It’s funny, most days I am of the mind that anything done to a car in advancement of the owner’s enjoyment of said car is cool in my book. Then I see some vents glued onto the side of a Scion tC and realize that I’m very much wrong. Here are a few of mine, post yours in the comments.
Nothing bothers me more than pretending to be something you aren’t. That applies to you as a human, and your car. Please, don’t add ///M badging to your 335i, I don’t care how quick it is. Note, I drive an M-Sport 328i with half a dozen “M” badges, but BMW put them on there. And it’s not just BMWs; although their owners are pretty common offenders, at least in the DC area. I’ve seen AMG badges poorly affixed to the trunk of a C250. I’ve seen a few SVT and curled Cobra emblems stuck to V6 Mustangs. It’s not impressing non-enthusiasts, they don’t know or care; and you’re actually making us in the enthusiast community angry. Don’t.
If anything, debadge. It’s very European.
Have you ever seen a window banner that says “HONDA ACCORD” plastered across the top of…well…a Honda Accord? Ever seen the word “RAM” carefully attached to the back window of a Ram truck? Automakers already take the time to add badging, plus ideally their vehicles are already pretty identifiable. Adding large font reiterations of the make and model you are driving is a waste of money and just kinda looks stupid.
If your aesthetic mod is inspired by a Buick Lucerne, you might have picked the wrong item to purchase and stick on your car. While the first two were redundant or just plain wrong, this one is a bit more subjective. Sure, I suppose that you could get some more visual enjoyment out of you car if you have some extra faux vents. Of course, you would have to suspend reality for a moment and trick your brain into believing that they are actually functional for a moment.
And yes, my 2003 Mustang GT had a non-functional hood scoop, but it was appended onto the car during the production process by Ford. Plus it wouldn’t come off if I left it sitting in the hot sun for too long or took it through a vigorous car wash. I’m all for enhancing the results of the “look back” test. If you look over your shoulder at your ride and don’t get that little fizzy feeling in your gut, you bought the wrong car. I’m just not convinced some oval “vents” from Pep Boys are the answer.