QOTD: There Goes the Neighborhood?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

Your author was backing out of his parking spot last night when something stopped him in his tracks. A glimpse of something in the side-view mirror led to a moment’s hesitation… and some serious, judgmental eyeballing.

While yours truly will always stop to admire a Fox-body anything, there was plenty wrong with this example. An example that may have been closer than it appeared. Seems the kids across the street have a visitor — or perhaps even a new ride.

Due to a lack of taste on the part of the owner, or perhaps a prior one, your author hopes this automotive outsider doesn’t linger too long in the ‘hood.

Picture it: a black, last-gasp Fox-body Mustang, only with cheesy chrome side and wheel arch trim befitting a Grand Marquis, underscored by a mismatched and severely dimpled body kit. Those side sills looked like a pie plate following a hailstorm.

On its own, an early ’90s Mustang is something to feel good about, but someone went ahead and ruined this thing — at least until someone decides to undue the damage done. Imagine having to look at it every day. Imagine having to look at it every day and maintain a friendly relationship with the owner, which, thankfully, yours truly does not have to do. People don’t talk to their neighbors on this street.

But you might find yourself in a different situation. The vehicle that offends your sensibilities might just live next door or across the street. It might be an ostentatious status symbol that gets under your skin, a complete wreck that $50 at Pep Boys could at least make more presentable, or someone’s kid’s ride with a rifle volley for an exhaust that jolts you out of bed at all hours of the night.

Tell us: Is there a problem in your neighborhood?

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  • N8iveVA N8iveVA on Aug 27, 2020

    My neighbor parks his '05 Mustang V6 convertible next to my Mustang (townhouse w/2 dedicated spots)and he's got the 20" rims with rubber band tires, slammed suspension, "Stalker" body kit, and a matte vinyl wrap that would be best described as the color of pollen, with carbon fiber vinyl wrap inserts. I appreciate he's a "car guy" too and takes care of it, but it's a bit much for the eyes to take in.

  • Boff Boff on Aug 27, 2020

    There’s a house with a flat-black-wrapped Hummer H2, F30 328i with peeling flat-black plastidip on the rims, a C5 Vette, and murdered-out Camry — all with farty exhausts, all with autotragic trannies, all driven too fast through our leafy neighbourhood by semi-employed millennials. The exhausts on my cars are obnoxious too, but in a good way dammit.

  • DS No for 2 reasons. 1-Every new car pipelines data back to the manufacturer; I don't like it with domestic, Japanese and Euro companies and won't put up with it going to Chinese companies that are part financed by their government. 2-People have already mentioned Vinfast, but there's also the case of Hyundai. Their cars were absolutely miserable for years before they learned enough about the US market
  • Theflyersfan Well, if you're on a Samsung phone, (noticing all of the shipping boxes are half Vietnamese), you're using a Vietnam-built phone. Apple? Most of ours in the warehouse say China, but they are trying to spread out to other countries because putting all eggs in the Chinese basket right now is not wise. I'm asking Apple users here (the point of above) - if you're OK using an expensive iPhone, where is your Made in China line in the sand? Can't stress this enough - not being confrontational. I am curious, that's all. Is it because Apple is California-based that manufacturing location doesn't matter, vs a company in a Beijing skyscraper? We have all weekend to hopefully have a civil discussion about how much is too much when it comes to supporting companies being HQ-ed in adversarial countries. I, for one, can't pull the trigger on a Chinese car. All kinds of reasons - political, human rights, war mongering and land grabbing - my morality is ruling my decisions with them.
  • Jbltg Ford AND VAG. What could possibly go wrong?
  • Leonard Ostrander We own a 2017 Buick Envision built in China. It has been very reliable and meets our needs perfectly. Of course Henry Ford was a fervent anti-semite and staunch nazi sympathizer so that rules out Ford products.
  • Ravenuer I would not.