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Old 08-23-2014, 06:22 PM
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Have Toyotas become the vehicle of choice for people who suck at driving?

Yesterday I had an encounter with an unusually bad driver on the way to work. She was driving a Toyota. My old motorcycle was run over and totalled by a guy in a Toyota. The worst driver at the place where I work drives a Toyota, and most of the time when I encounter unusually bad driving, it's perpetrated by someone in a Toyota.

Volvo used to be the car of choice for people who knew they couldn't drive, but this doesn't seem to be the case anymore. What's up with bad drivers and Toyota?
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:54 PM
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:21 PM
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I dunno, I think I'm pretty good .

I would guess it's due to two reasons:

1) Toyotas sells tons of cars and they last a long time, so, statistically, it isn't surprising that you also see more bad drivers driving Toyotas than other brands.

2) Toyotas are also popular with the crowd that doesn't care as much about driving. It's not surprising to me that this bunch would include more bad drivers than the bunch that cares.

Here in New England, I really can't nail down a brand that drives worse than the others. Audis do seem to be a car of choice for people who drive like maniacs. And, as JB3 has pointed out, 10-year-old Nissans seem to be a car of choice for aggressively bad drivers.
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Old 08-23-2014, 09:39 PM
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As Jeremy clarkson put it, if you don't care about something you can't be any good at it. Toyota drivers are buying an appliance that takes them to work, they don't care about driving, and thus aren't any good at it. When it comes to cheap, cheerful, reliable automotive appliances the Japanese do it best so that why you see ****ty drivers in Toyotas.
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Inexperienced bad drivers all prefer those shoebox cars; they all look the same to me from the cab of my Landcruiser. If they hit my truck they're toast; the bumper is at the driver's shoulder level.
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Old 08-23-2014, 11:53 PM
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Have Toyotas become the vehicle of choice for people who suck at driving?

Yesterday I had an encounter with an unusually bad driver on the way to work. She was driving a Toyota. My old motorcycle was run over and totalled by a guy in a Toyota. The worst driver at the place where I work drives a Toyota, and most of the time when I encounter unusually bad driving, it's perpetrated by someone in a Toyota.

Volvo used to be the car of choice for people who knew they couldn't drive, but this doesn't seem to be the case anymore. What's up with bad drivers and Toyota?
If it's true that Toyota sells more cars than most any other manufacturer, you're going to have more numbers on-the-streets driving Toyotas. That was easy.
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I like my Toyota. 18 years and the AC still blows cold!
New Michelins, KYB struts and Camry wagon springs have made my sedan a bit more fun to drive and a bit less appliance-like.

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I hate Toyota drivers. They are indeed horrible in general. But I think it pertain more to those that buy them new. New Toyota drivers often have very little knowledge on cars. They buy them just to get from A to B.
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My grandfather had that exact problem with a Nash once. This is the same grandfather who my have invented road rage. In his younger days he kept a lead pipe under the driver seat for people who's driving perturbed him.
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As Jeremy clarkson put it, if you don't care about something you can't be any good at it. Toyota drivers are buying an appliance that takes them to work, they don't care about driving, and thus aren't any good at it. When it comes to cheap, cheerful, reliable automotive appliances the Japanese do it best so that why you see ****ty drivers in Toyotas.
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I like my Toyota. 18 years and the AC still blows cold!
New Michelins, KYB struts and Camry wagon springs have made my sedan a bit more fun to drive and a bit less appliance-like.

Happy Motoring, Mark
I guess us Toyota owners need to band together here!

We like our Corolla, too. 10 years old, 158K, $300 spent on repairs, and it still gets 38-39 MPG, despite going 65-75 on the highway...and yes, the AC still works. The car is almost all business. I took the hubcaps off last winter so that we wouldn't lose any to potholes, and have just left 'em off since then. The car looks more business-like without them. Now, when I see a Corolla with hubcaps, it looks pimped-out to me.

The Corolla is my truck . I haul everything with it. 500 lbs. of concrete? No problem! 12' x 12" x 2" planks? No problem (and people don't tailgate you when you have those on the roof, BTW)! Four people + me? No problem!
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I'm even more weary of beaters, the more dents the less the driver cares about getting another.

The r12 in my 27yr old benz is still going strong, just saying.

You can't go wrong with a Toyota considering the quality/price ratio. Only downside is then you're stuck driving it... a 5 speed helps ease this pain of course... I kid, I kid.
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