By on July 17, 2013

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I’ve had a lot of cars. You’ll know this if you bought my book, in which I detail most of the wonderful cars I’ve owned, and also my 2001 Toyota Prius. For those of you who have never had the chance to experience a 2001 Prius, I strongly suggest you do so immediately, and probably at your local junkyard.

In my time with various cars, I’ve noticed something: some cars wave to each other. What I mean is, you’re cruising down the street, you see another car of the same make and model, the driver waves to you, you wave back, and everyone’s day is a little better because of the entire experience.

Interestingly, I notice this a lot in my Range Rover. I wave to everyone else in Range Rovers, and most of the time, they wave back. This might surprise you, but I believe I’ve figured out why it happens: we’re all such vain assholes that we’re always staring down other Range Rover drivers just to see if the other person is good enough to drive a Range Rover. So I wave, and they feel obligated to wave because I caught them looking at me.

But most cars that wave to one another do it because the owners feel a common bond. A special feeling that says, for instance, we’re both putting up with the same crappy radio buttons. For example:

Saabs

This was true years ago, but I’m not sure if it still is. Saab owners used to love to stick their keys in the center consoles, activate that strange feature that turns off all the dash lights except the speedometer (in a Jaguar this is called “when it rains”) and then wave to each other in large numbers.

Presumably, this stopped once they came out with that 9-3 that was no longer available as a surprisingly popular thee-door hatchback. But there are still some quirky Saab drivers out there. Do they wave to each other? I’d like to think so. And then they pull over and discuss how to find parts.

Corvettes

Corvette guys always wave to each other. This is kind of cool, because the Corvette spans decades. But they all do it. Even people with C4s.

The reason for this is that, unlike some of the other cars on this list, no one has a Corvette on accident. They all bought the car for its styling, its speed, its sports car handling prowess. Oh yeah, and they’re always looking around to see who notices them.

Jeep Wranglers

This one surprises me most. Jeep Wrangler owners – a highly exclusive group that includes roughly 10 zillion individuals – wave to one another. How does this work? Aren’t you waving virtually every second of every minute? Perhaps this is why the Wrangler is considered so unsafe: owners are always taking their hands off the road to wave to one another.

Vintage Cars in General

Vintage car owners always seem to wave to one another, regardless of exactly what they’re driving. Nothing like a Bugeye Sprite meeting a ’64 Impala on the road and exchanging a wave. Of course, the implication here is: We’re both old folks driving these cars, and our wives haven’t made us stop yet, so hello!

Porsches

I used to love driving Porsches because we all waved to one another. Actually I waved to other Porsche owners, and other Porsche owners waved back. I have friends with 911s who truly believed they didn’t need to waste their time waving to Boxster owners. And frankly, I encountered Boxsters on the road who didn’t wave back, probably because they weren’t even looking and thought I would snub them.

But it was always fun to wave to another Porsche and get a wave back, unless of course the other Porsche was a six-cylinder Cayenne, in which case the driver was too busy talking on the phone to notice.

So, B&B, do you have a car that inspires a wave? What is it? And if it’s a Jeep Wrangler, try to curtail your waving on the drive home tonight. You might hurt yourself.

@DougDeMuro is the author of humor books Plays With Cars, and the operator of PlaysWithCars.com. He’s owned an E63 AMG wagon, road-tripped across the US in a Lotus without air conditioning, and posted a six-minute lap time on the Circuit de Monaco in a rented Ford Fiesta. One year after becoming Porsche Cars North America’s youngest manager, he quit to become a writer. His parents are very disappointed.

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288 Comments on “Does Your Car Inspire a Wave?...”


  • avatar

    My 05 STi almost always gets a wave, but typically only from WRX’s or other STi’s.

    When on my bike, I get a wave from anyone else on a motorcycle (or more accurately – a sideways peace sign).

    When in the Sorento? Nothing…

    • 0 avatar
      twotone

      Yes, I get lots of waves from other drivers. But, they only use one finger.

      • 0 avatar
        highdesertcat

        Ditto here when I drive my Tundra. The only wave I get from Ford, GM and RAM drivers is the finger wave.

        I prefer to believe it’s just plain old envy and jealousy on their part since none of them have that magnificent all-aluminum, 32-valve, DOHC, 5.7-liter V8 under the hood.

        Most other Tundra drivers I have encountered do give a once-over look of recognition and satisfaction, but no wave.

        They don’t have to. We know who we are and we also know we drive the best truck on the road.

        • 0 avatar
          Bob

          Best truck… Haha….oh wait, are you serious?

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            I’ve had the rest. Now I drive the best.

            The only thing that matters is that I think it is the best, since I’m the one paying for it.

            I’ve had all the others. Don’t wanna go back there again.

        • 0 avatar
          RRocket

          Maybe they’re mad because your Tundra is “More American” than some of the other trucks on the road?

          • 0 avatar
            highdesertcat

            LOL! I never thought about that, but it is true.

            I always get a kick about how some of these clowns in their Ford, GM and RAM pickups take off like a bat out of hell when the light turns green for us.

            Me? I just mosey along. I know what I have under the hood. I have nothing to prove.

          • 0 avatar
            Zackman

            Perhaps, but no truck has ever been saddled with an uglier grille than a Tundra.

            Horse collar or public men’s room toilet seat.

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      Non-Harley riders wave or nod at each other. Harley owners only acknowledge each other, often going to great lengths not to notice the unworthy.

      • 0 avatar
        espressoBMW

        Not true here in Indiana. I ride a dual-sport bike and nearly all HD riders wave. To be honest, I’m tired of it! I didn’t get a bike to join a club and wave like I’m in a parade. I just want to enjoy the ride!

    • 0 avatar
      05lgt

      oddly enough, my turbo legacy GT gets more wave recognition from STI’s than legacy GT’s of the same generation. Not sure why.

    • 0 avatar
      LeeK

      When I had an Evo VIII, I would regularly wave at STi drivers and get a positive response. Theoretically the two camps are bitter rivals, but in reality anyone bonkers enough to have one of these two rally cars as a daily driver in fact share a kindred spirit.

    • 0 avatar
      Synchromesh

      I have a ’12 WRX and get most waves from ’11+ people with similar body styles. The ’08-10 cars are rare but on occasion they wave too. The previous gen of ’02-07 rarely wave at all. I guess they consider themselves in a different league.

      When I had the NA Miata, NA people waved often, NB people on occasion, NC people almost never. I guess it is a generation thing.

    • 0 avatar
      dgb100

      WRXs always wave to one another. I have the original bug-eye version in good old Rally Blue. Unfortunately the STi option didn’t exist when I got mine.

    • 0 avatar
      CobraJet

      Mine does :)

  • avatar
    APaGttH

    Pontiac G8. There were only 24K sold in the US, about 34K sold in North America. The FIPSI factor for ownership is high so a lot have already been wrapped around a phone pole. Because sheet metal parts are ridiculously expensive, the threshold to a total is low. So I see fewer and fewer – but when we pass, ALWAYS a wave or a thumbs up.

  • avatar
    Freddy M

    Back in the early 2000′s Honda Canada had a Civic Nation campaign, presumably because our entire country buys Civics in huge numbers. In one particular commercial, a total Ricer in a completely modified Civic Coupe is driving along, while in the opposite direction, a mild mannered man in a Civic Sedan is approaching from the opposite direction. The young racer dude throws up a confident “aw yea” wave and the mild mannered man nervously returns it.

    “No way do people do that.” I thought. And sure enough in the weeks that followed, a totally decked-out civic was passing me in my anonymous Civic sedan, and the exact same situation happened. But i was too flabbergasted to wave back.

    • 0 avatar
      danio3834

      If I remember correctly, when that campaign came out, I was driving a beater Chevy Corsica. Since it had apparently become cool for people in sh1tty, common cars to wave at each other, I would wave at Corsica owners and shout, “CORSICA NATION” to my fellow cult members. Beretta owners however, got the snub.

    • 0 avatar
      CJinSD

      When I’m driving my habanero red Civic, every other driver of a habanero red Civic I’ve encountered in the past three or four years has nodded or waved to acknowledge our shared discerning taste in cars that were in such demand that Honda canceled the color overnight. Both of them. I get compliments on the color from time to time, but nobody wants to step outside the resale box defined by white at one extreme and black at the other with nary another pigment complicating the spectrum. When I’m driving the (white)A6, other Audi drivers don’t even see it. Maybe they’re distracted by trying to spell commands on their touch-pad interfaces. Maybe they don’t want to prompt supercharged drag races to jail. Maybe it’s because anyone with a smaller number on their car doesn’t want to be condescended to and anyone with a bigger number on their car doesn’t want to stoop to my level.

      • 0 avatar
        Freddy M

        LOL great colour choice. That was the ’06 Si Coupe wasn’t it?

        That car in that colour was my favourite Civic.

        • 0 avatar
          CJinSD

          Mine is an ’07 Si sedan, so I guess they used the color longer than I suggested. It looks great freshly washed, but it gets filthy here pretty quickly.

          • 0 avatar
            Freddy M

            Actually I believe you’re right. In ’06 it was just Rallye Red, and they offered the Habanero in ’07.

            I do know that the Habanero Red was exclusive to the Si.

      • 0 avatar
        deliverator

        My ’08 Civic Si, fiji blue coupe, gets me waves occasionally. Last time was a week ago, from a guy in an apparently identical car. Felt good.

  • avatar
    jz78817

    common amongst SRT-4 owners too, apparently. I find it mildly annoying; I’m not your buddy just because I coincidentally bought the same kind of car you did. I just ignore them.

    worse are the SRT-4 owners who pull up next to me and insist on making me hear their blow-off valve. makes me glad these cars are slowly disappearing.

  • avatar
    nelio2k

    I always try to wave to fellow BRZ and cousin FRS drivers. Most of them wave back, unless they are the spoiled high school kids that tried to act cool.

    • 0 avatar
      Freddy M

      My buddy who has a BRZ also waves to fellow Toyobaru owners. Mostly FR-S drivers of course, and they all reciprocate.

