By on May 26, 2017

2008 Hyundai Tiburon, Image: Hyundai

It’s that time of the month where I, your humble author, examine the questions that you are asking us via search-engine queries and then attempt to answer those questions to the best of my ability.

Over the past 90 days, 14 of you have searched for tuscani car. You’ve almost certainly seen a Hyundai Tiburon with the domestic-market “T” badge glued on in place of the normal Hyundai oval. A lot of Tiburon people like to do that. Did you know there’s a whole “KDM” movement out there where people try to make their Korean cars look even more Korean? Now you do.

It’s also possible you’re researching the purchase of a loaded “Tuscani Edition” Tiburon. This was a short-lived attempt to capitalize on KDM-focused buyers. To learn more, click on this ancient TTAC review.

So with that burning question answered, we can get to the (not-so-) funny stuff.

architechs in se that have auto dealership experence: I hear that Frenk Loyd Right guy is one of the best architechs. He has all the experence you want. But be warned: sometimes he makes the furniture too big to get out of the room!

which luxury option is not available on the new $500,000 mercedes suv: A spot on the Social Register.

water wetter review: Tastes horrible. I only know this because my wife put it next to the Gatorade during our last race.

locate dinan stage two chip: Computer, locate Dinan Stage Two Chip. Zoom in. Enhance.

skater van: He was a skater van; she said “See you later, van.”

does carmax negotiate: Not with terrorists, my friend.

audi r8 v10 plus orange: You won’t be able to afford the maintenance, but you will be free of scurvy.

where the vent line connects on motor on the 93 geo storm gsi: There too, my love, will I go.

why are pt cruisers so cheap: Grandma! Get off my computer!

who was the first man buy venza 20 20: Nobody with 20/20 vision has ever purchased a Venza.

between benz c class w 202 and camry tiny light which one will last for a long time if maintained properly: You would be a fool to bet on the reliability of an entire Mercedes-Benz against the known excellence of the tiny lights inside a Camry, my friend.

Alright, folks, that’s all for now. Come back in a month, when we will finally address the question: where do i find the paint code on a 2013 ford taurus police innterceptor?

[Image: Hyundai]

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48 Comments on “QOTD: Tuscani Car?...”


  • avatar
    JimZ

    I could kind of, *maybe* see the point of putting Toyota badges on a Scion FR-S. Maybe.

    but who the hell thinks anyone cares enough about the Hyundai Tiburon to notice their badge swap? it- like any pre-2009 Hyundai- is a disposable car.

    • 0 avatar
      Corey Lewis

      You have to remember the warped sense of place the enthusiast has towards his particular model of interest.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Maybe the owner cares enough?

      I don’t care if people notice small things on my cars, 1997 (no amber) Aerostar tail lights on a 1994 (and my 1996 later) model. Who noticed? I did. That’s why I did it. If someone else noticed that the Aerostar in front of them has turn signals, brake and reverse lamps unlike the 8,000 other Aerostar vans he’s seen (not even like the 1997s due to my setup), that’s inconsequential really. If he appreciates it, okay, thanks. But, I did it for me, because I like how it looks, I like how my van is a little different.

      No, I couldn’t see it when driving, just like the guy with the Tiburon couldn’t see his badges while driving, doesn’t mean they don’t make him smile when he’s walking up to it, or when a random guy in a gas station says something and he gets to explain what he did and where it came from to someone who noticed and asked/commented.

      I bought an old German license plate off eBay with a dealer plate frame, and put it on the front of my 300D Turbo (I live in a state where a front tag isn’t required). A lady and her little girl who were walking by it weren’t the only ones who noticed, but the least “car people” to say something.

      I have a Washington “D L R” plate (expired in 2002 when I last worked at one lol) on the front of my Taurus, along with the plate frames from the now-defunct dealership. Many have noticed and asked or commented.

