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Which cars do you love to hate?

Smart Car ItalyIf you’re a car enthusiast, loving to hate some cars or their features is a guilty pleasure. We asked some Reddit users which cars press their buttons and why. We got some strong responses – these are some of the best!

Automatic Notifications

Audi TT Cockpit
Image – Robert Basic

Sometimes newer cars with sophisticated automated notification systems can be a bit too clever, according to marv2: “I’ve left my keys in the ignition? Cool thanks. Headlights on? Thanks again. There’s a bag on the passenger seat not wearing its seatbelt, BONG!

Newer Audis have this new feature, driving along on a hot day with the aircon going, BONG! A little message pops up in the binnacle display ‘Using aircon will increase fuel consumption, to save fuel turn the aircon off.’ If I haven’t crashed yet, I turn the aircon off and open a window a crack. BONG! A new message in the binnacle: ‘Driving with the windows open will increase fuel consumption, to save fuel, close the windows.'”

Big Little Cars

Mini Countryman
Image – Bernard Goldback


Reddit user Only Standard takes exception to the new larger versions of classic small city cars: “The new big Mini, the big Fiat 500. It’s like the owners said to themselves, ‘I like the Mini, except for the one thing that makes the car unique.’”

Ford vs Chevy

76 Chevrolet Malibu Coupe

Image – dave_7

Brand rivalry sustains a satisfying love to hate for timberwolvesguy: “Chevy in general. Not GM, just Chevy. I’ve always had a hate for them that’s fueled by my love for Ford. The reason I love to hate them and don’t just hate them is that I always find something wrong with every Chevy I drive. The gauges never work as a whole on old Suburbans, Astros, Silverados, or Trailblazers. The Traverse is horribly underpowered and the EcoTec engine used in most of their cars is a joke.
“The only Chevys I can’t hate are the Malibu and Chevelle. I’ve driven multiple Malibus and they really are nice cars. I’ve driven the Corvette and like it, but you really don’t have a whole lot of visibility in the mid-2000s models and the seats are a little too low for my liking.

“I love to hate them because of the Ford/Chevy rivalry. While there are some Fords I don’t agree with (Aspire, Aerostar, and early 2000s Taurus), I’m in love with the majority of Fords throughout history.

“I’ll finish on a positive note though. If there were ever a North America vs Europe vs Asia challenge to see which continent makes the best cars, I’d be on Team Chevy in a heartbeat.”

Mini Cooper

Mini Cooper Dashboard

Image – The Car Spy

While lots of people love the new Mini Cooper’s rally-inspired design it doesn’t convince Kozi47. “Speedometer is in the center console like a big grandfather clock.”

Corvettes

Chevrolet C5 Corvette

Image – Kate Skegg

If you want to create some controversy, hate on C5 and C6 Corvettes, like kmets4: “They’re pretty common in my area and everyone gets excited like it’s a Ferrari every time they see one. I find them ugly and they lack refinement.”
The Corvette fan base got involved, highlighting their good points. Reddit user Abomination said: “I strongly prefer the well designed, smooth lines and pop-up headlights of the C5.”

Smart Cars

Smart Car Italy

Image – Hsing Wei

Sometimes it’s all about the context, as Mixmastamik points out: “Smart cars look awesome going around Florence and Rome, but every time I see one in the States, I wanna grab 4 of my friends and move it somewhere else.”

Mvduin agreed: “It seems to me we just don’t have any cities that really call for them in the States. I’d totally have one (or another micro car, though I’d probably go Fiat 500) if I lived in one of the ‘these streets were made for horses’ cities in Europe.”

Overly Modded Audis

Audi near Canyon

Image – Josh Sniffen

For some users it’s not the car they hate, but what some drivers do to them. Kenbrellfan loves Audis but not modified ones: “I absolutely love their minimalist German styling, but I hate that they’ve recently become the cool car to have for young males. Every 16-23 year old male has an Audi dropped on $100 springs, with stickers on the back window and ugly rims.”

Another purist, chiralcompound, agrees: “The only visual mods that are acceptable are subtle ones. Stickers and the like are an extremely tacky addition to what is an otherwise aesthetically perfect machine.”

If you want to read more, you can find the original Reddit thread here (please note that it contains some profanities).

Do you agree or disagree with any of these? Leave your view or suggest another car you love to hate in the comments!

What do you miss about your first car?

Getting your first car is a moment you don’t forget: your dreams have come true and suddenly you’re holding the keys to freedom.

No matter what other cars you go on to drive, for most of us our first car will always occupy a special place in our hearts. There’s always going to be something irreplaceable about it.

Read on to find out just what it is that people miss about their first cars, from the generosity of a family member to custom paint jobs.

Subaru BRAT

1985 Brat

Image: Wiki Commons

One of our favorite first car stories comes from Jim Sewell, whose dad bought him an ‘85 Subaru BRAT.

“My dad bought the car and sold it to me on the afternoon of my 16th birthday in 1988. He surprised me by selling it to me for the one dollar bill I had in my pocket, as money has to be
exchanged during a bill of sale. I have to say that was a great and memorable birthday.”

