Welcome back to Encyclopedia Hoonatica, where we, specifically you, explore general useless automotive obscurities. Today we look at one of the cheap features of so-called premium vehicles.
The E34 is one of my favorite BMWs of all time. It’s not about its style or performance but rather ownership satisfaction. My ’91 535i with manual transmission was one of the best vehicles I’ve owned. Tough, well made, easy to work on, great driving, and cheap to own. That’s almost an anomaly in BMW world. Others knew this, as I still sold for good money with 240,000 miles an on the clock and solid 18 months of NYC abuse.
Browsing used European used car classifieds, as one does on an early Monday morning, I noticed something that I was kind of aware of but never really seen before. The used E34 bimmers, the less optioned models, had power front windows but crank rear windows. I knew vehicles like that existed in other parts of the world but have never really seen it before. Personally, it makes me wonder if designing a power and a manual window elements, producing the parts, and manufacturing them makes financial sense, but what do I know.
Today we ask you for other examples of automobiles that had mix and match of power and manual windows in one vehicle. There are many, so this won’t be too hard.
The Caveats (there are always caveats):
- One vehicle must have some power and some crank windows.
- Triangular vent windows do not count as manual windows.
- Vehicles that had all manual (base models) or all power windows (high models) don’t count.
- Targa tops or t-tops don’t count.
- Likewise, a sunroof or a moonroof is a not a window.
- Hatch pop-up windows don’t count but a tailgate window with a crank does count!
- Removable hardtop vehicles such as Broncos, Blazers, and various Jeeps don’t count but consideration will be given if something wacky is specified.
- Any kind of opening windshield will be judged on case-by-case basis.
Difficulty: 6 out of 10, easier if pushing a button.
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