Originally Posted by lstowell
And real vent wings.
Ah yes, I remember the days of the front floor vents and the triangular window vents (of course all manual).
Before A/C was common (and relatively inexpensive) that was the ONLY way to cool a vehicle, but even that sucked if you got caught outside in a downpour and then got into your vehicle with wet cloths....
The windows would immediately fog up and you would have to sit and wait with the engine running and the windshield defrost fan on high (god forbid it was a warm day and you couldn't/didn't want to use any heat to help).
I'll take the new vehicles with standard A/C and recirc.
If I want outside vent, I can just turn off the A/C, turn up the fan speed and pick the dash vents as the 'outlet' for the air. Or maybe crack a window or the moonroof.
BEST of all, I can hit the recirc when I see a badly tuned diesel (or a smoker) and I don't have to smell either one.
All with minimal wind noise when you are cruising down the road/freeway at 60mph.
Wishing for the old style venting options is kinda like wishing for a return of the horse & buggy.
As for the 'vent shades'...
Had them on my Ford Five Hundred, never really used them.
Haven't wasted my money since.
It also doesn't help that I'm 6'3" tall and like the one person's wife complained, they would just get in the way of my outside vision.
Just my $0.02