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User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15744 posts, RR: 27
Posted (4 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 11303 times:

I thought we could have an interesting thread sharing car stuff that just makes us shake our heads in disgust. Here are mine.

1. This one inspired the thread - bike racks where they shouldn't be. Today I saw a Porsche 911 with two bicycles on its roof. I could understand it on old British sports cars, since you might actually need the bike to get where you're going, but if there is a way to ruin a 911, this is probably it. If you need to take your bikes with you that badly, buy a Volvo like the rest of the losers.

2. Vinyl roofs, sorry 'Fly. These can turn out to be very bad for the car and are mostly a good reminder of why I'm glad to have missed out on the 1970s. For cars from the period it can be forgiven, but modern cars have no business with them. People have thrown out the Betamax, shaved the ridiculous 'staches, and stashed the clothes where their kids can't find and ridicule them. They don't make you look gangster, and pimpin' ain't easy with a rusted out roof.

3. Wal-Mart hub caps. There are tons of ridiculous rims in the world, but at least those clowns are committed to going whole hog into looking stupid and ruining their ride. The people who buy the hubcaps from Wal-Mart aren't even committed to their idiocy, so that puts them on a lower stratum. Besides, there isn't anything that will make that 1992 Corsica look good, so just go park it in front of your trailer next to your washing machine and find something else.

4. Go-faster stripes. Is there any surprise that an iconic pattern from a Shelby Mustang does not work well on a 90s vintage Intrepid? It just isn't cool, and no, that Porsche Engineering sticker probably isn't worth a handjob.

5. Fake vents. These things are an absolute disease in the automotive world. The only question is what is worse: hillbillies getting those stick on pieces of crap from Wal-Mart, or the industry people (who are paid to make good cars) putting them on as stock from the factory.

6. Car manufacturers that build a station wagon, give it some stupid name, and act like they have invented something new and revolutionary.


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User currently offlinewill777 From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 5 months 1 week ago) and read 11290 times:

How about when there are little tiny convertibles that have a "back seat"? Who are they trying to kid with those things? There is no possible way you could get people in there.

User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11273 times:

The Prius! I hate them! Now I am in Socal and they are all over.   

User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11259 times:

Religious/political car bumper stickers. I can deal with properly funny ones though.

fart can exhausts

wings

Crap Xenon headlight conversions (the type rice rockets always have and do nothing but blind you)

Speaking of... rice rockets.

Lifted trucks that never see mud or dirt.

Lights anywhere that are not headlights/fog lights/tail lights

million spoke gold 13" rims sticking out 1ft laterally from the car

Mid life crisis cars (corvette, Miata, Eos, PT Cruiser convertibles, etc)

Proper sports cars driven by old farts only going to the supermarket and back home.

Hybrids

rednecks that think its cute to have a semi-truck back up horn in their POS Chevy S-10

minivans

spinner rims

Scions

Scion fanboys

and a million other things I cant remember at the moment


User currently offlinebohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2700 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11252 times:

Gigantic chrome rims with a tiny strip of rubber which resembles a tire. These are the stupidest things ever created. What purpose do they serve other than screaming "Look at me?"

User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11238 times:

Chevy Caprices painted purple with 25 inch rims, 4 feet off the ground.

That said,

My Mercedes SL500 has fake vents on the side. I mean, they obviously do nothing for the engine, but were put there by the manufacturer for cosmetic reasons?


User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11235 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
6. Car manufacturers that build a station wagon, give it some stupid name, and act like they have invented something new and revolutionary.

Please give some examples of this. Would be interesting to see which ones you don't like. I love avants.



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11213 times:

Oh, I just remembered, I HATE these:



You must have a pretty small, uhm, "sense of self esteem" (damned political correctness   ) if you have a big ass lifted truck to begin with, and this only adds insult to injury.


User currently offlineUAL747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11206 times:

HAHA FLY2HMO,

but you gotta admit, you do get a chuckle seeing those things flapping in the 65MPH wind!


User currently offlineBMI727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2009, 15744 posts, RR: 27
Reply 9, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11206 times:

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 3):
Scions

Those things are supposed to appeal to young people, but as a 19 year old, I find them to be some of the most unappealing cars on the market.

Quoting flanker (Reply 6):
Please give some examples of this. Would be interesting to see which ones you don't like

What is a Crosstour? It looks a lot like a station wagon to me, but perhaps not as useful. And what exactly can a BMW X6 do that a 5 series station wagon couldn't, other than wring more money out of buyers?



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User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3083 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11190 times:

2x4 Jeeps. Really? What's the point....  

[Edited 2010-04-16 20:49:47]


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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 11172 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 9):

What is a Crosstour? It looks a lot like a station wagon to me, but perhaps not as useful. And what exactly can a BMW X6 do that a 5 series station wagon couldn't, other than wring more money out of buyers?

Ahh well i see where you are getting at.

I have a huge love for most European avants, especially from Audi.

B5 RS4   




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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19711 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11161 times:

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 2):
The Prius! I hate them! Now I am in Socal and they are all over.

If you own one, they're pretty great. I'm averaging 48.9 MPG since I bought mine. When you have a 40 mile commute to work every day, that's pretty darned good.