Jim misses the BRAT’s distinctive welded-in rear-facing seats.

Volkswagen Beetle

Customized VW Beetle

Image: Shannon Sneed via CARFAX Facebook

It’s one of the world’s most iconic cars, and Shannon Sneed was lucky enough to get this unique Volkswagen ’76 Bug from his dad.

“I’ll always cherish the memories; hard work and good times that were made while restoring it. I’ll always miss the custom paint job we did ourselves and the simplicity of the motor,” he says. These are the best kind of teenage memories to create with your car!

Nissan Maxima

90 Nissan Maxima

Image: WikiCommons

Jeffrey Green made some classic high school memories when he was a junior by winning the high school drags at 13.5 seconds in the ¼ mile in his 1990 Nissan Maxima. “Man I miss that car!”

Dodge Daytona

89 Dodge Daytona

Photo credit: Jared Jackowitz via CARFAX Facebook Page

This sleek ’89 Dodge Daytona was Jared Jackowitz’s first car, and he loves it so much he still owns it. There are plenty of reasons that he’s not tempted to part with it: “It still has the original paint and mostly everything is still stock. This thing flies. T-tops don’t leak either.”

Plymouth Satellite

68 Plymouth Satellite

Image: Greg Gjerdingen

It’s not just dads giving beloved cars to sons either. Kelly Bradway’s grandmother passed on her ’68 Plymouth Satellite.

“I put a dual exhaust with glass packs, painted in forest green and jacked up the rear. No one had a car like mine. It sound and looked great.”

Chevrolet Camaro

First cars don’t come much more desirable than the Chevrolet Camaro, particularly if you’re a serious petrol head. Reddit user PlehhBlooper misses his fourth generation ’00 Camaro, its LS engine and those long days when “I could work on it and mod it all day long”.

Pontiac Grand Prix

It was a nineties classic and Reddit user kabaded found that going for a sedan doesn’t mean missing out on a powerful driving experience.

“I miss the torque that my 1990 Pontiac Grand Prix Turbo had. It was actually difficult not to chirp the tires every time you accelerated.”

Honda Civic

93 Honda Civic

Image: Hector Alejandro

“My first car was a ’93 Honda Civic Si with a B18C1. I miss it for its raw feel and great handling. Also, the looks. 5th gen hatches look great, especially lowered,” says LocoTSX. No wonder Honda Civics are consistently popular as a first car.

Mitsubishi Mirage

97-99 Mitsubishi Mirage Sedan

Image: WikiCommons

First cars often need to be tough and that’s exactly what ghrelly misses about his ‘97 Mitsubishi Mirage: “Thing was bulletproof. 250k miles, no drivetrain issues.”

Ford Taurus

It’s not always the car itself that drivers miss. The sound system was Reddit user’s ShifitingLanes favorite part of his ’98 Ford Taurus, which “worked great and sounded amazing.” Who doesn’t miss having teenage levels of disposable income to drop on sound systems too?

Honda Element

Honda Element

Image: P J Johnson

Getting your first set of wheels opens up precious opportunities to socialize away from the eyes of parents. Redditer Code-sloth misses their Honda Element as its “little tailgate was so handy and cool for cookouts”.

You can check out the full threads we sourced our stories from on the CARFAX Facebook page and Reddit.

If you’re looking at buying your child their first car, check out our post on how to split costs and our Used Car Buying Guide.

 

What was your first car, and what do you miss about it? Leave us a comment below!

 

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My husband and I were looking for a 2002 Jeep Liberty. We found one for a decent price, but the owner didn’t mention any previous damage or maintenance issues. We didn’t even think about looking at a CARFAX until my cousin mentioned it. We wanted to be sure we were purchasing a car in good condition, so we paid for the report. It showed that the car had been in two different accidents, one of which caused severe damage to the motor. CARFAX helped us avoid making a terrible deal.

-Gabriela V.

CARFAX helped me find a great truck!

I was looking for a nice used truck, and found one I really liked. The dealer didn’t have any information about the truck and could not provide me with a history. I really wanted to see the history before I purchased the vehicle, so I called a family member who immediately got online and checked the VIN number at CARFAX.com. It provided me with the complete history, and I was completely confident in buying the truck. Thank you CARFAX!

-B. Short

CARFAX helped me double-check the facts.

I was looking at a ’99 GMC truck with just under 69,000 miles on it. I was surprised by the low mileage considering the age of the vehicle, and I wanted to make sure it was true. I purchased a CARFAX Report, and to my surprise found out the mileage on it was accurate, even though it went through four different owners. I even brought it to a few different mechanics just to make sure, and they all said it looked good. Thank you CARFAX!

-P. Prickett

CARFAX saved us from buying a car with frame damage.

I haven’t bought a pre-owned car without first checking the CARFAX Report in years. Several years ago it saved my wife and I from a really bad deal. We found a used Honda CR-V at a dealership that was right in our price range, so we took it for a test drive. We liked it, and were in the process of talking numbers with the dealership when we asked to see the CARFAX Report. The CARFAX revealed the car had frame damage, and we ended up passing on the car.

-Tom P.