      It’s slightly more awkward (I’m saying this as a passenger) when two Toyobarus are heading in the same direction, and they wish to acknowledge each other. My buddy will pull up quickly behind the other driver and they wave through the rear glass. But I swear it just comes off to me as the automotive equivalent of a dog sniffing another dog’s butt.

    • 0 avatar

      Interesting. My sister, who has an FR-S, says there are lots of them in and around Clifton VA where she lives. I’d think there would be too many to wave at.

      I vaguely remember, when I was a little kid, we had a burnt orange and white roof ’57 chevy wagon, and we used to wave at other “beige-gold” (in Chevy marketing parlance) ’57 wagons, and they’d wave back.

    • 0 avatar
      epsilonkore

      I wave at the BRZ/FRS drivers when I am in my FRS, almost everyone waves back or blinks lights.

      Same thing goes for my Saturn Sky, very few made (by mass production standards) and you would always see the driver waving, but I dont remember them blinking lights. Come to think of it, the FRS is the main car I get blinks from… perhaps its more of a traffic cop warning (its Firestorm red) than a hello :

      Also in “our” Prius c, we get waves from every type of Prius owner, maybe its the South, or maybe its just the c variant, but its fairly “wave” worthy.

      When I go back to the parents, deep in the rural South, I get waves from EVERYBODY. Doesnt matter if I am driving the FRS, the Prius c or the parents Ford Edge. The South just loves to wave!

    • 0 avatar

      I got a wave from another BRZ while I was out in mine yesterday.

  • avatar
    IHateCars

    The “Jeep Wave” has been around for decades back when I had CJs it was a common thing….like those in VW Bugs or on motorcycles.

    Raptor owners wave to each other…maybe because there’s so few of us on the road in my neck of the ‘woods.

  • avatar
    Vulpine

    “It’s A JEEP Thing!”

  • avatar
    crtfour

    I have a Land Rover LR3, a ’67 Corvette and a Toyota T100. They all inspire waves probably because it not that common to see them in my neck of the woods. It’s especially the case with the T100. I live in middle Tennessee where you see about a gazillion pickups every day, but I only see a T100 once a month or so.

  • avatar
    Geekcarlover

    Motorcyclists, we are required by law to wave. Doubly so if riding in weather that no sane person should be riding in.
    Lots of waves when I had a CJ5. I think it was similar to the classic car group. “I can’t believe she let me have it either. “

    • 0 avatar
      Malina

      Well said! but the thing is that motorcyclists are much required by law to wave as more waves came across i had also Cj5 that is one of my favorite car group it doesn’t seems to be like i think Car Financing is nowadays much important. Well the post is really good.
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    • 0 avatar
      Wacko

      So are motorcyclists required by law to ride the center line also??

    • 0 avatar
      Maymar

      I’ve been riding for a couple weeks now, and I don’t get the wave that much. I’m assuming it’s because like me, most riders in the city have the following train of thought;
      “Watch out for the taxi, watch out for the taxi, WATCH OUT FOR THE TAXI! Gotta avoid the streetcar tracks, why is that car stopping, I hate e-bike riders so hard, is that person texting with their knees, no, absolutely pedestrian, walk right in front of me, I only have the right of way, that counts for nothing, oh hey, was that another motorcycle?”

      It’s either that, or I ride an old Honda Rebel, and guys in Firebirds don’t wave at guys in ’85 Pontiac Sunbirds either.

      • 0 avatar
        Bandagraph

        I feel ya man. I ride an 85 Kawasaki 454 LTD in Chicago. I don’t get much love from the guys on expensive bikes. I’m also very focused on not getting killed.

  • avatar
    bball40dtw

    When I had a GTI, the wave was common. GTI owners love themselves other GTI owners. Who else wants talk about or listen to stories about APR upgrades. It is the best $600 you can spend on a car though.

    • 0 avatar

      Haha. I definitely noticed this when I had one. Although I was dismayed at how infrequently I could get other GTI guys to wave back.

      • 0 avatar
        Beerboy12

        +1

      • 0 avatar
        bjchase55

        I get a wave here and there from fellow GTI owners. But it’s not something I have come to expect and usually takes me by surprise. Not because I think GTI owners are not nice, but it’s just not something I exepect from people in the suburbs of Chicago going to and from work. When I do get a wave by the time I realize it we have already passed and it is too late to wave back. =(

    • 0 avatar
      dts187

      I own a Mk6 GTI and I’ve realized that I’ll get a wave from any VW or Audi with back windows littered with obnoxious stickers. If one of these types pulls into a gas station or parking lot they always want to ask if it’s been tuned or if I’m going to bag/slam it.

      I usually make light conversation, say “I’ll probably do Stage 1 down the road but that’s all”. When they realize I’m not interested in in-depth VAG discussions they’ll move on. The only guy I’ve talked to who interested me was a engineer about my age who daily drove and tracked a stripped out/roll-caged Mk2 GTI.

      While I love my car, I have little to no interest in brands in general. The fanboyism can get pretty annoying.

      • 0 avatar
        DarkSpork

        Just stopped in to say I’ve noticed it’s mostly Mk4 owners that wave to me or owners of Sportwagens (I guess family guys who really wanted a GTI too). I’ve gotten the occasional question about upgrades but gas is expensive in California compared to the rest of the country so people tend to just blow their money on tints and that sort of thing.

    • 0 avatar
      Bif

      I used to get waves in my GTI as well. Now with my BMW there is no wave.

      • 0 avatar

        In my ’86 GTI (back in the day) the other GTI drivers did not wave, which was disappointing. Before that, the numerous 1970s Sciroccos I drove always elicited waves from others in like models (not so much the Mk II Scirocco) and I was happy to initiate the wave.

        My A4 is too ubiquitous…I’d get waver’s elbow or tendonitis.

        • 0 avatar
          Nick_515

          Funny you should say that. i just bought a 2005.5 A4 (3.2, bose/lights/seat memory… the works), and have been wondering if there’s a wave. It’s the first nice car I’ve ever had, so i’m pretty green about this.

        • 0 avatar
          LeeK

          In my ’83 GTI I got immediate and enthusiastic waves from other GTI owners. The car was really rare back then.

          30 years later I drive a Mark VI GTI. Alas, nary a wave from the dozen or so I routinely encounter in a given week. Sigh…

          • 0 avatar
            Fordson

            Huh. My 2011 GTI always gets waves from other VWers. And yeah, it’s APR stage I…best $600 you can spend.

    • 0 avatar
      hf_auto

      I noticed this in our GTI too. Interestingly, my R32 solicited a lot of “V”s rather than waves.

      • 0 avatar
        wagonsonly

        My New Beetle got fairly frequent waves – almost always from fellow yellow ones, less often with other colors. I’ve never seen a Saab wave to me (nor have I ever waved at one – if I tried that here in New England my arm would fall off). Miatas seem to be pretty friendly cars and I get (and give) waves or thumbs-up to other vintage Japanese car drivers, though that’s a pretty small crowd in Connecticut.

      • 0 avatar
        Numbers_Matching

        When I had my ’98 GTI VR6 the wave usually in the form of a ‘V’ – but the fingers had to be at an exact 15 degrees apart or else it wasn’t acknowledged.

        • 0 avatar
          tedward

          My sportwagen gets waves or points from modified VW’s but not stock ones. Subtley non factory is its look. Only R owners and modified VW’s get the wave in general.

          My e30 gets waves from other 70 through early 90′s euro classics, modified BMW’s and occasionally a random “on purpose every time car” like the corvettes mentioned. Also from anyone with Motorsport mods or stickers.

          I like the wave.

        • 0 avatar
          Jellodyne

          Well that explains the two handed gesture I see the W8 Passat guys giving each other.

    • 0 avatar
      dgb100

      One of my friends had a 78 or 79 Rabbit GTI, that thing was an absolute blast to drive, especially in the performance challenged early-80s.

  • avatar
    mikey

    We just did a 4400 KLM trip with our Mustang. We tried to go, top down as much as we could. Most of the other convert drivers that had there top down waved.

    Maybe its a Canadian thing. Top down days are few, and far between. Its either too hot,too cold. or raining. I do find that if your going top down on a cold day, everybody waves…?

    • 0 avatar
      Bob

      Had a ’66 Mustang. Other Mustang owners always waved. Some would pull over to chat.

      I once had an F-150 wave to me not long after I got mine, but I am sure I gave the guy a weird look. There are like a bazillion F-150s, so I was totally perplexed by the wave.

  • avatar
    mattfarah

    When I had a Mini I always used to get a wave. Always. Likewise my Corvette, which gets a wave damn near 100% of the time. My Volt never gets a wave, and my Raptor gets a wave about 50/50, and I’ve never gotten another wave in my Vanquish, because I’ve never seen another Vanquish while driving it (white people problems).

    • 0 avatar
      Wacko

      Matt now that is racist, not all white people own a Vanquish…

    • 0 avatar
      redliner

      Yes, all MINI people wave, but Mini people(pre 2000s) don’t wave to MINI people (post 2000s).

      The MINI wave is somewhat inorganic though, because, if I remember correctly, MINI’s early marketing literature expressly stated that all mini driver’s should wave to each other. It didn’t just happen by accident.

      • 0 avatar
        Windy

        I drive a2004 MINI Cooper S that I bought new over ten years ago the first year I owned it I was where the chances of seeing another MINI on the road each day were perhaps 30% dealer just a couple of hours away, and every one would wave… but I moved to a state with no dealers and the nearest one was several hours and 2 states away. For the next 8 years I would see others perhaps once or twice a week in the summer and once a month or so in the winter and again almost all were wavers. ( note the push from MINI advertising to wave did not start till late 04) this summer though I have noticed that fewer than half the folks I wave at wave back…. I am guessing this reflects the fact that many of the cars today are on their 2ed or 3rd owners.