My pet peeves:

*Putting thin-profile tires and fancy rims on a 1996 Pontiac Bonneville or other such large 4-door sedan.

*People who add a spoiler to an Acura integra that's so high that you wonder if it can go under bridges. What, you're afraid your Acura is going to go so fast that it'll fly off the road?

*People who feel it necessary to own an H-2/Jeep Commander/etc. in a large city like San Francisco. And then they treat it like a baby and wipe it with a diaper every day.

*Painting a car in matte. Cars should be painted in gloss. Matte is for military machines. It looks like crap and it makes your car look dirty and unfinished.

*Really loud motorcycles. You know, I'm sitting at home reading a book and suddenly I'm levitated out of my seat by a loud roar like the world is ending. Find a less disruptive way to prove your manliness.


User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11156 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Reply 9):
Those things are supposed to appeal to young people, but as a 19 year old, I find them to be some of the most unappealing cars on the market.

That's because you're not a douchebaggy boy racer, or are you?  

But seriously, all the kids I've seen driving those are begging for an ass whoopin'. They think because they drive a riced-out glorified Toyota they're suddenly the hottest thing since before Britney Spears got herpes.

I must say though, some of the cutest girls I've seen have (unfortunately) been driving Scions.


User currently offlinekevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 14, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11150 times:

Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
3. Wal-Mart hub caps.

Pep Boys as well.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 3):
fart can exhausts

  

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 3):
Lights anywhere that are not headlights/fog lights/tail lights

And those blue tinted headlamp bulbs.

Quoting bohica (Reply 4):
Gigantic chrome rims with a tiny strip of rubber which resembles a tire.

Oh yes. Ruins the alignment, ride, handling and wheel bearings. They also usually have lug nuts that require a special tool which strips when you try to remove the wheel.

I hate aftermarket alarm systems. Most all cars now days have a built in factory system anyway. Aftermarket alarms are a big nuisance and will prevent the vehicle owner from starting the car more than it will prevent a theft. Your neighbors will be glad if someone steals your car anyway so they don't have to hear the alarm again. The only reaction a car alarm gets is "Jeezus! Somebody turn that thing off !!! ".

My list:
Crap hanging from the rear view mirror.

Boom boxes in the trunk (boot) that eliminate access to the spare tire.

Aftermarket radios that don't have an on/off switch.

Lowered trucks that are no longer useful as a truck.

Lifted trucks whose headlamps are at the eye level of most every passenger car.

Loud exhaust systems that typically do nothing more than make noise giving the appearance of "power".

License plate frames engraved with the make or model the car on them. As if people are too dumb to know. Especially a Corvette.

I could go on forever....



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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1638 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11152 times:

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 2):
The Prius! I hate them! Now I am in Socal and they are all over.   

My gf works for Toyota and she cant stand the damn eco box. I cant stand to look at it either, nor will I ever own one.

Now the 2010 A3 TDI's are something I can deal with.   



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User currently offlinetheredbaron From Mexico, joined Mar 2005, 2216 posts, RR: 8
Reply 16, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11142 times:

Stupid organic looking dash like the GM Cruze:

http://www.autofans.us/images/Chevrolet/Chevrolet%20Cruze%202.jpg

see the miriad of buttons in weird shapes and the gear lever in the way of the AC, also the non logical aragement ...who makes this POS?

Is it that difficult to make something easier to use and to FEEL when you drive that you dont have to take your eyes off the road to operate?

See:



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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 17, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11142 times:
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Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
1. This one inspired the thread - bike racks where they shouldn't be. Today I saw a Porsche 911 with two bicycles on its roof. I could understand it on old British sports cars, since you might actually need the bike to get where you're going, but if there is a way to ruin a 911, this is probably it. If you need to take your bikes with you that badly, buy a Volvo like the rest of the losers.

Part of the appeal of a 911 has always been that it's a sports car with every day driveability and reliability.

I see nothing wrong with a bike rack mounted on the car. Presumably, it would be removed when not in use for a significant period of time for aesthetic and minor performance reasons.

Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
2. Vinyl roofs,

Ditto. Inferior looks, durability, etc. Terrible idea.

Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
3. Wal-Mart hub caps.

Honestly, if someone has a cheap car or set of winter tires on steel wheels, I see the rationale in a cheap and low key set of "hub caps" (I assume you mean wheel covers as a minor difference exists between the two). Perhaps you were referring to wheel covers with tacky "bling" designs and fake high gloss plastic?

Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
4. Go-faster stripes

I've seen two cars that these looked good on. The Shelby Cobras and Viper Coupes (both in blue with white stripes).

Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
5. Fake vents.

"Drag Inducers"  

I particularly love this triumph of form over function on the anemic 1990s to early 2000s V-6 Mustangs.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 3):
Lifted trucks that never see mud or dirt.

Although I have no problem with people spending money in a way that makes them happy (as your example above), I am shocked at how many people are willing to put up with the lumbering awkwardness, fuel economy, handling, etc penalties associated with this type of vehicle. One of my best friends has such a truck as a daily driver.

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 5):
hevy Caprices painted purple with 25 inch rims, 4 feet off the ground.

