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Alexi7

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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 7:08:44 AM

A I'll start with my favorite: the Hummer. The local dealership(Toledo) has long since closed, but the camper-sized rock piles that they perched their H1 Hummers on for brawny poses are still there. Did common sense doom the H1(and later, the H2) or was $4/gal. gas the culprit?

Then there's E-85. I didn't mind the crappy mpg because it was 60-70 cents less per gallon, but now that it's 25-30 cents MORE per gallon I don't see a very rosy future. Unless corn prices tumble, that is, or a viable ethanol alternative is found soon.

Feel free to add your own dodo bird list.
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probedude2
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2013 2:11:24 AM

opera lamps
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contiki
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Running boards.........
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WhiteRaven48
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2013 2:44:14 PM

Rear wheel steering was a real flash in the pan.
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xxxxx On Board stickers
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Tesla
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 1:35:39 PM

Sub-woofers in the trunk.
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signaloilco
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 1:20:11 PM

Interesting discussion.

I believe it was the $4 gas that killed the Hummer ~ to a certain extent, I believe the attraction is there, but not enough to offset the fuel cost. To a similar extent, I believe fuel prices hastened the decline in popularity of pick-up trucks as a primary vehicle. Was quite a shift when the sales of trucks surpassed that of automobiles - had wondered how long it would last...it was bound to die down, but fuel prices quickened the process, though trucks have, and will continue to be generally popular as a second, primary vehicle for many, with the creature comforts of the automobile.

I believe the retro car craze that began in the late '90's with the new VW bug, continued with the Ford T-bird and most recently with the Challenger, Mustang & Camaro has already reached its peak. The T-Bird did not last long (4 model years), Bug has more modern styling, Mustang shifting away from '60's look and Challenger sales are slow. Not sure how long the Camaro will retain its popularity.
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 12:53:42 PM

Battery powered cars like the Volt.
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xtremecheap
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 12:19:34 PM

Hanging a CD from your rear view mirror.
I think the stick figure family on the back window will be a quick fad.
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 10:14:46 AM

Curb Feelers (metal springs) to help you parallel park.

The talking car (e.g. "Your door is ajar")

Rear Fender Skirts

Glass Pack Mufflers -- the noisier the better!
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2013 8:38:17 AM

Fuzzy steering wheel covers
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Titanic1985
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2013 3:16:22 PM

Baby On Board Window Signs

Stuffed animals with electric eyes connected to the turn signals (left & right) that sat on the rear window shelf

Various colored styrofoam antenna balls given out by gas stations

Tiger tails hanging out the gas door from one brand of gasoline

Baby Moon Hubcaps

Vinyl tops on cars

Lighted hood ornaments (e.g. Pontiac's Chief)

Fender mounted (on top) turn signal indicators
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Chrome reverse rims, in the sixties.
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Message Posted: Feb 3, 2013 3:06:16 AM

Low riders.
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 8:38:56 AM

The fad of of the 60's and 70's --> every driver on the road listening/talking on "CB" radios. I know, truckers still use 'em, but the average Joe has dropped it in favor of cellphones -- ugh!

[Edited by: OceanArcher at 2/2/2013 8:40:06 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 7:46:02 AM

Spinning wheel covers, thank goodness!
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probedude2
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2013 1:10:13 AM

The "old big tubs and high gas burners" will ALWAYS be around, in one form or another
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Alexi7
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2013 7:16:29 AM

Regarding ethanol/E-85: Brazil does well with ethanol, but they have the acreage and climate for synfuel. Until gas prices jump/grain prices plummet, I don't see ethanol being viable in the U.S.
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 5:22:56 AM

The old big tubs and high gas burners will become a thing of the past.
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Quick68
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 2:53:54 AM

The fad I would see go away is ethanol & our greedy lawmakers.
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 2:15:40 AM

Neon Lights
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probedude2
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2013 1:00:39 AM

All those "Fast and Furious" mods on Hondas and Mitsubishis
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JMCOS
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 10:29:50 AM

Spinning rims. Haven't seen any in quite a while.
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jrferrari
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2013 10:20:18 AM

I think the manual transmission is on the way out. It is already difficule to find in the US.
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 10:45:07 PM

After a lot of wasted tax subsidies, I see people finally giving up on all-electric cars. The question will be, how much public money down that rat hole?

I think hybrids are here to stay. I'm retired now, and drive hybrid camry taxis part-time. My skepticism has gone. They're not the perfect car. They're handling on rough road and in sloppy weather is pretty lousy. But they will make good sense for a certain part of the market.

But all-electric, like the Volt? Nawwww.....
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14smoke
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 2:34:37 PM

I pray that a fad that will soon go away is ethanol. It's not as good for the environment as people say and it's not good for cars, period.
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MrGTO
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 1:48:36 PM

2 door mid-size muscle cars. The 2006 GTO may have been the last one. Pony cars do not count!
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Alexi7
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 8:14:35 AM

I see BubbaTrucks-2+ft. of ground clearence,at least 2 American flags flying,no mufflers- dying out as the number of rednecks(hopefully)dwindles away. But that includes about half of the male population south of the Manson-Nixon Line, so I might be optimistic.
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 2:46:13 AM

wing vents.
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probedude2
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2013 12:46:37 AM

Actually, ALL V8 engines will soon be on the endangered list
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dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 10:11:59 PM

I just think autos will not have luggage racks installed on top unless the customer orders them as an option,I also think trucks will have a more aerodynamic front nose design which will seem odd or ugly compared to what we see now in bulk-ness.

I also think a solid tire mounted on a synthetic wheel,lightweight,strong material,as a spare,along with an inflatable baloon type jack for emg. tire/wheel changes due to flats. Saves weight.
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WEPSMAN
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 8:22:55 PM

I think you will see some of the hybrids go away since they are to spendy for alot of people.
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jimmy544
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 11:33:02 AM

I will take a stab at this one. Gasoline V8 engines over 7 liters are fading and I would guess that will disappear one day as smaller direct injected, variable valve timing and turbo-charging along with 6+speed transmissions will obviate the need for the larger engines.

Maybe premium gasoline may go away too.
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Alexi7
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2013 10:12:59 AM

bluenvoy: So drawing a blank, huh. Keeping trying.
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bluenvoy
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 7:27:14 AM

Relax everything will be alright.
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