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pendell
2011-03-16, 09:07 AM
So my normal car was in a fender bender and is at the auto body shop. No problem, the insurance people say, we'll give you a rental until the car's fixed.

Enterprise rent-a-car gives me a choice between a Chevy Impala with a warning light and a Chevy HHR. It'll take at least 20 minutes to get the Impala checked out, and I've got to get to work. So I said, "I'll take the HHR".

Great Scott.

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190462_189553064414391_100000790966869_433430_5893 879_n.jpg

http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/197387_189619127741118_100000790966869_433691_9905 57_n.jpg

Not just an HHR, but a bright, fire-engine-red HHR.

My co-workers asked if I needed a new license to drive something that ugly.


PLEASE, auto body shop, hurry up with those repairs. PLEASE.

Edited: Fixed images. Thanks, Kureshtin!

Respectfully,

Brian P.

KuReshtin
2011-03-16, 09:38 AM
Holy crap!

At least it's not purple, though.:smallwink:

Also: Your links go to the facebook pages themself, and not the images of the car, that's why they don't show up.

Fixed for you:

http://a2.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/190462_189553064414391_100000790966869_433430_5893 879_n.jpg
http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/197387_189619127741118_100000790966869_433691_9905 57_n.jpg

Gaius Marius
2011-03-16, 09:42 AM
Time for a road trip through Maine's slushy mountains, mesay! :-)

Comet
2011-03-16, 09:46 AM
I would totally drive that all day long if I could just add big "This isn't mine! It's just a rental!" stickers to both sides.

It's got a charm to it, I think. A silly sort of charm, but a charm nonetheless.

Gaius Marius
2011-03-16, 09:49 AM
I would totally drive that all day long if I could just add big "This isn't mine! It's just a rental!" stickers to both sides.

It's got a charm to it, I think. A silly sort of charm, but a charm nonetheless.

Just do your very best to mud it as much as possible, and send it to a carwash minutes before putting it back

Overmuddy will, at the very least, add an intentional "corny" element that might fool most observers that you deliberately chose that car.

Haruki-kun
2011-03-16, 09:57 AM
*looks at*

....that seems like a fine car to me. It's got wheels and an engine. Better than mine. <.<

pendell
2011-03-16, 11:09 AM
Thanks, KuReshtin. Images fixed.


*looks at*

....that seems like a fine car to me. It's got wheels and an engine. Better than mine. <.<

You may change your mind after a few days of having cars roll up next to you and have drivers make bizarre gestures of horror, small children point, etc. etc.

I oughta get a dalmation and a firefighter's hat while driving the thing.

Oh, and that first sentence? Some of it ACTUALLY HAPPENED. Which, I'm not telling . :)

Respectfully,

Brian P.

Pika...
2011-03-16, 01:42 PM
I think it looks cute. :smallsmile:

CrimsonAngel
2011-03-16, 02:57 PM
I like it. :smallfrown:

Dr.Epic
2011-03-16, 03:02 PM
Call it the Danger Cart and solve mysteries with it!

Ikialev
2011-03-16, 04:08 PM
What's wrong with it being red?

Eloel
2011-03-16, 04:10 PM
I think it looks cute. :smallsmile:


I like it. :smallfrown:

I also think it is cute. I'd happily drive it over most cars that are supposed to look cool.

Innis Cabal
2011-03-16, 04:14 PM
Shouldn't you be happy you can afford a rental in the first place? Or even afford a car at all?

Holocron Coder
2011-03-16, 04:33 PM
You should decorate it with a fire hose and a ladder.

If you're going to drive something ridiculous, may as well go all the way :smallbiggrin:

CrimsonAngel
2011-03-16, 04:38 PM
How is it ridiculous again? It's just red.

Kneenibble
2011-03-16, 04:41 PM
What's the problem, it's a totally cute car. It matches one of my suits.

Is this some manliness thing I don't get? Tsk, you didn't seem like the type, p-man.

Orzel
2011-03-16, 04:45 PM
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeww

*hand flailing motion*

Kneenibble
2011-03-16, 04:48 PM
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeww

*hand flailing motion*

Easy there, sister. :smallwink:

pendell
2011-03-16, 07:17 PM
Well, my vehicle is back and the HHR is now back at Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Falls Church, VA. Those of you who like it now have the opportunity to drive it! I believe it rents for about $25 / day.



