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    1. Wikipedia (which we all know is always correct)...

      Wikipedia (which we all know is always correct) says "Despite its dated design, the Century and its sibling the Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera still sold well during the 1990s and proved both reliable and...
    2. Also, AFAIK, GM never made any W-body wagons, so...

      Also, AFAIK, GM never made any W-body wagons, so the A-body wagons served that role.

      GM's "dustbuster" minivans were also based on the A-body chassis.
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      "Caddy names it is flagship"? :sly: ↓ :wave:

      "Caddy names it is flagship"? :sly:

      ↓ :wave:
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      This is one of the reasons why I "downgraded"...

      This is one of the reasons why I "downgraded" from a Mazda3 to a Mazda2. The Mazda3's wide center console seriously intruded upon my knee room and foot room.
      ...
    5. Automakers have been playing these name games for...

      Automakers have been playing these name games for decades. In the 1960s, VWoA referred to the Microbus as a "station wagon" and the Squareback wagon as a "sedan".
    6. Hyundai is "hyoon-die" in the UK and Canada. ...

      Hyundai is "hyoon-die" in the UK and Canada.

      In the USA, it's "Hun-day", because Hyundai USA's ad agency back in the '80s said the company needed an easier to pronounce and friendlier-sounding...
    7. "Hun-day" is the official Americanized...

      "Hun-day" is the official Americanized pronunciation of Hyundai. In other countries it's different.

      There is one dealer around here that pronounces it "Hon-day" in their radio ads, through --...
    8. Why the hell doesn't Subaru have retained...

      Why the hell doesn't Subaru have retained accessory power on their power windows? :screwy: My '97 VW Passat gives you 15 minutes of retained accessory power on all 4 windows. Most other cars give you...
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      I don't think anyone would complain if Honda gave...

      I don't think anyone would complain if Honda gave it "fun to drive" gearing in 1st to 5th gear and then a long-legged highway cruising ratio in 6th gear.

      Currently, the Fit is revving higher in...
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      Even the 3-cylinder Mirage doesn't rev that high...

      Even the 3-cylinder Mirage doesn't rev that high at highway speed! It's crazy for an "economy" car to have such short gearing, especially with a 6-speed.
    11. Whose fault is it? Audi's, for using two rear fog...

      Whose fault is it? Audi's, for using two rear fog lights, which can be easily mistaken for brake lights.
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      I saw one on the road yesterday, and the new Fit...

      I saw one on the road yesterday, and the new Fit sure has been hit with the ugly stick... not that the Fit was ever beautiful, but with each new generation, the styling keeps getting more and more...
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      It was considered very risky when Chevrolet...

      It was considered very risky when Chevrolet massively downsized the Caprice in 1977... but it turned out to be a huge sales success.


      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=33HVRcWYwNs

      The problem...
    14. Is Kia beating BMW at its own game? No. :wave:

      Is Kia beating BMW at its own game? No. :wave:
    15. The fractional pricing dates back to the 1930s,...

      The fractional pricing dates back to the 1930s, when the national gas tax was increased from 1 to 1½ cents per gallon. Rather than raise their prices by a whole cent to cover it (which would've been...
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      Are they vanity or state-issued plates?

      Are they vanity or state-issued plates?
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      Because naming a car after Henry Ford's son Edsel...

      Because naming a car after Henry Ford's son Edsel worked so well for Ford...
    18. In the '80s and '90s, Audi advertised their...

      In the '80s and '90s, Audi advertised their 5-cylinder engine as "2.22 liters"... they didn't round it up, unlike the "5.0" Mustang that actually was 4.94L... or the new "4K" TVs and monitors that...
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      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR0Ofu0M53g

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rR0Ofu0M53g
    20. Off-topic, but... Ford turned them into...

      Off-topic, but...



      Ford turned them into "idiot gauges" that lock the needle to the center position at all except the extremes, because even with the "normal" range printed on the gauges,...
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