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      04-22-2012 11:14 AM #1
      So I think I'm about officially tired of several pretty recent automotive trends, be they styling, gimmicks, etc. The ones I can think of off the top of my head are:

      - "fluid" styling (Hyundai and Mercedes comes to mind, and I can't believe those two share ANYTHING except 4 wheels)

      - LEDs, halos, any kind of lights which are one step above a PepBoys special

      - gaping maw frontends

      - 19"+ wheels on anything other than trucks

      - overstyling, mainly slats, vents, and intakes, 98% of which don't do anything

      I'd vote for the catfish frontends and oversize wheels, I'm sick of every company thinking they need to have a massive grill opening or two. Its especially crappy when you can see the blacked-out section for the crash bar, or flat plastic where there isn't an actual opening. This is chasing a trend, not doing something original or attractive. I've also gotten sick of heavy-ass oversize wheels with rubberbands for tires, they hurt ride quality and make cars look cartoony or like a caricature. The new Boxster S comes standard with 19s, and to me that's ridiculous given that its supposed to be a car that is a basic, fun roadster. I have 18s on my TT and I'm ditching them ASAFP for 17s and more tire, enough of this ****

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      04-22-2012 11:21 AM #2
      led DRL's.

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      04-22-2012 11:25 AM #3
      Not new but, stretch and poke. "Stanced" so low retarded low you make everyone wait behind you while you drive over a pebble at a snails pace

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      04-22-2012 05:53 PM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by Sir UNBANNED_GERBIL M.B. View Post
      Not new but, stretch and poke. "Stanced" so low retarded low you make everyone wait behind you while you drive over a pebble at a snails pace
      I've gotta go with this one.

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      04-23-2012 05:31 PM #5
      led DRL's
      x2
      ...that shut off when you turn on the indicator, as mentioned earlier. Probably just the bandwagon thing that gets me, as I like them at first on Audis...then Mercs, now Korean cars.
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      04-23-2012 05:32 PM #6
      The only one i really hate is big rims (wheels for American).
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      04-23-2012 06:29 PM #7
      ventiports, pepboys or factory, found anywhere other than on a (old) Buick.


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      04-24-2012 09:50 AM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by JCMaler View Post
      ventiports, pepboys or factory, found anywhere other than on a (old) Buick.

      How about the fact that this was considered a viable design in the first place.

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    9. 04-24-2012 12:08 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by Woodski View Post
      led DRL's.

      yeah but why!?!? They are energy efficient and bright so who cares?

      The only thing i dont really like is 18+ inch wheels on regular everyday cars. They are not needed for handling, or to cover larger brakes, they just cost double when you need tires.

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      04-22-2012 11:27 AM #10
      I don't even think trucks need 19" wheels.
      Trucks need meaty tires to deal with truck use activity, not low pro sticky rubber that would lose all grip on level wet grass.
      It is kind of ironic that big trucks became popular because of their husky commercial image, yet if you look at real commercial use trucks they have tall sidewalls.

      AFTERMARKET HID DROP IN KITS.
      Or better yet- some type of headlight inspection standard for all states to allow such kits if they are installed and aimed properly.

      Only making designed efficiency a priority with hybrid models.
      A super aerodynamic hatchback with low rolling resistant tires and an efficient properly geared gas engine could come damn close to matching hybrid mpg in normal use for 2/3rds the price.
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      04-22-2012 11:30 AM #11
      -unpainted bland black/gray textured front/rear valences and side skirts.

      -and everything already mentioned

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      04-22-2012 11:40 AM #12
      Quote Originally Posted by hinshu View Post
      -unpainted bland black/gray textured front/rear valences and side skirts


      That isn't new. See: 1980s.

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      04-22-2012 11:41 AM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Grey Mouser View Post
      That isn't new. See: 1980s.
      touche...

      well it still needs to end

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      04-22-2012 11:39 AM #14
      -Brodozers
      -Stancing (I refuse to use stance as a verb), and I can't stand waiting for them to pull into a lot.
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      -People who generally don't take care of their cars. Guy down my street has a 944 that is beat to **** and annoyingly loud because it needs so much work, yet he must think for some reason it sounds good.

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      04-22-2012 06:08 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by clutchrider View Post
      -Brodozers
      -Stancing (I refuse to use stance as a verb), and I can't stand waiting for them to pull into a lot.
      Not to start anything, but what's so different about waiting for a "stanced" car pull into a lot and something like a super car?

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      04-22-2012 06:16 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by crazexr7 View Post
      Not to start anything, but what's so different about waiting for a "stanced" car pull into a lot and something like a super car?
      I think you are trying to start something. Who said it's any fun to wait for super cars?

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      04-22-2012 06:18 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by crazexr7 View Post
      Not to start anything, but what's so different about waiting for a "stanced" car pull into a lot and something like a super car?
      Lots of supercars (ex. Carrera GT, Enzo) come equipped with hydraulics to raise the front end a bit to get over curbs and sketchy pavement.

