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All the cars loo the same today! Even Mercedez look like Toyotas and Lexus. Must be tough being a cop and reporting the get away car

Unless the getawy car was a 1996 Taurus

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The cop could describe it as looking like a catfish with wheels

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I bought this Mustang partly because of the Grabber Blue color and the White stripes! I have to laugh at most cars in Los Angeles. It's hilarious when some stuck up nut pulls up in a black Mercedes, BMW or Lexis.......just like the 50,000 OTHER black Mercedes, BMW or Lexis! Woo woo!

Or white......or silver.same booooooooring stuff.

You can't miss my Ford!

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have to laugh at most cars in Los Angeles. It's hilarious when some stuck up nut pulls up in a black Mercedes, BMW or Lexis.......just like the 50,000 OTHER black Mercedes, BMW or Lexis! Woo woo!

 

Back in my car show days,  I had my Viper blue 1973 Scamp.  I had redone it nicely and I'd take it to shows to socialize with my friends.  One day some know it all walked up and told me I had wasted my time and money on this car, and that if I had a Mustang instead, then I'd really have something.

I responded, "if I had a red  Mustang, I could then park it in that long line of red Mustangs that all look exactly the same.  But look around, I have the only Scamp here."

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Color died because cars are appliances to most people, like a refrigerator, TV or toaster. No character, dull, functional and boring, just like the people that drive them. Then there are  the social standing cars, the aforementioned BMW's, Mercedes,....yawn...and Lexis, etc. Soulless machines, to me just not interesting. God, when I grew up you could instantly tell a Ford from a Dodge from a Chevy etc. Now....who cares, cup holders are the crucial feature.

It just reflects our conformist culture, ironically, millenials seem to be the most conformist, dedicated consumers, all the while believing they aren't, making them ideal suckers for all sort of propaganda. Jeeez, kids think Hondas are performance cars! LOL

But I'm just a cynical old ( 63 ) coot, and after all, LOVE is what makes a Subaru, a Subaru.

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Mercedes Benz has enormous amount of colors to chose from plus the designo program. I`m sure many more brands offer it as well.

The fact people chose boring has nothing to do with it. Society encourages to be individual,but at the same time

the same crowd is judging if you stand out. No wonder no one dares to pick somthing really special.

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Indeed, most people regard cars as appliances these days.  The styling mantra of the car companies today:  "Do Not Offend."  Thus all the cars from the different manufacturers look identical.

I think the cup-holders were more for the Gen-Xers.  The millenials are looking for built-in technology and computing, self-parking, self-driving, etc.; which is now what the car companies are marketing.

PB.

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All the cars loo the same today! Even Mercedez look like Toyotas and Lexus. Must be tough being a cop and reporting the get away car

Its always been that way, cars have always looked very similar between makes.    I can clearly tell a Mercedes from a Toyota,  but you know that Toyota is Lexus right?,  and may Lexus branded cars are Toyota models re-branded right?

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The millennials are looking for built-in technology and computing, self-parking, self-driving, etc.

Narcissistic, attention-starved, me-monkey millennials prefer modes of transportation that provide the maximum LOOK AT ME! factor which mundane, four-wheeled appliances simply lack.

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"Today I saw Chance the starving kazoo voiced artist riding his penny farthing with a basket of kale. So I lit an M80 in his mouth."

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"Today, I saw 36yo Harrison hopping on his pogo stick to go buy sustainable locally brined pickles. So I suplexed him onto the Belt Pkwy."

:P  :D

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Color just for the sake of color is not always a good thing, as evidenced by these photos.

Sorry, but their both just "butt ugly"!

I guess if you're going to spring the big bucks for a Mercedes, they should offer them in a wide variety of colors, but I think a bit more thought should have gone into these interiors! :wacko:

 

Steve

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Color just for the sake of color is not always a good thing, as evidenced by these photos.

Sorry, but their both just "butt ugly"!

