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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-09-2009, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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We missed one kind of crucial detail in the vehicle we purchased about a month ago. The darn thing does not have an accessory outlet in the dashboard panel. There is one way in the back of the vehicle behind the 3rd row of seats (???) Why on Earth it is installed back there is beyond me.

Anyway, hubby noticed that there was no accessory outlet in the front when he wanted to plug his cell phone in, and this would make our upcoming car trip to Minneapolis chaotic for the kids (no DVD player). So he called the Chevy dealership (car still under full warranty and we have to use GM-certified mechanics) and someone is going to check into getting one installed.

Has anyone else here run into this situation before? It's a first for us. Every vehicle that I or hubby have ever owned has always had the accessory outlet in the front, which is probably why we never even noticed it wasn't there when we bought it. It's just one of those things we took foregranted.

I bumped into an article online talking about someone who installed an accessory outlet on his own and it seemed fairly easy. However, I won't let hubby use any tools on a vehicle that's only a year old and brand new to us. We'd end up in much worse shape than we started.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 03-09-2009, 04:23 PM
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Re: Adding accessory outlet to vehicle...

By "accessory outlet", do you mean the cig lighter? I've seen new cars without ashtrays AND lighters. I had no idea you had to special order them to be installed.

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Yeah, that's what I mean. They don't call them "cigarette lighters" anymore, at least not in this vehicle's manual. Come to think of it, there's no Ashtray in this vehicle either, which doesn't bother us because we don't smoke. It seems like ashtrays have been replaced by cupholders. Most people I know can't drive without coffee.
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That's odd, Jo. Now what is strange is my 2005 Cavalier has TWO outlets. One is on the dash just to the right of the steering wheel and the other is located on the vertical passenger side of the center console. Never had a car with two outlets before! But it seems strange that your vehicle (a minivan based on your description) would not have a dashboard outlet yet a Cavalier would??? Not that I need two outlets...
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Whoever designed your car must have been a real niccotine addict then

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Whoever designed your car must have been a real niccotine addict then

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Hello Hughbe...just kidding!!! Now I cannot find any articles to corroborate this, but I think I remember reading in the very early 90's about a street legal race car called the Consulier GTP. The magazine made mention of THREE cigarette lighters in this car!

Now I am not certain Hugh if new cars in the UK have that little "plug" that pops out of the outlet used to light cigarettes, but almost every new North American car does not have the lighter plug.
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Re: Adding accessory outlet to vehicle...

I never had one added to a car. My car (Toyota Rav4) has 3....one in the cargo area and 2 in front. Of the 2 in front, one is in the dash in a really stupid place...if you have something plugged into it, you can't use the passenger cup holder. The second is in an even stupider place....inside the storage console between the seats, at the bottom. So if you want to plug something in, you need to take all the stuff out first. There's also a jack so you can hook an iPod up to the car speakers, you'd think that would be part of the stereo, but it's also inside the storage console.

I often have the 2 front jacks in use, one for the iPod, one charging my cell phone. And have even used all 3 at once when a friend wanted to charge her cell.

I don't know about other cars, but these days if you want an ashtray and lighter on a Toyota, you have to buy it as an accessory and the price is outrageous, like $100. But it's not an issue for me...


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We've never had a new car, but our current one (4yr old Mondeo) has one "outlet".
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Re: Adding accessory outlet to vehicle...

Don, I've seen cars with an ashtray and cigaret lighter in the doors. My husband used to have his own garage, so I've driven a variety of cars of various ages! I imagine it would have been in the Chrysler price range.




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We've never had a new car, but our current one (4yr old Mondeo) has one "outlet".
Hugh, for clarification, by "new" I mean a car produced within the last 10-12 years. My previous car, a 1998 Ford Escort ZX2 (similar to the last of the Mk VI escorts) did not have the lighter plug in the power outlet. And as an aside, this outlet was wired off the ignition side of the electrical system. Therefore the car had to have the ignition key turned on for it to receive power.
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