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Re: What's made you smile today? (Part II)

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I find it hilarious that they've camo'd it even though it looks like every other 500
Same, but I was more concerned of why it's got the pre-2015 rear lights as opposed to the current more futuristic looking ones with the body coloured insert in the middle. Seems like these are the older ones?
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What made me smile today, looking at the amount of photos I took in Amsterdam this weekend every time I saw a Panda... So many 169's and new types compared to the UK, it's astonishing how less 'stuck up' they seem when it comes to cars. I seen a LOT of old tiny Peugeots 106's etc too that mostly seemed to disappear from my local area about a decade ago too still plowing about!
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What made me smile today, looking at the amount of photos I took in Amsterdam this weekend every time I saw a Panda... So many 169's and new types compared to the UK, it's astonishing how less 'stuck up' they seem when it comes to cars. I seen a LOT of old tiny Peugeots 106's etc too that mostly seemed to disappear from my local area about a decade ago too still plowing about!
Sounds like they have a much better attitude towards cars, that we could learn from in the UK!
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Sounds like they have a much better attitude towards cars, that we could learn from in the UK!
Definitely! Looks like less people over there measure their masculinity by their choice of automobile lol

There were a few idiots driving German cars through the city centre (the real narrow streets next to the canals with one way traffic, plastered in cyclists / pedestrians / trams).. But the clear frustration in their red faces and desire to rev the crap out of their diesels (sounds terrible btw) for the 15 metre openings before slamming on again was entertaining!

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There were a few idiots driving German cars through the city centre
And turning your Brexit argument to your 'German car drivers are idiots' argument

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to act as if anybody who drives a German car is a total idiot, of the tallest order, is where I’m disappointed. Your viewpoints aren’t proven to be any more valid. None of you guys are idiots. But just because half of the country thinks different to you, you shouldn’t treat them like idiots. They’re not.

There is surely a large percentage of people who hate German cars for idiotic and bigoted reasons. Just like there are a large percentage of people who don't rate Fiats for idiotic and bigoted reasons.

But if you guys are being honest, I’m sure you understand that there are equal number of valid, logical, rational and beneficial reasons to buy German cars as well as Fiats. It’s not black and white in your favour or mine.

There’s a LOT of hype in German cars. But also, there’s a lot of GOOD. In us folk who drive Fiats, we’re placing our highest values in different areas and willing to put up with the bad sides of Fiats as a result. Clearly, German car guys don’t personally value some of the reasons some of us want Fiats. That’s fine.

But don’t act like there is zero merit in some of the reasons for half of the population to want German cars. It’s no more ‘idiotic’ than choosing Fiat.


For you guys / those companies / interests to just write off anyone with that different opinion on the matter as ‘idiots’? Well, maybe reconsider where the true problem lays.

I’m certainly not an idiot, and I know there are probably very few on this forum in all honesty. I want a little Fiat, and maybe you don’t. I won’t imply that you guys are idiots. There’s a lot of truth and validity in what the German car drivers say. Just try and understand there’s also truth and validity in what Fiat drivers say. We’re all adults. And we’re not idiots.
I drive both, so I guess I MUST be an idiot.
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And turning your Brexit argument to your 'German car drivers are idiots' argument
Very well done! It's certainly just my opinion that driving big cars down tiny congested streets is an idiotic action ~ Perhaps it is, perhaps it isn't..

I thought we were politely asked to end that, I have a lot more to say but am trying to adhere to the moderators wishes! lol

Very well done though
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it's astonishing how less 'stuck up' they seem when it comes to cars.
I totally agree, the most popular brand in the Netherlands is Volkswagen (look it up)
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I totally agree, the most popular brand in the Netherlands is Volkswagen (look it up)
Hey, I did when I was there out of curiosity and I saw that.. Well it is disappointing, but I suppose it's still the lowest on the scale of 'German car', right?!

It was a fantastic city / country experience. But I guess nothing's perfect ;-) lol

I did see this art installation in a shopping centre... which did really speak to me.... "Can't they build them all like this?!"
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I totally agree, the most popular brand in the Netherlands is Volkswagen (look it up)
I'm one of those strange people who considers a nice VW to be a suitable substitute for a BMW / Audi / Mercedes.

Although I'm highly likely to end up in a 330e M Sport, I'm awaiting the prices and a test drive of a Passat GTE, too. I have a soft spot for Passats, as I had a B5 1.8T (Golf GTI engine, a proper sleeper in SE trim with plastic wheel covers) - and my first proper company car was a B6 2.0TDI SE.
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I did see this art installation in a shopping centre... which did really speak to me.... "Can't they build them all like this?!"
that is Ichwan Noor's Beetle Sphere, very famous and iconic, he used the beetle because it was so iconic.

"The idea emerged from a personal perception towards objects that are products of a ‘transportation culture’, which induces hints/signs of spiritual emotion. To behold a vehicle (car) is to have a ‘magical’ (supernatural) identity. By combining the techniques of manipulation and substitution, the form of this sculpture tends toward realistic distortion, which allows new interpretations about the object (car), as a shift in perception that creates an associative meaning."

he made it because he loves VWs, because they have personality
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he made it because he loves VWs, because they have personality
Yeah, maybe back in the time of the Beetle! Even if it was quite literally the face of a nation of you know whatís.... ;-)

Perhaps Iíll sculpt a Panda into a sphere someday for the same reasons, to object to over-engineered, over-hyped transportation choices we see today ;-) (just joking)
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I'm one of those strange people who considers a nice VW to be a suitable substitute for a BMW / Audi / Mercedes.

Although I'm highly likely to end up in a 330e M Sport, I'm awaiting the prices and a test drive of a Passat GTE, too. I have a soft spot for Passats, as I had a B5 1.8T (Golf GTI engine, a proper sleeper in SE trim with plastic wheel covers) - and my first proper company car was a B6 2.0TDI SE.
Hey, when it comes to VW and Audi why over pay for the same chassis and engine? Might as well take the more affordable option. Why not even go for a Skoda? Same thing.. right? ;-)
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The A4 and A6 arenít related to any VW... and the Superb isnít offered as an option anyway.
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Changing the subject...

Uploaded my first "Thing" to Thingiverse today, this will mean absolutely nothing to most people but doesn't matter, made me happy!
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Changing the subject...

Uploaded my first "Thing" to Thingiverse today, this will mean absolutely nothing to most people but doesn't matter, made me happy!
. Guess you understand the satisfaction of a flashing LED too...
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