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Interesting, but I don't see a whole lot different in it's goal of operation than what some higher-end luxury and performance cars have now with their active suspensions. Most are pneumatically or gas-controlled though, not electric. And if it's a Bose system, I wouldn't trust it past the warranty period

One thing of Bose I do like and would like to experience though is their 5.1 headphone system. Apparently it's just like true 5.1 surround sound in a 2-speaker headphone. Sounds trippy. Talk about majorly heavy processing!
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Some active suspensions I've read about use ferrofluids...

I wonder why Bose is spending money on this type of research, and not into audio... This seems a bit far from their 'forte' (if that's what you can call it)
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Ahhh... BOSE: no highs, no lows -- just blows!
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^ Agreed. BMW has one of the worse reliability reputations right now. Mercedes isn't all that far behind. So what ARE you paying for when you buy a $100k+ car anyway? [img]tongue.gif[/img] Fancy gadgets and gizmos are great....until they break. There are quite a few cars on the road that 10 years ago were technological whizzes when new but now they are big dollars to fix. No thanks. That's why I was glad my 90 Daytona had 0 options, a 5 speed and the Mistu-built V6 [img]smile.gif[/img] Simplicity is sublime.
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i hear ya

who needs an electronic trunk closer on the Mercedes anyways
only for lazy folk
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I was pretty sure it was the I-Drive or whatever they call it that caused that.

Same with Mercedes Benz for that matter. Too mnay people had to go back to the dealership when they couldn't figure out how to turn on the AC without doing a street fighter 38 hit button combo to do it ("X, Y, R1, R2, start, pause, left, right, left, right, up, down.... cool, the AC came on")


Originally posted by Dave_MacKinnon:
Um, yeah.. Monroe was developing the magneto-electric suspension more than 10 years ago, and long before it was used on a production car.

This Bose system is a good concept, but electromechanic devices have a nasty tendancy to fail, so I'll stick with my mechanical shocks thanks.

Don't beleive me? Ask BMW why their 7-series cars were voted the most unreliable cars on the road for 2004 by Consumer Reports magazine. Can you say electronics?
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I guess I'll mention it....I like Rod Millen's shock design that uses a magnetic fluid(I'm not sure what it is) and hardens or liquifies useing a magnnetic charge to dampen automatically according to road conditions. Wicked idea....too bad the system itself is so big it barely fits in a Hummer H1.
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