It looks particularly stupid with the communion sized brake rotor beneath the wheel.

Quoting UAL747 (Reply 5):
My Mercedes SL500 has fake vents on the side. I mean, they obviously do nothing for the engine, but were put there by the manufacturer for cosmetic reasons?
http://www.nytimes.com/2006/07/16/automobiles/16VENT.html

Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
I thought we could have an interesting thread sharing car stuff that just makes us shake our heads in disgust. Here are mine.

- Needless spoilers and aero kits with little or no aerodynamic benefit.

- Increasing curb weight of today's vehicles.

- Pretty much every finishing detail on Chrysler products. Cheap/tacky. From hard plastics to fake (chrome tinted platic) plating on wheels.

- Needless, non-functional, and fake carbon fiber bits. On the other hand, the new M3 has a very functional carbon roof while several higher end cars make valid use of the stuff.

- Expensive cars with cheap tires. Though "judging" isn't something most people like to admit to, I can't help checking out the tires on any car that is stopped beside me (geeky I know). Seeing high dollar cars, particularly performance models, with crappy does bring me to assumptions about the driver's ignorance.

Edit: I also need to add large, cheap, "loud" wheels. Most are of inferior strength and much heavier than the factory parts. If someone is doing it purely for looks, that's fine but not my cup of tea. Combine this with the fact that most people who do this mount crappy tires (a pet peeve listed above) and my irritation is compounded.

[Edited 2010-04-16 21:42:43]


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User currently offlineUAL747DEN From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 2392 posts, RR: 11
Reply 18, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11129 times:

I just got done driving a 2011 Chrysler 300 for two weeks and think that this is a flawless car! That car was amazing, I would never have even thought about buying a Chrysler but now I see one in the future!


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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 19, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11127 times:
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Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):
*Painting a car in matte. Cars should be painted in gloss. Matte is for military machines. It looks like crap and it makes your car look dirty and unfinished.

If you're talking about cars covered in primer, I agree with you.

Having said that, I saw some matte black cars in the West End of London last August that were beautiful (Audi S5 and some much more exotic machinery). I think this is a factory color option in Europe for several cars. The quality of the finish didn't look cheap or dirty at all when I saw it in the flesh.



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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11123 times:

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 12):

*Painting a car in matte. Cars should be painted in gloss. Matte is for military machines. It looks like crap and it makes your car look dirty and unfinished.

I sort of agree. Most matte cars I've seen are 80's asian shitboxes. But there's a few tastefully modded European models, specially VW's, that look surprisingly good in a properly done matte finish.

Quoting theredbaron (Reply 16):
Stupid organic looking dash like the GM Cruze:

That is disgusting. Just as bad as the worse Asian cars   

Quoting theredbaron (Reply 16):
See:

Ah yes, good 'ole Vdub. That's why I love german cars. Form always follows function, specially in the interior.


User currently offlinekevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 21, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11124 times:

Quoting Molykote (Reply 17):
communion sized brake rotor

  
Never heard that one before.

Quoting Molykote (Reply 17):
Needless, non-functional, and fake carbon fiber bits.

And what about fake hood scoops?



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User currently offlineType-Rated From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 5043 posts, RR: 19
Reply 22, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11118 times:

Cars that have those weird wheels with the spikes sticking out 18" from the center of the wheel. Who do you think you are, a gladiator?

I think wheel design has just creeped out over the past few years. The designs you see on ghetto cars look like they came from another planet. Just give me some nice 1960's styled mags.

There is a place here in Houston where you can RENT your tires and wheels for a weekend. This is so you can convert your car to a chick magnet and have it back to a regular junk for the work week.



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User currently offlineMolykote From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1340 posts, RR: 29
Reply 23, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 11119 times:
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Quoting kevinl1011 (Reply 21):
Quoting Molykote (Reply 17):
communion sized brake rotor
Quoting kevinl1011 (Reply 21):
  
Never heard that one before.

I hadn't either but it just seemed like the only way to properly describe it.  
Quoting kevinl1011 (Reply 21):
Quoting Molykote (Reply 17):
Needless, non-functional, and fake carbon fiber bits.
Quoting kevinl1011 (Reply 21):
And what about fake hood scoops?

Fair point, I guess I incorrectly lumped the "scoops" (i.e. intakes) with "vents":

Quoting Molykote (Reply 17):
Quoting BMI727 (Thread starter):
5. Fake vents.

"Drag Inducers"  

I particularly love this triumph of form over function on the anemic 1990s to early 2000s V-6 Mustangs.



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User currently offlinekevinl1011 From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2964 posts, RR: 47
Reply 24, posted (4 years 5 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 11108 times:

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 22):
I think wheel design has just creeped out over the past few years. The designs you see on ghetto cars look like they came from another planet. Just give me some nice 1960's styled mags.

  
Especially when someone with a classic car installs aftermarket "bling" wheels that are not period correct.

Quoting Type-Rated (Reply 22):
There is a place here in Houston where you can RENT your tires and wheels for a weekend. This is so you can convert your car to a chick magnet and have it back to a regular junk for the work week.

Good call. That is as stupid as it gets. Imagine the type of person who considers the wheels on their car as a symbol of social status or the type of "chick" that would be attracted to someone because of their wheels.   