Call it the Danger Cart and solve mysteries with it!


Thread is won. Have a cookie, good sir.



What's the problem, it's a totally cute car. It matches one of my suits.

Is this some manliness thing I don't get? Tsk, you didn't seem like the type, p-man.


Did ... did you just call me unmanly?


KAMINA MANS WRATH GIGA DRILL COMBUSTION OF MANLY SOULS CANNONBALL ATTACK!


Actually, that's not it. I think it's intended to be manly. But it doesn't work in this case.

What don't I like about it?

1) We'll start with the color. Most of the vehicles in the parking lot outside are subdued grays, blues, greens, some dark maroon. Bright red stands out like a lightning bolt in the dead of night.

Which would actually be kind of awesome if it looked like this (http://johnawarnick.typepad.com/.a/6a0115702e6249970c01310fbb61d2970c-800wi). But it doesn't work at all on an HHR. It's like having your fifty year old mother put on a miniskirt.

2) That grille. OH , that grille. It actually would be a moderately attractive car if it weren't for the grille. As it is, smashed in like that, it looks like it's been punched in the face and it looks loud and rude.

I know what Chevy was going for -- they're going for that 1940s and 1950s classic look with lots of chrome and metal and a big grille. But what it mainly puts me in mind of is this (http://wikicars.org/en/Image:Retro1958_Edsel_Citation.jpg). And this (http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_XIRWX53FbH8/R8EOGr_kWeI/AAAAAAAAAiE/-4k-01YHaEQ/s400/Vacation_familytruckster.jpg)

That grille would work on a tractor trailer. It doesn't work on this car.

3) After the above sins the fact that it looks like a box on wheels or a station wagon is beside the point.

Any one of those things by itself would not be so bad. Well, except the grille which is a crime against the automobile and the responsible engineer needs to be shot. But when you put bright red paint and a 1950s grille on a box on wheels? Does. Not. Work.

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On the plus side, the repair shop expedited the repair and got me my car back a day early when I told them what I was driving. When I said "ugly car" they said "You're driving an HHR?" -- so yes, I'm evidently not the only one who feels that way.



Shouldn't you be happy you can afford a rental in the first place? Or even afford a car at all?


I am happy and grateful for both those things. I named the HHR "swan", because like the ugly duckling she turned out quite beautiful in the end. She was there when I needed her, and really, isn't that the basic definition of a friend in the end? Even if they are ugly?


But it's still an ugly car.

Thing is, I didn't pay for this rental. A rental car in the event my car is repaired is part of my insurance.

Now, you must understand, my job requires flying all over the country, and when I do I drive a rental car in the local city. I've driven Hondas, Toyotas, Chevys, Fords, Chryslers, you name it. Mostly the companies I've worked for go to Hertz for their needs.

But the insurance company sent me to Enterprise Rent-a-car.

You must understand that Enterprise is the most Low Rent of your bottom-of-the-barrel budget rentals. And they are supposed to give me a vehicle comparable to the one I actually owned. This wasn't even the right class.

Others have had this experience (http://www.failingenterprise.com/enterprise_rent_a_car_reason_1.htm) .

And AGAIN, just like this guy (http://www.failingenterprise.com/enterprise_rent_a_car_reason_2.htm), [i]it had only a quarter tank of gas! [/url]


And. It. Was. UGLY. And some most definitely agree (http://fastwallpapers.com/blog/too-ugly-to-live-should-these-6-cars-be-banned-from-the-road/).

As do some others (http://www.conceptcarz.com/reviews/review.aspx?carID=8518&reviewCatID=4945).

So , yes. In comparison to someone in Africa who's starving or in comparison to a college student with no car I am very blessed and I count those blessings daily. But it's still horrendously ugly, and I decided to share some of the pain .. and the laughs .. with you :).

Respectfully,

Brian P.

PS. If you find yourself at a rental car shop, be nice to the rental people. it's far worse for them than it is for you (http://www.failingenterprise.com/forums/stage-1-im-thinking-working-enterprise/5864-my-3-months-erac.html) -- BDP.

shadowxknight
2011-03-16, 08:09 PM
You should stick an American flag somewhere on that car. Then you can at least claim you are driving it cause you are patriot. :smallwink:

Lady Moreta
2011-03-16, 09:10 PM
It's got a charm to it, I think. A silly sort of charm, but a charm nonetheless.

