By on April 24, 2008

ltd.jpgSometimes a badge just isn't enough of a name for a car– especially now that automakers have fallen head-over-heels in love with alphanumerics. Hey kids! Let's all jump in the MKZ! So, how's you're G35x? Mine's the LS 600hL. Growing up, our family car was a 1978 Ford LTD Country Squire. I mean, how American is that? Not very. But at least it was aspirational. (Flex? Flex what?) As an homage to its size and apparent indestructibility, we called the beast "the battlewagon." A brown Ford wagon of my acquaintance was called "Mudblup" after the amorphous cartoon character in the Teddy Ruxpin (Worlds of Wonder) series. A white '96 Monte Carlo with was not-so-creatively (but entirely accurately) known as "Moby." And my '92 T-Bird has long been nicknamed "the Thunderchicken." Of course, a lot of people (i.e. women) simply came up with a cute name like "Sally" and called it good. While carmakers are still going down the spyplane and government agency route (G8), I reckon consumers have taken matters into their own hands. So, how about you? What do you (or your significant other) call your cars? [We welcome Mr. Leverett to the TTAC team and thank Jonny Lieberman for not having a cow over this QOTD usurpation.]

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85 Comments on “Question of the Day: What Do You Call Your Car?...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    I personally don’t have any.

    However, my sister calls her Grand Am “Stallion”, and my friend calls his Taurus the “Green Goblin”.

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    Sam calls the Boxster “my car.” How great is that?

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    beetlebug

    I don’t name my cars usually. However we have a 1970 Beetle we call “Burt”. The reason isn’t that exciting: We bought it from the original owners who lived in Burt, NY.

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    Redbarchetta

    We don’t have any names for our cars now. Well except for the Cadillac, that one is well known as “The piece of junk outside” even my daughter refers to it as that. I used to call my Alfa Spider “Nikole” which ended up being my daughters middle name, man I miss that car.

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    Darth4114

    “My Car”

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    dhathewa

    We had a then 9-year-old ’69 Ford Custom 500 (fullsize sedan in cheeeeaap trim) former US Forest Service car (ergo, dark green) which we named “The Hulk.” 302 V8, so, just enough power to fully justify the nickname.

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    Cicero

    My former laser-red Infiniti G35 6MT coupe was known around the neighborhood as the Red Menace.

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    TeeKay

    My wife calls the M3 “Sweat Pea.” Fer God’s ake, it has 333hp. There’s nothing sweet about it.

    On the other hand, the smaller hairdresser’s Miata I drive everyday doesn’t have a name.

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    IC Turbo

    I occasionally call my car “Silvia” because of the Japanese market car on the same chassis, and I have the SR20DET that came from the Japanese market, but I tend to call most cars by their model name. Like I don’t have a Nissan, I have a 240. Though that gets confusing because there is a 240ZX and a 240SX (I have the later), so sometimes I have to clarify, and there are some others who confuse it with the Volvo. I have had two neons, one each from Dodge and Plymouth. I did name one “Bugs” for a variety of reasons, but it didn’t stick. I’ve tried naming other cars in the past, but I always end up calling them by their model names.

    On the other hand, I have named cars I haven’t owned. I call the the PT Cruiser, the “Pity” Cruiser, and the Audi TT, well, you get the picture.

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    foolish

    As a Soul Coughing fan, and big dork, my Red Miata was named “Ruby Zoom.”

    The MPV I primarily drive now (oh, how I’ve fallen) is known as “The Whiiiiiiite Whaaaaaaale!!

    When my wife, known as Dru, had an Outback Sport, it was known as the Drubaru!

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    My 1984 Audi Quattro? Trogdor, because it burninates the interstate (and small Cavaliers)

    Porsche Boxster S? Athena, the goddess of war (its bright red)

    ’78 Audi Fox GTI? The project from electrical hell

    VW Jetta TDI? The Jetta… it doesn’t have enough character to get a name

    My Navigation system I call “Lola”, because it talks like a woman, but gives directions like a man.

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    6G74

    2002 Diamante. Simply, “The D.”

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    morbo

    I call my 2002 Diamante “VRX”

    My Ranger is simply “Truck”

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    hwyhobo

    “Car”.

