Monday, January 25, 2010

Funny but wrong.

Brian J. Noggle asks:
Seriously, the Kompressor? Was someone’s German/American dictionary off by a little bit when this was brainstormed (in the German, brundsturmcht, I believe)?
The car is not named the "kompressor" any more than the truck that just drove past is named the "Hemi" or Burt Reynold's '70s ride was named the "6.6 Litre".



(I would have just commented on his blog, but I didn't feel like opening a Wordpress account for the purpose. Maybe he'll notice in his Site Meter.)

41 comments:

Stranger said...

A Wordpress account is cheap. It does not even require a pint of blood. Might'swell.

Stranger

Caleb said...

People start to drinking
And go into a trance
Kompressor eat them up because
Kompressor does not dance!!!


Sorry.

SpeakerTweaker said...

I quickly got tired of explaining that little tidbit of information to people eyeballing the seventeen trillion little supercharged MBs around here.

I do quite like your comparison to the "Hemi" or "6.6 Litre".



tweaker

Borepatch said...

Maybe he'll notice in his Site Meter.

Maybe he didn't feel like opening a Sitemeter account. Heh.

jesperskibbey said...

Do you mean all of those high end cars I see driving around aren't named "turbo"?

I don't believe you, not for one second.

Jason said...

KOMPRESSOR DOES NOT... oh heck, someone beat me to it.

Joanna said...

When I was in high school we refered to the Mazda (I think it's a Mazda) 3000GT as the "Booogt" because the "3" looked like a "B". We also called the Audi TT the "Toot-toot."

Bram said...

I've had exactly the same conversations. I guess my new car is an "AWD."

BTW - the 3000GT was a Mitsubishi.

Mike Gallo said...

Yeah, "Kompressor" is not the vehicle's name, but actually a German slang term for "even more complicated and expensive to fix than our normal shitboxes."

DirtCrashr said...

I drive a fourexfour! Fourex - eww! I'm never driving again!!! Those stickers are coming right off...eww! It doesn't get better it gets worse!

Jay G said...

Hey, I happen to *like* my Dodge Hemi! You know they come in car, truck, and wagon versions, right?

Joanna said...

Mitsubishi, Mazda ... one of those Asian brands that starts with "M". I was close.

Kristopher said...

I loved roaring around on my old goof suicide machine ( 600f Honda Hurricane ) ....

Rabbit said...

I remember the old stories from Pontiac dealers in rural East Texas who had customers coming in to see 'that new Pon'yac Goolie car'.

6000 LE fail. "We Build Excitement" my left hind foot.

wv=ingne: whut yew fin' up unner da hood. Whut yew mean, it's a 'corporate' motor?

Regards,
Rabbit.

theirritablearchitect said...

Joanna, you're not "car people," are you? (snerk)

And Mike Gallo, you've my sense of humor about such things, sir.

TJP said...

I have a white car with a nice radio. It is good. What do all of you have?

Tam said...

A silver car with a nice loud pedal. It leaks sometimes.

Lergnom said...

A grey car with no hubcaps and usually a lot of bird droppings.
It's paid for.

Tam said...

I paid for mine before I drove it off the lot. $23k in '01. It seems like a better deal with every year that rolls by. :D

DaveFla said...

I've just "traded up" by selling a 2000 GMC Jimmy (with leather & moonroof, which I miss terribly) to my 16 year old niece. Its replacement, also sourced within the family, is a 2003 Chevy Venture mini-van with backup warning and dual power side doors... all I can say is, it holds more cargo and returns 25% more from a gallon of regular.

jesperskibbey said...

My car is green and has wheels on the bottom.

Joanna said...

irrit.arch.: Not as such, no.

I drive a red car with bumper stickers that get me grins from cops and scowls from hippies. It's a fun ride.

Timmeehh said...

After visiting the brain surgeons blog, my only question for Tam is :

Why were you wasting your time reading that drivel?

Paul said...

Should have put "Kommisar" on the rear end----Da Kommisar's in town--uh huh ho!

wv: "smsordst" Norwegian for tubrocharger. . .

RevolverRob said...

I drive a red two door domestic that was actually built domestically about 17 years ago. It's not terribly quick, but it has one of them fancy levers you move back and forth to select a gear, and three pedals...complicated it is.

benEzra said...

I wonder if he's ever wondered why so many sport compacts by so many different manufacturers are named the "R".

og said...

Escorts are hemis too. So are honda civics.

Tam said...

"Escorts are hemis too. So are honda civics."

So was Chrylser's 2.2L L4...

"Why were you wasting your time reading that drivel?"

Hey, I like Brian's blog.

George said...

Working Security years ago, a tenant asked me to have a car towed from her space. She said it was one of those 'Lee Cars' (?)
Upon arriving at the scene, it was a Renault Le Car...

og said...

So was Chrylser's 2.2L L4...

Good lord yes, I'd forgotten about that heifer. And they used that as the powerplant in the Grand Caravan, too. The very definition of anemia in motion.

Ritchie said...

Red. Yes, red, definitely red. With the rear seatback secured from inside the trunk. Which will (barely) hold a Garand and a bag of ammo. Just the basics.

Dwight Brown said...

A white car with a broken radio and the heat stuck on.

At least it will stay cold through March. Some of the time, anyway. Where "cold" in this area is defined as "below 80".

Ken said...

I'm gonna rebadge a $25 Timex as the "Imperatif Kronometeur" (no, it doesn't mean anything, as far as I know, and I mean no disrespect to Timex, who make a serviceable watch for not much money) and make a mint. Worked for Tag Heuer, more or less.

WV: "supensol:" It's like Ballistol, but costs 150% more.

D.W. Drang said...

Jeeze, wotta wanker...

wv: pureh. Growin' up in Detroit, pureh'sts would not hear of any of this furrin car crap.

reflectoscope said...

If it is something unusual, two or three letters, no more. Think SS for the Bowtie crowd, SVT for the Ford guys, M-something for BMW, and for Mercedes, simply a little tiny badge reading AMG. That is all it takes.

The Kompressor badge would be a tiny bit less sucky if the cars had more power than a MAZDASPEED3 which costs an awful lot less.

Jim

Will said...

Roommate recently wrecked his m230 Kompressor. Replaced it with a 320 v6? Complained that the turbo car felt out of breath at 80+ going to NV. Says the bigger engine runs a lot better at speed. Seems like MB didn't do it right. My turbo Talon is just starting to make serious power at that speed, and goes to 140 pretty quick.

Justthisguy said...

That Cargo Cult stuff doen't work. I had read that millionaires mostly drive F-150s, so I bought one, and here I am eating ramen noodles, and some Obama voter made keyscratches on both doors.

(I know it was an Obama voter because she couldn't spell F*#k You! with the Sharpie she also used, since erased.)

Mike Gallo said...

I've got a silver '05 Civic VP 4dr. that the wife drives, a Fiji Blue Metallic '06 Civis Si coupe that's my daily, and a flat black '72 Cutlass with a 362cid Olds that runs 11's.

Oh, and the wife has her late father's green '30 Model A.

Tam said...

And here I feel like a car geek for knowing that the twin tailpipe tips and slightly bulged fenders denote the presence of a six-banger under the hood of a Zed Drei...

Will said...

So, Tam,
if you were going to replace your current ride, what would you get?

Tam said...

Hmmm... I'd probably look for a low-mileage E36/M52 BMW sedan. The IS-series Lexii are also tempting.

One of my dream cars would be to find an early Lexus SC with low numbers on the clock...