        Back in the 50s and 60s all sports car owners of almost any brand would wave at any other sports car. And the dad of a friend that restored old model A Fords would wave at any other pre war car… But when we were riding with him I recall that only those “big 4″ pre war every man would wave back most of the time. Drivers of the big “full classic” cars with AAAA badges seldom would wave back

    • 0 avatar

      I bet the Volt thing has to do with where you are. Down here there are still very few Volts on the road, and I bet you’d get a wave every time.

      • 0 avatar
        HiFlite999

        I get waves about half the time with both my Volt and RX-8. With the 8, if the other RX is also heavily modded like mine, the percentage goes up to 98%.

        Sadly, some 4×4 pickup owners seem to enjoy giving a middle-finger wave to the Volt. Add to that: cutting me off, stomping on the brakes in front, weaving from side-to-side and other reckless crap. Big truck, small, uh, brain syndrome.

  • avatar
    Timothy

    Happens every time another ST drives by, I also tend to give a thumbs up to other interesting rides. There is a guy w/ a black Tesla that I pass every day on my afternoon commute, we continually wave at this point.

  • avatar
    Dave in Toronto

    Bearing in mind I am in Canada – my 2006 Scion xB has inspired many a wave.

    • 0 avatar
      Crabspirits

      (Waves)
      Same here. I haven’t gotten a wave from many in the past few years though. It seems most are on their 2nd or 3rd owners, who use them as just a practical car, and haven’t joined the cult. A lot of the ones I encounter are taxis, or do delivery duty for the local radiator shop, and (lol) cupcake store.

      In my Z31, I always get waves from other Z’s as long as they were 89′ or older. It’s like the same with vettes, but the newer gen guys seem to be prudes.

      In my modified cars, I tend to get waves from people in other modified cars when out in the wild.

      • 0 avatar
        JMII

        I don’t get many waves in my 350Z. Personally I’m too busy ripping off another gear change to wave. Plus newer Z’s are pretty common, its not *that* special of a car. I will give a slight hat tip to anyone running an orange Z like mine or one tastefully modified (which is rare).

        The biggest wavers I’ve seen are VW Bug drivers.

        The BIG difference is boating: When I’m on the water I wave and EVEY other boater waves back! From guys in little dingys to huge yachts, doesn’t matter. I think this is because on the water there is no “road” thus acknowledging someone is pretty much an exercise in safety: “Does he see me? Yes he does, now we can both avoid running into that shoal”. Except jet-skis… those guys are idiots and thus don’t count. Now girls on jet-skis? Well that’s a different story.

  • avatar
    cpthaddock

    Back when I used to drive BMW’s a lot I’d often get 1 finger and “black power” or “communist solidarity” waves.

    Since I got married, I’ve noticed waves for other reasons (1) my wife forgot to put the gas cap on and it’s dancing on it’s tether with the flap open like a flag (2) there is a purse riding on the roof like some piece of Dali or Magritte symbolism.

  • avatar
    gearhead77

    I feel I should wave to other Mazda 5 owners, but I’m sure I’m one of the few that bought it for the full fun little box it is, not because it was the cheapest thing to fit six people in.

    • 0 avatar
      deanst

      I would wave back – but only if I could determine that you also had the manual transmission version.

      • 0 avatar
        gearhead77

        Nope, GT here. Wife doesn’t drive standard and doesn’t want to learn.

        I go the other way. Not many opt for the GT version, so I look for the LED taillights. Not that I wouldn’t wave to a lower trim level. I would wave to Rondo owners just to confuse them, but they bought a Rondo, so they are confused anyway.

    • 0 avatar
      This Is Dawg

      Three months into owning my new Mazda 6 the first clone of mine I see pulls up beside me on the highway and we match speed for a few miles. I get over to exit and an RX-7 that was behind me comes into flying V formation before rocketing off. Felt like I was in a commercial.

  • avatar
    Charles T

    There seems to be a divide amongst Saab owners around here in Cambridge, MA. I receive waves from younger enthusiasts who clearly enjoy driving the official state car of the PRC. The perpetual adjunct professors, though, on their way home from the poorly attended lecture they just gave, don’t react at all.

  • avatar
    Hummer

    I Constantly get waves in my Hummers by other hummer drivers, sometimes older gentlemen will see me and do a salute, which is pretty cool, strange number of waves from Corvette drivers for some reason, and the occasional jeep guy waves.

    • 0 avatar

      Fair point. I bet you get a lot of other hand gestures in the Hummers too :)

    • 0 avatar
      Hummer

      Surprisingly, I’ve never received a single bad comment nor gesture while driving any of them.
      Living where I do may help that.

      It’s the strangest thing, I still get people asking to look at my DD H2, or coming up to me asking if their kid can see it, the thing is now 10 years old and still solicits reactions like it did when I first bought it, I was at a small mom-and-pop-hole-in-the-wall gas station and the lady came out after I had payed and hopped up into the driver seat talking about it, never asked or anything, after a minute she hopped down and exclaimed she liked it.

  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    I always look at other gen2 GS’s I see, to check if:

    A)It’s the 300 or the 400/430
    B)Whether they have the original or 00+ revised one
    C)If they have navigation

    Usually,
    A)300
    B)Original
    C)No

    And I think HEY, I WIN

    • 0 avatar
      Freddy M

      That’s terrible.

      I play that trim/options game too. And if I determine they’re spec’ed out exactly the same then my colour choice wins by default. Or current car cleanliness.

      I’m petty.

    • 0 avatar
      typhoon

      I have a B3 Audi 80 and do the same thing when I see another one around town; mine’s the only quattro and in the best condition, so I think I win too. I don’t get any waves in it, though, since most people with eighties Audis around here drive them as cheap beaters and not because they’re enthusiastic about them in any way.

      I also have a Forest Service-green Ford Ranger (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, Google “usfs truck”; it’s a very distinctive green used across all the domestic makes for the USFS). Every now and then, I’ll see another one (maybe an old Cherokee, Bronco, or Ram), but we won’t wave so much as exchange puzzled looks (I guess we all think we have the only one?).

      • 0 avatar
        Freddy M

        Dang, don’t you hate that. You think you have the most distinctive car in town and then, BAM. Awkward eye contact.

      • 0 avatar

        There’s a guy in my town who drives a late 1990s Audi A3 hatchback(which was never imported to the US). I wave or give him a Victory sign…not because we’re both in older Audis but because I want him to stop and agree to sell it to me.

      • 0 avatar
        jhefner

        Same story for the Blue Goose — most of the people still driving them have to rather than want to.

        However, because it is a wagon, it gets two different types of stares:

        1. From older male motorcycle riders passing the other way on the open road. I guess either they like the fact I am driving an old wagon, or they are trying to figure out why I don’t have a surfboard on top

        2. From small children riding in SUVs; I guess they see few if any station wagons anymore; they often stare like I am UFO driving down the highway.

        My favorite time to be a Taurus wagon owner is in November, when we pick up the Christmas tree. Last year, I took two seperate trees home (one was for my son), and we drove across town with the tree on top to eat somewhere first. The stares of adults and kids alike were priceless.

        I have also gotten a couple of compliments while at the gas station about it’s condition; and with every minor repair someone usually says “that should be all it needs to be fully restored.”

  • avatar
    rosic

    Miata’s. Miata’s always wave at each other. The first time I drove one I was shocked by this behavior, but I eventually grew to enjoy it.

    • 0 avatar
      noxioux

      +1 And it’s generally across all 3 generations.

      Except for the jerk I saw the other day in his gray NC, almost identical to mine, and we got stopped by the same light in opposite directions. That sucker just kept trying to look cool and refused to wave, even though I tried a couple times. I really wanted to shout, “It’s not a Porsche, douchebag!”

      The other fun thing is Miata group parking. . .

    • 0 avatar
      JuniperBug

      I was driving my NB on the highway when a cute girl in a white NC passed me. We gave each other a look and smiled.

      I sometimes wish I had an NA so I could flip up my lights to other passing NAs, as is the tradition to do.

      I had a white 2 door ’92 Jetta for 5 years, and only saw two others exactly like it the whole time. One was a guy who’d swapped in a 1.8T, which explained my confusion when we once found ourselves next to each other at a red light and he walked me like my engine wasn’t running.

      • 0 avatar
        alexndr333

        +1 The Miata wave was universal in San Francisco when I was there in the early 2000′s. When any conversation ensued, it was about the best, smallest parking space one was able to claim in the City. Generally, the most pleasant and unpretentious owner group I’ve met.

        • 0 avatar
          Numbers_Matching

          “+1 The Miata wave was UNIVERSAL in SAN FRANCISCO when I was there in the early 2000′s. When ANY CONVERSATION ensued, it was about the BEST, SMALLEST PARKING SPACE one was able to CLAIM in the City. Generally, the most PLEASANT and unpretentious owner GROUP I’ve met.”

          mmmmm…this must be code when discussing Miatas in San Francisco ;-)

      • 0 avatar
        espressoBMW

        The old “Miata wave” (flipping the headlights) is indeed old school. Hardly any NA drivers do that any longer.

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    bfisch81

    In the early days of driving my FIAT 500 – I’d wave and always get a wave back from a fellow FIAT driver. Then the Abarth’s came and I guess they were too cool to wave at a non Abarth 500.

    Now – it’s maybe 30% of the time I get a wave back whether its an Abarth of a standard 500.

    • 0 avatar
      icovelo

      I honk to other Yellow FIAT drivers and the three times I have done that in my year or so of ownership they honked back. I will consider waiving at Fellow FIAT drivers now!

    • 0 avatar
      GoesLikeStink

      I have the same experience, I wave to 500s if they are looking my way, but it seems more and more they are not. I almost always have the top down too, and only can remember seeing one other with its top down. Come on! this is LA, it is 72 and sunny almost every day, put the top down.

      People do just randomly start talking to me about the car at stoplights though. This happened in my last car too, a 65 Dart Wagon.

    • 0 avatar
      krhodes1

      I always wave! Usually get a wave back. I’m at an all-company event for my employer this week, the three of us who have 500s keep managing to park in a row, two black Abarths, one white with Italian stripes Pop. Very cool!

