it'* perfect!! Complements the car well.
same with my gp

for the bonnie, i really like the 00+ steering wheels and gauge placement
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i love the design of the 87-91 bonnevilles (the one thats similar to an X)
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I like the new 3 spoke ones in pontiacs.

http://www.pontiac.com/solstice/images/bg_image5.jpg
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i love the design of the 87-91 bonnevilles (the one thats similar to an X)
I love this steering wheel. And at the exact tilt I like it at you can see all my guages perfectly. I find the steering wheel in our Grand Am is to small and fat, same with the one on our explorer.
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A friend of mine has a 2003 Grand Am and the steering wheel seems pretty nice.

I actually HATE the buttons on the steering wheel, lol. I'm a very clumsy person, so when I drive I tend to accidentally rest my hands on the buttons, or push them as I'm turning or some such. I can't tlel you how many times I've accidentally hit the mute button and wondered why the radio went off.

Actually, in my Ford, I don't even need the buttons on the wheel (if I was capable of not screwing them-up!). The radio is actually in the perfect position where I can rest my hand on my shifter and poke the buttons with my fingers.

My girlfriend tends to love the buttons on the steering wheel, simply because she'* capable of not messing around with them when she'* driving. Her and her small hands, pfft!
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