April 19 Weekly Open Thread
C'mon back here to the back of the Car Lust garage, wipe the motor oil off your hands, grab one of the lawn chairs, and sit a spell. We can talk about whatever you want.
A while back, I did a posting here about my daily driver, a 2008 Volkswagen GTI, and I commented (emphasis added):
The one major flaw I see in the styling is the blackout treatment of the bumper between the headlights, which combines with the black honeycomb grille to give it an Audiesque schnozz that really doesn't go with the rest of the car.
You can click here for a photo of how it looked.
This past winter, the GTI suffered some damage to one of the fenders (not my fault) and needed to go in for repair and repainting. The repair required that the front clip be partially dismantled, and since everything was already getting taken apart and they were loading the spray gun with United Gray no matter what, I prevailed upon my friendly home-town body shop to paint the center of the bumper body color. You can see the results at right. I think it greatly improved the look of the car. The Audi-wanabee big black splotch effect is gone; the front end is nice and horizontal now, like a proper VW Rabbit.
That suggests a discussion topic: if you could change one styling element on your current ride, what would it be?
--Cookie the Dog's Owner