As much as I love just complaining about stuff, loudly and whiningly, sometimes it's even better to actually do something. Which is exactly what we've done, regarding my screed about the need for something better than the "check engine" light.
We now have this petition up at whitehouse.gov demanding the creation of regulation to mandate descriptive fault information right in a car's dashboard.
So, please, think of your friends who don't know jack about cars, about your husbands and wives and partners and children. And your mothers. Think of your mothers, and sign this petition.