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    AuricTech

    I’ve named my 2007 Suzuki SX4 Hornet, after USS Hornet (CV-12), as USS Hornet was the fourth Essex-class carrier (i.e., Essex-4).

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    bws

    I had an ’88 Olds Delta 88 (yeah, I know…”an ’88 88″) that just wouldn’t die. We called it “Delta Force.”

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    KnightRT

    Slow?

    The only car in my family with a nickname was our ’91 Suburban. “The Moose.” 11 MPG, that one. Marvelous for roadtrips.

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    Point Given

    I have Fierce, the 02 Civic SIR, an ex called her echo Lola, and present date calls her jeep TJ Daisy.

    And I call my 97 dakota “the lump”

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    240d

    The M-B 240D is named “Putty” in reference to the pastel grey paint color.

    Mrs. 240D, a bit of a smart ass, used to call my previous car, a 1966 Mustang, the “T-bird”.

    My buddy’s white Mazda 626 was called “The Rental” – that car was invisible it was so nondescript.

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    benders

    My friend Jon calls my WRX ‘Rection.’ He’s lonely.

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    justjim

    Back in the day… My God was it really 30 years ago? I had a custom, full size Dodge Van. We called her Muk Tuk Annie. You’d have to be Canadian to understand it. But ol’ Muk Tuk was just like her name… She was big and fat and bold. She would bump and grind and shake her behind to any all the rival traffic. Damn but I sometimes miss that old piece of chubby iron.

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    210delray

    “The truck” — Nissan Frontier.

    “Blue Camry” and “Silver Camry,” sometimes “New Camry” for the latter.

    Our past cars were generally called by their model names, except that our 1980 Volvo DL was called “the Volvo.” (Ours was made during the interregnum when Volvo stopped using the 240 name and its derivatives.)

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    Theodore Leverett

    AuricTech :
    April 24th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve named my 2007 Suzuki SX4 Hornet, after USS Hornet (CV-12), as USS Hornet was the fourth Essex-class carrier (i.e., Essex-4).

    As somebody with more than a passing interest in ships, I think that may be my favorite right there. BZ. Of course, now you need to take the car to Alameda so they can be photographed together.

    A couple more from the past come to mind now that I think about it some more. We had a ’63 Dodge wagon called the “Old Blue Beast,” and my dad’s ’82 Plymouth Reliant wagon – which spent more time in the shop than on the road – was quickly renamed the “Un-Reliant.” That car wasn’t just a lemon, it was an entire lemonade stand.

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    I don’t normally name my cars, but I used to call my ’77 Toyota Corolla Tochiro. I named it after a character in a Saturday Night Live spoof on The McLaughlin Group, “The Arakawa Group”. The Japanese version of McLaughlin, Arakawa says, “Tochiro! who is raziest American worker?”
    Tochiro: Is auto worker?
    Arakawa: WRONG! Is teacher!

    You probably had to see it, but it totally cracked me up. That, and the alliteration made it a natural.

    Oops. Almost forgot. I used to refer to my 93 Saturn as my Planet Six.

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    minion444

    My 1st Brand New Car was a Ford Escort GT (pumpkin orange and Black Trim) It was called The Great Pumpkin, ES CAR GO, and then finally GONE!

    (sold a 68 GTO to buy it) What was I thinking.

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    jthorner

    2006 TSX – “Starbuck” in honor of the Battlestar Galactica character

    1989 Ford F150 – “Clifford” because it is big, red, clumsy and friendly like the dog.

    1972 Volvo 1800ES – “Yellow Submarine” … it’s yellow and has those tiny windows and generally round profile.

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    Blunozer

    My 06 Miata is simply called ‘The Roadster’

    The winter beater is a silver Legacy wagon we call the ‘Greyhound Bus’. Our rescued greyhound has spent more time in the backseat than any human.

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    guyincognito

    Depends. When I’m wrenching on it I usually call it, “you stupid mother F’er” or “Why won’t you let me do this”. When the tires are squealing as I hit the apex of a turn I call it “yeah baby”.

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    Eric G. Harrison

    Our 2008 Acura TSX is the “BAS” – boring ass sedan. Keep in mind we had a 2005 Corvette a few years ago, so any sedan will be judged harshly.

