DOTS+: Disgraces, Oddities, and Newcomers
WhoIsTheLeader last edited by WhoIsTheLeader
Some pretty decent DOTS today. Let's start with something I had no idea existed. This appears to be a Mitsubishi Outlander with a surprisingly excellent factory (?) body kit.
Yeah, it has fender skirts, BUT. . .
OUTLANDER BRANDED MATTE CHROME GAS CAP! Why do I love this so much?
Moving on from this car that should be terrible that isn't. . .
We have a car that should be good but is actually terrible. You would not believe how many different Incredible Hulk themed Challengers I've seen. Not the most ambitious I've spotted, but still polarizing.
I love the color at least. I don't think it works with this sort of half in treatment.
Let's move back to a car that should be terrible but somehow isn't:
Provided this isn't taken too seriously by the owner, I'm all for this old Mercedes E Class stuck somewhere between Pimp Spec and Full Send Texan. The 'Live Free Or Die' New Hampshire plates (apparently that exists, huh) suit this car so well.
This next one may just take the record for sorriest excuse for a car less than 15 years old in my book. What a disgrace.
This CRV has had a very hard 10ish years on the road it seems. Obvious crash damage, many parking scars, and some of the thickest layers of tree detritus I've ever seen on a car.
What is this duct tape supposed to accomplish? And how is it supposed to bond with such a filthy surface?
Is that thin strip of tape really going to hold the hood down if the latch breaks? What even is this?
I've seen some pretty filthy cars in my time, but this has got to be one of the worst.
I don't want to go too hard on car shaming someone and I know not everyone values cleanliness like I do, but this car has gone too far. At least there was SOME attempt at fixing the car's problems including an apparently new headlight, but there wasn't much effort put into this one.
Ok, how about a palette cleanser of a nice two door Impreza? Any Subaru this old is an uncommon spot, but this is just the second two door I've spotted. A little rough around the front, but clearly well taken care of.
Requisite Mighty Wing included.
Let's finish up with some initial impressions of the Bronco Sport. It helps that this one was a brilliant shade of blue, but I think the details are quite nice and it has decent proportions.
Porsche Cayenne for scale.
What car would you be driving home in from this bunch? I'd rock that Challenger sans livery.
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@whoistheleader Subaru is where my money would go, but the mercedes is a strong second.
That crv is really impressive. It could be so much less bad if someone pressure washed it and went crazy with zip ties rather then tape. Bet a little finessing with a seldge hammer and itd be "good as new"
@sony1492 The car isn't actually that terrible but it manages to be one of the ugliest cars I've seen in a very long time out of indifference. By this point though, it'll be tough to get that stuff off.
A friend of mine has the no-wash-no-problem mentality and ran his F150 through a car wash for the first time in maybe 8 years (possibly longer) and it did nothing at all. And that wasn't sticky tree sap, just road grime.
A little attention from a rubber mallet and a pressure washer and I could get that presentable in an afternoon.
Cash Rewards last edited by
@whoistheleader I love that benz
spacekraken last edited by
@whoistheleader love the subie and the merc, and believe it or not I think that's the default NH license plate?
annoying_salman last edited by
@Cash-Rewards Who doesn't?
@spacekraken I didn't realize that was the state motto, apparently since 1945. You can't live much freer than that so I say they're doing things right.
Georgia has the boring, "Wisdom, Justice, Moderation" slogan. Maybe we need a more exciting and potentially deadly one to draw in tourists.
@annoying_salman Maybe, maybe. Could be German Stig's Texan cousin too.
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@annoying_salman No, that's AMG-tech incognito.
@gettingoldercarguy There's nothing incognito about this car
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@whoistheleader Nobody expects the unexpected.
@whoistheleader The grime on the CRV alarms me more than the damage. I cringe to think what the interior might look like.
MB is a W210 E-class, MY 2000-02.
@fintail E Class, ah, I thought I had that wrong. It might be one of the better cared for E Classes of that vintage I've seen in a while.
@whoistheleader Someone loves it. Those cars get bad rap - they have some known issues, but many seem to rack up the miles. They quickly depreciated, so they often ended up in neglectful homes - a fate befallen by many MBs as time goes by.
@fintail I had a recent DOTS of a totally clapped out rattle canned black E Class like that I've seen a good deal. Not that I particularly like that gen of E Class though.
@whoistheleader I had an E55 of that generation. They are a divisive design - I like the round lights, but many think the rear end is too big and blocky, doesn't match the front.
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@fintail The pre-facelift E-FiddyFive is definitely my preference. The facelifted grafted unfortunate angry quadrilaterals front and back on an otherwise voluptuous body.
@dr-zoidberg You might be thinking W210 vs W211. W210 facelift was pretty minor - slight headlight change, blinker mirrors, different bumpers and skirts, different tail light design (same shape), inside had a different steering wheel and armrests etc.
1999 E55 (the only pre-facelift year for USDM):
W211 debuted for 2003, similar looking but a completely new design/platform:
For the W211 facelift, E55 became E63, 2007+:
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My heart says Subaru, my head says Bronco Sport.
@fintail Definitely prefer post facelift W210
I like the steer horns. Not a fan of the grille.
@ibrad I'd say the horns are the only thing I really like about the car.
@ibrad Coupe style grille (star in grille) should be illegal on sedans.
@fintail Is that a coupe thing? I never really thought about it before but it makes sense. At least on the older stuff. I think a lot of the new stuff doesn't follow that rule though. President here at work has a gle and it's got the star in the grille.
fintail last edited by fintail
@ibrad Grille star has a varied history, but did not appear in traditional sedans until W204 C-class. Started with the 300SL and 190SL, was a SL thing, then SLC and subsequent senior coupes, showed up on the W203 hatch (and A-class) then to CLS, then the second gen CLK/E coupes, then finally to the W212 facelift sedans. Now for USDM starting with MY 2021, one can't get an E with a hood ornament and formal grille.