Agreed. It's kinda cute and I kinda like it - but yikes it's red... :smalleek:

Gaelbert
2011-03-16, 11:06 PM
Outside of my general dislike of cars, I wouldn't really have a problem with driving that. As someone else said, it has wheels and an engine. That's enough to get around on.

Candle Jack
2011-03-16, 11:13 PM
My car's driver side window is currently attached by duct tape. And I have to keep two of the doors locked or else they swing open when I'm driving.

purple gelatinous cube o' Doom
2011-03-16, 11:15 PM
Yours is far better than the puke green VW Bug I got was given last time mine was in for accident repair. What made it first is Enterprise gave me a Toyota Rav 4 they weren't supposed to give me since it needed maintenance, and had to come to my work and switch the cars out. Let me tell you I didn't hear the end of that for quite some time.

factotum
2011-03-17, 02:25 AM
I don't see the problem, personally--when you're driving the thing you don't have to look at it! :smallwink:

KuReshtin
2011-03-17, 04:56 AM
2) That grille. OH , that grille. It actually would be a moderately attractive car if it weren't for the grille. As it is, smashed in like that, it looks like it's been punched in the face and it looks loud and rude.

I know what Chevy was going for -- they're going for that 1940s and 1950s classic look ...

That grille would work on a tractor trailer. It doesn't work on this car.

3) After the above sins the fact that it looks like a box on wheels or a station wagon is beside the point.


That's it! I knew the look of that car reminded me of something, but I couldn't place it.

Behold:

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2b/Volvo_PV544_1961.jpg

The 1961 Volvo PV

Archonic Energy
2011-03-17, 05:19 AM
Now, you must understand, my job requires flying all over the country, and when I do I drive a rental car in the local city. I've driven Hondas, Toyotas, Chevys, Fords, Chryslers, you name it.

Ferrari, Mercedes, Bugatti, Porsche, Aston Martin, Ariel, Pagani...
should I continue? :smalltongue:

factotum
2011-03-17, 07:54 AM
Ferrari, Mercedes, Bugatti, Porsche, Aston Martin, Ariel, Pagani...
should I continue? :smalltongue:

Stop showing off, Mr. Clarkson. :smallbiggrin:

Obrysii
2011-03-17, 08:01 AM
The 1961 Volvo PV

Those older Volvos are awesome. A friend of mine has a '66 Volvo Amazon. They barely rust, have extremely simple motors, and just keep going.

They're beautiful.


Ferrari, Mercedes, Bugatti, Porsche, Aston Martin, Ariel, Pagani...
should I continue? :smalltongue:

What about VW? I love my VW - it's a Jetta.

It's beautiful:
http://i.imgur.com/z6Fwk.jpg
1986 VW Jetta GLI. Body has 300k+ miles on it.


Stop showing off, Mr. Clarkson. :smallbiggrin:

Yay Top Gear fan!

LCR
2011-03-17, 08:01 AM
Well, that car looks only slightly more silly than the average american pick up truck.
Now, THIS is a really ugly car (Italian, by the way):

http://www.autoplenum.de/Bilder/P/p0005115/FIAT/FIAT-Multipla-100-16V--2000-2002-.jpg

KuReshtin
2011-03-17, 08:33 AM
Those older Volvos are awesome. A friend of mine has a '66 Volvo Amazon. They barely rust, have extremely simple motors, and just keep going.

They're beautiful.


I can't argue with the fact that the old Volvo's last forever.
Never owned a Volvo myself, though, and I probably never will.
I'd go for a SAAB every day of the week over a Volvo.

Does your friend's Amazon have a dial speedometer, or does it have that weird bar-thing that gets filled more the faster the car moves?

Moofaa
2011-03-17, 08:56 PM
I think the HHR looks fine, although I agree the grill could use some work. Color is fine too.

I drive one of these: (same color too)

http://news.oxerjen.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/Suzuki-SX4-1.jpg

And I noticed the same thing. I work in a office environment, and when I look out the third-floor window to the parking lot I can pick my little red car easily out of the field of grey/white/black vehicles. Actually, I can't stand any of those colors on a car for just that reason, why would I want something that looks like everyone elses?

