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Wouldn't Be Caught Dead Driving One

hpmctorquehpmctorque Posts: 4,205
Oh, no, anything but that thing!

What car(s) were you, or would you be, too embarrassed to drive, or even be seen in? How would you respond if your favorite aunt asked if you would drive her to wherever in her '86 Eldorado Biarritz, with prodigious amounts of gold trim, vinyl roof, custom Rolls Royce grille, and rear mounted spare? Sure, you could offer to take her in your car, but what if she insisted on please driving hers, because it needed to be driven, in broad day light (to recharge the battery), etc., etc.?
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  • bumpybumpy Posts: 4,435
    Any Corvette. They're trophy cars for aging white guys.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,007
    Hmmm, good question. I actually don't get too hung up on cars and status, so there probably isn't too much that would embarrass me. I guess if it's something viewed as too effeminiate, like a New Beetle, Cabriolet/Cabrio, or Miata (I know THAT one's going to draw some comments, but c'mon guys, be man enough to admit that you're driving a girly car and don't care...heck, I can drive old people's cars and not let it bother me! :P )

    Or if it's just something that seems easily intimidated on the road, like an Aveo or Tracker or Echo. I've driven my buddy's Tracker a few times, and its one saving grace is that it's black with a tan top and some gold trim and nice alloys, so it's about as tough looking as one of those things can get!

    And anything with too much aftermarket bling, like the aforementioned '86 Eldo with all the add-ons (same applies to Escalades and their ilk that get overly blinged) would tend to embarrass me.

    Or a bad color. I wouldn't drive any modern-day car that's pink, lavender, or any hint thereof. Although I guess a new Charger SRT-8 in pink, with blackout trim would be a hoot! Another color I hate is that school bus/taxi yellow that often ends up on sporty cars. C'mon kids, you spent 10-12 years of your life riding to school in something that color...do you really WANT to keep doing it?

    Still, I'd ride in any of these vehicles without putting up TOO much of a fuss. I don't think I'd actually flat-out refuse to ride in one! For instance, if my best friend suddenly showed up in a hot pink Miata that was his dream come true, I wouldn't rain on his parade.
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,642
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    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,007
    okay, now that's something I probably wouldn't be caught dead in! Please tell me that's just a concept, and not a production car.
  • gussguss Posts: 1,181
    in my nephew's 91 Civic with the coffee can exhaust and the wheels that cost more than the car.

    I kept looking around to make sure no one I know saw me. The thing was so low people were definitely looking at us. I did not have the heart to tell him how embarrassed I was in it. All I could say was how cool it was and could not wait for him to do the engine swap.
  • "Wouldn't Be Caught Dead Driving One"

    A hearse?
  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,642
    A hearse?

    Been there, done that. Our radio station used to have a '76 Caddy Hearse we used as a rolling billboard/station wagon.

    They aren't very nice to drive but I guess it's preferable to a ride in the back.

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • andys120andys120 Loudon NHPosts: 16,642
    A hearse?

    Been there, done that. Our radio station used to have a '76 Caddy Hearse we used as a rolling billboard/station wagon.

    They aren't very nice to drive but I guess it's preferable to a ride in the back. ;)

    2000 BMW 528i, 2001 BMW 330CiC

  • gussguss Posts: 1,181
    I would not drive/buy.

    Anything Buick,just too old an image for me. A used one yes, they are good values.A new one is saying you are old and don't care.

    VW Beetle, too girley, and I already have enough vases.

    PT Cruiser/ HHR ,are just trying too hard to be retro.
  • prosaprosa Posts: 280
    I'd be embarassed to drive any car for which the rims are worth more than the car itself.
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    My wife's van. I drive it all the time with the wife and two girls in it, but I am ashamed to take it to Home Depot by myself.

    As for Andre's comments, I used to borrow my father-in-law's Miata regularly and it never occurred to me that I should feel like a girly man.