      I usually get the “knowing nod” from other 3-series wagon drivers too, but we all look down on sedan and coupe drivers. Everyone loves the convertible though!

  • avatar

    Us Aztek drivers always wave at each other.

    JUST KIDDING!!!

    I ride a recumbent BikeE, and BikeE riders wave at each other.

    In my dreams, I’ve somehow found the old ’65 Peugeot 404 wagon, and in these same dreams, there are enough Peugeot 404s still on the roads in the Northeast that once a month or so, I have someone to wave to.

    In reality, I can’t remember when I’ve seen a Peugeot 404 on the road, except for the one I test drove about two or three years ago. In the mid-90s, there was a guy in Mt. Rainier, Maryland, just outside of DC, who had maybe five or six old Peugeots parked in his yard, a couple of 404s, one or two 403s, and I can’t remember what else.

    • 0 avatar
      cpthaddock

      Oh yes – I’d wave frantically if I saw a Citroen DS Safari (or Break or Familiale per Wikipedia) on the road and would probably offer to buy it on the spot provided my wife wasn’t around to have me committed. The regular DS was always futuristic looking, but the Safari was from a different galaxy and I sort of imagine Barbarella driving one.

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Citroen_ds_break_h_sst.jpg

    • 0 avatar
      dgb100

      Don’t laugh, teenager down the street from me has some god awful rusty orange Aztek. Who knows, in ten years they may awkward cool like a Thing or a old mail truck.

  • avatar
    Stone

    Mini Cooper was my first “wave” car. Frankly it took me by surprise as I thought there were a surprising number of my friends driving around in Mini’s that I didn’t know they owned (yes, I eventually figured it out). The nice thing was that I could wave to ALL Mini’s. My Boxster is a different story. After the first few days of ownership I passed another Boxster and I got the quick top of steering wheel wave…cool another Wave club. Then I made the mistake of waving at a 911. They immediately did a 180, ran me off the road and lectured me about how only the 911 is a real Porsche and they suggested I drive my car into a tree, light it on fire to cover the evidence and then by a Kia. It is possible that second part is a lie and they simply didn’t wave but I could see it in there eye’s. After a few more experiences like that I only wave in response.

  • avatar
    fredtal

    1965 Lotus Elan

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    Eggshen2013

    I get lots of waves in my Mustang GT from other Mustangs.

    I also wave to Camaro and Challengers, but rarely get waved back at.
    Guess they are wondering who that clown in the Mustang is waving at.

    • 0 avatar
      jpolicke

      We Challenger drivers wave to each other. R/T owners even wave to V6′s. Camaro drivers can’t see out the windows to know if they’re being waved at.

      • 0 avatar
        nrd515

        I always wave to other Challenger owners, and almost every single guy driving it waves back. The women driving them only wave about 50% of the time. I don’t know why, but half the time, they just ignore me/my car. On Sunday morning, I had the first guy in about a year ignore me as I pulled up next to him at a light. He glanced at me and I waved, and he turned away. I don’t know why, but it really pissed me off. Maybe he didn’t like that my car was the same color as his, Hemi Orange?

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    ash78

    Anything subtly modded or otherwise owned (obviously) by an enthusiast. I’ve gotten plenty of waves in a very plebian ’98 Passat, virtually always from another modded Passat or Audi owner who knows enough to notice the debadging and lowered suspension — which 99% of average drivers would never see. And I like it that way. No bad attention, only good.

    Similarly, I’ve gotten waves from Phaeton owners who run the gamut of “My husband made me drive this because his Board of Directors thinks Audi is too flashy” to “I can’t f-king believe I scored this W12 model from that rich lady for 20 grand!” The former never waves, the latter always.

    • 0 avatar
      burgersandbeer

      Agreed on mild modding. I used to get an occasional thumbs up when I had an 98 540 with a magnaflow on it. I eventually went back to the factory exhaust due to low rpm droning, and that was more or less the end of the waving.

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    NotFast

    My cars always inspire a finger, not a wave :-)

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    Nick 2012

    My old Volvo 940 gets waives from almost all RWD Volvos and about 25-50% of FWD Volvos (particularly non-XC wagons).

    I used to get waives in the Fit when it was brand new. Now, its just another car.

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    Mullholland

    +1 on the Miata waves. Happens all the time. Plus if you own an NA you can push the headlight open switch on and off and get the car to flip open its lights and “blink”.

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    dolorean

    My ’95 Cobra convertible will get waves from any decent Mustang owner who appreciates the finer sounds of an American V8 (the sixes never wave).

    The ’08 Astra I own registers no waves at all from other Astra owners, regardless of its uber-rare status. I suppose that’s the point of cheap and cheerful.

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    APaGttH

    Lots of Seattle area cyclists wave at me when I’m driving the Saturn Relay weatherbeater – but it always seems to be with one finger.

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    Nate

    Small quibble about the Wrangler: not every Wrangler driver waves. I’d say when I’m driving around in my YJ, the wave probability is something like this:

    Any CJ – %100 probability of a wave
    Any YJ – %91 probability of a wave
    TJ sans top – %83 probability of a wave
    TJ with top – %65 probability of a wave
    JK sans top – %44 probability of a wave
    JK with top – %28 probability of a wave
    JK Unlimited sans top – %7 probability of a wave
    JK Unlimited hardtop – lolnope

    (yes, I’ve put entirely too much thought into this…)

    • 0 avatar
      Freddy M

      Will there be a test later?

      • 0 avatar
        Nate

        Yes. You’ll have to reattach the top on a ’94 YJ in 8 minutes. In the rain. Drunk.

        • 0 avatar
          Freddy M

          One summer during a very sudden and heavy thunderstorm, I saw a 2 door … Jeep… (see, failed already) caught with no roof — not even the fabric top. The guy just had to sit there getting drenched, but kudos to him, he took it like a boss.

          That would be me. But also wrapped around a tree. Because I’d be drunk.

          • 0 avatar
            Wacko

            Hey I got caught like that, hard top off, went to work, finished work started going home, and it started to piss rain, had to drive 15 km @ 100km/h but I was still wet as hell by the time I got in my garage

          • 0 avatar
            Nate

            See, you just have to take your shirt off to wipe the inside of the windshield and drive through it. It helps if you’re drunk of course…

          • 0 avatar
            Wacko

            @Nate
            Very true about the inside of the Windshield, need a set of wipers inside on a Jeep

            Sergio take notice!!

          • 0 avatar
            Freddy M

            Hmm… Jeep ownership sounds prohibitive. The elderly and young women seem to become very uncomfortable when I take my shirt off. I’m afraid they’d call the cops.

            And then they’d find out I’m drunk.

        • 0 avatar
          dgb100

          Love my 97 Trans Am T-Top, I can get that thing on literally 20 seconds and they have a storage bin in the trunk. And on the very, very rare occasion I see a Trans Am anymore, I’ll wave. Used to have a 70 and gots lots of waves from everyone. Luckily the didn’t see the total POS condition of the interior.

    • 0 avatar
      Wacko

      when i’m in my TJ top on or top less, more or less the same result.
      The older the Jeep the more chance of a wave, and didn’t get one yet from a 4 door.
      4 door jeeps are mostly soccer mom cars here

      • 0 avatar
        Nate

        Yeah, that’s pretty much my experience with the YJ. I leave the top and doors off all summer and park it in my garage. If it’s raining I drive the XJ. I’ve stopped even trying to wave at newer Jeeps. Even the jacked up, doorless Rubicons just drive right passed me. They can’t even imagine the joys of leaf spring suspension…

    • 0 avatar
      Windy

      True I have never not had a wave returned when out driving my 1948 CJ-2A. And most of time I am kept rather busy in town returning the waves of about half the pedestrians out that day the fact that it has no top and if I am just running into town then most of the time the windshield is folded down flat and seeing a vehicle driven that way today is quite rare these days…. But it does mean that even an errand to town this way will have me smiling at the world and feeing a lot of brotherly love to all.

  • avatar
    BunkerMan

    I usually get a wave from other Veloster drivers when I am in mine. Of course as they become more common on the roads here, the probability seems to be diminishing.

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    VenomV12

    I think Jeep owners are the most likely to wave at each other. They have some sort of weird bond and camaraderie that makes me almost want to join them. Corvette owners are pretty cool too, I would rank them just below Jeep owners, even though there are a few douches out there. Porsche owners are either really cool like Doug, or they are utter dicks.

  • avatar
    korvetkeith

    Corvette: waved all the time. I have a C4
    Jeep: waved at other wranglers and CJs. Did not wave at XJs. I didn’t think they should get the privilege while sitting in there quiet, solid, hard top riding on cushy coil springs while I suffered on leaf springs and under a crappy top. Eff them, buy a real jeep, or a range rover.

    Jaguar: i wave at random people that get very excited when they see it. Middle age black men who work at autozone regale me with stories of how they are buying a new one or want to buy mine. Bus drivers wave ecstatically, people walking give hollers. It really draws attention, more than any other car I’ve driven and all the rest were significantly less understated.

  • avatar
    steveg35

    Doug

    Don’t mention the book anymore. Thanks, we get it.

    • 0 avatar

      How is this any different from referencing any previous article I write, which I do in nearly all articles I write? Because it feels like I’m trying to sell you something? If you had something you worked hard on, I think you’d mention it too. If not, skip that sentence – or just make an on-topic contribution :)

      • 0 avatar
        steveg35

        It’s on topic, you mentioned it in the article. You’re peddling the book, it’s not like an article on the website. Get it Doug?

        • 0 avatar
          MrFixit1599

          steveg35, do you pay to read this site? The answer to that would be no. Does Doug earn some of his paycheck from contributing to this site and selling some books he wrote at a very reasonable price? Yes, I bought both of them, and am quite entertained for 6 bucks. If you don’t want to buy the book, then don’t buy it, but he has ever right to try and earn a buck just like all the rest of us.

          • 0 avatar
            steveg35

            Hey, this site takes advertising and that supports it. I thought it was supposed to be something like automotive journalism, so why is this guy constantly hawking his stuff for his own enrichment? Enjoy your books!

