I wish my Malibu LS had that disable feature. I've explained why before, so
I will spare the regulars of this NG that rant again. ;-)
I don't think your suggestion will help this person though. Even if he does
as you suggest (turn the switch to the "parking light" position), drive in
theaters I've known require ALL lights be extinguished which can't be done
on many of the GMs in the situation that the original post describes. And,
if he was able to disable the auto light control through the radio panel as
you think he may be able to, turning the lights off completely would only
cause the DRLs to come on then (which may work if setting the parking brake
turns off the DRL on this model) The Impala's DRLs are based on the
high-beam lamp, the light beam (albeit reduced intensity) would likely have
a even greater apparent brightness level than the regular headlamps due to
the fact that the DRL beam is shining upward into people's eyes if he can't
get them to go off. He's may be basically stuck! Wouldn't is just be
easier if the lights just worked like every other car company design out
there...the light switch that has a position that says all lights "OFF"?
Gm really needs to give the control of the basic functions of the car back
to the operator using simple _industry standard_ controls (for those that
want that control, at least). They are the only car manufacturer out there
that has so bastardized the lighting systems to the point that they don't
even work the same or look the same across their own product lines. The
parking brake will turn lights off on this model and not that one. Putting
the car in Park may do it on this one, but not that one. On the trucks and
large SUVs you can press the dome light button 4 times to turn them off. On
the Impala you do it through the radio panel (apparently). Good lord...put
the damn "lights off" function on the damn light switch where it belongs for
Pete sake! But, I know, I'm the oddball...the heck with having any sort of
normalcy or standard or intuitiveness to a control design. Let the driver
fumble with different standards while trying to operate the car, always a
good idea to do what ever you can to keep the driver as confused as
possible! (oops sorry, said I wouldn't rant, didn't I!) ;-)
"Roy G. Bragg" <***@flash.net> wrote in message news:z3oUa.firstname.lastname@example.org...
| I don't know about base model Impalas, but my 2000 LS has the capability
| turn off the auto headlight feature through the radio panel. Personally,
| don't see the problem. If the headlights MUST be off with the engine
| running, turn on the park lights manually, that should turn the headlights
| "James C. Reeves" <***@reevesweb.nospam.com> wrote in message
| > You're not doing anything wrong. Maddening as hell isn't it!? But you
| > won't get one bit of sympathy from the GM Lemmings that hang out in this
| > news group. They think the lighting idiocy GM forces on it's paying
| > customer is just as wonderful as apple pie (even if it is certainly NOT
| > "American" as apple pie!)! They'll say that you're some kind of nut
| > for wanting to turn you lights out when it's dark (even though there are
| > clearly some situations when you may want to...you example being one of
| > many). They don't think you have any right to have control over the
| > lighting systems (even though every state law I know of is very clear in
| > stating that it's the operator's responsibility...not the manufacturers,
| > anyone else's). I've been down this road on this topic with GM...all
| > way up to letters to Bob Lutz. A few other people I know have also.
| > don't even write back...just a black hole. The dealer won't disable the
| > auto systems either! So, good luck. Next time buy a Ford or a Chrysler
| > product...they are normal cars that function like normal cars...
| > that!? Now, here come the flames!!!
| > "Burn Baby Burn" <***@home.com> wrote in message
| > news:***@4ax.com...
| > | Ok, what am I doing wrong? Went to the drive-in the other night, it
| > | was hot, had to leave the car running for air conditioning. Had to
| > | leave very embarassed, could NOT turn off the headlights!!
| > | During the day, when the DRL are on, shifting into park kills the
| > | DRL's. But at night, when all the lamps are on, shifting into park
| > | the headlights stay on if the car is running. I tried applying the
| > | parking brake, turning the engine off and on, damm lights keep comming
| > | on. Any suggestions other than take a hammer to the headlights?
| > |
| > | Thanks in advance,
| > | BB