    Our 2006 Scion Xa is the “Party Pod”. I can’t even begin to explain that one!

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    John R

    I had an ’89 Olds Cutlass Supreme in high school. I was really dumb, I called it Reign Supreme as I used it to stomp on anything with less than 6 cylinders.

    My Pop had a ’97 Intrepid SE with the automanual. I used to think that feature was so cool, hence it was dubbed the Ill-trepid. Soon there were more problems with it than there were things to love about it. Hence it was since known as the Insepid.

    In college, I had a ’95 Mazda 626. The previous owner had a set of 17″ x 8″ alloys w/summer tires installed on it. That thing gripped. I was really in to Dragonball Z at the time and it was really the first car I enjoyed driving and it was the first “Japanese” car I owned (it had a Ford Escort engine!). Ergo, I used to call it Shenron, the Japanese pronounciation of the Chinese “Shenlong”, one of the characters from the Dragonball.

    After college my parents moved back to Panama and they gave their ’04 Intrepid to me(they bought another one!!). It was big, white and only quick up to 30 mph (it had the 2.7 liter). The name was Albino Alligator for that one.

    I have a white ’07 Sonata now. It’s pretty quick, goes around corners well enough (not satisfied, I think a set of sway bars and a strut tower brace ought fix that) and its from Korea by way of Alabama, so I think Shenron has returned.

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    gaazmon

    2004 Mercedes Benz E320 – Silva

    I had met a beautiful girl in college about a year and a half ago in one of my classes. She was gorgeous, wow. Like a living barbie doll, I swear. She had a E320 and I had asked her how she liked the car. She said she loved it. After my lease ran out on my car I went and bought one. She did a better job of selling the car to me by telling me what she loved about the car than the car saleswoman I bought the car from.

    So, I figured it would be fitting to name the car after her. *Sigh, I miss her.

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    detlef

    For reasons that should be pretty clear, my Volvo 850 Turbo wagon is known as “the Turbox.” The ’81 240 I had before that was “Steve,” a tribute to both McQueen and The Tao of Steve. The ’77 240 before that, sporting a mustard yellow and rust bodywork, was known as “the Leopard.”

    The ’08 Outback hasn’t been in the stable long enough to present an identity.

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    trk2

    My wife named her Mazda 6 ‘Six’ in honor of the Battlestar Galactica character. Naturally my Lincoln Mark VIII became ‘Eight’.

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    supremebrougham

    I will probably lose any and all credibility here, but what the hey…here we go…

    As a teenager I had a Toyota Corolla, well actually two of them, one after another. Anyways, I decided to name each of them Kimberly Susan, which I figured could be an Americanized version of Kim Sue Lee, because they were both made in Japan, but lived in America. As time went on, I noticed that Toyota spelled backword was Atoyot, and that that was more fun to say than Toyota, so my Toyota Corolla became known as the Atoyot Kim Sue Lee!

    After that I had a purple ’97 Escort Sport, and I named her (yes all my cars are girls) Candice Maria, or Candy for short. I thought of naming my Contour I had after the Escort Constance, but it seemed too easy, so I settled on Ashley Kaylene. the brown ’00 Contour after that was Brandy Kaylene. These days my Olds Alero is known as Alexandra Michelle, or Alex for short.

    What can I say, I like fancy names :P

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    CellMan

    I’ve not really named my cars, but others have been quite keen to do so. My first was a 98 Jetta with a big bumper kit, 1.3L engine. A solid reliable tank, with a Stompers motor. My nephew called it the Jaffa. And forever it was known.

    Today my 18 month old son screams and jumps up and down whenever he sees my M3. He gets so excited and makes zoom zoom noises! Ahh, just like Daddy! :) He’s duly named it “blue car”. To hear him shouting it whenever I come home in the evenings, awesome!

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    SunnyvaleCA

    My parents have a diesel that we call “The Squid.” My old Daytona Violet M3 is called “The Grape.”

