Has anyone received their MS without the Tech or Sound package? I am thinking of voiding these as I need to trim down the cost and $3,750 for some of those 'tech' benefits does not seem worth it. However, I haven't seen any cars without these options and my dealer wasn't 100% clear on what I would / would not be missing.
- Power rear lift-gate (does this mean that I can't open AND close the trunk from the 17" display. I would assume that I could still 'pop' the trunk open and then manually open and close it)
- Navigation (obviously no turn by turn, but would I still have the Google maps. And isn't turn by turn now included in Google maps. Also, couldn't I just access Google maps from the browser)
- Automatic Keyless entry (this isn't clear. If I don't get the tech package, then what's the difference. I am assuming the handles still pop out. It's not like I need to use an old school key?)
- HD back-up camera (is there still a backup camera it's just not in HD?) I liked using the camera as my rear-view mirror on the test drive but I don't feel that it needs to be in HD.
I know that I might sound a little paranoid about some of these features but I have been burned with other cars where I didn't elect a certain high-end tweak and was disappointed to find out that it meant other features weren't there which I assumed any 21st century would have.
As for the radio, I don't care about XM radio and don't need 3,000 song storage. But for those that didn't get this option, what are your thoughts on the sound quality.