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25 DocLightning : BTW, my fiancee named my Prius "The Solution" after the South Park gag. He says that "The Solution doesn't run on mere gasoline, it's powered by ange
26 BMI727 : I would have had a problem if they raised the thing up, added 1000 pounds, given it a trendy name, and declared it a game changer. I am actually a fa
27 kevinl1011 : That would be "Restified" as a category at a car show. The problem I have is seeing a restored 69 Camaro (for example) where the owner has gone throu
28 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Well, like the typical retarded Scion brat driver. Revving the engine at every stop light taunting other people and cars. My best friend and I made i
29 BMI727 : That isn't me. I want a fast car because I like it, not because others like it. That does kind of ruin all the hard work under the skin, but at least
30 KiwiRob : They are intended for completely different buyers, the 5 touring is a family car, the X6 is not, even though I would buy one they are very impressive
31 Post contains links Molykote : http://www.bmwblog.com/2009/10/01/bmw-m3-frozen-grey-metallic/ I won't go looking for others since this is "one car" but the others I saw looked facto
32 Post contains images fxramper : Crossovers can suck it. Agreed. Death to them all. They are okay on a truck or clunker, but on a sports car, gimme a break. The wannabe Bentley? Gimme
33 Superfly : I sort of have to agree. Vinyl roofs are good ONLY if they came originally from that manufacture that way. Those of us that take care of our cars and
34 asuflyer05 : Lamborghini has a matte paint from the factory. I've seen it once it's interesting. Most people wrap their cars or do a clear matte film racing strip
35 UAL747DEN : That was my thought exactly! I could not stand that car because of the Bentley crap but when the rental company gave me that rather than the Camero S
36 Post contains links and images aerorobNZ : well if you went into the Alfa Giuletta post you'll know that my pet peeve is excess/unnecessary weight in a car. I dislike any car that is just a poi
37 aero145 : I so agree with that. Well-maintained B5 limousines or avants with good looking wheels and clean paint are gorgeous!
38 Post contains links and images cadet57 : Every time I see one I die a little inside. This is a proper Caprice: Amen Nick! Just doing my part to, you know, offset carbon emissions to both Hon
39 KiwiRob : According to the BMW website the sedan is 22lbs heavier than the coupe, the performance stats are identical, the current M3 is an overweight porker o
40 UAL747DEN : Wow that is one ugly car! I think I would rather see it purple with big rims than the wood paneling! That is seriously about as ugly as a car can get
41 Post contains images Ken777 : My father's TR-3 had a shelf and you could get a "back seat" (miniature) for it. Hey, my wife got a red MX-3 for her mid life crisis car back in 1993
42 Post contains links and images Fly2HMO : I knew that would bite me in the ass sooner or later. But we did take reasonable precautions. Obviously didn't do it at rush hour, almost always very
43 Post contains links and images Fly2HMO : By the way, a matte finish I would LOVE to drive in:
44 Ken777 : My parents bought a station wagon as well - minivans were years away when they bought their '55 Pontiac wagon. That was one solid SOB and lasted abou
45 KiwiRob : Nope I know people with minivans, not my style, buy a Volvo V70 instead, it's the ultimate family wagon.
46 Post contains images WildcatYXU : I'd bet that it was larger than most minivans nowadays
47 Post contains images StarAC17 : It should be now called the hippie death mobile I have heard of people actually washing their cars with Evian spring water because their car was too
48 BMI727 : Buy a station wagon. Well, it's their money.
49 cadet57 : Thanks. Glad you like my car. Same could be said about 10 year old Mercedes convertibles...
50 1stfl94 : My biggest pet peeves 1) Hybrids, there's about four Prius's in the streets around me and I am sure I will end up under one of them because you can ne
51 Post contains images Fly2HMO : And if they were smart, they'd use distilled water. I will admit to using a few gallons of distilled water when I entered my bug for a car show once
52 BMI727 : The wood ruins it. My mom's doesn't have that, so it just looks like an overturned bathtub. An overturned bathtub with a blue interior no less. They
53 Post contains images cadet57 : I wouldn't go that far. I'd have liked a wood delete version (WB4) but they are really hard to find in decent shape. Heck any Caprice or Roadie wagon
54 474218 : When the Subaru WRX was introduced in the UK one of the magazine types asked if the scoop was functional and the Subaru represenative answered yes. S
55 UAL747DEN : My little 5 foot wife drives the Expedition all the time. She has to pull herself up into it and can barley reach the peddle but she is pretty hot in
56 BMI727 : Yeah, I think that women, especially on cell phones, have beat any elderly or Asian person I've come across.
57 Molykote : For all of your commentary about the M3, I disagree with you on little: (1) I'd like a lighter M3, among many other overweight cars. (2) I think the
58 bohica : There is a one word description of people who do that: Asshole. Anyone remember the Yugo? It had a functional air scoop. It was a ram-air interior ve
59 sccutler : 1. The presence, and use, of the superfluous extra (and very bright) lights on the front of most upmarket cars and SUVs; do these nimrods not realize
60 KiwiRob : It shows what an idiot the Subaru representative was, the intercooler sits on top of the engine in a WRX right below the scoop, it's very much a func
