Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Commenter of the Day

I'd like to thank our newest reader, the Anonymous Rocket-Rocket, for the Comment of the Day.

He accurately sums up the Camry and Corolla, as well as Northeastern regional favorites. Well stated, Rocket... a thoroughly enjoyable read, and a spot-on analysis!

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WOW... I love this blog. I have been fearing the tan camry for several years now. I live and work in Boston MA and North Hampton NH.

Other cars to fear:

1. Toyota Camry (tan/forest green/burgundy. -- This includes older lexus ES 250/300
"HORRIBLENESS" level : 11/10
Avg danger level : 10/10
Avg driver skill :.0001/10

Notes: avg camry driver consumes white bread sandwiches. One slice of wonderbread, between two other slices of wonderbread, with a stale pickle somewhere in there. AND THEY LIKE IT.

2. Toyota Corolla (tan/light blue)

Avg danger level : 9.996/10
Avg driver skill :.0003/10

NOTES: Average corolla buyer suffers from msg poisoning from all of the cheap 2.99 chinese buffets they adore.

3. Toyota Avalon (all)

Avg danger level : 9.95/10
Avg driver skill :.0011/10

NOTES: words cannot describe>>>> the fear I have instilled in me from these unstable, lane floating, bland as water boiling,......

4. Nissan Altima/older Infinity G35
(includes old trashy MAXIMAS)
Avg danger level : 19.9/10
Avg driver skill :.0002/10

NOTES: These jerks are the the ones that are 20 mph faster than everyone else who is going 80 already and they zoom in and out between cars w/o signals... Most are or soon will be dead... hopefully

5. Ghettofied civics/accords. Those which are so low, and the drivers sit in reclined positions as they think they are doing something kick-ass by making 0 to 60 in 15 seconds. BAD ASS!!

AVG danger level : 11.9/10
AVG driver skill : -9/10


6. Anything from the country of KOREA...........ANYTHING*

AVG danger level : undetermined
avg driver skill : sad, very sad


7. LARGER TAN SUV's. Suburbans in TAN especially. These # ton SUVs automatically makes 110 pound blonde trophy wives dive at insane speeds while texting and talking on cell phones.

Avg danger level : call to find out
avg driver skill : depends if they can see beyond the dashboard

NOTES: Special drivers exam should be required for these little women with big bux and big attitudes, and little soccer kids... floating these land boats down the skinny New England back roads at 80 MPH.

8. Mitsubishi GALANT (MAROON)

"Horribleness" level : 11/10
AVG danger level : 10/10
Avg danger level : 10.5/10 (usually tailgaiters/aggressive)
Avg driver skill : .5/10

NOTES: usually missing exhaust systems

9. Honda ELEMENT ever see these things try to park on a city street??? OMFG


NOTES: If I ever have to ride in one, I know they have rubber floors, which are handy for rinsing off the puke I just might spew.





so how many of these sudden acceleration probles are actually mechanical, and how many are actually human/typical toyota driver error???

I mean ...COME ON! I an sure a huge percentage of them have probably accidentally tapped the accel button on the cruise control and scared themselves because they were not aware what it does or that they even had a button there???

BASED on typical driver awarness studies from.... ME, the average toyota driver:

1. Does not know how to activate cruise control

2. Probably does leave the floor mat over the gas pedal

.............Well... fun ranting and raving on this snowy New England afternoon. So glad im not out there sharing the highways today with those TAN CAMRYS IN THE SNOW...


BTW (FAMILY CARS 2008 BMW x3 / 2010 VW CC VR6 4 motion / 2009 AUDI TTS........ Real driver cars/suv>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>


Tuesday, 9 February 2010

I'm not making this up

Seriously, people. This is proof that people who buy and drive Corollas aren't good drivers.

Today Automotive News reports the following:

Toyota Motor Corp. faces yet another possible federal investigation, this time of the electric power steering in 2009 and 2010 Corollas.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is considering a formal investigation of alleged defects reported in the compact car, agency spokeswoman Karen Aldana said.

Automotive News found that the Corolla has been the subject of 83 power-steering complaints since April 2008, 76 of which have reported that the vehicle unexpectedly veers to the left or right at 40 miles an hour and up.

Complainants have compared the movement to being buffeted by strong winds, sliding on black ice, or hydroplaning. They said that after trying to straighten the car, it can overcorrect -- requiring the driver to use a tight, persistent, two-handed grip on the wheel to travel in a straight line.

Really? They have to hold the steering wheel to make the car drive straight? No shit?

I think the Toyota drivers deserve what they get. When you veer off the road and crash, one less idiotic driver on the road for me to contend with.

Also today, Toyota has announced it is recalling all 2010 Prius models, to install new software to make the brakes work.

After all of these recalls and investigations, will anybody buy Toyota's blandmobiles anymore?

Thursday, 4 February 2010

Admissions of a Camry Driver

Rhonda Talbot tries to blame seven separate accidents on her Camry.
starts at about 55 seconds...

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

US Government Urges Camry Drivers to Stop driving

In a move that we at Anti Camry have been calling for over the course of several years, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that drivers of Toyota Camrys and Corollas should stop driving their cars and return them to the dealerships.

While LaHood gave this statement under the auspices of Toyota’s “ThrottleGate” recall, sources close to the secretary have indicated that the instruction was done for general public safety in a bid to rid the roads poorly-driven late-model Camry and Corollas. The fact that the other affected Toyotas are also being taken out of service is being seen as a bonus by those in the Anti-Camry movement.

“We couldn’t have ever dreamed that our suggestions would be implemented by the Transportation Secretary,” said a spokesperson for the Anti Camry blog. “The removal of all those tan Camrys and Corollas, which we had always assumed would be a self-fulfilling request as driver after driver crashed their cars due to lack of driving skills and interest, has been unintentionally accelerated by the Toyota Motor Company itself, and aided by the Federal government.”