      I get a few “that’s cool!” from people who notice the little things I do to cars like the above examples. Several people complemented my 1996 Aerostar with 16″ Explorer wheels with low profile tires. Some have noticed the wheels on my Taurus, several mentioned the license plate so far. Lots of people complemented my Isuzu Trooper after I did a few things to it (glossy black grille, bumpers and the rear exposed hinges, modern clear headlights to replace the stock sealed beams, 16″ alloys, slight lift).

      It’s an expression of my passion for automobiles.

      I do it for my own enjoyment. Getting a few smiles, nods and pleasant conversations out of random strangers is just icing on the cake.

      • 0 avatar
        WallMeerkat

        Sorry but to me, fake German plates look wrong on a classic US spec German car.

        Unless you fitted European bumpers, European headlights, European blinkers/indicators and deleted the side markers.
        And the fake plate at least has the same registration as your actual licence plate.

      • 0 avatar
        DirtRoads

        Hey don’t forget the 1967 VW Type 1 had a one-year-only rear bumper.

    • 0 avatar
      scott25

      I saw a G35 the other day with “Skyline 350GT” badges but they left the Infiniti badges on it.

      Also Saturn Astras look good with Opel badges.

  • avatar
    IBx1

    I’m surprised the people behind those search queries managed to learn how to turn their computer on.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      They’re probably the type to refer to a Tahoe as a van, and to drive a car for years and think its a Pontiac Voyager or a Buick LeSable.

      I asked a 40 y/o woman what kind of car she wanted a while back.

      “Ohh, I want some kind of Kia… Or maybe a BMW SUV”

      Lol, yep, and I want a Chevy Sonic or a Lexus GX, can’t decide which one. So many choices!

      • 0 avatar
        TMA1

        That’s probably a woman for whom a new Kia would be an upgrade, especially if she’s been in a new one recently and realized that black leather, heated seats, and dual-zone temperature controls are what luxury is all about. And German cars, I guess. Those cars are sure to all come with the same features.

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus

          Any car would be an upgrade. She doesn’t have one of her own.

          She was working, bought her boyfriend a Hyundai Santa Fe with a manual trans and she doesn’t drive a manual, and also bought him a Mercedes C-whatever (a hatchback/fastback-like model, supposedly the performance version according to the boyfriend, although I haven’t seen it up close). She of course doesn’t drive the Hyundai, and he has the only keys to the Benz.

          You can get all of what you described from just about any brand. My parent’s Taurus has it all, except white leather instead of black, but that was available.

          Teetering between a Kia and BMW shows she has no idea whatsoever what she’s talking about, she is clueless about cars and life, it seems.

          Buying a manual car when you can’t drive a manual (and have no desire to learn) just proves it, as does the alternative of attempting to buy your boyfriend’s love with cars, t.v.’s and junk like that.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    OK, if I squint hard, and cover up the front bumper treatment, I see a fair bit of Aston Martin in that Tiburon’s styling.

    Or did I just drink too much coffee?

    Discuss.

    • 0 avatar
      Car Ramrod

      Please call yourself an ambulance.

    • 0 avatar
      TeamInstinct

      The first couple times I read your comment I thought you might’ve been hitting the coffee a little hard, but looking at it a little harder I actually agree. I see a little bit of Aston in there. Personally, I think the Tiburon looks very generic.. like what someone would design if they needed a little sports coupe for a video game while having no money to actually license a real car.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        “Personally, I think the Tiburon looks very generic.. like what someone would design if they needed a little sports coupe for a video game while having no money to actually license a real car.”

        You’re not the only one. Many H-K products look like the store brand version of the real product you intended to buy.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Maybe check what was in the coffee. You’re in Colorado IIRC, where they’re giving new meaning to the Mile High city of Denver.

      The way my pain is today, maybe I need some of your herbal coffee.

  • avatar
    idesigner

    I think its more Ferrari 308 with that front grill.

  • avatar
    rpn453

    I lost it at the Geo Storm line.