  • avatar
    justgregit

    I have a 1987 4runner I used to daily drive (and now occasionally do). I would often get waves from other drivers of 1st gen 4runners, though its possible they (like me) were in fact trying to hold parts of the car in place (such as the windshield, stereo, rear view mirror etc), or possibly were manually adjusting the rear view mirrors which you had to reach out with your hand to do.

    I also used to park next to the spot where all the day laborers would wait for jobs, and I would always get waves as I drove by there also, but I think it was because they thought I was looking for work. When I got closer and they saw the tie the waves usually subsided.

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    mr_muttonchops

    When I had an older Prelude, I never got waves from other Prelude owners, just people wanting to race me; HOWEVER, I would get a special wave from some people- especially children. People would often waggle their hands up and down at me, gesturing to have me flip the headlights up and down a few times. Kids really loved doing it, and the neighborhood kids in particular called it “the eyeball car.”

  • avatar
    seabrjim

    Yup. 1968 Dodge dart gt 340 four barrel. pp-1 red, white interior. 28,385 original miles. Lotsa waves and looky loo’s when we go to Sonic or Stewart’s.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    People have waved at me in my Volvo 240, who doesn’t like a clean looking brick?

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    joberg73

    Minis used to wave to each other when they first came out. Then a bunch of people who have no idea about the Mini culture started buying them because they are “cute” (UGH!) or get good gas mileage and the wave started to disappear. I still wave when I am in mine, but only get a response about 25% of the time.

  • avatar
    ajla

    I’ve yet to see another Allante since I bought mine. I’d wave at a Cimarron or Chrysler TC by Maserati if I saw one, but nope.

    I saw one fellow Electra, but no waves. Bonneville owners do not wave.

    When I had the Diplomat I saw three other M-bodies, no waves there.

    Other than the Firebird, I don’t think I’ve ever had any of my vehicles acknowledged.

  • avatar
    Wacko

    Do people who own pontiac Wave’s, wave to each other??
    I think it was renamed the G3 after a while

  • avatar
    Tim_Turbo

    The Wrangler wave is most common, there is even a protocol for it (basically the newer generation always waves at the older generations, So YJ to CJ, TJ to YJ+CJ etc), not to mention a whole list of if yours is modified and theirs is not protocal. There are a ton of Wranglers around here, so it got annoying quick.

    I got rid of the TJ but still have a 99 Cherokee as my occasional driver/tow a trailer/take camping/snowing out vehicle. Mine is in close to mint condition. Still a ton of them around, but I have noticed the drivers of nicer well maintained examples like mine will wave.

  • avatar
    Numbers_Matching

    Driving anything old and British (my ’81 TR-8) will alway generate a wave from someone in anything old and British and on occasion, old and Italian.

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    zenofchaos

    Well, there is one other guy in my general vicinity that has an ’03 4Runner with the same trim level and colors as mine. We’ll usually shoot a wave to each other when we cross paths. My ’72 Datsun pickup used to net me all kinds of waves from anyone else driving Datsun pickups (Still a few of them up here in the NW). I don’t remember receiving any waves from the later model drivers, after they switched over to using the Nissan nameplate.

  • avatar
    MistaX

    Foxbody Mustang logic:
    I rev at every single Foxbody I see. 2.3 vert? Rev. Lincoln LSC? Rev.
    I only Rev at V8 SN95′s.
    I refuse to acknowledge S197′s exist, even if they rev at me first.
    Any Mustang older than ’79 will get a rev back, but I won’t instigate it.

    I’ve only gotten waves from V6 SN95′s.

    • 0 avatar

      Haha. How do the Lincoln LSC owners respond?

      • 0 avatar
        MistaX

        With a scared and confused look on their face, or a thumbs up.

        Both have actually happened.

        The most scared person was in another Mustang, though. A 5.0 GT ‘vert. He was unaware that I was next to him on the highway. I revved, and he jumped in the seat, and jerked the wheel to the right.

        I felt a little bad after that.

  • avatar
    bkmurph

    I’ve gotten a few waves and headlight flashes from fellow car2go drivers here in Seattle. I’ll generally wave back if the other driver does it first, but it’s not something I initiate.

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    demcowrgoodeatin

    S2000 owners wave 100% of the time, if you do not, you must have stolen or borrowed the vehicle from the true owner. There is even a popular encounters sub-forum where owners give a shout out to each other after a sighting, not sure if other vehicle enthusiasts go that far.

    • 0 avatar
      Freddy M

      In recent years, the S2000 seemed to have disappeared from the streets of the Greater Toronto Area. This year however, I’ve seen more S2000′s around town than I can ever remember.

      I’ll be sure to wave at all that pass by to thank them for bringing back one of the truly great Hondas ever made.

    • 0 avatar
      campocaceres

      Before I got my s2k, I was driving an e46 BMW. I am pretty sure all 3-series BMW drivers loathe each other (I know I did!), possibly more than other drivers loathe BMW drivers.

      So that expectation carried over when I replaced it. I was so dumbfounded when the first s2000 that passed by waved at me, that I couldn’t even react in time. By now, of course, I am properly indoctrinated, but there’s actually a lot of em in my area, so it doesn’t really feel all that special to see one.

      I think any car that is “iconic” in some way will get waves, because it feels special to have one, therefore others who drive them are special too. BMW’s are not special. Well, most of em.

    • 0 avatar
      ChiefPontiaxe

      I owned a 2000 Honda S2000 from 1999-2005. I only got waves for the first three years or so- by then the market became saturated. Now that they’re less common, I suspect that the wave is now back.

    • 0 avatar
      duffman13

      S2000 owner for the last 2 years, can totally confirm this. At track days we all congregate together as well. For a single model, it has one of the best car communities I’ve ever dealt with.

      I also give NA and NB owners a wave too, and had a cool conversation and subsequent back road run with a NB Mazdaspeed owner.

      Like Doug said with the Corvette – it’s because nobody buys them by accident or because they need to; it’s a desire that we choose.

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    carguy

    I had a ’98 Miata and there is no doubt that, at the time, other Miata owners tended to wave. Porsche owners tended to give it a dismissive sneer. Z3 drivers reacted as if they smelled something bad and muscle car drivers tended to laugh. But it was a great car.

  • avatar

    Holy crap, the amount of replies!

    Anyway, in 2000 when the Echo first came out, fellow owners would wave because we drove the weird little buggers, loved ‘em, and all that. Now that it’s mostly cleaning ladies with a bumper hanging off, most of the time they never notice other Echoes. It’s just one more tall, boxy shape (Versa’s, Accents, Civics, Rio’s, Aveo’s– everything after the Echo started to follow that shape).

    The only time I see other Echo drivers that look back at me is when it’s another dude in one and has a couple “personal touches.” It might be wheels or foggies, but we see each other but never actually wave because it’s in passing and we’re too busy trying to see what else has been done. There’s still none quite like mine, which I’m happy with.

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    BlueEr03

    I feel like most of my cars inspired waves. Miata, as mentioned before, but I would also get waves when I used to have my C30, my Juke, and now I get them with my Fiat. Also, perhaps due to confusion, people in Beetles and Smart cars also wave at the 500.

    • 0 avatar
      JMII

      My wife’s C30 just gets stares and figure pointing. Its so rare most people just don’t know what the hell it is. Often she gets the put-down-your-window frantic hand motion at a stop lights, then they ask “what kind of car are you driving?” Followed by complete and utter shock when the answer is “a Volvo”.

      She has also had guys ask her out after the above exchanging claiming she was “as cute as the car”. It freaked her out a little bit when such a date suggest came from a group of dudes on Harleys. Nothing against bikers but these guys fit the stereotype: big arms, bigger gut, covered with tattoos and motioning towards a local dive bar.

    • 0 avatar

      I rented a 500 for a month (January ’12). I dont think I ever got a wave.

  • avatar
    Equinox

    I got a few waves when I had my Civic Si. So far I have just 1 wave in my Audi from someone who was not driving the same car as I was.

  • avatar

    As luck would have it, would you believe today I got my first wave ever? In Brazil this waving thing is not common at all, unless you go out into the country, better yet, a country road where you wave at everybody.

    But today, in the opposite direction from me came a girl in a hot pink Ka (not original factory color). When she saw me in my red Ka, she pointed and waved. Hers was totally modded even her seats were pink! I was quite taken aback to be honest, but managed a small wave.

    In this Ka, being that it is now completely different, I do notice that other Ka drivers will always look. Some months ago there was even a nod from a guy in another red Ka. Must be cause red Kas are fairly rare. I notice the owners looking over my car, specially if the Ka is nice and in a wilder color. Silver Ka drivers never look over, so it does seem to be building up a kind of following in that owners of well kept ones do it cause they like it.

    I’ve had people come up to me, in traffic, in other cars not the Ka, and ask if I wanted to sell, to tell me that the car looked good, how much I’d ask for my car. But until today, never ever a wave. Like you say Doug, hah!

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    j3studio

    My wife and I wave at other Corvettes from ours. When we’re out in the convertible, I’ll wave at other convertibles of any make if their convertible top is down. In any car, I’ll wave at motorcycles and cool old cars.

    Complex, I know …

    • 0 avatar
      This Is Dawg

      My work parking lot is filled with the world’s most boring econoboxes. I always park my new Mazda 6 in the same designated row and every day I come out to find a C5 vette with its butt parked an inch from my grill in an otherwise empty row. I like to think the driver is completing one big swooping shoulderline a-la automotive-human-centipede but I don’t think I like the implication.

      • 0 avatar
        j3studio

        In the C5 owners’s defense, he or she may be parking close to you on the theory that you care about your car, too.

        Or her or she may just be emabarassing the rest of us Corvette owners …

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    carr1on

    My wife both had Nissan Cubes for several years. We were always getting waves from other Cube owners. And sometimes Kia Soul owners. Never Scion owners…

    As a motorcycle rider, it’s considered polite to give the “two wheels” wave.

