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May 29, 2008 (5:11 am)
The 4-2 has a hard core jittery ride. I guess I'd have to change my expectations about why you own a car - I don't live in the city. Also, the mileage is good but not better than some larger and SAFER cars. Safety in head on collssions and other potential disaster is an issue if you drive in the NE and sitting on the rear axle of a car is not for everyone. Also, the roads are horrible here. If I live in south FLA again, it could make sense.
The GLH was a great car among a bunch of lame compacts, except for the GTI. I used to love the turbo lagged punch the 2.2 could provide, for a while anyway, in that smaller lighter package. My sister had the vanilla omni and I remember not being able to pass a loaded garbage truck.
#1092 of 1124 Re: It's about the ACCESSORIES!!
May 30, 2008 (5:47 pm)
Most cars are acceptable, but to me it's the add-on choices that speak VOLUMES about the owner/driver.
For instance, most plain-jane pickups project a positive image (no-nonsense, hard-working, sensible), but when tarted up with silly jacked-up pavement-queen bits (or slammed on hydraulics & Dayton wires), they are embarrassing beyond belief.
Honda Civics are nice, efficient transport, but when "tuned" by a pimply, hormone-enraged F&F fanboy, they become a buzzy, annoying tribute to bad taste & lousy driving.
I find most Tahoes & Yukons inoffensive, but if they're sportin' "dubs", limo-tint & necklaces hanging from the interior mirror, the IQ of the driver is magically lower than their shoe size, and you can count on them having the stereo cranked WAY up & the windows half-down so that we can hear there mindless FM-radio crap.
#1093 of 1124 Wouldn't be caught dead in..unless I was really dying!
Jul 01, 2008 (4:31 pm)
Chickmobiles! My ex-GF had a VW Cabriolet, and I was totally humiliated driving it, or even being seen in it! She claimed to have never heard the term "Chickmobile" until I said it when I made the first comments about it. She currently has a Mini, another chickmobile, IMO.
Any tiny cars. Just for comfort's sake, and most of them are truly stupid looking on top of it. I have size 14 feet, and a lot of cars are torture for me to even be in for a short period. I use my feet as the first hurdle a vehicle has to pass when I consider buying one. A lot of them just aren't right for someone with big feet! I don't like my knees up against the dash either..
Small Pickups. All the problems of the tiny cars, with less gas milage, and a worse ride.
Any car or truck with huge wheels. A friend recently bought a Ford F150 at a great price, with 22 or 24" wheels on it. It looked ridiculous! He put the wheels on Ebay, and got a ton of money for them. He bought some sanely sized wheels and tires for it, and still had $600 left! 20" wheels are as big as I would ever want to go, on a car or truck. Giant wheels slow the vehicle down, are fragile, and ride bad too. They look even worse..
Jul 28, 2008 (4:35 am)
Anyone notice a gender tendancy behind the Eos wheel? It seems to fit in nicely where the Cabrio left off, and the waning beetle of course.
Mar 12, 2011 (1:56 pm)
Those four door coupes from Mercedes, Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, Acura and Honda are among my least favorite vehicles. I think they're overpriced, for what you get, porky, and, to my eyes, ugly.
#1096 of 1124 Re: 4-Door Coupes [hpmctorque]
Mar 12, 2011 (2:56 pm)
Are you talking about those raised-up hatchback things that are sort of a reincarnation of the old hunchback '78-79 Cutlass Salon and Century? I agree, those things are ugly, fat, not that roomy, and for the most part I don't see their point. I remember at the DC auto show last year, when we first saw them, the BMW actually wasn't that bad. At least it was kinda roomy, both front and rear, and had some storage space. But the Honda and Acura versions just seemed useless in all respects.
Is Volkswagen making one of those things, too? When you said "4-door coupe", I was also thinking of car like the Benz CLS or VW Passat CC. I do kinda like those. They remind me a bit of the old hardtop sedans of a bygone era. Even though they come with a B-pillar these days, overall they're still pretty sleek compared to the regular sedans.
#1097 of 1124 Re: 4-Door Coupes [andre1969]
Mar 12, 2011 (10:41 pm)
Yeah, those are the ones to which I'm referring. Sure, there's a certain similarity with the '78-'79 Cutlass and Century, although I hadn't thought of that until you mentioned it. It's an interesting comparison, but to me the the Cutlass and Century of those years were more logical than these new coupes, because, (1) the pricing premiums over their Malibu and LeMans counterparts were consistent with their pricing differentials were consistent with the brands, and, (2) they didn't sacrifice space efficiency or interior configuration (eg. headroom).
Come to think of it, the X-car models reversed the sedan/hatchback order, with the more popular priced Celebrity and Phoenix sedans being fastbacks and the more premium priced Omega and Skylark featuring notchback styling.
Although styling is largely a matter of taste, I prefer the looks of the BMW 5-Series, Mercedes E-Class and Passat sedans to their 4-door coupe counteparts.
It's late, so maybe I didn't express my points very logically.
Feb 13, 2013 (6:00 pm)
The brand I'd least like to own is the Smart.
#1099 of 1124 Re: Not Smart [hpmctorque]
Feb 14, 2013 (6:20 am)
The brand I'd least like to own is the Smart.
+1 on that!
Apr 18, 2013 (1:09 am)
Do you think you'll ever own a diesel or hybrid? Yes, probably, maybe, never? Why/why not?
I could see myself owning a diesel, but not a hybrid, unless there's a major breakthrough in battery technology. Whatever I buy has to make economic sense, without government incentives, and be fun to drive.