Honda Continues its Decline with Participation Trophy

 

As you have noticed over the least 10 years, Honda design has gone straight down the tubes. Once the embodiment of elegant design in an affordable package, Hondas have entered the arena of absurdity by producing ugly, boring automobiles that look like they have been designed by dumb, stoned dolts who dropped out of engineering school to play GTA 3 all day.

The 2017 Honda Accord, an incredibly bland automobile with touches that only the black wheel-loving , lowbrow, knuckledraggers would love, has finally entered its terminal state of decline.

But what’s this?  The trustees of automotive design have given the Honda Accord the North American Car of the Year Award.

Yes, you read that right. This ugly duckling with NINJA ACTION wheels beat out the Toyota Camry, its prime rival. Forget the fact that the Camry is a far superior design in almost every way.

I used to be a huge fan of Honda design. The old Accords and Civics were absolutely beautiful, and a blast to drive, but in the last 10 years or so, Honda has changed the aesthetics of their cars in a horrible direction.

Every vehicle they make now is heinous looking.  Every last one.

But they’re reliable! Nope, that’s a myth based on another time. Hondas were the pinnacle of reliability for decades, but something happened, and now they’re actually one of the least reliable cars you can buy. This gentleman did the legwork, and his numbers are spot on. Hondas have become Chryslers. And yes, it breaks my heart.

I hope Honda can turn this around, because sales are falling at precipitous rates, and should those Honda owners and buyers who still believe in Honda Claus ever learn the truth, they’ll become another footnote in automotive history.

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Are Turo Renters Insane or Just Plain Stupid?

When I first heard about Turo, I thought, “Nobody could possibly be dumb enough to rent their car out to a stranger. Don’t these idiots know what people do with rental cars?”

I regularly rent cars for trips when I don’t want to put the miles on my own car, or when I’m on the far end of an aircraft flight. Considering the surprisingly low costs of renting cars, it frequently turns out cheaper to rent than to use my own car.

I also have little regard for the car, either. Hey, it’s a rental!

Haven’t you always wanted to smoke the tires off a car? Here’s your chance. Going to LA? This guy will rent you his Mercedes Benz SL Roadster for a mere $114/day.  This car has a base price well north of $80,000, and he’s willing to let some unknown from the internet take it for a few days for chump change? I love the renter’s benign, cheery feedback on the rental. You’d almost think they actually treated it with something other than total disdain.

How about this nitwit? $300/day lets you at his Ferrari California. Remember that scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? Yeah, that happens every time.

So, if you decide to rent out your beloved BMW because you can’t afford the payments, you’ll find out that you’ve made a huge mistake. Every person, and I mean every, single person who rents it from you, is going to beat the living crap out of it. They’re going to redline that thing more times in 2 days then you would in 10 years of ownership.

Turo states that you’re covered when you rent your car. Sure, you’re covered when the damage is visible, but a 48 hour beating session may not be even remotely visible. There’s a reason why former rentals are not exactly in the recommended used car purchase list. When the odometer reads 30,000, the engine has the equivalent of 150,000 miles on it. Only a buffoon buys a former rental.

Whether or not Turo actually survives as a business remains to be seen, but while it’s still a going concern, I highly recommend getting out there and having a little fun with some sucker’s pride and joy.

Beating on a Bimmer!

Fiat 500 – 500 Days Left?

Fiat 500 crash

A few years ago, I wrote about the new Fiat 500 that was being brought in to the US with much fanfare from the media and newly merged Fiat-Chrysler group. Even the pre-humiliated Charlie Sheen was doing commercials for the car as Chrysler tried desperately to bring Fiat back to the American market.

There was one problem with their plan. Fiat still sucks and the 500 may be one of the worst pieces of junk that they’ve ever tried to peddle to Americans. I’m old enough to remember the Fiats of the 70s. They were cute, but broke down constantly and the whole fiasco ended when Fiat retreated to the European market where taste in automobiles is a wee bit different.

Fiat has taken the podium for at least one category since they returned, and that is the #1 ranking in Consumer Reports  for least reliable automobile. And not by a small margin. They completely blew away the competition. Ultimately, there is no way you can make it here after taking that prize. Reliability has always been a key component to survivability in this market.

One of the other problems with the little go cart was safety. It faired very poorly in crash tests, so no intelligent parent would put their child, or their teenager, or themselves in one of these.

The 500L Crossover, the last version of the 500 to be dumped on the American market, and the final hope of Fiat, has turned out to be an absolute disaster. Initial enthusiasm waned quickly as the market for idiotic buyers quickly ran out. Sales have plummeted for Fiats in the last year and it’s clear that they won’t be around much longer.  Unless they can come up with something better, which in their eyes is probably this joke of a car, they will be gone within two years.

Imagine how much money they spent on dealerships, networks, marketing, etc..  It’s enough to make Bernie Sanders go in to a complete meltdown.