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    DearS

    I like calling my E30 325is “my baby bimmer” or “DearIS”. I used to call my 240sx DearSX and Integra “teg”

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    markpitts

    Honda Odyssey = Rhonda or the Appliance

    Volvo S60 = Princessa Fireflame DeGroot, it was arrived at in committee involving small children

    We are in the process of naming the Mini, any suggestions?

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    jthorner

    ” My wife named her Mazda 6 ‘Six’ in honor of the Battlestar Galactica character.”

    I daresay you must have an interesting wife!

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    alfabert

    A long time ago: a pale 1962 Ford Falcon “Marshmallow”, a name mostly inspired by the steering and handling precision or lack thereof. And I still miss my former Alfa Spider too.

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    rjones

    1992 VW Jetta Turbo Diesel: Agatha
    1989 VW Westfalia: Bertha (sometimes Big Bertha)
    2002 Audi A4: Cunswaila (after about 6 months)
    2006 Volvo XC70: (the) Daddy-mobile (our first little one arrived a couple of months later)
    2007 Volvo S60: Unnamed as yet. I’m taking suggestions that start with E.

    At this point Sue Grafton will beat me to Z.

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    Thinx

    At various times, I have had vehicles that went by:

    “Gina Magnet” – a red italian convertible
    “Blondie” – no idea why it got the name
    “Rust bucket” – an old MG
    “The Piddler” – a Norton that dripped a damp spot everywhere I parked it.
    “the antichrist” – a Ford I had in school, that broke down at least three times a year for every year I had it.

    My current CL is simply called “the Benz”.

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    hokuto

    “Hi-speed lux” hilux with supra engine
    “pedro the fast white car” 81 levin

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    Andy D

    My recently retired and much beloved 1988 BMW lachsilber 528e is the Borman6. My newer example is B6II

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    gcorley

    My wife normally names our cars:

    “Oggy” – VW Polo (registration no. included ‘OGY’)
    “Monte” – Ford XR3i owned whilst we were living in Monaco (Monte Carlo)
    “Shadow” – BMW E30 in lachsilber (medium gray metallic)
    “Sparky” – Citroen 2CV
    “Gem” – VW Polo in green metallic (=emerald)

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    mocktard

    “Slowtege”

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    Robstar

    My wife’s 2000 neon is “nao da” (portuguese for doesn’t go)
    My 2005 STi is gatinho (“little cat” or in brazillian slang “hunk”)

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    menno

    I think for some bizarre reason, the big, green 1967 Chrysler Newport Custom sedan that I bought in 1980 had so much dang character, that my wife and I ended up calling her Martha. Kind of middle aged, boring, reliable and well, um, large. And ladylike, somehow. It just seemed to fit. I’d never named a car before that.

    When we lived in the UK, and the eldest child was about 4, I bought a Citroen Dyane (used). Our child was so excited to be able to drive to the forest and seaside… the car ended up being called “Puv-ey” simply becuase the letters on the licence plate started PUV.

    When my brother-in-law and sister-in-law visited us from the UK a few years back, bro asked me what I called the Hyundai we had. Um, nothing…
    So on a trip to the UP of Michigan, suddenly he turns to me and says “Frank. Frank Sonata.”

    Groan. But yep, it became “Frank” and now Sonata #2 is “Frankie Junior”.

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    I call my Accord “the Honda” or “the car.”

    I call our Sienna “the Toyota” or “the van.”

    Back in college, I had a nearly-new 1993 Olds Achieva SCX (one of only 500 made, and probably only 300 survive today) that my buddies and I used to call “the Hot Wheels.”

    The Achieva, for all of its flaws (its head gasket in particular), at least had more personality than our current fleet does. Maybe if I had something more interesting in the garage like a G8 or CTS (or even a Fit), I’d be more inclined to give it a name.

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    threeer

    the Toyota Tercel I drive is called “tee-tuu.” Several interpretations…it is a Toyota Tercel (hence two “t’s”) and it was my sister’s second Toyota…worked on both levels. Only two other cars had names…my 1974 BMW 2002 was called “Blue Bonnet” since it was blue (duh) and the guy I bought it from had British ties, so the “Bonnet” refered to the hood. And my 1985 Dodge Lancer ES was named “Lestat.” Hey, I was going through an Anne Rice phase, and “Lancer Lestat” had a cool ring to it!

