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Your guilty car pleasure/confession


#21

Even in the bus?

I really don’t love supercars or sporty cars in general. Give me a big comfy luxury or GT car every day of the week instead.


#22

I actually like American cars (as a Brit…).


#23

I like cars like SUV coupes, and shooting brakes or wagons.


#24

I hate everything about Porsche and 99% of their designs (Lynching incoming).
I often find base-ier models of cars to have the superiour looks, American cars in particular.
I think the Japanese are a million times better at making bikes than making cars (Cool cars, at least).


#25

I loved my 1997 Honda Odyssey, and would gladly own another if given the opportunity.


#26

I had a Lanos, enough said.


#27

I have always liked “Malaise era” (mid/late) 70’s american car looks, Especially large 2 door Hard top (no B pillar) cars.
I also like “hooning” in some degree, Burnouts, donuts, etc. etc.

In some degree I see that there is only 3 or 4 cars worth owning built after late 90’s.
In other words I like my cars being cars, not motorized tupperware computers that take your parking space.


#28

The original Saturn S-series was by far the best American car made from the Gas Crisis to the Housing Collapse.

And now they make some of the best Gambler cars.


#29

Ahh you’ve gotta experience a true USA minivan… the first gen odyssey’s were small and only had 4-cylinders! If you ever get the chance, drive a 2011+ Grand Caravan or Town and Country… big, agile for their size and nearly 300 horsepower!

OT: I also love a good CVT sometimes.


#30

Oh especially in buses! We have some nice single decker Volvos at work that really do leave cars standing at the lights! So much fun


#31

Should drive an unloaded FH with the I-Shift. Fuckers move.


#32

give me shitboxes everyday


#33

I’m a shitbox enthusiast. I’m also a big fan of minivans.


#34

AMC Gremlins from 1976 - 1981 model years.
Ford LTD Landau 1979 & LTD II 1979
Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme 1967, 1972, 1973 & 1974
Oldsmobile Toronado 1976 & 1977, Cadillac Eldorado 1975
Chevrolet Caprice Classic 1997
Eagle Concord 1997
Mitsubishi Eclipse 1998
Ford Escort ZX2 2001, Ford Windstar LX 2001
Honda Pilot and Ridgeliine


#35

V O L V O. Those things are H O T. Only the estates though, the SUVs are fine but the saloons and just get in a bin, bring me more boot space, Volvo seem to be the only ones doing Estates right these days, long car, low roofline, not a jacked up hatchback with a big boot like most seem to be. And someone said they like Shooting Brakes, me too, there was a point where my dream car was a Volvo P1800 Shooting Brake. I mean just look at this sexy beast.
p1800


#36

Its kinda funny how car people stereotype themselves and their own group. People who know I am into cars always automatically assume (wow how’s that for alliteration :smile: ) that I involuntarily orgasm in the presence of Lamborghinis, GT40s, and Dodge Demons.

LOLNOPE! Show me a clean 1980s Corolla or an early 2000s Honda Accord coupe and I will be much more enthused.

Something about how most people own “shitbox” cars always makes me appreciate a well preserved one. They’re like a window into a past I never witnessed by myself and yet can somehow still experience. By comparison, top tier cars, especially performance ones, never appeal to me because their value as a record of humanity is extremely limited since only a few people will ever own them.

And I will almost certainly never own one! So maybe there is a bit of sour grapes here too…


Confessions:

  • I think the Ford Pinto was at least a half decent car and its sensationalized “design flaws” are extremely misunderstood.

  • There are few (if any) cars I want more than a Pinto wagon and/or AMC Gremlin.

  • I believe that 1950s / 60s American cars, while gorgeous, ride on a reputation created by complicated 1970s and 1980s socioeconomic factors and apart the aforementioned beauty are indeed not very noteworthy. Outside the context of the eras, they are actually deserving of reprimand.

Pleasures:

  • Intentionally taking the long way home so I can hoon back roads.

  • Late braking and accelerating much much faster than I actually need to.

  • Cloverleafs have only one true reason for existence: finding your car’s lateral acceleration limit of course!


#38
  • They were the start of the 2300 that lasted decades and powered millions of vehicles. Wouldn’t have lasted that long if they were total piles. :slight_smile: And it’s not like ANYONE’S economy cars were particularly good in that era.
  • I once owned a 1973 AMC Hornet hatchback (fastback) with a factory 304 V8. It was gorgeous and rumbly. But like a lot of pre-emissions V8’s, disappointingly slow and underpowered without a shit ton of modifications.
  • WILD CHEERING … they’re also so over-done at this point. I dunno, maybe I’ve spent so long in car counter-culture that I can’t appreciate the anymore… but a lot of those are now just “meh” to me.

#39

I have strange tastes, automotive and otherwise. But I’m in my 40s now, I just own it and don’t really have much shame. Hmm, guilty pleasures?

Racing other people’s cars, and beating them mercilessly. I wouldn’t do that to my cars, but heck, this dude can probably afford it…

Bringing a cheater to a demo derby and getting it the heck outta there before we get caught. Two pans with an inch an a half of cement in between, 3/8" stock behind the front fenders, etc etc. And demos are a particularly guilty pleasure.

Drag racing rental cars. Please don’t tell, we smoked that clutch. $50 well spent.

Ice racing, no studs. Limited traction is the great equalizer. It’s not cheating if you don’t get caught. We had a Dodge that had been hit in the side, conscripted to the junkyard, but hit hard enough that the rear alignment couldn’t have been legal.

I respect a creative cheater.

I’d better stop now hehehe


#40

Now that there is a classic American motorsport, I’m sure of it. Rental companies didn’t help with their “special editions”. If we got special Sparks and Impalas instead of Hertz Mustangs and Thrifty CSXes, it just wouldn’t be as fun, now would it? :wink:


#41

Great, now I’m getting a migraine just thinking about drag racing a Spark. Lol… You don’t even need to floor it to get pain from that. CVT + almost no sound deadening = “WREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE”