Here Are The Weirdest Car Quirks You've Ever Come Across

Image credit: BMW
Image credit: BMW
CountersteerYour true stories of good and bad things that happen in cars.

Whether the car is new or old, chances are that some little electronic gremlin lives in it somewhere. We generally don’t mind, though. It’s what gives the car “personality.” And we sure love personality.

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Last week, I asked you guys for some of the weirdest car quirks you’ve ever encountered. Heater only start when it rains? Windshield wipers only work when the sun is out?

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My dad’s old Saab had a burglar alarm that went off only if a truck passed by while it was parked. Nothing else set it off. We just supposed that it didn’t like trucks.

Here are your oddities.

Aux Mode (E92Matt - Dealership Stalker)

And then you tap your nose three times and say, “Abracadabra,” and then everything would return to normal.

Adorable (HCR32SkyRine)

Kneepads? For what?

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I’m That Perfectionist (MattDeZ)

And this would indeed drive me nuts.

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Hi-Beams (Mungo Shuntbox)

Just tryin’ to light the way.

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Honk (sumo6868)

That must have been quite a sight.

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Just Hit It (Meotter96)

It’s actually worked more time than expected.

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Climb! (Hallj0_)

You’re lucky the trunk connects.

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Thumb Drive (Hirsch)

Saab is known for being “quirky.”

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Scout! (Theo31337)

A list of weird stuff.

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Not A Car, But... (wpanik)

The machines have ears.

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CD Spitter (Jaded Helmsman)

I... just... what?

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Flatulence (Thunder)

It was the O rings!

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Clubbing (Verhaa)

Maybe the car just wanted that club vibe.

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Dash Problems (Dr. Martin van Nostrand)

Dashes do matter!

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No Key? No Problem (Mr.Falcon)

Keys are overrated anyways.

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Tercel (Tycho13)

Windows and doors in cahoots with each other.

Writer at Jalopnik and consumer of many noodles.

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Love these. My 04 GTP responded very well to violence. The blower motor started going out, but would start spinning if you punched the dash in the right spot. When it was cold the radio display wouldn’t work until the car warmed up, but a nice punch to the radio would restore function most of the time. A spring broke in the HUD so you couldn’t see the display anymore and I just assumed it was broken. A nice punch to the dash popped the display back into view, so I knew it was working. I was able to pop it open and replace the spring. It used to stall when you went from reverse to drive when it was cold. A few times it actually crunched going into reverse (that was when i got rid of it). I hated that car but we had some good times. Perfect college car.

My 96 cherokee has lots of weird crap but that’s just par for the course on these things.