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    Brendon from Canada

    My wife named her Mini Cooper S “Coops”, and her LandRover Freelander is Hippo (from one of the best Landrover ads of all time). I have a one year old that simply points to any small red car and calls it “MamaCa” (referring to my wife’s Mini); my black BMW Coupe is “DaddaCa”.

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    “Sparky” – Citroen 2CV

    I don’t know which is better: that someone on TTAC has had a 2cv or that the 2cv was named Sparky!

    When I lived in Paris for a year at age 12, my then 3 year old sister sensed the scorn I had for 2cvs and called me as best she couild pronounce Deux Chevaux “Dudebo”. That stuck for years.

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    geozinger

    I have two Chevys and one Pontiac…

    The Malibu Maxx is either Max or ‘Bu

    The Cavalier is the either the Cavy or the Cockroach. The cockroach comes from the idea that cockroaches will survive the nuclear holocaust better than humans. After 11 years and 228,000 miles, the Cavalier has outlasted a number of other vehicles. And shows no signs of giving up, either. Just like real cockroaches.

    The Sunfire GT is more conditional. When it’s running well, I call it the ‘Fire. When it’s in the shop, like it is now, I call it @#$!#$*!%#$%^#$%.

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    alex_rashev

    Woodie for SW Caprice, Toofah for 924, and “little blue car” for MR2. Well, now it’s “little blue car” and [new] “little blue car” for the Miata.

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    Well . . .

    my indestructible 94 VW Passat VR6 was named “The Bismarck” as it was unsinkable after countless deer and accidents (my sister and I learned to drive on it)

    my loud, fiesty, blue Civic hatch was named “Stitch” after the Disney character

    my loud, fierce, black, tinted GS-R swapped Civic coupe was named “KITT” after the Knight Rider character

    my BMW Z4 is named “The Bitch” by my wife because its such a priss

    We’re still thinking up names for my White 944 turbo and Black Civic SI Sedan.

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    jetfast

    For a few months while i was driving a mini-van, i called it the looser cruiser. It was a mercury villager and all i wanted to do was change the “v” to a “p”.

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    shaker

    My girlfriend Linda (of quite some time ago) named her ’72 Ford Maverick “Theodore” (I actually forget why). When I changed “Theodore’s” lower ball joints (ahem), I called the car many things other than her pet name…

    I never named my cars, but that didn’t keep others from doing so.
    My co-worker and I occasionally drove to a local supermarket for lunch, where we’d sometimes chat with an 80+ year-old lady who sat out front, collecting for the Salvation Army. One fine summer day, we left the supermarket, dropped some coins in the lady’s kettle, went out to the parking lot and got into my (freshly washed) ’97 Camaro. As we drove by the front of the market, I stopped and tapped the horn at the old lady, whose eyes suddenly lit up as she recognized me and my buddy, and she exclaimed “Wow! Where’d you get the skin wagon?
    Needless to say, my car had a name from then on; my bar buddies just loved asking me “How’s the skin wagon running?” “Get laid in the skin wagon yet?”
    I never looked at that Salvation Army lady (AKA: “Jenny”) the same way again; I started to speculate to my buddies that she may have lost her virginity in a “flivver”, or “skin wagon”…

    The supermarket was razed and replaced with a Target Store, and we haven’t seen “Jenny” since. She may have passed on by now; I thank her for a good memory.

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    tigeraid

    My ’94 Buick Roadmaster Estate LT1 was given the nickname “The RoadMatress” by friends, and it’s stuck. Short form is “the ‘Matress.”

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    Cole Trickle

    My 03 Dodge Ram (yeah, it had a big dumb hemi) with the 20 inch donks and the loud redneck exhaust, was known as Rosey. She was red, and she also shared several similarities to a certain talk show host/enemy of “the Donald.” She was loud and obnoxious, a bit wide, too powerful for her own good, and she consumed mass quantities (of fuel). She was also red.

    My current whip, a 2002 A4 1.8T, is far too pretentious for a name. It is simply “the Audi.” Or the ####### piece of #### that goes to the dealer once a month to fix something that should never have broken.

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    rjones

    Cole Trickle:

    Let me guess: ignition coils? horns? wipers? headlamp washers? stereo? Been there, done that, sold the bitch, it’s someone else’s problem now.

