OT: Talking Cars Tuesday - Favorite Ads

Submitted by JeepinBen on June 7th, 2016 at 6:52 AM

Couple great threads in a row, looking to keep it going with your favorite advertisements. These could be print ads, TV commercials, general ad campaigns, etc.

What do you love? (Personally, the Subaru Dog Family ones get me every time) What do you hate? (Jan from Toyota- notice they never use numbers? They just say "great on gas" even if the numbers aren't competitive)

New, old, classic... outdatedly hilarious, let's hear the best (and worst) ways you've tried to have been sold a car



June 7th, 2016 at 2:03 PM ^

just wanted to thank you, as well as hatter, skurnie, swan flu, ghostofhoke and dr jaws for weighing in last week on subaru/other options for a crossover-ish family car. in case it's interesting to hear the resolution (i know a lot of people ask advice in tct threads about buying a car), we found the unicorn - a 2014 manual outback - and bought it saturday. my contribution to #savethemanuals. and i'm pretty sure this means i can just drive however i want in the snow since it's awd, right? i hear it's especially good for helping you stop.




June 7th, 2016 at 2:59 PM ^

Congrats! Pop that clutch and destroy those tires.

I'm honestly surprised to hear Suburu made a manual in 2014, that's pretty awesome. Just hammer on those brakes in the show and it'll come to an abrupt stop (in the nearest ditch). 


June 7th, 2016 at 4:43 PM ^

yeah, it's the last year they offered a manual on the outback. my understanding is the reason they don't anymore is to meet fuel efficiency requirements, as  the manual transmission added too much weight - but don't quote me. the forester and crosstrek still both have a manual trim level.


June 7th, 2016 at 7:17 AM ^

my favorite print ads :

"Volvos, Yes they are boxy, but they're safe"

And who could forget the classic...  

Porsche. It's a little too small to get laid IN, but you get laid the minute you get out! 




June 7th, 2016 at 7:18 AM ^

Dick Scott Dodge used to have some great radio commercials in the mid nineties.

They had a goofy jingle and a quick sketch with a Scottish character doing goofy things, such as: climbing a pole to measure how tall it is instead of measuring it while it was on laying if the ground because he wanted to see how tall it was and not how long it was.

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June 7th, 2016 at 7:33 AM ^

The Eminem ad for Chrysler a few years back during the Super Bowl.  Imported from Detroit. It caught my attention immediately.



June 7th, 2016 at 7:44 AM ^

THE best car jingles/ads was by the famous Cal Worthington, his dog "Spot", and his acres and acres of cars. He was a southern California car dealer from the 70s and I'll never forget his ads. Watch this one where he is strapped to the wing of a bi-plane.

"I'll stand on my head til my ears turn red. Go see Cal. Go see Cal. Go see Cal."


June 7th, 2016 at 8:03 AM ^

The one with the two kids splintering some square block of wood into a round hole. "Just keep hitting it."

The point being made that they still behave this way as mechanics and you wouldn't want them doing work on your car.


June 7th, 2016 at 8:38 AM ^

At the family cabin, we used to get only Lansing stations, so I saw a lot of Sundance Buick GMC commercials. That man wanted to live in 1876 Wyoming so bad.

As a Southern Monroe county native, I'm partial to, "Whitman ford where aaaare you?! Whitman ford in Temmmmmperance!"

And most hated is ANYTHING with the Taylor Kia dork. Guy is so fake and horrible, I wouldn't buy free money from him.

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June 7th, 2016 at 8:45 AM ^

Fahrvergnugen, of course....even if they weren't always a "pleasure to drive".

For the Metro Detroiters, here's one of the more memorable dealership jingles - they still use it today, but it is so iconic -