KuReshtin
2011-03-18, 05:09 AM
I drive one of these: (same color too)

*snip*


Suzuki SX1, or something like that, isn't it?
They look pretty cool in a cute sort of way. Reminds me of that dog, you know. The one we've all seen. The one that thinks it's bigger and tougher than the big dogs, and defiantly starts barking at them.

I don't know if that made any sense at all...

Anyway, I have one of these:

http://www.carlease.uk.com/carimages/meriva_1.jpg
Mine's black, though.

Obrysii
2011-03-18, 08:15 AM
I can't argue with the fact that the old Volvo's last forever.
Never owned a Volvo myself, though, and I probably never will.
I'd go for a SAAB every day of the week over a Volvo.

Does your friend's Amazon have a dial speedometer, or does it have that weird bar-thing that gets filled more the faster the car moves?

Honestly, I don't know! I think it has a dial, but I'm not sure.

Volvos were among the first to have rust proofing (the '66 Amazon has been in Wisconsin its whole life and has less rust than my dad's '06 Buick), and it was the first car company to do shoulder seat belts.

My friends, part of a VW / European Car enthuistic group, have many Saabs - they have some crazy things (the transmission is beneath the engine!) but they seem like nice cars.

factotum
2011-03-18, 01:06 PM
they have some crazy things (the transmission is beneath the engine!)

That's an entirely uncrazy concept to any European car driver. Many European cars are front-wheel-drive, and such a car usually has the engine mounted sideways with the gearbox and final drive underneath it because that's the most logical configuration. (The Renault 5 I had a long time ago was different--now that WAS a crazy layout; the engine was mounted fore-and-aft with the drive shaft pointing forwards, the gearbox was in front of the engine, and both the input and output shaft of the gearbox came out the same side...utterly weird).

grimbold
2011-03-19, 09:15 AM
dear god
how did that get through marketing?

KerfuffleMach2
2011-03-21, 08:49 PM
I think the HHR was GM's answer to the PT Cruiser.

Also, I've seen a couple SS HHRs. Yes, they made them with superchargers.

Anyways, I like the HHR. Not my first choice of vehicle, sure, but it looks better than, say, a Scion xB. Or a Nissan Cube.

Personally, I drive a battle scarred Decepticon. I call it that because I put a Decepticon logo magnet on the hood, and it has a decent amount of body damage. Including a good sized chunk of front bumper missing.

To others, it is a '98 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. I'm told the engines in those things could last forever.

Just like this, but white.

http://images.automotive.com/reviews/images/98grandprix.jpg

factotum
2011-03-22, 02:35 AM
To others, it is a '98 Pontiac Grand Prix GT. I'm told the engines in those things could last forever.


It's all the bits bolted to the engine that you need to worry about... :smallwink:

KerfuffleMach2
2011-03-22, 01:48 PM
It's all the bits bolted to the engine that you need to worry about... :smallwink:

Actually, with my car, the only problems are stuff like one of the windows not working, no airbags, and the sunroof doesn't close all the way. And the suspension sucks.

Other than that, it works fine. And it's got 170,000 miles on it.

Obrysii
2011-03-22, 07:38 PM
That's an entirely uncrazy concept to any European car driver. Many European cars are front-wheel-drive, and such a car usually has the engine mounted sideways with the gearbox and final drive underneath it because that's the most logical configuration..

I'm used to VW's - with the engine and transmission side-by-side.


Actually, with my car, the only problems are stuff like one of the windows not working, no airbags, and the sunroof doesn't close all the way. And the suspension sucks.

Other than that, it works fine. And it's got 170,000 miles on it.

This sounds like a VW to me.

My car? 300,000 miles on it. The engine ran - pretty well, actually - but had severe blow-by and its electronics were failing. But it probably had another 50k miles in it.

pendell
2011-03-23, 07:09 AM
I think the HHR was GM's answer to the PT Cruiser.


Exactly right.

Respectfully,

Brian P.

KerfuffleMach2
2011-03-23, 07:18 PM
This sounds like a VW to me.

Nope, it's a Pontiac.

shadow_archmagi
2011-03-25, 10:01 PM
Well, that car looks only slightly more silly than the average american pick up truck.
Now, THIS is a really ugly car (Italian, by the way):

http://www.autoplenum.de/Bilder/P/p0005115/FIAT/FIAT-Multipla-100-16V--2000-2002-.jpg

Is that man wearing a suit and top hat?

This is my new life goal