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Your guilty car pleasure/confession


#246

Citroen C4 Cactus, specifically the Forbidden Chocolate coloring:

I’ve never wanted to eat part of a car so much in my entire life, I genuinely really like them.


#247

I love the look of the cop models.


#248

Lada 111/112



#249

For some reason I don’t really like most Japanese cars in general. Honestly, there’s loads of them that are extremely overhyped and overpraised. They are not bad, but people just think they are undefeatable.

Also, I hate most of the car communities where people just circlejerk about things that are trendy and “correct”. e.g. over-praising certain cars, despising newer cars as unreliable (irl new cars are actually much, much more reliable than older cars, it’s more of a problem of complexity, care and human error), despising supercars and over-praising manuals.


#250

They’re not that much more reliable than most anything made since at least the mid 90s. Although they are definitely more efficient. But I agree on the complexity thing. Hence why I prefer 90s cars (although I do still have a soft spot for newer econoboxes, including a prior car I referenced here, the 3 banger Mitsubishi Mirage). I’m definitely a stickshift supremacist, but autos definitely have appeal for good reason. I personally don’t care for torque converted autos and despise dual clutches, but I love CVTs (when done right. Like Honda’s. Theirs is one of the few automatics I genuinely like (although I’d still never give up manual completely for it)).


#251

I know what you love, don’t worry, I’m not here to judge you, but then most of the Internet car communities are just a big pile of circlejerk POS and they keep praising cars that are at least from 90’s or earlier. I just extremely tired of them anyway.
On the complexity side tho, most new cars aren’t that complex than anything before them, as most of the internals are just similar to what their 90’s or 00’s siblings anyway, but with some newer tech + safety features fitted inside.
Besides that, despite their complexity most new cars are at least carefully designed to meet the standards, reliability levels and all kinds of driver’s tastes.
And honestly I’m no stickshift elitist, and I don’t hate automatics either. But I actually love to own a car with DCT, if tuned great they can be good as a manual or as an automatic at the same time.


#252

I think it’s more packaging and how some of the tech is integrated. But that varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. Hondas are gonna be super simple to work on irrespective of the year for instance. Whereas an Audi will typically be more obtuse (no hate for those who like Audi). Speaking of german cars and their overly complex design, I invoke another guilty pleasure of mine, the W220 Mercedes S Class.

I’ve always just liked their styling (not as much as 70s to early 90s Mercs, those I absolutely adore aesthetically) and see them floating around for cheap. Always thought it would be fun to take one with a larger engine (V8 or V12, either works), convert it to coils, put an exhaust on, and make an odd german land yacht/muscle car combo.


#253

I gotta say I agree with you on that, but I much prefer the look and interior of the W221. Pure beauty!


#254

sticking with the Merc theme
(may already have been posted, but…)

I ABSOLUTELY HATE MODERN (last two gens) MERCS!

They are all blobby round and their overdone grilles and GAAAH!


#255

Personally I don’t hate modern Mercs… but I have literally no idea how to distinguish a modern C-Class and an E-Class

This image is from google and… what the hell is supposed to be the difference


#256

one is C one is E


#257

Speaking of modern Mercedeses…plz don kill me

I actually like them.


#258

I also kinda like the CLA’s styling. Although I’m definitely not a fan of the new C, E, or S class’ styling.


#259

i mean…
the T-model wagon-gang versions are “okay-ish” at best, but the sedans/ coups/ whatever else there is is just…

pukes all over the place

eeehhh…
sorry…


#260

Wait until you see the current BMW ones.

What is this, a car-sized radiator?


#261

Unpopular opinion: I quite like modern Mercedes, I adore Audis, and I have and always will strongly dislike any BMW.

I can tell the difference, though it’s kinda dumb admittedly. The E-Class has one more headlight strand and one more grille bar. THat’s how the differentiate it, and the S-class has three bits of its headlight.


#262

One way to distinguish between both is the headlights. You can see that the C class has one strip going down the headlight, but the E class has two. Small detail, but it really helps out for me


#263

Something slightly different, but on-topic since this is about confessions and guilty car pleasures right? So here’s one:

I ragged the hell out of my hire car:

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driving through a Slovenian mountain pass:

in order to meat meet Mr Žnopresk himself, @NormanVauxhall (selfies not included)

I was a little ambitious in my target and had a tight schedule, and because I was staying in Triglav National Park which is lovely but also very out of the way, all of it was on these tiny roads you could barely squeeze a B seg on while hurtling around blind corners and hairpins hoping you didn’t plow into a car/van/cyclist/pedestrian/tractor or fly off the edge off a cliff/into a tree/into a house.

Forty kilometers of this stuff be like Initial D Rally yeeeee boi

The gradients were also quite steep, the poor 0.9L 3-pot could barely handle the uphill. The downhill, however, was pure left-foot braking, heel-toe downshift Eurobeat Intensifies. It’s not speeding if you don’t actually break the posted speed limit, right? But the real trick is doing the posted speed limit around a hairpin!

Without the immediate threat of wrapping oneself around a tree or flying off into a gorge, the view was spectacular.

The village of Kneža, from the road above

All-in-all, the mission was successful, I was back home in time for tea, and the car was none the worse for wear (I won’t mention anything about the slightly cooked brakes). And I know how many people here speak of the joys of the mountain pass. But it was a bit reckless, hence a guilty pleasure.


#264

Hehe I ninja’d you on that one;)


#265

Oh shit I didn’t realize lol