61 cws818 : - Driving in the rain with wipers on and lights off; - Indecisiveness when it comes to choosing a lane and, "to be on the safe side," choosing a bit o
62 KiwiRob : when you put a midget into a big car (my mum is only 1 inch taller than your wife) nasty things tend to happen to the bumpers and alloys, when she st
63 speedygonzales : Car alarms going off on ferries. The ferry operator should be allowed to throw the car over board when that happens.
64 Post contains images ACDC8 : So, its a nice day to go for a bike ride out in the mountains, and since its a nice day outside, I'd like to take my summer ride since there's only a
65 Post contains images Superfly : Best styling cue for station wagons. I love woodgrain side panels.
66 Post contains images ShyFlyer : Driving with the parking-lights only Cars sitting parked somewhere with the headlights on
67 theredbaron : I am not talking about space, but ergonomics on the controks. oh yes... th smaller the woman, the bigger the suv...
68 aerorobNZ : absolutely, and yet women are always making jokes about men with small penises driving expensive/fast cars.
69 Post contains images bohica : Wings on the back of a van, SUV, or pick-up truck. People who pull up to a house to pick up a passenger and continuously honks their horn until the pa
70 Post contains images Fly2HMO : and the wider/sloppier/smellier her crack is
71 Post contains links and images waterpolodan : Typically I'd agree, but in some cases they just look right, like this- Agreed, the designers of most "muscle cars" in the last 20 years from Detroit
72 DocLightning : I think he was objecting to the use of those stripes on an inappropriate choice of vehicle, like a poorly pimped Buick Skylark or something similarly
73 Superfly : I forgot to mention earlier. -Loud booming aftermarket stereo systems. -Gigantic aftermarket, ghettoized rims -Aftermarket paint jobs -Loud, aftermark
74 Post contains images aero145 : Hmm... · Drivers who think they own the road and overtake cyclists extremely close and accelerate while doing that · Drivers who turn their turn sig
75 waterpolodan : I do that, but not because I'm afraid of damaging the tranny, just because I shut the car off in neutral so I don't go through the extra step of putt
76 sccutler : Consider this: Leaving the car in gear will stop it from rolling; leaving the parking brake engaged will cause the brake rotor to be come warped at t
77 Post contains images Superfly : That would be me. Move over! What about drum brakes?
78 Cadet57 : Someone explained to me that using the E-brake with drums actually helps. As it adjusts the drums to keep the functioning. I'm not sure how true that
79 flanker : Really who is afraid of this? I certainly am not. I leave my car in gears all the time with the hand brake. If i am reversing out of a spot i just le
80 Superfly : If it's a Rhode Island car, that should be the last of your worries. I'd be more concerned about rust. Why not just buy a used 1994-1996 model from A
81 Cadet57 : It was garaged its entire life. Entire frame is solid- had it up on a lift this weekend. Halfway thru recoating it now. The thing that sold me on thi
82 TSS : How so? On all the parking brake designs I've seen that utilize the rear calipers, they clamp the disk in the same way that they do under normal brak
83 Post contains images BMI727 : It looks stupid. I have long arms too, so it works out. It has been longer than that, but people still don't get it. I have less of a problem with th
84 Fly2HMO : Uhm, yeah, no, not gonna happen unless you park the car with glowing red-hot discs. And I don't leave it in gear when I park it level just because th
85 Post contains images ajd1992 : Mine too. I hate hate hate knobs in their cars who think they own the road. I've got a driving licence, I'm just too poor to afford a car! My other o
86 Cadet57 : For every a-hole driver I see two a-hole cyclists here. They ride down the center of streets, cut in and out of traffic,. Don't signal,etc, etc. Yet
87 AM744 : NOS, Eibach and other performance related stickers sported in cars that don't actually have that technologies. Big single windscreen wipers. Any cheap
88 Post contains images aero145 : Makes sense, but most people I know, including me, have the clutch engaged anyways when they come to a stop and turn the engine off, and either put i
89 IH8BY : Almost as good as a Prius with a McCain sticker? Pet peeves for me include: Young people who think that they are much better judges of style than a c
90 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Habit/lazyness and safety: I make sure the car won't roll (or just barely) whatsoever to make sure im level. In my car at least, one click is more th
91 Andz : Never heard of damaging the transmission, it's just habit. Good habit. And it's not "stick shift" it is manual transmission aka real driving. Never h
92 waterpolodan : Vigilante run-overs... that got a laugh out of me. Nice. A couple more annoyances from my end- People that have no idea how roundabouts work. They re
93 Post contains images aero145 : A very good point! Well, bad habit then! Btw, I have started a new habit with my DSG-transmissioned V-Dub, and that is to leave it in neutral while p
94 Post contains images aero145 : Good habit to leave it neutral? Why not do the same with automatics? The parking pin is without a doubt more vulnerable to damage than the transmissi
95 Andz : Yes. My car requires that you press the clutch before starting it but lesser vehicles may not. Turning the key when it is in gear can be dangerous. V
96 Post contains images aero145 : When a car rental rents you a car or you lend someone your car, it makes sense. But if you cannot forget to press the clutch (and brake when needed)
