QOTD: What's Your Favorite Movie/TV Automotive Flub?

qotd whats your favorite movie tv automotive flub

There's a rich tradition of cinematic misinterpretations where the automobile is concerned. Some of the classics include Tom Cruise downshifting to win the race in Days of Thunder. Or in Back to the Future where the entire plot revolves around a DeLoreon getting to 88 mph under its own power. As Garfield would say, "Fat chance." Our own Frank Williams just caught an excellent one, "A few weeks ago on CSI Miami, they tracked down a hit and run driver by the impression of a partial license plate in the victim's briefcase (stamped there by the impact) and the diesel fuel the vehicle leaked. When they tracked down the vehicle, it was a Dodge Charger and they CSI guys still referred to it as a diesel." Not in Miami, Mr. Caruso. You seen any good ones?

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  • Kydiwl Kydiwl on Apr 29, 2008

    Most of the classics have been pointed out, but one that really annoys me is when it's raining, the rain runs down the windshield: even though the car is "traveling" at highway speed. I see this over and over again. But when I drive my car and it's raining, the rain moves up the windshield.

  • TexasAg03 TexasAg03 on Apr 29, 2008

    "You can’t tell when you do 88mph in a DeLorean. The speedo only goes up to 85mph per federal mandate. Look it up!" True, but the DeLorean in Back to the Future had a separate digital speedometer added along with the controls for the "Flux Capacitor". I have a true story. I have often seen people in a movie or TV show shoot a tire. In every instance I have seen, the tire deflates almost immediately. In 1981, a couple of guys attempted to rob our house as my dad slept (he worked midnights and it was a Sunday afternoon). He heard the noise and greeted the would be bandits with a 38 Special and a "What the F--- are you doing?" One of the guys ran to his car (a Vega station wagon) so dad proceeded to follow him and shoot the tire. The guy drove away, much to dad's chagrin. We found out later that the tire didn't go flat till the next morning. Dad held the other guy until law enforcement arrived.

  • Zeitgeist Zeitgeist on Apr 29, 2008

    @ Mike66Chryslers You are right about the turbine engines; I thought the Batmobile was something like this.

  • Abr2 Abr2 on May 01, 2008

    Andy- I always thought that the reason they were all gasping at the engine in the Supra was because they actually found a toyota with more than 60 thousand miles on it that didn't have a blown engine.