Archive for the ‘cars’ Category

The Ugliest American-Made Car Made Today: Presenting the VPG MV-1, a Ford-Like Taxi in Daly City from Indiana

Monday, September 11th, 2017

All the deets:

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Buy the taxi version, like this (white) Serra Yellow Cab – just $57k.

They tried to make it sporty, but something like an old-school Honda Element would have been a better approach IMO. It’s the rear styling of the MV1 what bugs me. But only a little!

Anyway, it looks like the way a four year old would draw a van, so there’s that.

In conclusion, I saw an ugly vehicle and here it is.

Old Mercedes Benzes Never Die, They Just End Up Getting Dissected by George Washington High Students – Auto Shop Class Lives!

Friday, September 8th, 2017

Never thought I’d see this – old Mercedes Benz cars parked on the lawn out in front of Geo Wash High in the Outer Richmond, with a grease paint obituary written on the windshield:

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Is Auto Shop Class a thing for high schoolers in 2017? Hell to the yes.

I took shop in high school, but that was then and this is now. Generally, guys took shop and gals took typing, or home ec., I think, but there were exceptions. (I should have taken typing instead oh well.)

(What’s sad is that yes, you can keep an old Benz on the road, but it’ll cost you. Imagine if the owners of these rides had opted for something like a 1990 Lexus LS400 – they would have saved money up front and down the road. Oh well.)

Anyway, I says to myself, I says does GW offer shop, and guess what, it does.

These cars have lived, they are dying, but, like Nux, they will live again, in the memories of today’s teens.

TMYK…

Breaking Bad but Looking Good: The Best Pontiac Aztek You Will Ever See – “Xtreme Futuristic Styling” of the Year 2000

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

A “sporty” minivan of the Aughts, and IRL, not “xtreme” at all.

While a commercial failure that is commonly cited as one of the worst automobiles ever produced, the Aztek has seen a resurgence in popularity and public interest in the late 2000s and early 2010s thanks to its association with Breaking Bad as the car driven by main protagonist Walter White.”

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But this one looks brand new, non?

Frisco’s Horrible Pedestrians vs. the Geary Expressway

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Here’s how people react to our needlessly-wide Geary Expressway:

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I think Buchanan Street will make a comeback one of these days, in the form of a marked crosswalk, allowing peds to once again legally cross in this area.

“Why Cops are Exempt from Hands-Free Cellphone Law?” Oh, THAT’s Why – Nevertheless, Not a Good Look for the SFPD

Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

As seen coming down Fell:

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Asked and answered, by our SJMN

Tension City: Standoff Between a Driver Who Wants to Park at Baker Beach and a Pedestrian Who’s “Saving the Space” for a Friend

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

That’s how I’m calling this one. I mean, I saw this car pull up to take this space, but uh oh, somebody’s standing there, to “save” the space for a driver who must have been stuck in traffic. Man, this standoff lasted a looooong time.

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So, yeah, I’m not going to run you over, but how’s your friend going to get into this space if I’m blocking the way kind of deal.

This is my interpretation.

This is Tension City, Man.

Typical Prius Driver, as Seen Even AFTER Backing Up a Bit at a Red Light – The Dangers of Reversing at Lights

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Not too sure how cognizant this driver is.

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And actually, there _was_ a ped on the street just behind this Prius – perhaps it was from somebody switching seats in a neighboring car. But the general rule is to not back up after making this kind of stopping in a crosswalk mistake.

Just saying.

There are pros and cons of course, but the kind of people who don’t know where to stop are the kind of people who get into more trouble by backing up to fix a mistake.

Anyway, Prius Driver* Bad, uncomfortable with vehicles / driving is what I’m saying…

* And the neighboring Landy driver is also bad, but less so.

UBER Driver from Merced, CA Thinks the Green Part of Scott is for the Use of UBER Drivers

Friday, September 1st, 2017

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Seems there was some kind of rush to queue up for the Fell Street ARCO, a watering hole for many many UBER Lyfters, due to its low low prices.

Anyway, this part of Scott is bikes-only lane…

The Joys of Watching a Self-Driving UBER Volvo Cautiously Make Its Way Down Irving in The Sunset

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Here we go, Irving Street on a dreaded sunny day in the Middle Sunset or the Inner Sunset or the Outer Sunset – I’ve heard this nabe described as all three:

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This area is a tad less difficult for a poorly-developed robot car to drive on than, say, Clement in the Inner Richmond, but there are plenty of bad pedestrians and illegal parkers on this part of Irving as well of course.

This seemed a touch early to be halfway through the intersection, given the position of these peds:

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And it was hard to tell what this Volvo was thinking after seeing it go for a few blocks.

Like IMO, this start was a bit abrupt, as if the driver dozed off for a few seconds and then all of a sudden woke up and said let’s go let’s go:

You know what, I’m think that this triple brake push at a four-way stop is an indication of something not being kosher. I cry foul.

And you know, when I teach people how to drive, I emphasize the importance of creeping a little bit at first to show others intent – like all right, I’m going now. This rushed start didn’t match the otherwise cautious, deliberate conduct.

Of course, this UBER drives better than most on the Streets of San Francisco.

Faded Glory: 42 Years of Life Have Taken a Toll on This Mercedes Benz in The Richmond – $3000 for Starters

Friday, September 1st, 2017

This ride came with five stars – one above the radiator as ornamentation for the hood (echoing the time when a three-pointed star was part of the cap for the radiator) and four on the standard-issue dog dish hubcaps. Three are gone now, long gone. Oh well, not all used cars can be perfect

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