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(Daily Mail)   Cool: Bagging a Groupon deal to drive a rare Ferrari for $50. Not Cool: Crashing into a BMW. Fark: Your insurance has a 'Never pay' clause in the fine print   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 163
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2012-10-04 04:27:44 PM

dragonchild: you got the impression that the Japanese design their cars backwards


Whether the impression is mistaken or not, I'll still maintain that (regardless of industry) engineering driven marketing results in higher quality products than marketing driven engineering.

Unfortunately the mass market often doesn't give a shiat about quality. More people will buy a $1 product that lasts 6 months than a $5 product that lasts 5 years.

Most people are too short sighted to see that the $1 product they have to replace every 6 months will wind up costing them twice as much in the long run. There's less profit in educating consumers than keeping them ignorant.
 
2012-10-04 05:05:07 PM

StrangeQ: Girion47: I love American Muscle douchebags, hating on J-cars because they're cheaper, look better, and handle better than the american boats. Hows that visibility in the Camaro? Or driving what looks like a block of wood Charger?

Yeah, those Civics just look so awesome with the coffee can muffler hanging off the back and those Type-R stickers plastered on the window. What's that? Your fart can gave you a 5hp boost? So what, does that finally put you over 100hp? How's the torque on that 2-liter four-banger?


Whoa whoa WHOA. Type R stickers give 2 HP boost per sticker; 5 HP for Kanji stickers per character. You could EASILY get 300 HP turbo mega boost on stickers alone!!!!

Not so CSS: One lonely lightning-like-crazy night on patrol, dead as Hell and no calls, stopped by the gas station for much-needed caffeine. There it was. A BRIGHT YELLOW Geo Storm, covered in Type R and Kanji. Huge wing spoiler and fart can.

Owner was buying six six-packs of Red Bull and two cases of Mountain Dew. Since I'm nice, I small-talk him.

"Long night ahead huh?"
"Yes officer, my buddy and I are gonna put a new spoiler on this bad boy and some Flows on it."
"Alrighty. Well y'all have fun with that."

We part and go our separate ways.

Two weeks later, said Storm is "4 sell" at the grass lot across the street from said gas station. Best claim to fame? "600 added HP!" but more exclamations.

Farkers. What the fark are Flows? Is this some redneck nonsense this dude made up? This has bothered me for 3 damn years; best I can come up with is Flowmaster.

I miss that job.

/CSS
 
2012-10-04 05:40:45 PM

sovietski: What the fark are Flows? Is this some redneck nonsense this dude made up?


I would assume some kind of cosmetic "ground effects" package.

And LOL at the "+600 HP". A Geo Storm would be completely uncontrollable and would likely tear itself apart with half that much power under the hood.

My money is on stupid redneck pulling shait out of his ass and not knowing WTF he is talking about.
 
2012-10-04 05:42:58 PM
The more I think about it, the more this smells like attempted insurance fraud gone wrong. I wonder how behind the owner of the Ferrari was on payments. Seriously, £25 for any schmuck to spin it in the rain? He just wasn't counting on the insurance to refuse payment, for some reason.
 
2012-10-04 05:50:45 PM

The Muthaship: Incetardis: There's plenty of kids out there who can handle a wrench that will embarrass GT-Rs light-to-light with 10k Fox body 5.0 Mustangs that are half rusted out.

What I find is that everybody thinks they can beat it light to light. Or at least they can't help trying.


I admit, I'd be wanting to pull against you.


I get a kick out of the VW GTI's and Civic DX's that try to race me. I always accelerate to 5 over the speed limit and let them pull away like they've won. I've gotten a few of them pulled over that way.
 
2012-10-04 05:52:22 PM

The Envoy: I just saw one of these for the first time a few days ago. It's such a weird looking car but nevertheless is quite appealing. It's such an odd thing, to have something teetering perfectly on the line between hideous and desirable. If it goes anything like the Coupe does then it should be fun to drive.


