Post by Jerry Friedman
On Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 10:38:00 AM UTC+1, Athel Cornish-Bowden
wrote: > On 2021-04-04 03:41:15 +0000, Garrett Wollman said: > >
to buy a Subaru may be different where there's not a > >> good chance
of snow on the roads several months a year. > > > > Yeah, the
people in Vermont who had Volvo 750s when I was growing up > > now
have Subarus. > >
 As a class, not specific individuals. > > The Subaru that my
wife had was a very small car -- barely room for > four people, no
room for luggage, and certainly not suitable for snow > -- with very
little resemblance to the cars that an image search for > "Subaru"
will yield. Just one colour (brown). In the late 1980s it must > have
been the commonest car in Chile.
Chryslers are bigger, if the B-52's are to be believed. (I'm not
familiar with American cars, so I can't really comment on the type of
person who might favour a Chrysler.)
I got me a car, it's as big as a whale And we're headin' on down to
the love shack I got me a Chrysler, it seats about twenty So hurry up
and bring your jukebox money
Chrysler was and probably still is a more upscale brand than Plymouth and
Dodge from the same company.
Still is, as far as I know.
Post by Jerry Friedman
Their big cars were typical of the American
market. I'm not sure there were ever small cars with the Chrysler brand.
There's the Chrysler PT Cruiser--a top contender for the world's ugliest
car, in my opinion.
And also originally designed as a Plymouth, but by the time it was
nearing release, it was an open secret that the Plymouth make was
destined for extinction, and they didn't want a possible "halo car" to
save it. I'm not sure *why*, given these facts, they still made the
Prowler a Plymouth. It COULD have been because the original Prowler
concept car was badged that way, but then again, so was the PT Cruiser.
And I'm not kidding about "possible 'halo car'". The PT was one of the
most hyped vehicles of its time period, as much because of its
versatility without OFFICIALLY being a minivan as anything else. I
test-drove one myself and it evoked memories of the Colt Vista (a
rebadged and unchanged Mitsubishi Chariot) that had been the first car I
had permanent access to. Might have even heeled over a little less in
tight-radius cornering. I also *liked* the retro styling and I was in
the age group targeted by Chrysler. To this day, I can't call it ugly in
the way I can a Pontiac Aztek or most post-2010 Toyotas that aren't Prius.
Unfortunately, it may have had even worse build quality THAN the
Chariot, which was so badly designed that, six years after we'd bought
it new and about four months into my having my license, I tried to
activate the (button-operated, part-time) four-wheel-drive mode and
instead blew several fuses; we never COULD get that shift re-enabled.
And of course the other issue (I think on both) is ALSO related to the
shifter--I think it had a Diamond Star 5-speed manual closely related to
the one on the Chariot, and OURS on that car threw a gear about every
60k miles. And that is ignoring the way that PTs have a habit of
catching fire while unattended and turned off for some reason no one has
figured out yet. So it's a bad car NOW, but no one knew it was then, and
there's a reason that Chevy somewhat tried to ape the idea of "doesn't
look like it was built in this century" with the HHR and SSR.
1/2 anthrocat, nearly 1/2 anthrofox, all magical
Transgoddess, quick to anger. [she/her. Misgender and die].
Call me Chrysi or call me Kat, I'll respond to either!