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      04-23-2012 04:25 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      AFTERMARKET HID DROP IN KITS.
      x2 This should be illegal…..period. I have been blinded many times by d-bags that drop this crap in to their halogen housings without any concern for how bright they are or what direction they are pointing in.

      Also, fart-can / potato-gun exhausts in any application, but more so with smaller displacement engines.

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      04-23-2012 04:50 PM #19
      Quote Originally Posted by Lchop1.8T View Post
      x2 This should be illegal…..period.
      It is illegal.

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      04-22-2012 12:15 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by l88m22vette View Post
      - "fluid" styling (Hyundai and Mercedes comes to mind, and I can't believe those two share ANYTHING except 4 wheels)
      guess you missed the 4 year Daimler Hyundai partnership where Mercedes shared engineering tech in exchange for Korean mass production know how.

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      04-22-2012 12:56 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by Burnin8r View Post
      guess you missed the 4 year Daimler Hyundai partnership where Mercedes shared engineering tech in exchange for Korean mass production know how.
      I highlighted the important word in your statement. I said styling. Styling has very little to do with engineering, aside from making them work once both are decided upon. Mercedes in general has gone off the deep end as of the last 5 years - random badges, gaudy accenting, take-and-paste aesthetic. Apparently trend has replaced class
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      04-22-2012 04:21 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by l88m22vette View Post
      - LEDs, halos, any kind of lights which are one step above a PepBoys special

      I hate these!! And VW, yours are among the worst!!! Stop this hideous trend and think up something different. Simple and tasteful would be nice.

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      04-22-2012 04:32 PM #24
      The LED rhinestones are getting way out of control.

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      04-22-2012 06:44 PM #25
      I hate this new trend with lame LED strips or headlight designs. Check out the LED strip on the Porsches and you will see the lame afterthought they appear to be.

      Fake vents are everywhere and look and are terrible.

      Fake carbon fiber items kills me too

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      04-24-2012 01:51 PM #26
      Quote Originally Posted by Jettavr666 View Post
      yeah but why!?!? They are energy efficient and bright so who cares?

      The only thing i dont really like is 18+ inch wheels on regular everyday cars. They are not needed for handling, or to cover larger brakes, they just cost double when you need tires.
      You know what's more energy efficient than LED day time running lights? Not having day time running lights... DRL are dumb

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      04-24-2012 01:54 PM #27
      They're required by law.

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      04-24-2012 02:21 PM #28
      Quote Originally Posted by Fritz27 View Post
      They're required by law.
      Canada, yeah, but I'm not aware they were ever made mandatory in the US. Of course, I could be wrong...

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      04-24-2012 01:57 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by Fritz27 View Post
      They're required by law.
      So are front license plates in CA, and I don't have one of those either. DRL are still dumb, glad I was able to shut mine off for good

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      04-22-2012 11:34 AM #31
      Corporate xerox machine styling across an entire product line.

      Spaceship cockpit wannabe interiors. Toyota and Honda, I'm looking directly at you. They're just plain silly, and a total mess. Sure, the ergos might be alright, but when the interior design makes you wonder where the button for retracting landing gear or turning on the thrusters is, something is very wrong.
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      04-22-2012 12:26 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by Señor Peligro View Post
      Corporate xerox machine styling across an entire product line.
      This.

      I will grant an exception for Aston Martin though.

    33. 04-22-2012 12:42 PM #33
      Quote Originally Posted by Fritz27 View Post
      This.

      I will grant an exception for Aston Martin though.
      Does that mean you also grant one to Ford?

      And I actually agree with the 19'+ wheels on everything trend being obnoxious. I also don't like the new style of wheels that are two toned. First example that comes to mind is the new GLI with the silver wheels with gloss black trim. I guess it started on the Hufeisen wheels though now that I think about it, but hufs I just didn't like the shape of in the first place.

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      04-22-2012 01:00 PM #34
      Quote Originally Posted by Chileno View Post
      Does that mean you also grant one to Ford?
      No, but Fords don't all look the same. Or do you mean that because the new Fusion kinda sorta looks like an Aston because of the shape of its headlights and grille and you did not understand my comment?

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      04-22-2012 09:02 PM #35
      Quote Originally Posted by Señor Peligro View Post
      Corporate xerox machine styling across an entire product line.
      Spaceship cockpit wannabe interiors. Toyota and Honda, I'm looking directly at you. They're just plain silly, and a total mess. Sure, the ergos might be alright, but when the interior design makes you wonder where the button for retracting landing gear or turning on the thrusters is, something is very wrong.
      Completely agree. I hate to see a car design ruined because they had to graft on a corporate front end to it (Genesis Coupe, Lexus GS just to name a few).

      I also hate the rising belt lines making visibility border-line unsafe (Camaro, etc).

      Huge wheel arches with 24" wheels and tires which cost 600 per wheel is also ridiculous.

      Unfortunately people will not be motivated to buy new models unless they look significantly different than their current car (making the current one seem "old"), therefore these new polarizing styling trends continue... its all marketing.
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