I've had the non-turbo Veloster for 11 months. It's a pure joy to drive and has fantastic gas mileage. It handles very similarly to the Audi Allroad I had a few years ago. No, not as refined, but damn near as responsive. It's a perfectly balanced car and really a steal for the price.

I honestly don't think I need the Turbo and I'll just run it for a few more years. One of the best purchases I've made in a long time.

/Actually took the time to fill out the JD Power survey and I usually throw those things out.
 
2012-10-04 06:59:04 PM

clyph: sovietski: What the fark are Flows? Is this some redneck nonsense this dude made up?

I would assume some kind of cosmetic "ground effects" package.

And LOL at the "+600 HP". A Geo Storm would be completely uncontrollable and would likely tear itself apart with half that much power under the hood.

My money is on stupid redneck pulling shait out of his ass and not knowing WTF he is talking about.


You may be correct, however the car looked exactly the same when it was "4 sell." Well, the "wing" spoiler had little flare thingies on the ends, like actual wings, but Google did not agree with that being a "flow."

Never ran in to the dude again, so I'll never know what happened. I ran the car because I thought it damn coincidental, but it was legit.

Minus all its cosmetic blunders it was in semi-okay shape.

(After all that caffeine he bought, I'm surprised their hearts didn't explode.)
 
2012-10-04 08:52:05 PM

Girion47: I always accelerate to 5 over the speed limit and let them pull away like they've won. I've gotten a few of them pulled over that way.


Ha! I do the same thing.
 
2012-10-04 09:18:48 PM

James F. Campbell: A car is a tool to get me from point A to point B reliably and safely. It will only decrease in value; frankly, I prefer to let other people eat that cost. My identity is not so insubstantial that I need to shore it up with a decaying hunk of metal and plastic.


unrealitymag.com

I buy all my cars at police auctions.
 
2012-10-05 05:55:24 AM
Old Smokie: They don't sell the new RS6 in the US. Here I go assuming you live in US. The old one was cool though.

If I somehow strike it rich you can buy my M5, but I gotta pay it off first...

Luckily I'm in Jollye Olde Englande so I can get one. Obviously I'm talking second-hand cars here, I can't afford a new one of either!
 
2012-10-05 06:51:35 AM
Sucks to be him....
 
2012-10-05 11:14:01 AM

clyph: sovietski: What the fark are Flows? Is this some redneck nonsense this dude made up?

I would assume some kind of cosmetic "ground effects" package.


It's likely they refering to cylinder head porting.

Though by your description what they were probably actually planning was porting and polishing which is largely useless.
 
2012-10-05 03:25:05 PM

StrangeQ: Girion47: I love American Muscle douchebags, hating on J-cars because they're cheaper, look better, and handle better than the american boats. Hows that visibility in the Camaro? Or driving what looks like a block of wood Charger?

Yeah, those Civics just look so awesome with the coffee can muffler hanging off the back and those Type-R stickers plastered on the window. What's that? Your fart can gave you a 5hp boost? So what, does that finally put you over 100hp? How's the torque on that 2-liter four-banger?


You would be supprised what a 2.0 i4 engine can do if done properly.

I drive a SAAB 9-5 with a 2.0t and its a nice sleeper car. 230hp and 260 lb·ft torque stock, and plenty of room for additional power stock hardware with just an ECU tune. Now i know i am not going to blow the doors off any RWD muscle car or anything but I still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Off the line its a bit slow (i actually like this, it makes for a very smooth drive) but from 40mph+ it really shines. Its fun to have a civic with a fart can go to blow by me on the highway and then get supprised when they cant catch up. Top gear actually said from 40-70 the 9-5 is actually faster than a 911 turbo.

Again, I am not saying that its a sports car, but its comfortable, can take a roof rack for my bikes and kayaks and can even town my 15' boat with ease and it can also supprise you what a properly setup 2.0 i4 engine can deliver.
 
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