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    FrostyOregon

    Some cars we still have – some are good memories:
    ’75 Baby Blue VW Rabbit (“luxury model” with 300k miles on it) = Blue Bunny
    ’01 Red Honda CRV = Ladybug Car (3 year old daughter named it)
    ’01 Silver BMW X5 4.4 = Betsy (or Potato Bug car – again, daughter named it)
    ’03 Snowmobile and Horse Haulin’ H2 = The Beast
    ’05 Mystic Blue BMW M3 Convertible (with Dynan exhaust, Schnitzer short shifter and chip to remove the governor – this was my car but the husband had to add the bling) = The Teenager
    ’07 Audi RS4 = Viper
    ’06 Red BMW X5 4.8Si = Consuela
    ’06 Salt-n-Peppa White Mini Cooper Convertible = Ellie

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    tdoyle

    In our family we have an 07 Focus which my 5 year old daughter called the “Baby Car” and she calls our 05 F150 “Big Red…” How cute is that?

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    pls

    I went out with a girl in college who just got her first car. She told me she named it -gak- ‘Freezy’ or some other silly combination of free and breezy. Cute girl. Never called her again.

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    marc

    My sparkling grey Prius is named Cate after Cate Blanchett’s sparkling grey dress at the ’06 Oscars (watched it right after buying the car). Save the judgment, Ive heard it all before.

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    BabyM

    Dad’s ’76 Ford LTD was “the Battleship.”

    My ’78 Chevy Monza was “the Brown Beast.”

    The toddler named the ’90 Subaru Legacy “White Car Station Wagon” and the ’98 Neon “Aqua Crayon.”

    The ’04 Grand Marquis I inherited from my father was “HMS Pachyderm” in honor of its ponderous bulk and predreadnought-battleship-like handling.

    Can’t come up with a good nickname for the GTI. I tried “Der Panzerkampfhasen,” but it just doesn’t seem right.

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    thebigmass

    I call my ’91 Eagle Talon TSi AWD the Millennium Falcon (yes, I am a complete and total loser) as it had some ‘special modifications’ that make it extremely fast and also because it never works (It’s not my fault-they told me they fixed it!)

    Taking suggestions for the GTI…

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    TomAnderson

    My boss calls my ’83 Mercedes Benz 300 SD der Panzerkampfenwagen and, I gotta admit, I quite like it.

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    flanken

    My boss calls my ‘83 Mercedes Benz 300 SD der Panzerkampfenwagen and, I gotta admit, I quite like it.

    Very nice. Here are mine:
    ’85 Mercedes 300D: Mobutumobile
    ’04 Mazda6 wagon: Frank the Tank

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    JTSParts

    Suburban and Water. Or Duburban. and the Volvo is my car and referred to as “your car” by the wife and “not the Volvo!” by the kids…

    Mom used to a have a 65 fairlane 500 “gerta,” a 68 VW camper bus “sylvester” and a 76 265 wagon “airwolf.”

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    Cole Trickle

    That’s the 1st 1/3 of the list rjones. On top of that, the dealership treats me like I have a jetta…no loaners. Its a shame; its the most beautiful car I’ve ever had, handles like a dream, and I get 32 mpg on my commute.

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    Jonathon

    My ’78 Chevy Malibu station wagon (with a 350ci V8) was the Dragon Wagon. I’ve tried to give my other cars names, but I’ve usually just called them “the Cutlass,” “the Regal,” or “the Saturn.”

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    JTSParts

    Oh man, just remembered the 77 Dodge Van…

    The Stabin Cabin.

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    BabyM

    marc: They’re offering Priususes (Prii?) with Cate Blanchett as an accessory?

    I gotta get one a dose!

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    mikey

    The Grand Am is the Grey Ghost the Jimmy is just
    Jimmy The Firebird is the Bird.