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    Cubista

    I make it a point to wave at Cube drivers when I’m on the road. People my age (46) and younger usually wave back with a smile, but the old folks (and there are plenty; LOTS of codgers buy Cubes because they’re so easy to get in and out of) are pretty Scrooge-y about it.

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    Big Al from Oz

    Where I live in the Australian Outback it is customary to wave at all vehicles that you pass.

    This is also an acknowledgement that the person has done the right thing and slowed down and moved over to reduce the risk of stone damage to the passing vehicle.

    But, it is now become a standard on all highways, sort of like saying G’day mate.

    On the other side of the coin my choice of vehicles never take into account the ‘wave factor’. I would think anyone who buys a vehicle just to impress others is really a wanker. I wouldn’t even buy him a beer if he was thirsty.

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    PeteRR

    Back in the day, I owned a square headlight Wrangler. Jeep owners of previous generations wouldn’t wave, but my fellow YJ aficionados did. Then those round headlight bastards came along and the old timers would wave to them. Rabble, rabble, rabble!

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    philadlj

    I used to wave and give a friendly little toot of the horn to a fellow black, UNmodified (6th-gen) Civic hatchback when I saw one.

    I see a red (8th-gen) Civic sedan practically everyday, so I limit my waves to post-factlift EX models with sunroofs (’08-’11 models) in Tango Red Pearl. I only see one or two of those a week.

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    ChiefPontiaxe

    So far the cars I’ve owned (not counting vintage) which inspire a wave from drivers of the same make:

    -First/Second Gen Ford Taurus SHO (I had a 91)- wave factor during the 1990′s

    -Honda S2000 (I had a 2000)- wave factor from about 2000-2002 before the market became saturated

    -Pontiac G8 (I have a 09)- wave factor still in effect

    Up until recenty I had a 1989 Volvo 245 which I thought would inspire a wave but no such luck- perhaps those elbow patches are too contraining.

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    mikedt

    As a motorcyclist and a Miata owner, I tend to wave at other Miatas but more often than not there is no reciprocity.

    My first car out of college was a 79 VW Scirocco. That was a car that generated enthusiastic waves among drivers. Or perhaps it was the time (early 80s) and people are too cool to wave now.

    • 0 avatar
      Cubista

      Oh, man…when we were in high school my buddy had a cousin (who was a few years older than us) staying with his family for awhile…dude had a ’79 Scirocco and that thing was a freaking BLAST.

  • avatar
    carsRneat

    Triumph TR6 – always got a wave back in the 1980s when they weren’t that “vintage.”

  • avatar
    mshenzi

    We got lots of Prius waves back in the day when it was a rare car. We were in LA at the time, and were among the first movers, (you had to order directly through ToA and wait a few months for delivery), so there were only a handful of Prii in town for a while. Not only did we all wave at each other, we’d all roll down windows and ask things like’how you liking yours?’ and ‘What kinda mileage are you getting?’ It had wider appeal for a while, too: people on the street would walk past Ferraris and Lambos to ask my wife about her $20K econobox.

    But by the time the second generation (WX20, hatchback) showed up in 2003, the bloom was off the rose. We still have the same Prius, (second round of batteries), and my mother in law has a new one, but waving and swapping stories hasn’t been part of the deal since that first year.

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    Peter

    Waving is absolutely standard if you’re driving a split-window VW bus, less so with big-windows. It seems to tail off starting with Vanagon owners. I have no idea if Eurovan drivers wave.

    • 0 avatar
      rjones

      In my experience there’s a pecking order (older is cooler). Vanagons wave to Vanagons, but a Vanagon waving to a bay window or splitty might not get a wave back. A Eurovan usually waves to me if they’re a pop-top.

  • avatar
    z9

    I remember a lot of waving in a ’98 Audi A4 Avant for the first year or two, back in the “atmospheres” era. The A4 inspired a lot of solidarity back then.

  • avatar
    becauseCAR

    Because you’re a past Jetta driver, you may disagree with this, but there is a certain camaraderie between Jetta drivers.

    I know this, because Jetta drivers tend to wave to you, whether they’re men or women just because you’re driving a Jetta. And you even get a thumbs-up if you’ve modified it a little. I also may have never mentioned this, but my actual car is a 2009 MkV Jetta 2.0T Wolfsburg with the DSG. And there were niceties between people who drove these, especially if you lived in Berkeley. There was even one time when a fellow Jetta driver let me borrow his spare tire because two of mine got slashed.

  • avatar
    tjh8402

    I know it’s been mentioned, but another upvote on the Miata. When we got ours, it was one of the first things we noticed.

  • avatar
    Vojta Dobeš

    My European experience:

    American cars – I have owned quite a few, and they usually inspire a wave. The bigger and older the car is, the more probable is the wave. If you see anything vintage, or 80s/90s stuff like Caprices, various Cadillacs, pickups, conversion vans etc., they usually wave. Voyagers, Neons, diesel Cherokees, Explorers and other fairly common stuff usually don’t. Brand new cars usually don’t, even if they are a V8 pick-up or a muscle car.

    Also, if you’re driving a classic American iron, lot of others wave at you. Other car drivers, pedestrians, bikers. When I had a 1988 Caprice in NYC Taxi livery, people waved all the time.

    older Mercedes-Benz – the ordinary, beat-up ones used as a daily transportation ignore you. W124 Coupes, pristine W126s, W123s – they usually wave.

    Jags – old ones do wave. Or shake hands, since they usually meet in the shop.

    Not personal experience – Alfas, Saabs, older Volvos wave.

  • avatar
    Zackman

    We owned a 1992 Jeep Wrangler = Wave.
    We Owned a 2007 Mazda MX5 = Wave.

    Probably any convertible that meets the same model = Wave.

    Out in the country, especially in a truck, ALWAYS merits a courtesy wave.

    • 0 avatar
      geee

      My first car (er, truck) was a 1948 Willy’s CJ2A, which everyone recognized as a Jeep in 1984 when I first drove it. Jeep CJ owners always waved. And I recall this happening many years prior when my Dad owned a Jeep, and the jeep people waved then as well. Definitely far fewer on the road then.

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    vaujot

    Some may not have seen it but Jack wrote the book on Porsche waving back in 2009, when he wrote about his 993.
    “There is such a thing as the Hierarchy of the Porsche Nod/Wave. I am obliged to wave first to earlier 911s and 356s, with the exception of 964s, which must wave at the same time. Modern Turbo and GT3 owners must wave first, and I will perhaps wave back. 996 and 997 owners must wave first, and I will deign to nod in a superior fashion. Boxster owners receive nothing, even though I am also a Boxster owner. 944 owners receive a wave, because I am a 944 owner as well and I know how they— we—suffer. Cayenne owners can suck it.”

  • avatar
    catachanninja

    I always used to give other ranger owners the thumbs up, I’d usually get a nod back. Now I drive an altima, I don’t feel the same comradely with my fellow altima owners.

  • avatar
    April

    I noticed when driving the empty expanse of western Oklahoma (Panhandle) most locals will wave. Doesn’t matter what you are driving.

    People who live out there tend to be less snooty.

    • 0 avatar
      cpthaddock

      I’ve noticed the same thing around the forest service trails in Northern Arizona, though I’m never entirely certain whether it’s “less snooty” or “don’t give those potentially heavily armed people a reason to think you’re dissing them”

      • 0 avatar
        April

        Could be but I know the waves have been happening long before the Turner Diaries was first published.

        • 0 avatar
          3Deuce27

          Yes, April, way before.

          It is a rural and somewhat generational thing. In the extremely rural parts of the country whether it be the rural NW, Mid-West or the South, people wave on meeting/passing.

          Back in the buggy and wagon day, people on the road waved to the people they passed on their way, and it was returned. If they met another traveler they would usually stop and greet, exchange news and the condition of road/trail.

          People were neighborly, something that has been lost in the anonymity of fast paced urban life, especially since we moved off our front porches and into our living rooms to watch TV, or to our backyards and computers.

          I find that men of a certain age always wave, women of the same age demographic almost always wave. Younger men will mostly wave and younger women, almost never wave. To busy on the phone and fixing their hair while herding a big Suburban or Expedition down a narrow road.

          Boy, that comment will get me in trouble… col!

  • avatar
    stevelyon

    I commute 15 miles each way every weekday on a motorcycle through Los Angeles on I-10. Four types of people always get a wave from me:

    1. Other moto riders going my way
    2. Drivers who scoot over a bit to let me lane split on by (UPS truck drivers are *fantastic* about this)
    3. A guy in a white S2000 with a red top who ALWAYS scoots over for me – every single time
    4. E46 M3 drivers (my non-commute vehicle)

  • avatar
    ktm

    I routinely got waves when I had my 2003 350z in Le Mans Sunset (purchased new). It was one of the first Le Mans Sunset 350z’s in Los Angeles-Orange County area. Everyone would wave at me, from Harley riders to truckers, Corvette’s to BWMs.

    The second car tha elicited waves was a 2002 Audi S4. The waves were from AWD fan bois (Mitsu Evo and Subie WRX) and other Audi owners. I figured the waves from the Audi owners was an acknowledgement that someone else was spending time in VAG hell.

    Third car – my 2006 WRX wagon in world rally blue. Like the S2000′s mentioned above, you had to wave if you owned one, it was part of the unwritten ownership requirements.

    Lastly, the car that gets the most waves (which I still own) is my 1972 240z with an LS1 transplant. I usually get at least 3 or more waves every day I drive it. Sometimes they are the one-fingered kind, though, after the owner gets thoroughly embarassed……

  • avatar
    marc

    Doug, I think you might get some waves had you kept your Gen 1 Prius. Once the Gen 2s became prolific, the waving may have stopped. I mean how much fun is it to wave, when 3 other cars in the intersection will have to wave back. But the Gen 1s have a bit of a cult following now doncha think? Maybe I’ve been in the Bay Area too long.

    And as for the snark about seeing them in the junkyard, I’m sure Murilee has more insight than I, but I’d be surprised if they were easily spotted awaiting the crusher. I’m pretty sure most are still on the roads, or at least in someone’s solar powered garage in Marin.