97 Post contains images ShyFlyer : Found another one: Proclamations that "real driving" requires a manual transmission.
98 Post contains images aero145 : Actually I do agree with that. In my opinion: 'Fake driving' doesn’t exist. With automatic transmission it’s easier and more relaxed, but can be
99 Post contains images BMI727 : To be fair, a lot of car designers aren't doing so hot these days. Exhibit A: The Scion xB, which was promptly copied by other idiots. Yeah, I don't
100 474218 : A typical example of the government trying to protect idiots from themselves. I drive an RV and much prefer it to a hotel. If I take a trip in my car
101 Post contains images ajd1992 : This was before I passed my driving test - Now I have a full licence, god knows what I'm in for when I get a car... True, that happens here as well -
102 Cadet57 : i'm not saying it is. But the majority of cyclists bring a lot of their problems on themselves. I once even saw a cyclist cause an accident because h
103 ajd1992 : That's not really because he's on a bike though, that's more because his personality is "it's not my fault so it must be yours". If he was in a car y
104 sccutler : Perhaps worse - the "shoes" pressing out cause an out-of-round condition. Rear calipers can warp... ...well, actually, they need not be "glowing hot"
105 TWA902fly : Um how about box-cars.... namely Honda Element Nissan Cube (wtf is with that half curved around window in the back/side) Scion xB etc '902
106 Post contains images aero145 : Which is what Fly2HMO tries avoiding.
107 TSS : Certainly they can, and do, particularly when they're used past their minimum thickness spec or when they subjected to excessive heat such as when th
108 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Agreed. Hence why I said they would have to be red hot. The only somewhat every-day situation where noticeable warping will happen in a matter of min
109 Post contains images aero145 : Which probably doesn’t happen that much with little Ibizas that are not used on the race track.
110 waterpolodan : It is stick shift if that is the standard terminology where you are, and that is certainly the case here, though it seems in most of America when peo
111 BMI727 : I've rarely heard the term "standard transmission" used in the US (and indeed they are certainly not standard anymore), but calling it a "stick shift
112 Sabena332 : I hate it when people equip their 15 year old car with LED daytime running lights (seems to be a trend here in Germany lately), it looks so utterly ch
113 BMI727 : Another trend I don't care for is Audi starting to put the LED running lights on non-S models. It was a great trademark for the S-line and now they h
114 Post contains images Sabena332 : I like it actually that all Audi models are equipped with LED lights nowadays. Now you can't see on the first view that an Audi S is behind you. My S
115 Post contains images Fly2HMO : I could put some red lights inside the wheel well to create the effect
116 Post contains images aero145 : Made my b-day! Agreed! Even worse are for example old Astra combis with LED’s. You can do better than that by changing the exhaust pipes. Better wo
117 Post contains images Sabena332 : Happy Birthday! All the best! I'll have a drink on you tonight! These are the cars I mean, old Opel Astras, old Fiat Unos, VW Polos buils in 1992, et
118 Post contains images Andz :
119 Post contains images aero145 : Thank you very much, sir! Of course they do, and they will nevertheless be seen better using their headlights instead. I’m not too sure, it won’t
120 bohica : The winner in this category is the 1980 Chevrolet Citation. The radio and the climate controls were mounted SIDEWAYS behind behind the right side of
121 MD11Engineer : Well, a guy with a brand new Opel Zafira tried this with my old Landrover 110 (I routinely leave the gear in neutral, except on hills, and set the pa
122 Post contains images aero145 : Glad to hear that he didn’t do much damage to your Land Rover. But I think he wouldn’t have damaged anything more if you would have left it in ge
123 MD11Engineer : Well, I think I´m to be excused, I´m living in the countryside in a very rural village, and the LR comes very handy when I´ve got to haul stuff or
124 Post contains images aero145 : Excused? Why? I didn’t ACcuse you of anything. The car was made for people that live in the countryside, and I’m happy for you that you can use a
125 NorthStarDC4M : ok here we go: - People cutting across 3-4-5 lanes to make exits from the expressway at the last second - People with incorrectly mounted or misaligne
126 aerorobNZ : The bumper stickers hold the car together... MPVs like that are evil. Slow, heavy, expensive and a waste of space - the parents should just have used
127 Post contains links and images PHLBOS : Unless the above is a typo, there's no way you could've driven a 2011 model; they're not available nor being produced yet. http://www.chrysler.com/en
128 Post contains images aero145 : Four adults, one adolescent, and two children, thus 7 humans, qualify as people, don’t they? They fit in the S211 and S212 Mercedes-Benz.
129 BMI727 : A Caprice wagon will hold 6 with plenty of room to spare, 7 comfortably if some are kids, and 8 in a pinch. Just one more reason why CAFE are quite p
130 Post contains images Sabena332 : I promise that I will do that when I get my next tax refund..... so you can expect it in approx. 20 years. Great idea! Patrick
131 Post contains images aero145 : By then you’ll be a Mercedes driver. Not anymore because of your tax refunds!
132 Superfly : Same for the Lincoln Versailles (same as Granada and Monarch. What's worse about these is that the one's with column shift, it's impossible to insert
