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Old 01-13-2009, 05:03 PM   #1
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the overrated list of 2008

The Overrated List of 2008

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This semi-regular column is written (in his own blood) by an automotive sage and noted malcontent, known as The Mechanic. Mercilessly beaten as a child with rolled-up back issues of old car magazines, our free-spoken hero developed a unique "for your own good" take on cars and the auto industry, along with an unfortunate habit of setting himself ablaze. Later, after a distinguished career as an automotive journalist and magazine editor, he cast off the reins of his musty oppressors, carved out his superego with a plastic spork and became The Mechanic.

Two weeks ago I wrote about the importance of being optimistic in these troubled times. And I stand behind the sentiment contained within those wonderfully crafted 690 words. But don't misunderstand, optimism should be also be selectively doled out.

Sure the future looks bright, but not everything is great. In fact, during the inescapable 24 hour news cycle, many things get overrated. Too many things. And since I like the sound of my own thoughts I thought I'd make a list of those things.

I expect many of you to disagree with me on many of these, but remember, if you do, you're wrong.

The Dodge Challenger SRT-8
Not only is it too damn big, but a Shelby Mustang GT500 sucks its doors off.

Chip Foose
Enough with the two-tone and the billit. Talk about a one note somba. Time to overhaul your esthetic.

2009 Nissan GT-R
Too noisy. Too rough. Too fragile. Better not use the launch control.

Piloti Driving Shoes

Piloti must be Italian for Geek in the overpriced clown-booties.

The Toyota Prius
If any conventional car was that ugly, that uncomfortable and that rotten to drive it would have been a laughing stock.

The Tesla
Part car, part bullshit. Buying one seems to require a secret handshake, a briefcase full of cash and a pinky swear to never drive the car in public. I've seen one on the road and I live in the hybrid loving more money than brains club headquarters that is west Los Angeles. If they're selling these things like they say they are, where are they selling them, Ohio?

Small SUVs

Acura RDX, Infiniti EX35, VW Tiguan, etc. Who the hell buys a Sport Utility with absolutely no utility? There's more room in my sinus cavity than the new crop of cute utes.

2009 Lincoln MKS

Worst engine in its class. Would have been competitive during Clinton's second term.

Speed Channel

Too much NASCAR. Too much Pinks. Too much Wrecked. Not enough cool stuff.

2010 Ford Mustang

Second verse same as the first. Suddenly it's 2005.

Sync

Bong, play Britney. Bong, play Britney. Bong, play Britney.

Saturn Aura

So much better than the embarrassing Ion it replaced this average sedan was destined for overrated status.

Top Gear
Oops. My mistake. This should not be on the list. Top Gear really is that good.

Lexus IS-F
Fake tailpipes and suspension tuning endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association.

Honda Civic Si
Sinfully ugly. No torque. Battlestar Gallactica called and wants its dashboard back.

2009 Jaguar XF
Looks like a tarted up Lexus GS. It may be a needed new styling statement for the luxury car division of Tata Motors, but after the sexpot XK (also designed by Ian Callum) it's nothing short of a let down.

2009 Chevy Corvette

Fast? Yup. Affordable? Kinda. Plasticy? Oh yeah. Looks like it got rear ended by a semi? Twice.

Me

I'm not really as great as I say I am. Plus, my cottage cheese thighs could use a little sun.

Bob Lutz
He once told me the Saturn Ion was good. It wasn't.

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In case you haven't noticed (and nobody has) gas is really cheap again. -- The Mechanic, Inside Line Contributor

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Old 01-13-2009, 06:07 PM   #2
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It's not a car, but I would like to add the ford f150. It has been named North American Truck of the Year. Why? Because it is cheap and that made it sell well? Big friggin deal. McDonalds is cheap and sells by the bazillions, dosen't make it best food of the year.
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Old 01-13-2009, 06:22 PM   #3
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for the most part, I agree
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:23 PM   #4
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2009 Nissan GT-R
Too noisy. Too rough. Too fragile. Better not use the launch control.
Fragile? Too Rough? Noisy?! .....Pretty much everything it's not.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:30 PM   #5
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Fragile? Too Rough? Noisy?! .....Pretty much everything it's not.
use the launch control and blow the transmission.... seems fragile to me.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:36 PM   #6
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Fragile? Too Rough? Noisy?! .....Pretty much everything it's not.
Using a launch control that shreds a 20,000 dollar transmission sounds fragile to me.


A pretty good list overall. The MPG thing was kind of ridiculous though. The price of gas will go right back up soon enough.
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Old 01-13-2009, 07:37 PM   #7
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use the launch control and blow the transmission.... seems fragile to me.
It's like we're too halves of a whole cynical jackass....weird.
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Old 01-13-2009, 08:35 PM   #8
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I thought it was a pretty funny list, especially when he listed himself. Reminds me of a column I used to write actually, so maybe its just that I like that style of humor.