  • avatar
    AstorC

    I drive a Land Cruiser and constantly get waves from other Cruisers no matter where I live, east coast west coast, north or the south. Occasionally I’ll get waves from other Toyota trucks.

  • avatar
    Mandalorian

    The Q7 doesn’t really inspire waves, just cold stares of jealousy as I look down upon my subjects (cackle).

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    Land Ark

    Dang it, Doug! I have a 67 Impala and I am not old! Yet!
    But all 3 of my cars generate waves:

    07 Subaru Legacy GT wagon – Legacy GTs, GT wagons, STIs, WRXes
    06 GTO – 04-06 GTOs, G8s, and never vintage GTOs
    67 Impala – anyone driving a car older than ~1975

  • avatar
    jonnyguitar

    When driving a boxster, you must wait for a 911 driver to wave first. He will probably wave. But if you wave first, he will just smirk.
    However, never wave to a Cayenne, under any circumstances, unless you are feeling charitable, and only if they wave first.

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    Broo

    I noticed Supra drivers do wave at each other. I have a 2nd gen, and first time it happened I got waved by a 3rd gen driver. I then decided I would keep up this “tradition”, but Supras of all gens are rare around here. I know of 3 more 2nd gens in my home city, but I never see them while driving mine.

  • avatar
    That One Guy

    Yet another perk of living in my part of flyover country is that most of us will wave to each other as we pass, no matter what we are driving. Even tractors.

  • avatar
    NMGOM

    About 20-30 years ago, BMW drivers would wave to each other.
    Nowadays, the brand has become so diluted with big non-unique, ubiquitous 5′s, 6′s, 7′s, and X’s that the only BMW owners who seem to wave are some “M” people, the Z folks, and the old E30 clique.

    At least the above has been my experience, since I am a “waver” type in my Z4. Many drivers in other BMW cars just look at me with complete lack of comprehension…kind of deer-in-headlights…or “why are you waving: do I know you?”

    ———

  • avatar
    alexndr333

    I took ownership of a 2003 CTS in April 2002 and for about a year fellow CTS owners waved at each other. It was a unique introduction, what with the Led Zeppelin ads and the whole question about Cadillac’s new direction. And the cars did stand out for a while. After a year our fifteen minutes of wave had passed.

  • avatar
    The Heisenberg Cartel

    1990 Honda Civic Wagon – No waves. In fact, I never saw another HCW. Apparently I had the only one in the northern San Diego County area.
    1987 Honda Civic Wagovan – Somehow I found the TWO only HCW’s in the northern San Diego area. Both sold to me by the same guy.
    1986 Ford Ranger – Nope, we were all too poor to care.
    1998 Toyota Tacoma – Nope, probably since it was a single cab, 4 cylinder with no mods or lifts.
    2005 Saturn Ion – None in California. Some in south Georgia – others felt the pain of getting saddled with one of the most hated C-segment sedans of all time.
    2006 Ford Explorer – Nope, everybody had similar-vintage Explorers in south Georgia.
    2006 Toyota Prius – Some in Georgia. Not so much in the Bay Area. No joke, I once counted 50 Prii in about a 1 1/2 mile span in Fairfield. Vacaville is even more Priusified.

  • avatar
    Libertyman03

    This has probably been mentioned already, but I’m too lazy to read 192 comments. I had an 03 Mini, and the car came with a pamphlet that INSTRUCTED you to wave at other Mini drivers. I always did, and had fun doing it. The common bond went so far that once, when I went through an automatic car wash and the brushes pulled my wiper arm out of its ball and socket joint, an older woman (with European style license plate reading “MINI DIVA”) pulled over to ask if everything was okay. I loved that car, and I appreciated her concern. I don’t get that with my current car.

  • avatar
    Repo

    Back when Saturns were something different and unique, you would always get a wave or a headlight flash. This lasted until the mid 90s our so. At one point we were a Saturn family (5 of them) all with original SL/SC models.

  • avatar
    Repo

    Back when Saturns were something different and unique, you would always get a wave or a headlight flash. This lasted until the mid 90s or so. At one point we were a Saturn family (5 of them) all with original SL/SC models.

  • avatar
    Compaq Deskpro

    I have an 03 Crown Vic Police Interceptor. I’ve gotten waves from:

    Cops (I’ve had all levels of law enforcement from college campus to state wave at me over the course of one day)
    Firefighters
    Ambulances
    Public employees
    Taxi drivers
    Random people
    Other Vic owners (usually driving old P71′s, I get no acknowledgment from the old geezer Panthers)

  • avatar
    05lgt

    When I first started driving a ’70 challenger (in 86), only other challengers and chargers waved. a decade later, any late 60′s – early 70′s pony car was about 50% likely to wave. Integra’s never waved, riced or stock, unless it was the 1 finger. MG’s used to wave a lot, but usually only 1 was running…. stupid side draft, hydraulic clutch, corrosive wiring pieces of … pure joy.

  • avatar

    I just bought a BRAND NEW 300c SRT8 2013!!!
    Bought it today with a huge discount:

    youtube.com/watch?v=MLk_itAR8aI

  • avatar
    krayzie

    Modified Volkswagen owners (most of the time fellow Golf GTI drivers) regardless of generations wave at each other all the time on the roads. It’s not exactly a wave, usually a “V” hand gesture. It probably means victory that the car did actually start and running today without an electrical problem. Remember vwvortex.com is probably the largest online car community on the Internet, and most VW owners are too poor to drive Audis and Porsches so that’s where the bond comes from I think. :D

    • 0 avatar
      bball40dtw

      Sadness and despair with fleeting momets of joy and happiness forms a strong bond among VW owners. Hopefully the other GTI owner you wave at has VAG-COM software to diagnose the Christmas tree of a dash. Maybe in return, you can help him change the DSG fluid on his GTI so he can pay his rent next month.

      I’m mostly joking, stereotypes can be fun. I really do miss my MKV GTI. It was the first car my wife and I bought together, and sold it for 80% of what we paid for it three year prior. There must be a shortage of clean, full service record, non-abused GTIs in the used car marketplace.

  • avatar
    tayu

    I’ve been into the concept of ‘car camaraderie’ since before I could drive, and with ALL of my cars I’ve looked for it and tried to contribute to it. I’ve had a 98 Subaru Forester, an 89 Acura Integra and driven a 2004 Subaru Outback H6 for on year, before buying my current car.

    These days I have a 2009 Hyundai Accent SE hatchback, with a 5-speed. I live in Los Angeles.

    I see 3rd gen Accent hatchbacks like every few weeks on LA’s streets, and often they are also SE models. I wave and sometimes blink my lights but can’t remember having ever gotten much a reaction.

    Come on people–even if you can’t own the car you love, you can still love the car you own!!

  • avatar
    Chris_

    1973 MGB? Absolutely

    1963 Ford Fairlane 500? Definitely

    1996 Toyota Camry?

    Not a chance.

  • avatar
    sfwagon

    I have to admit to being initially confused and a bit shy the first time people started giving thumbs-up and waving… moving from a 3-Series (where you are either invisible, and/or automatically a jerk) and into just about anything else even remotely interesting will do that.

    Let’s say someone gives me an enthusiastic thumbs-up … I would agonize for a few split seconds: Should I wave back? Recipricate a thumbs-up back? Or do I just try to play it cool and nod? If I’m in a car with pop up headlights, how about giving a wink?

    Nice problem to have, I guess.

  • avatar

    I get waves all the time in my truck when I’m in a rural area. It’s a basic older Nissan Frontier but just about every other guy in a truck waves; new truck, old truck, shiny truck, farm truck – all wave.

    No-one waves at the guy in a Focus though, not even other Focus drivers.

    • 0 avatar
      AoLetsGo

      Ditto on the rural waves in a truck in rural areas. Also on some of the islands in Lake Michigan or Lake Huron everyone waves to each other. Car drivers even waved to me when I was cycling on Bois Blanc Island which is quite the change from the usual screaming profanity, thrown beer cans and my personal favorite empting an entire ash tray in my face as they drive by.

  • avatar
    raph

    Hah, the wave for any vehicle is pretty popular in Gloucester Va, its more of geographical thing rather than being limited to a particular vehicle. Speaking of Mustangs, generally you get a wave from the performance crowd but the V6 guys don’t wave as much. The going theory is that a good many of them are rental cars and the drivers are simply oblivious to the action.

  • avatar
    burgersandbeer

    Doug has to me the mvp of the ttac staff right now. 214 comments and counting for something strictly about cars. No politically “trolling” or inflammatory remarks to drive up the count. Almost everything he writes gets a conversation of at least 80+, and all of it fun and in good taste. Well done.

    • 0 avatar
      ThirdOwner

      And not just that, but he also actively participates in his article discussions. In the music world he’d be that band that comes out and mingles with the crowd after a performance. :) Gives you a feeling he enjoys every aspect of it, not just the official part.

  • avatar
    Scoutdude

    International Harvester drivers always wave at each other. Doesn’t matter what model it is. My Scout often gets waves and more often thumbs up from non IH drivers mainly from guts and more frequently when the top is off. I also get lots of comments when at the gas station, drive through or store. My lowrider Travelall often gets thumbs up from females.

    When ever I see another Marauder and there are 3 or 4 in the area I’m always driving one of my other vehicles, only once I’ve actually been in mine and then we both happened to pull into a parking lot right after each other from different entrances. We talked for a while. I do get occasional comments about it.

    When i had my first Crown Vicky it was the same color as both the chief of police of a local city and federal marshals unmarked cars. In that I always got waves from police and occasionally fire/medics and I got “professional courtesy” when going through speed traps at extra legal speeds a couple of times. Outside of the local area I also frequently got waves from police and professional courtesy too. Not to mention people getting out of my way.

  • avatar
    tallnikita

    BMW 2002 – definitely waves all around
    Volvo 240 – no waves from fellow bricksters – why’s that?