133 Post contains links and images PHLBOS : I am very well aware of the Caprice wagon's capabilities (my brother owned a '83 model during the 90s) but the Caprice wagon (& sedan) have not b
134 aero145 : Thanks for the heads up! Didn’t realise that there isn’t even a S212 350 sold in the USA! Shame, they are nice machines and I see no reason for n
135 Post contains links and images TSS : Both early and late Corvairs had fairly normal radio placement. '60-'64 Corvair- '65-'69 Corvair- However, the '63-'67 Corvettes used a vertically-al
136 PHLBOS : Thanks for the info. I knew that there was one 60s Chevy product that offered a vertically aligned radio. That's what I get for using Bing for images
137 Type-Rated : I thought 8 track players were the thing in the late 60's-mid 70's. By the 80's hadn't cassette players taken over by then?
138 Cadet57 : I thought so too. But a friends dad had a '78 black two door Continental that had an 8 track and iirc a cassette... That car was a beast. Someone bou
139 Post contains links and images Superfly : The AMC Ambassador of the late 1960s and early 1970s also had vertical radio controls. I think they also had vertical climate controls. The Ford Fair
140 PHLBOS : Actually during the early-80s, some vehicles still offered 8-track players in the options list. Cassette players started appearing on options' lists
141 Superfly : Lincoln offered it until 1984 model year. Ford Mercury offered it till 1983 model. In fact, there was a total redesign and new 8track player with sep
142 BMI727 : I just remembered another automotive pet peeve of mine. I hate those stupid plastic engine covers manufacturers like to put under the hood. Why would
143 Post contains images A332 : So what? Why does it matter what kind of vehicle a person transports their bike(s) with? Jealous that you are unable to do the same? What with big ey
144 Post contains images BMI727 : It looks stupid. Laugh when I see them, because it looks stupid. 18 years on, probably quite a bit. To be fair though, it seems like a lot of the tra
145 Post contains images UltimateDelta : When I saw the title, I instantly thought of this: The fact that in my dad's 2007 Ford Fusion, there's a separate 'Load' button you have to push to ma
146 Post contains images bohica : Yes...sideways. I had a 78 Ford Fairmont that had one of those turn signal horns. God only knows how many times I tried to honk the horn by pushing o
147 Superfly : Just out of curiosity, did you try looking for a used original hubcap that came with the car? The wrecking yards and used hubcap places have tons of
148 BMI727 : You can find replacements, but quality is sometimes an issue. My mom got replacements for the Caprice, but the new ones were made of plastic. We ende
149 Post contains images Superfly : I meant buying the exact same hubcaps that came with the car from a wrecking yard or used hubcap store. They would look exactly like the one's that c
150 bohica : Where I used to live at the time, there was no junkyard or used hubcap store within a reasonable distance. It was easier to paint the rims. From a di
151 BMI727 : We tried that but couldn't find any nearby.
152 Molykote : Sound deadening in many cases. If you've ever taken one of those off, they typically have insulation attached to the underside. They have a side bene
153 Post contains images waterpolodan : While I understand your sentiment, you have to admit that this sort of thing is exactly what this forum is for. He felt like ranting about people's s
154 WildcatYXU : My biggest automotive pet peeve: Driving is called privilege and yet rules are defined to cater to the most inept. If driving is indeed a privilege, t
155 BMI727 : Exactly. It isn't about looking cool, just not looking stupid. I don't think I set the bar too high.
156 Post contains images ACDC8 : Keeps your engine free of a lot of dirt and dust which makes it easier to keep clean especially in enviornments like our where you got lots of dirt c
157 BMI727 : I will admit that is a higher stratum of stupid, but on a 911? Come on. True, but cars survived for years without them.
158 Molykote : Necessary skills = 16 years old and not more than 90% blind in at least one eye.
159 ACDC8 : Here's the thing, a lot of people out there are car enthusiasts, and in many cases they are vehicle specific enthusiasts (Mustang, Corvette, 911, Civ
160 ACDC8 : Those are the legal skills and not neessary skills I'm afraid - big difference.
161 Post contains images Fly2HMO : Agreed. Some are a pain to deal with if you need to take them off to work on the rest of the engine. Good for you. You'll be back next time you're in
162 Superfly : Aren't all of those under the engine cover? Thus will still get splashes of water. Is there a cover on the underside of the engine?
163 Molykote : Yes, those parts are typically all under the engine cover. Most modern cars have an underbody splash shield as well. As the engine bay isn't too tigh
164 Post contains links Molykote : If it has a dip stick.... Superb engineering = eliminating an oil dipstick and installing a failure prone oil level sensor! I'm half kidding. I'll ta
165 NorthStarDC4M : ok i got one more... people who never replace their wiped blades and drive along at 20 when ever it rains... and actually along that point, people who
166 Post contains images Fly2HMO : LOL true, seems like they dont like them anymore either. I guess. But I like fiddling with my engines. I was disappointed to find my new car has no t
167 Post contains images Cadet57 : I have the locking wire ones on my Caprice, well about 3 weeks ago I was rotating my tires and didnt lock them on good enough one blew out about half