I guess if you're going to spring the big bucks for a Mercedes, they should offer them in a wide variety of colors, but I think a bit more thought should have gone into these interiors! :wacko:

 

Steve

I don't think those are factory stock interiors, looks like aftermarket crud on 10-15 yr old cars. 

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Color just for the sake of color is not always a good thing, as evidenced by these photos.

Sorry, but their both just "butt ugly"!

I guess if you're going to spring the big bucks for a Mercedes, they should offer them in a wide variety of colors, but I think a bit more thought should have gone into these interiors! :wacko:

 

Steve

I agree. My point is you can have exactly what you wish for. If you as the buyer have "good taste" or not is another matter.

 

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Back in my car show days,  I had my Viper blue 1973 Scamp.  I had redone it nicely and I'd take it to shows to socialize with my friends.  One day some know it all walked up and told me I had wasted my time and money on this car, and that if I had a Mustang instead, then I'd really have something.

I responded, "if I had a red  Mustang, I could then park it in that long line of red Mustangs that all look exactly the same.  But look around, I have the only Scamp here."

Well Tom, In all the San Fernando Valley and my driving in Socal, I have only seen ONE Grabber Blue Mustang with white stripes, and that was a six with the belt stripe and stock wheels. So there is no line of 50 blue Mustangs. A 73 Scamp? Ok!

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Narcissistic, attention-starved, me-monkey millennials prefer modes of transportation that provide the maximum LOOK AT ME! factor which mundane, four-wheeled appliances simply lack.

pennyfarthing.jpg

"Today I saw Chance the starving kazoo voiced artist riding his penny farthing with a basket of kale. So I lit an M80 in his mouth."

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"Today, I saw 36yo Harrison hopping on his pogo stick to go buy sustainable locally brined pickles. So I suplexed him onto the Belt Pkwy."

:P  :D

Hilarious and sadly true at the same time.

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Indeed, most people regard cars as appliances these days.  The styling mantra of the car companies today:  "Do Not Offend."  Thus all the cars from the different manufacturers look identical.

I think the cup-holders were more for the Gen-Xers.  The millenials are looking for built-in technology and computing, self-parking, self-driving, etc.; which is now what the car companies are marketing.

PB.

Actually you are correct! When i was reading revues before my wife and I bought her2013  Mazda 6GT, the biggest issue "car reviewers" has was...the size of the touch screen GPS!! LOL!!!! It was deemed "last year" and too small. We haven't had any trouble with it yet! The sales guy , who i think was 13, gushed on all the phone compatible features (She is 58, I am 63).Ok. We usually use the phone for, (silly us) MAKING PHONE CALLS!!!!

Between i-Pods, AM, FM and satellite radio and CD's, we pretty much have music covered, !

I don't think he ever even mentioned handling, or driving for fun. GREAT CAR THOUGH!

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When I was out today, I say a new Dart in a fluorescent yellow-green, so there are people who want something other than black or silver.  In fact, there were quite a few, mostly subcompacts, that were bright red, or blue.

Personally, I think this stuff goes in cycles.  When things get too drab, people start wanting more colourful cars, until we reach a point where they overdo it, then people want something more subdued until we miss colour again, and the cycle repeats.  Give it time, and we probably will see more colour return to the streets.

Whatever the future holds, you can be sure that older, wiser heads will be there to tell us we're doing it wrong.

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Its always been that way, cars have always looked very similar between makes.    I can clearly tell a Mercedes from a Toyota,  but you know that Toyota is Lexus right?,  and may Lexus branded cars are Toyota models re-branded right?

Which one is the Mercedes and which one is the Toyota?

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I like colorful cars. My Xterra was bright yellow. In 13 years of driving it, only one person ever pulled out in front of me. We replaced it with a blue Frontier pickup truck. We had the hardest time getting one in something other than SoCal drab. I swear that 95% of the cars around here are black, white, silver, or some kind of metallic beige.

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