  • avatar
    Corey Lewis

    The Mercedes one got me.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    where do i find the paint code on a 2013 ford taurus police innterceptor

    Oh good we’re moving on to the Taurus. I’ve realized every remaining retired Crown Vic PI has had “Zombie Defense Force” stickers plastered on it.

    • 0 avatar
      TeamInstinct

      I saw a late-90’s Blazer on I-80 a while back more then ready to take on the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Brush guard for running over the undead, huge light’s so they could seek out and eliminate the undead no matter if it was day or night, Ak-47 stickers so I’m guessing they were locked and loaded, and lastly “Zombie Defense Force” stickers I’m guessing so everyone in their hometown knows they can feel safe and secure from zombies.

    • 0 avatar
      bikegoesbaa

      I can only imagine those stickers are about the most effective lady repellent yet devised by our species.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      There is a town near here with many Crown Vics still in service. They bought a 2010 or 2011, think it was getting towards the end of production.

      They have a Charger, IIRC, but the Sheriff department uses a couple of Crown Vics, and much of the rest of the fleet are 4 door half ton 4×4 pickups (mostly Ford, one Chevy). They wrecked one of the Ford trucks a few months ago during a chase, now they have a new bodystyle F-150 to replace it.

  • avatar
    turbo_awd

    Somehow, the email notification took me to the ’06 Tiburon review, and I was totally dazed and confused for a while.. Then I saw the 2006 timestamp, and a bit of clarity returned..

  • avatar
    JimZ

    how is babby formed

    how girl get pragnent

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    “Did you know there’s a whole “KDM” movement out there where people try to make their Korean cars look even more Korean?”

    Yes, I planned on turning a Kia Amanti into a sorta-like KDM Kia Opirus. I want(ed) the outlandishly chrome slathered grille most especially, I cared less about the badges.

    Its just a way to be different. A way of taking pride in your car, even if people think there is no pride associated with driving a Korean car. I imagine those people would think the same about my car, and that’s their loss.

    • 0 avatar
      bikegoesbaa

      Why would there be any pride associated with owning a particular consumer good?

      Having a Korean car or a German car or a Japanese car or a Taurus or whatever is not an accomplishment; it seems like a strange thing to be proud of.

      The guy who built/restored a race car or vintage car himself should be justifiably proud of it. Everybody else just wrote a check.

      • 0 avatar
        Corey Lewis

        I disagree entirely with your assertion that there’s no pride in purchasing a particular car. Yes, you wrote a check for it.

        A check which required money in the bank.
        And for many, that money came from hard work.

        So for you to suggest there’s no pride in purchasing a big ticket item is a bit ridiculous. You “just write a check” for your house as well. Should you not feel pride for that?

        • 0 avatar
          bikegoesbaa

          I get pride in ownership for a car generally, due to the amount of effort and value that the vehicle represents.

          I don’t get taking pride in the specific make/model/nation of one’s car.

          • 0 avatar
            Corey Lewis

            Because you worked so you could afford the brand to which you aspired. Being aspirational! It’s sort of the opposite of communism.

  • avatar
    analoggrotto

    Very good entertainment here, I love it. Wanted to put a small “Powered by Toyota” logo on my elise but never got around to it. Rather just keep it running well.

  • avatar
    namstrap

    There’s a Pontiac G8 in my town driving around with a round Holden badge on the trunk lid.

  • avatar

    At work someone parks red Dodge Durango with Ferrari badges. He also owns weird looking small black Nissan SUV – you guessed right – also with Ferrari badges. While Nissan looks ugly Dodge looks cute with these badges.

  • avatar
    Hooligans

    There is alot of bullying happening here.I have the money and the knowledge to do things the way that you “b&b” would approve of, but it just doesn’t please me, the way that some of you bash what you consider inferior. The people you are picking on are just doing what they like to do.

  • avatar
    mcs

    How about an iA owner that swaps in a Mazda 2 front end? That could be considered a public service.


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