168 ACDC8 : North American cars that have to turn on all freakin' lights (interior, headlights, parking, tailights, back-up lights) when you open or close the doo
169 ajd1992 : It's a privilege if you have an easy driving test - in the UK and Australia it's considered a right because of how hard/expensive it is to learn to d
170 ShyFlyer : GM seems to be the biggest offender. What really annoys me is the back up lights because when I see them, I expect to see the vehicle backing out, no
171 Post contains images ACDC8 : Yup! So you slow down and pay attention to a vehicle that isn't even close to moving taking your eyes off other hazzards in the area. Another one of
172 Type-Rated : And I have heard that Mercedes Benz even has a inspector to make sure that a new Mercedes smells like a new Mercedes, the smell is very distinctive. B
173 Post contains images ShyFlyer : To serve as a beacon that cries out to the world: "Look upon me...for I am a tool of the highest degree!!"
174 Post contains images BMI727 : See, there was this guy who love coffee and happened to be an ecotard. Because of this he drove a compact Japanese car and recycled. One day he wante
175 Post contains links and images ACDC8 : Not familiar with MB ... but I can definetly tell the difference between Honda and VW for example. Love it when they pull up next to me and start rev
176 TSS : Agreed... Agreed... And agreed! In fact, GM seems to have something of a lighting fetish lately across the board. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I beli
177 BMI727 : That is even worse. It is for people who want to look like a tool but are too lazy to actually use tools.
178 bill142 : People who don't indicate. So, pretty much all of the United Kingdom.
179 Post contains images ACDC8 : LOL ... you can even get a V10 version Saw them at London Drugs last week selling for $40 ... they had a nice display stand set-up with a demonstrati
180 Andz : Funny you mention that, I was in the UK a couple of weeks ago and driving there was an absolute pleasure compared to here where the driving standards
181 ShyFlyer : My 2002 Tribute does this too, though from on to off is only a matter of roughly ten seconds. My guess is that it's easier on the eyes for the lights
182 bohica : Another one I've seen a couple times: Cars painted by their owners to resemble the racing car driven by their favorite NASCAR driver. This drives me n
183 BMI727 : I don't care much for that either, but I should point out that sometimes it is the manufacturers that are at fault. Not a big fan of that either, but
184 sv7887 : Definitely agree with you there. The S Class I have has these crappy Continental tires on them. Michelins used to be standard across the entire Benz
185 Post contains images NorthStarDC4M : Actually i have to disagree with you on these 2. auto wipers are a nice way to avoid having to reach for the mist wiper all the time in light precipi
186 Molykote : On my current BMW, both of these features have a manual modes. Nothing would stop you from using them. I don't mind either feature myself. Modern Ger
187 Superfly : My aunts brand new Mercedes E320 left her stranded on a freeway a few years ago. It took 4 days for the Mercedes 'specialist' to determine that a sen
188 A342 : Recently saw a dude who TAPED a box containing a DIY kit for some furniture to the roof of his car...
189 747srule : What do you call a Yugo with two tailpipes? A wheelbarrow!! What do you call a Yugo with a flat tire? Totaled!!
190 ShyFlyer : That's nothing. I saw a guy hauling around a couch on top of his Ford Focus.
191 Post contains links and images ACDC8 : Hey, if you do it right ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIUw5n6mNuI ... could be quite fun
192 Post contains links Andz : The latest craze here is covers for your car mirrors that look like the South African national flag. I know it is part of the World Cup hype but they
193 Silver1SWA : Excuse me if this has been posted already. I have not read the entire thread... The one thing that I have seen that just really, REALLY annoys me is p
194 Cadet57 : I saw that once when I was in Vegas with my family. They were kind enough to be displaying the porno they were watching to everyone they drove past..
195 PHLBOS : I'm surpirsed that there weren't any accidents as a result of this being openly displayed.
196 JAGflyer : -Luxury car dealer plate frames on shitboxes (no, you didn't buy your rusted Cavalier from Bentley of Beverly Hills) -Bobbleheads and dashboard decora
197 ShyFlyer : From ShyFlyer's Encyclopedia of Idiot Drivers: Smell My Exhaust Everyone likes their car to smell nice. Some people like a nice smell so much the inun
198 Cadet57 : It's funny you mention that. In the current Jegs catalog there are fuel additives that are designed to make the gas smell like various scents such as
199 Post contains images ACDC8 : Does it come in Jet A1 smell?
200 Post contains images Fly2HMO : I fail to see how that wouldn't screw up your engine in the long run.... Then again if you drive a beat up old junker that smokes like tire dump abla
201 BMI727 : Yep. I want an air freshener in that scent, but it has to be mixed with the coffee to really smell like an airplane.
202 Cadet57 : It's geared more towards racing engines so I'm assuming its formulated to compensate for that. But i honestly have no idea how it works.
203 MasterBean : Things that annoy me; cyclists who decide to take up the whole lane on a twist B road, drivers who drive in the pouring rain without lights, people wh
204 Post contains images ACDC8 : Close but no banana ... still find kerosene a more heavenly aroma Especially like the mixture of aromas on a F28 ... I don't remember the name of it,
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