Because of the recent recall activity, some critics wonder whether the “curse of the Tan Toyotas,” so long documented by Anti Camry, has actually been a result of shoddy engineering that causes the cars to be unable to be driven well, rather than just because of ennui on the part of their drivers. We contend that while the built in difficulty-to-control aspects certainly contribute to the poor driving styles, it still appears that the main factor is the drivers.

Having identified the fact that unskilled drivers in Camry and Corolla vehicles (their inexperience amplified by worry over the recall and by unpredictable electronic throttles) are the cause of so much frustration and danger on our nation’s roadways, Secretary LaHood had no choice but to act. For that, he gets our Public Servant of the Month Award.

While chaos is anticipated at Toyota dealerships nationwide, attorneys across the country have begun salivating that prospect of lawsuits against Toyota for such reasons as Loss of Use, Accidents caused by Unintended Acceleration, and Emotional Distress. While the first two of those are valid concerns, anybody who actually bought or leased Camry and Corolla vehicles can be shown to have been experiencing a type of emotional distress known as severe depression (caused by the knowledge they would be sentenced to driving their dull transportation appliances); Toyota will be able to vigorously defend against this type of lawsuit.

Friday, 24 October 2008

Parking lot follies

As I was walking back to my car after leaving the bookstore, I had to walk past a gold Camry attempting to pull out of a parking spot. My first concern, as it is upon seeing any Camry in motion was for my own personal safety. I detoured and took the long way around to make sure I would not be backed over. It was dark and rainy, and even under the best conditions Camries have a way of unintended contact with cars, rocks, posts and pedestrians.
So I really think that the car would have, even with my detour, backed inot/over me, if not for the intervention of a curb. The driver was in the last parking spot in a row, and had a CR-V on his left, and curbing on his right. As he attempted to back out and to the left towards me, his wheel impacted the curb unexpectedly. So he stopped, look around curiously and pulled back into the spot. Then he got his bearings and took another shot at it, this time heading straight across the aisle and for the Volvo. Fortunately he turned just in time, and missed it. He put the car in Drive and headed off into the rainy darkness to make his impact felt elsewhere on the roads of Madison.

Tuesday, 30 September 2008

A typical Camry kind of guy

I have a colleague at work about whom I've got a pretty low opinion. He's a small, twerpy kind of guy, in his mid-30s, who shows up between 9:30 and 10:30 every day, and usually leaves by three in the afternoon to "beat traffic". He says he's working from home, but he's never in the office when I call his cell phone, and the small amount of work he actually gets done backs up the idea that he isn't actually working. He's the kind of guy who is much better at making excuses than making progress. He lives in east Vancouver rather than in Portland. All of that being said, you can totally picture the kind of under-achieving guy I'm talking about.

He and his wife recently got rid of their minivan (they are childless) and bought a new Camry, because his wife didn't l ike driving the minivan. Less than a month after buying the new transportation appliance, she left him, taking his paid-off Pathfinder and leaving him with the Camry and its monthly payment. (She also took his "beloved" cat... while I was listening to this drawn-out sob story I was contemplating a faked dropped-call to get him off of the phone... ) He was telling me this tale of woe, about how she has filed for divorce, asking for $1000/month in alimony, plus education expenses, all while he's paying his $1700 mortgage and the $300/month Camry payment. If he makes an equivalent amount to what I make (which I hope he doesn't, because he does so little work), he'll have about ten cents to rub together at the end of the month.

The thing is, I'd bet it's the Camry purchase that drove her away. The guy is totally an underwhelming underachiever, and the Camry purchase was surely the icing on the cake for his wife. That purchase surely signified to his wife his utter lack of aspiration, and his inability to make good decisions or to make her happy by buying her fancy things. It sounds like he deserves the Camry, it seems to suit the dull, underwhelming person he is.

Thursday, 18 September 2008

More Anti-Camry Rage

While the weather is nice in the midwest, I'm leaving my snooty Swedish car at home and riding my bike the 3+ miles to the office. It is a pretty nice commute, about half on dedicated bike paths, and the rest on wide, low-traffic roads. Usually, I am able to make my commute and not have any close encounters with cars.
I follow traffic laws, stop at stop signs, and ride with tracffic. I ride predictably and make my intentions clear. My bike is well-lit when it is dark out.
Yesterday on the way home I had not one, but two close encounters of the idiot-Camry variety. The first was an old lady in a metallic-maroon (burgundy?) Camry who made a left turn in front of me to pull into a strip mall. She was either going to visit a Cousin's Subs, Cost Cutters, or a video game store. But she made her left from the right lane (not the turn lane) and she didn't signal. I had to slam the brakes on hard to avoid her. If I'd been 20 feet ahead on the road, I'd have been a Camry hood ornament.
So I thought, wow, I was lucky there, but the rest of the ride should be okay. I made it about a mile close, and was maybe half a mile from home, when a tie-wearing, business-oriented Camry driver started pulling out of his driveway as I was riding up a hill. It was a long driveway, which crosses a sidewalk, and then the grassy area between the sidewalk and the road. Most people back out until they are past the sidewalk, and then re-check for road-users before backing the rest of the way into the road. but this guy slowed down to where I thought he was going to stop, but then kept right on coming, backing outright towards me. I yelled at him . "Hey Watch it!" And his window was down, so he stopped and and I rode past replied, "Sorry, I didn't see you." Well, no shit. The key is that you have to actually look!!! I told him he should start looking, since I was there every day. What an ass... I have been remiss in updating the anti-Camry, but I'll try to get back on it. There have definitely been no shortage of incidents.