What Design Flaw on Your Car Do You Find Charming?
Every car is linked by a similar issue. It’s bound to happen, from the most expensive supercar to the commuter car, something is so wrong or weird that you just have to love the car for it regardless.
Air-cooled Porsches need to have their oil checked on a flat surface while the car is running and before it’s parked in the garage. This isn’t the most effective way to monitor whether you need to add a quart. After screening several owners of various Porsches over the years, they seemed to lavish in the fact that this process exists in their car.
It’s not only vintage cars that have odd, overlooked design flaws; as years and models have progress, there are still things that need a little ironing out. For example, our editor’s 2012 Fiat 500 has a few quirks: (1) the car’s seat adjustments are opposite of any normal car, the levers are situated toward the center of the car opposed to the doors, (2) the “SPORT” button situated on the dash apparently unleashes the 10 horsepower that Fiat rated the car, along with better steering input and throttle response. Seeing as the car is so small and conventional, why not just make these available all the time?
But there is something to be said for a car’s quirkiness. It adds to the charm of the car and provides the owner with that “I know something you don’t know” mentality when people ask about owning one.
So tell us: What design flaw on your car do you find charming?
Photography by Ezekiel Wheeler and Gerard Kassibian