Thursday, September 27, 2007

Overheard in a car...

Inside a Ford Taurus, on I-140.

Me: "Geez, that's ugly."

Gunsmith Bob: "What is?"

Me: "The gear selector there. I know some guy armed with a twenty-pound brain, a degree, and a pocket protector plugged the average measurements of the human hand and arm into a supercomputer, and had whole focus groups grab clay sticks to get measurements to boot, but the end result looks exactly like a bent dog turd sticking out of the steering column."

7 comments:

HTRN said...

And to think it's almost as unreliable as a "fine german automobile" at 1/3 the price. :)

Anonymous said...

Tam,

It being a Ford, all you said is true...and then 17 accouting weasels said " how nice, you've dessigned a 15 dollar part. The budget for the part is 45 cents, now do we remove all the fun, any sensory feeding, and make it FEEL like a cheap ass 15 cent part.

Which about sums up how I feel about american cars. They aren't bad designs, but they feel like they should be 5 to 10K cheaper.

Jay G said...

"Inside a Ford Taurus"

There's the first sign the wheels have come off the bus... ;)

regular listener said...

"...on I-140."

Beer budget, champagne taste.

When Bayerische tried to build for that market segment, the result was the Isetta. Try that on I-40.
You want to see a dog turd? Park a Z4 next to a 507.

Tam said...

Have you seen the dash of the Z4? Gone is the classic "twin cockpit" look of the Z3, replaced by a ruler-straight sweep straight out of an '84 Buick.

Rick O'Shea said...

Ugly, non-ergonomic shifters?

That's what old Hogue grips are for...

regular said...

The Z4 is da turd.