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Car terminology that makes you cringe

Discussion in 'Motors' started by lordrobs, 10 Jun 2021.

  1. Danthus

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    "I've had my car detailed"

    Mate you've paid a guy £10 to clean it while you are in the supermarket getting bread and milk your missus forgot when she went to get her hair done.
     
  2. Scania

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    Not do much a car terminology but I often see on trucks large stickers with the word “Intercooler” slapped on the cab somewhere, why is it such a big deal? (I’d imagine most trucks have intercoolers as a matter of routine)

    Why not Piston? Crank case? Gearbox…. Makes me laugh every time I see it….


    As for car terminology, anything “Line” - S-Line, AMG Line etc.

    Pulls like a train always baffles me.

    When a selling point is something like “Doctor owner” - that would be a good thing if cars ran on tissues and blood I suppose.

    First to see will buy - in this instance I like to ask how many have viewed to and why they haven’t bought it.

    To name but a few.
     
  3. The Running Man

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    Because turbos and intercoolers are, well, cool.

    At least in the 80s and 90s. My car says twin turbo on the side and yeah " twin turbo intercooler" on the plenum.
     
  4. Clearcut

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    'It's just had thousands spent on it' How bad must it have been then?
     
  5. Fusion

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    "Pulls well". Like every engine is supposed to, then?
     
  6. Basher

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    M-Lite, pulls like a train, fully loaded.
     
  7. Rroff

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    There might be deficiencies with the description but having mostly driven heavier vehicles with RWD or AWD and big enough engines combined with lots of torque that they can get moving I can kind of understand why people might use that term even though it seems odd in the literal sense. FWD just doesn't have the same sensation.
     
  8. pugheaven

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    "A1 Condition"
     
  9. pugheaven

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    Cracjer yeah see so many, why did they let it get that bad lol unless it's modified it must've been a right wreck lol
     
  10. floatindolphin

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    “A great place to be”
     
  11. ahenners

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    Self charging hybrid
     
  12. [TW]Fox

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    It's a ridiculous description unless the vehicle being described is a Volvo FH12.
     
  13. Jonnycoupe

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    “Handles like a go kart”

    oh it has no suspension travel?
     
  14. Basher

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    But mostly they’re using it to describe their 330D, so doesn’t apply so well.
     
  15. Rroff

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    One of the first Golfs I drove I'd describe as handled like a go kart LOL almost no suspension travel, lowered and steering was unlike any car I've driven since :s had that kind of on a rail pull into the corners like it was pivoting around a point (I would actually say it was dangerous).

    (can't remember now if it was a mk1 or 2).
     
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  16. theone8181

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    Its still based on a normal family car though so it has compromises, it's not like say a 911 that was designed as a sports car.

    Edit sorry that was meant to quote yours and the other guys post about engines.
     
  17. Greebo

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    I went to see an exceptional low mileage "one careful lady Doctor owner" car once at a Main dealer and they had sold her the car originally. It was the roughest car I had ever seen, had had a major front end crash and had been badly repaired and the oil cap looked like mayonnaise. I walked away quickly.
     
  18. Greebo

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    To be fair the old V10 diesel Touareg did "pull like a train"

     
  19. Greebo

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    Whats wrong with them? They are just a trim/equipment level. You may as well say you hated L, GL, GLS and GLS Luxe.
     
  20. Rroff

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    Dark Developments have actually pulled trucks with one heh.