  • avatar
    FAHRVERGNUGEN

    My red Mk1 MR2 would always generate waves of a sort from similar cars – but instead of using a hand, we’d flash/pop our headlight covers at each other.
    Only worked in the daytime, but then again who waves at night anyhow.

  • avatar
    cyk

    I don’t quite understand the compulsion of the wave. Just because we bought the same car does not mean we’re friends.

    Especially annoying when I’m riding a motorcycle….I truly don’t care that you can or are riding a motorcycle in the opposite direction on the same road.

    Call me a *ick, but it’s strange to me that the need to associate with a group is so great that it compels people to wave.

    • 0 avatar
      onyxtape

      It’s the same mentality as people of the same nationality stopping to talk to each other as if they’re best of friends if they both happened to be in the same foreign country. But those same people would never randomly talk to strangers on the street back home.

  • avatar
    Chipper Carb

    When I’m riding with dad in his Ford Festiva (yes, the old man won’t give it up) and meet another cheap old guy in another Festiva, it always results in a wave. Saying to each other silently “we are saving gas at expense of our safety!” At the other end of the spectrum, when the wife and I are out in the Ford Flex, seeing another one is a treat and we have to at least give a nod.

  • avatar
    jhurle9403

    My Silver 2013 Smart Fortwo Cabriolet gets a ton of waves. From Smart owners, kids, and older people. Oddly enough, a lot of waves from people in expensive/sporty cars as well (like Panameras, Jaguars, NSXs etc). When the top goes down, the waves increase exponentially. As do the plain old gawks lol I really enjoy it.

  • avatar
    adame24

    My E30 BMW often gets a wave from other E30s. My ’87 635 would get aves from other older BMWs. When I had a Z3 coupe I would get a wave from other Z3 convertibles. The one time another coupe saw me the driver sped up to get behind me and wave and beep lol. You don’t see many Z3 coupes around I guess.
    My brother had a Wrangler and without fail every other wrangler and he waved to each other. Surpising because like Doug pointed out there are a lot on the road.

  • avatar
    ATLOffroad

    As a Suzuki Equator driver I always get a wave from other Equator drivers out there. This only happens about once every two months since there are not very many of us out on the road.

  • avatar
    walleyeman57

    Wife in passenger seat “that guy just flipped you off”

    Me “that was a wave”.

    She “he mouthed f#ck you”.

    Me “I’d be pissed too if I had to drive that POS”.

    She “you should have let him in”.

    Me ” he should have left earlier and put his turn signal on to merge”.

  • avatar
    Preludacris

    Other drivers of 3rd gen Preludes always get a popup headlight wink from me (I have them wired so I can lower just one if I choose to).

    Of course the response to that is always a smile and a wave. How could you resist? Plus, at 20-25 years old, these cars are now getting old enough to weed out most non-enthusiast owners.

  • avatar
    FuzzyPlushroom

    “But there are still some quirky Saab drivers out there. Do they wave to each other? I’d like to think so.”

    True at least up to the NG900/OG9-3 (the hatchbacks that actually had Saab engines) – a few weeks ago I had a guy in a green five-door throw up the horns in my direction; I responded in kind.

    The Volvo 240, like old VWs, seems to inspire peace signs among the young and young-at-heart and confused expressions from the cars’ original owners.

  • avatar
    3Deuce27

    Thanks A lot Doug…

    Enough! Enough!, Every time I delete the latest notice in my mailbox of another lame, inane comment, on, ‘Does Your Car Inspire a Wave”, three more show up.

    I’m beginning to feel like Karen Blacks’s character ‘Amelia’ in Trilogy of Terror’. When constantly assaulted by the horrific little Zuni warrior, she turns into a monster. You don’t want me turning into a monster, so dezist with these incessant lame comments about your ineffectual, lame, rolling appliances.

    You all have been warned.

    This posting should have read… ‘Does Your Ride Arrest the Motion of Pedestrians and Other Motorists’

    You owe me, Doug

  • avatar
    lojak

    I used to think any non-vanilla transpomobile would get a wave from anybody driving the same (or near same) vehicle. You know, like anybody driving a 4th Gen F-body would wave at any other 4th Gen (or sometimes any f-body). Or anybody driving a K5 Blazer at least finger waving at another.

    Later in life I realized that wasn’t always true because of the douchebags that some models attract. For instance, it’s been my experience that BMW owners NEVER wave except sometimes when it’s like a couple of M5s. The one that really surprised me though was the Toytoa FJ. It seems like it’s probably bought by outdoor loving, like minded people who’d get in to their shared life paradigm by acknowledging each other’s existence. A friend of mine has one and I’ve never once seen them exchange waves.

  • avatar
    rolladan

    First and second gen Toyota mr2 ‘s wave to each other but we never wave to the mr2 spyders because they never wave back. Theyre Too busy trying to wave at boxsters who dont acknowledge them anyway. Previa owners always wave as well.

  • avatar
    Ishwa

    I practically got a used car lot: 91 Wrangler, 05 Miata, and a CR-V. The Jeep gets the most waves but I rarely drive it so I forget to wave back :p Miata gets waves from anyone with a roll-bar or mods, but rarely from owners of new miatas. The CR-V? Not one wave, ever!

    Oh and anyone notice that there are a LOT more comments now ever since ….”The Change”

  • avatar
    highdesertcat

    Ishwa, “anyone notice that there are a LOT more comments now ever since ….”The Change””

    This topic was bound to get a lot of comments. It was an open ended question that invited elaboration of personal anecdotes.

    No doubt this will rub people who hate personal anecdotes the wrong way. Since they have never been shy in the past, their lack of commentary on this topic is overwhelming.

  • avatar
    bill mcgee

    The only car I remember getting a number of waves in ( always from fellow Saturn owners ) was the 1994 Saturn wagon I bought in 1996 for my wife but we both wound up driving , flogging it mercilessly as to us it seemed like the ultimate throwaway appliance – never could understand how such a mediocre car could inspire waves and the ” Saturn mystique” and back in the day I recall hearing about how loyal owners would actually travel in groups to the Saturn plant in Tennessee . In Saturn’s defense it was fairly reliable – our SW I was nearing 300k miles when it was totalled .

  • avatar
    Crash_B

    Us SVX drivers don’t seem to worry much about waving, but that’s because we have to schedule a road trip to meet up with a fellow SVX owner.

  • avatar
    hotdog453

    2008 Z06. Every Corvette guy waves, every one of them. I’ve been waved at/have waved at Corvettes across the highway, across the median.

    It’s a fun little game.

    Also, on the weekends, a good 99.9% of them are old guys, alone. Being 27, I stick out like a sore thumb at Corvette meets, it’s odd. Keeps insurance costs low though.

  • avatar
    PeteyCrack

    Boxster and Coxster owners never ever ever wave at me in the 996. Panamera owners are the worst though. They look down over their nose at you…if they even look over at all. 9 fo fo owners wave nearly all the time. Occasionally a turbo owner will wave, though only to remind me that mines not I think. Like Doug said, all the Cayenne owners are too busy on the phone…

  • avatar
    Ageent007

    The wrangler waiver is by and large any modified Jeep.

    Drove a two door 90s Cadillac Eldorado and never received any waves, mainly bacause I could count with a few fingers the number of 80-90s Eldorados Ive seen on the road

  • avatar
    Dashboard89

    I got a huge thumbs up from a fellow stock looking CRX driver. That being said I never get anything from ricers (i’m okay with this) they usually have a look a super serious business look on their faces.

  • avatar
    chriswhotakesphotos

    I drive a green Veloster, and other Veloster drivers almost always wave. If two Velosters are going the same direction, they will inevitably end up neck and neck, passing each other, as if either of them is any faster than the other. I’d like to think that other V drivers enjoy this silliness like I do. It’s like a small parade.
    For the V, the wave is an acknowledgement that none of us paid extra for touch screens, and that we all have to mash it in the early revs to get to the power. Except for the Turbo drivers, who will smugly pass us.

    I aspire to having a Mini someday, and I don’t doubt very much that it will be a wave car. Also a Lamborghini, but we’ll give that one some more time.

    Also, something I liked growing up was the schoolbus driver wave.

  • avatar
    Bandagraph

    I can’t believe I missed this article…

    According to Doug’s list of wave inspiring vehicles, this must have been how I was choosing my cars all along. Here is my vehicle history:

    – 91 Saab 9000 Turbo Hatchback Manual: By far the coolest car any of us have ever owned. This really cannot be argued. I can confirm many pre-gm waves. Just look at it! (Mine didn’t have ground effects)
    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7150/6611778367_878252d5ea_z.jpg

    – 97 (TJ) Wrangler Sport: Wranglers – at least TJ and older are miserable vehicles. There are several reasons for the waves. First of all, we are all suffering from inexplicably bad gas mileage, getting blow all over the place on the highway, and soul crushingly loud road noise at speeds over 30mph. It’s nice to acknowledge others who have made this same horrible mistake. Secondly, wrangler drivers are paying better attention because you literately cannot talk on the phone while driving about 30 mph. It’s too damn loud.

    – 84 Porsche 911: Check the Porsche and vintage box on this one. I cannot claim ownership of this car, but I did point it out to my dad and regularly drive it so I can confirm the waves from both Porsche and vintage drivers.

    – 85 Kawasaki Motorcycle – This is a current vehicle of mine – Gets motorcycle waves

    – 2004 RSX Type – S: Not many waves though I tried (Type S only)
    – 2009 Civic SI Sedan: Not many waves (This is my wife’s car from before me) – Not bad for a woman though eh?

    I’m only missing the vette…The C6 should be pretty affordable soon although I’ve got my eye on 540i wagons.

  • avatar
    NormSV650

    I got to witness two Optima Hybrid owners pass one another Sunday. The gray haired drivers in their silver and black cars never even turned heads toward each other. :-(


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  • J & J Sutherland, Canada
  • Tycho de Feyter, China
  • W. Christian 'Mental' Ward, Abu Dhabi
  • Mark Stevenson, Canada
  • Faisal Ali Khan, India