    Now that I think back about that, I wonder what people think when they see two men riding around in a Miata.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,007
    I think the problem with the Miata is that while there are a lot of men that buy it because it's sporty and good-handling, there are too many that buy it to accessorize. Also, I don't know when the "girly-man" image first got associated with the car...probably when more macho looking roadsters came out, like the Z-3? I love the Z-3, but interestingly that's one car that I mainly see women driving!

    There's a guy at work who drives a Miata, and has been for years. He's anything but a girly-man. Now I'm not saying he's a "man's man" either (whatever that means...I guess that could have interesting connotations in and of itself :P ) But he's like my height, 6'3", but must weigh around 250. Older guy too, like mid-60's. And British. He seems like someone who would drive like a Jag or BMW or Benz, or maybe an Acura, Infiniti or Lexus. But he drives that Miata. And it's his only car, too! He says that winters can be a real interesting experience!

    As for hearses, I think it would be way cool to have one! At least, and older one like from 1976 or earlier. The downsized ones just don't have the same mystique for me, and the ones they make nowadays are a joke!
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    "Now that I think back about that, I wonder what people think when they see two men riding around in a Miata."

    To take that a step further, my father-in-law has a 92 Miata in the sunset yellow color (not really a manly color). His is pristine with 30K miles on it, as well as a set of wheels, exhaust system, and cold air induction. When we visit, he will often insist that he and I take it for an ice cream run. I feel kind of fruity riding in that bright yellow car with him, but we always have people stop us to ask about the car and to look at it.
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    Sorry to say, but people likely think you are the "boy toy."

    I rationalized that people would notice the roll bar and such and realize that my FIL and I were in a real sports machine.

    I felt far more uncomfortable when my boss and I went to lunch in his rental PT Cruiser. I would have rather ridden in the cargo area covered by a blanket.
  • 1racefan1racefan Posts: 932
    "Sorry to say, but people likely think you are the "boy toy." "
    - - LOL

    "I rationalized that people would notice the roll bar and such and realize that my FIL and I were in a real sports machine."
    - - I have used the same logic with his exhaust, wheels, and he has roll bars as well.
  • nippononlynippononly SF Bay AreaPosts: 12,692
    I had my Subaru (a few years back now), the dealer I had it serviced at was a combo dealer with Cadillac, and the service department would give out free loaners - sounds like a deal right? Except the Cadillacs they lent out were several years old, and the most awful cars I have ever seen. Those wire wheels were such a mistake. Anyway, one of those times I got a mid-90s Caddy, a Seville, with wire wheels and all. I was meeting friends later and a couple of them said I looked like a pimp in that car. I refused the loaners from then on!

    Another one I wouldn't be caught dead in: VW Golf convertible. There never was a more consummate chick car than that. Might as well pile a few friends in there with you, people are going to think you're gay either way. :-P

    2013 Civic SI, 2009 Outback Sport 5-spd (stick)

  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    I had a friend in college who drove a yellow Rabbit convertible. He claimed he was as straight as an arrow. He is still single in his mid-30s and moved from Atlanta to near San Fran. Draw your own conclusions.
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,007
    I had a buddy in college who had a gold 1980 Accord hatchback. I used to rag on it all the time and make comments about being embarrassed to be seen in it. But that's how college kids can be...they're going to rag on each other no matter what! Heck, some of my buddies were embarrassed to ride in my '69 Dart, because it was older than any of us!

    A few years later, I was driving a '68 Dart and one of my buddies thought it was the coolest thing. It was primer-black with an aftermarket sunroof and had these little dog-dish hubcaps. It also sat up a bit in the back. It looked downright evil, like it could make "Christine" wet her panties! Anyway, we worked together and I used to give him a ride to work, as he didn't have a car. Well, I bought a '69 Bonneville from my cousin for $400. Big, gaudy gold thing with a black vinyl top and fender skirts. He was actually embarrassed to be seen in it! No lie...he rode to work ducked down in the back seat of it! :surprise:

    It died on me the next time I tried to drive it to work, and I had it towed home and didn't mess with it for a few years. My buddy and I had a falling out (not over the car, but other things) so he never had to suffer the "embarrassment" of riding in the Bonneville again!
  • ross1962ross1962 Posts: 229
    Any Corvette. They're trophy cars for aging white guys.