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    Scorched Earth

    My friends and I call my ’03 Lexus ES300 “the Smiling Whale”, a callout to the Toyota designers who decided to bulbous fatass with a dopey grin and call it OK. Plus, that porker body rolls in the corners like a whale in the ocean…LOL

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    Howler

    Audi TT – The Shpud. Maybe because its potato like?
    Jaguar XJS – OctoCat. No explaination.
    PT Cruiser – PT Loser. Coined by the younger generation lol.
    Some oldies. Mercur(lol) XR4Ti – Xerati, Honda CRX – Roach,

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    benders

    I once heard of a guy naming his car ‘The Nude.’ Simply so he could say that he was going to church in The Nude and other hilarious situations.

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    ZoomZoom

    Benders, that’s so childish. But ahh, yeah I laughed!

    Let’s see, a friend once called my 83 Trans Am “The Batmobile.” But it was red, not black.

    I thought about calling my 93 Miata “smiley,” due to the front air dam and pop-up headlights…but it didn’t really look like a smile, more like an expression of bewilderment. So the Miata, which I kept for over 10 years, never got named.

    The BMW Z3 was sometimes called “The James Bond Car,” although that was red, not blue like the one in the movie (I forget which movie).

    The Prius is sometimes called “Sparky” or “Zappy.” Where I live is one of the top lightning zones in the US, so we make jokes about the little antenna on the Prius roof providing direct-to-battery recharging from lightning bolts. The first time somebody rides in the back seat, I ask them if they’ve put on their rubberized underwear that morning…

    I like silly electric jokes; keeps me er.. “grounded.”

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    Samir

    My father drives a long white 1992 Camry station wagon. (Estate?). I call it the “bar of soap”.

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    eagles_guy92

    Haha I own a ’94 Jeep Grand Cherokee, Bright Red. I call it “Clifford (the big red jeep)”

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    Back in grad school, I had an ’88 Olds Delta 88. When I wasn’t calling it the “’88 88,” I was referring to it, affectionately, as “Delta Force.”

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    charliefletch

    I’v just bought an R reg white VW polo, any ideas for names?

    i’v only come up with one,probably not pc but… “slim shady” “cos he’d be better if he wasnt white.” what do you think?

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    maci g

    my dad has called every vehicle he’s ever had “Betsy”. except his blue truck, i think it was a dodge, that he had when i was realllyyy little, that he called “Bird”, as in ‘bluebird’. my mom has an 05 mustang and she calls it “The Tang” and my 09 Honda Civic EX Sedan, black (i’m in love) has 3 names haha. Batmobile (obvious), Bale-mobile (because Christian Bale played Batman in the Dark Knight), and the Maci-mobile (cause my name is Maci? haha). and my stepmom’s black 08 Dodge Avenger is called Dave haha.

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    My Odyssey minivan is called the Hotyssey, because the nickname gives my teenager acute embarrasment and I am a good mother that way.

    The ’66 VW bus is names The Fraulein or Fraulein Greta, since Greta means pearl and the bus is painted in…you guessed it, Pearl White.

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    Kinda late to the party, but I’m inspired (and tickled) by all the clever names folks have devised for their favored (and not-so-favored) motorized agents of transportation.
    The first automobile I’ve ever owned (bought it in ’92 and own it still) is a maroon 1988 Toyota Pickup–standard all the way. Standard to the point of no A/C, no power steering. (Yeah, I got arms. I mean ARMS from driving this truck.) Given expectations of longevity, as well as being influenced by the affection for that childhood mode of conveyance suggested by a cinema classic, I thought I had hit upon the perfect sobriquet. Wait for it….
    RoseBud.
    But, at the time, I got to considering that my newly acquired hunk of steel on wheels is gender-neutral (or, perhaps, gender-confused) and “RoseBud” is so gosh-darn girly-sounding, I thought it only fair to temper it with an added testosterone-minded appellation. (It is a TRUCK, after all.) And thinking of country songs and cowboys and the smell of high desert plateaus, I added the appellation, “Roy.”
    RoseBud Roy.
    My trusty, rusty steed with not quite 200K miles on it. No major car work in 19 years of ownership. Runs like a…truck. Turning radius stinks, but I’ll ride him/her/it ’til the cows come home, ’til the guitar won’t tune and I have to put a bullet in its/her/his head and bury her/him/it with (oh, heck!) his/its/her all-weather radials still on…. I love my truck.
    My little RoseBud Roy. <sigh!>


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