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Dumb Ads

C13C13 Posts: 390
edited March 8 in General
Here's a great one I saw tonight:

"Does not run, but burns oil."
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  • dhoffdhoff Posts: 282
    Love that one.

    The best one I ever saw was in the Milwaukee Journal in the mid or late Eighties. It was an ad from Capitol Import Autos for the Suzuki Samurai (remember, back when all the controversy started about them rolling over).

    It had a picture of a Samurai UPSIDE DOWN, with a headline that read "You'll FLIP over our prices!"

    I kid you not. I wish I would have cut it out and saved it.

    Dave
  • rapunzelrapunzel Posts: 15
    But are those dumb ads, or truth in advertising? ;-)
  • glengleglengle Posts: 57
    Check out the back of this month's Car and Driver. Good stuff there, too. Like a Civic ad bragging about having an "internal combustion engine, pneumatic tires, and much more!"
  • C13C13 Posts: 390
    Saw that. It's great. There's a Mercury Mistake for sale too.
  • ralph124cralph124c Posts: 36
    Remember when the GM "X" cars came out? They ran an ad showing an X car towing a trailor, without the rear wheels (on the car).
    Of course, they had a disclaimer on the bottom of the screen "DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS"...still wonder if some moron did imitate the ad, got killed, and then the widow tried to sue!
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,353
    How about the ads that showed the Jeep charging through a mountain stream with water splashing up over the fenders...someone forgot to tell people that you aren't supposed to drive in water deep enough to get into your air cleaner....(water sucks into cylinders, piston comes up, tries to compress water, bends all the connecting rods).

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  • C13C13 Posts: 390
    There's also the time-honored tradition of photographing the car at sunset driving about 30 - 40 mph through the waves at Daytona or some similar beach. Imagine all that salt water getting forced up into the rocker panels and doors and the sand helping to trap it there and hold it for a nice long while.

    I'd like to see that car 2 yrs later.
  • sunlinersunliner Posts: 36
    Does the abysmal spelling in common classifieds count? In particular, how many Buick "Rivera" or "Riveria" ads have you seen? What is a Chevy "Camero," anyway?

    I mean, if you can't remember what your car is, can't you just look out the window at the car? Chances are there's a big chrome badge on it somewhere that spells it out.

    I also love it when some seller puts in an ad that says something like, "excellent car, needs rear main seal."
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,353
    or "completely original, new paint, interior"...

    How 'bout Nissan Pathfinder ad touting the new "monoframe construction"?...this of course, means no frame at all...it's a unibody rather than a separate body and frame that trucks usually have...so you're getting a passenger car body with "monoframe" construction...hey, that MUST be good...MONOFRAME...sounds sturdy, hah?

    or Honda Accords "effort-sensitive" power steering (actually means the variable-assist has been eliminated!)

    or the Camry's new "tripmeter"...what's that? A computer? No, it the little odometer reset button actually....but sounds good, doesn't it?

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  • sunlinersunliner Posts: 36
    How about:
    "PS/PB/PW/PL/PM/AT/AC/AM-FM/CASS/4CYL/4SP/4DR"

    Sure, I know what they mean, but why unleash all of that on unsuspecting newspaper readers?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,353
    What's PL?

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  • glengleglengle Posts: 57
    Locks, I would assume. The new one I've seen around here lately (Huntsville, AL) is TW. Tilt wheel, geez.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,353
    Ah, of course, thanks...and AEK...oh, no, wait,that's all electric kitchen for apartment-hunting....

    how about "3rd owner"...gee, that's really great for a 1996 car....

    or on an older car----"excellent body, nds. floor pans, rockers..."

    or this one I saw--"must sell new baby"...

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  • glengleglengle Posts: 57
    Mechanic's special. Be afraid, be very afraid.
  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    How 'bout these:
    "Will run" or "ran when last parked" --5 years ago?
  • sunlinersunliner Posts: 36
    I saw one on Hemmings Motor News online: "Ran when parked 22 years ago."

    Well shoot, so did the Spruce Goose!!
  • C13C13 Posts: 390
    In fact it ran into the garage wall. That's when I decided to park it.
  • bcathcartbcathcart Posts: 54
    1969 MGB no engine,gearbox,or wheels,interior fire damaged,complete otherwise,fast classic in restorable condition,be quick,£12000.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,353
    Ah, yes, the old "ready for restoration" catchphrase....well, aren't we all?

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  • stickguystickguy Posts: 15,084
    not actually an ad, but in the Edmunds review of the Volvo S70AWD, they said "the average owner is 50% male and 50% female". take that however you want to.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's) and 2007 Volvo S40 (mine)

  • C13C13 Posts: 390
    That's the way I see Volvo owners too.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,353
    Hmmmm....I thought people like that only drove Maserati Bi-Turbos...

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  • carnut4carnut4 Posts: 574
    Yeah, but--the logo right on the hood of every Volvo is the symbol for male-so what does that mean?
  • C13C13 Posts: 390
    I thought it was a symbol for The Who.
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,353
    Actually, it's the geophysical map symbol for Iron.

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  • cobra98cobra98 Posts: 75
    The ads that I always hate is when they claim only x/month or x total and then there is the real tiny print that says "with 7K down/trade". Duh... Hell a Lamborghini is only 149/month (with enough down/trade ;-)
  • cobra98cobra98 Posts: 75
    then there's the ad that ends with "won't last". I always wonder if they're talking about the sale or the car itself....
  • badgerpaulbadgerpaul Posts: 219
    I've always liked the tag line "No Dealers Please." Suggesting that their price is below what other dealers would pay for the car. Just how stupid do they think people are?
  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,353
    I like the old "estate sale" trick....oh, quick! the senile widow Wilson is selling that Jaguar XKE roadster for $300.......pul-eese!

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  • spokanespokane Posts: 514
    "Only 34,000 original miles....."

    I don't know what an "original mile" is but this clever phrase causes me to wonder how many "non-original" miles are also involved.
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