    ...and you have a problem with aging white guys because???
  • lemmerlemmer Posts: 2,676
    Isn't that like saying. I wouldn't be caught dating:

    Any beautiful woman. They're trophy wives for aging white guys.
  • ross1962ross1962 Posts: 229
    Another one I wouldn't be caught dead in: VW Golf convertible. There never was a more consummate chick car than that.

    Yeah, it really was. So much so that bad guys would go to gym parking lots and pop the trunk open with an ice pick because they knew there was always a purse in there!
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,007
    the aging white guy with the hot chick accessorizing his arm is at least doing something right to keep her. Either love (yeah right) or money. But the aging white guy in the Corvette just looks kinda desperate, as he drives around with the windows up and the top/targa closed, for fear it will ruffle his comb-over. That is, unless he has aforementioned hot chick in the passenger seat with him! :P

    Ross, I knew a guy who had a Cabrio...and he NEVER kept his purse in the trunk! :surprise:
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    While I love the Miata for the car it is, I'm not sure I could actually bring myself to own one. Yeah, I know...totally irrational and I shouldn't care what people think, etc. etc. In my defense though, it also applies to me on the other end as well...I passed up a Camaro Z28 in favor of a Mustang, because I just didn't want to be a Camaro guy. I just don't like muscle shirts... ;)

    So what I did was: convinced my girlfriend to buy one, so now I get all the fun of driving the car without having to tell people "yeah, that's my Miata."

    Interestingly, she thinks it's a proper chick car, and is suspicious of men who own them. :P
  • fintailfintail Posts: 33,806
    Yeah a VW Cabrio would be up there. A New Beetle Cabrio would be at least as bad, especially if in a pastel color.

    An Aztek could be hard to stomach, especially if driving in an area with lots of mirrored glass buildings to catch your reflection. Nauseating...

    Some small SUVs like RAV4 and CRV can be just as girly as the VW too, IMO

    And some Corvettes are OK....vintage ones anyway. 80s ones with cheesy ground effects and gold wheels are the worst.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    "And some Corvettes are OK....vintage ones anyway. 80s ones with cheesy ground effects and gold wheels are the worst. "

    I love Vettes, but I think nothing ruins them quicker than putting a spoiler on the back. I hate that. :mad:
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,007
    that I really like is the 1972 model, which still had chrome up front and in the back. And even here, I still kinda picture them as sort of a Larry Tate car. At least Cotton Top had a looker of a wife, so midlife crisis taught him well. I just feel bad for the first Louise Tate, poor sweet thing getting dumped like that for a younger woman...odd that Larry would marry another woman by the same name! But it wasn't just a man thing on that show, after all, Sam had two Dicks! :P
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,007
    had an '82 Corvette. Pace car edition. Yuck!
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    Pace car editions are only cool if you have a reason for owning it, like you actually DROVE it as the pace car in a given race...
  • andre1969andre1969 Posts: 22,007
    I wouldn't mind having is a '56 DeSoto pace car! From what I heard, it was actually a bit of an embarrassment for the Indy 500 because it was the first pace car that the racecars had trouble keeping up with for that first lap!

    I think the actual pacecar got the 320 hp Adventurer engine slipped in though, while the pacecar replicas available to the public had tamer 255 hp engines.

    Olds paced the 1977 Indy 500 with a modified Delta coupe. I guess by that time the racecars were tailgating the pacecar to hurry up and get it out of the way!
  • carlisimocarlisimo Posts: 1,280
    I'd feel very out of place driving a Hummer, or a Buick. But those are kind of generic for this sort of question.

    No Mercuries for me. They're the new chick cars.

    I'd be embarrassed to drive an automatic BMW. My girlfriend's RSX is automatic and driving that makes me feel like a poseur too.

    I'm saving up for a Miata though; that car just feels too good to pass up. I tell myself I'll be fine once I change the wheels.
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