I agree on most, especially the 2010 Mustang...talk about a let-down. They could have at least trotted out a new engine or something. (And yes, I know they're supposedly doing that in a few years.)
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:51 PM   #9
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The list has some good parts, but the bad parts are really bad.

The Corvette is as classic as always, so there's no room for bitching there.

Bob Lutz rocks my socks off.

While most Pilotis are fairly ugly, the concept is a good one. This doesn't belong on the list because they aren't known enough to be overrated. That would be like calling Drake basketball overrated in 1998. They didn't do anything, thus no one knew anything about them.

The Saturn Aura is very nice.

Fuel efficiency is very important. If we have no efficiency, we end up spending more time refilling than going on joy rides. Efficiency is always important because it reflects improved design and often means better performance by a variety of measures.
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Old 01-13-2009, 09:57 PM   #10
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Haha pretty good list, I agree with you in most of the cases. And on the ones I don't, I definately know what you mean. For example I respect the Prius for it's MPG/emissions, but the outside is disgusting.
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:01 PM   #11
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@ Prius comment. hehehehehe
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Old 01-13-2009, 10:04 PM   #12
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@ Prius comment. hehehehehe
I agreed with that one, too.
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Old 01-14-2009, 01:11 PM   #13
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The Prius comment is spot on. The Vette comments are stupid, he obviously hasn't been in a 4LT trimmed interior.
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challenger imo should not be there it isnt overated....the design is amazing to alot of people and 0-60 in 4.7 is pretty quick for a fatass. I hate edmunds because they cant drive....who is the only person to get a 5.9 0-60 for the srt8 ...edmunds....everyone else sub 5 sec. i dont even listen to edmunds anymore.
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:26 PM   #15
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The Prius comment is spot on. The Vette comments are stupid, he obviously hasn't been in a 4LT trimmed interior.
I have, and while I won't take it as far as he did, the interior in the 'Vette does leave a lot to be desired. It's always been that way though, so no surprise.
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I have, and while I won't take it as far as he did, the interior in the 'Vette does leave a lot to be desired. It's always been that way though, so no surprise.
same with vipers....and mustangs and most american cars....can these people get over it already...
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:36 PM   #17
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2009 Nissan GT-R
Too noisy. Too rough. Too fragile. Better not use the launch control.
I believe the problem has to do with using the launch control too frequently with the Vehicle Dynamic Control turned off, which it states in the owners manual you should only turn off to rock the car if it's stuck in something. I hesitate to call it fragile because of operator error or overrated with the addition of it being "too noisy" and "too rough". Sounds like a review/complaint from my grandmother.

Like all such lists there is good and bad here. I will however not dignify the Corvette comment with a response except to say that we have had it too good since 1997-1/2 and are becoming ungrateful. Don't forget where little brother (and a few others) got his engine from in the first place.

And how can you call Foose overrated! There is almost nothing he can't do and he is a car nut of the highest caliber. I wish I knew a tenth of what he has forgotten. Does he use 2-tone a lot. Yes? Like it or not isn’t the paint job always sick. Yes? Does he look beyond the esthetics to performance? Yes. Does he design his own wheels? Yes. Can he render concepts perfectly by hand? Yes. I mean come on. The guy even does pin stripes I think. Overexposed? Maybe. Overrated? Not by a long shot.

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Old 01-14-2009, 04:43 PM   #18
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I think he had one ommission from his list.....

EDMUNDS.com is overated, and couldnt performance test a car to save thier lives.
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Old 01-14-2009, 04:53 PM   #19
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same with vipers....and mustangs and most american cars....can these people get over it already...
Agree.

And seeing some of the improvements being made, ie; Malibu, 2010 Camaro, they won't be able to say that about some of the GM cars for very long.

As for the list;

Agree
Nissan GTR
I've seen two on the road...ho hum.
2010 Mustang
IMO, looks like they tried too hard with the exterior.
Lexus IS-F
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Toyota Prius

DIsagree
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IMO, one of the better styled Corvette's
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:42 PM   #20
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Anybody in the market for a Vette isn't drooling over the interior...they have other aspirations....especially natural ones.

Anyone that wants world class interior is probably more likely to buy a new CTS-V then a Vette anyway. They can show it off to more people at one time due to the back seats.

But I did enjoy that read. That crack about Battlestar Galactica wanting it's dashboard back was absolutely mean-spirited and more then a little awesome. Stuff like that is why I can't drink anything around my computer.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:01 PM   #21
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im adding to the list

having a girlfriend lol
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