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Good God, Lemon.

January 31st, 2012 · 52 comments

Our submitter spotted this unusual sales pitch while driving in Livermore, California. (“The dealership sucks, the car sucks, but it’s for sale if you want to buy it!”)

This pile of crap gets 8 mpg not the 18 to 22 mpg I was told. Livermore Ford will outright lie to sell you garbage. A Sunkist Ford. It is very dependable to breakdown. Super crappy ... for sale.

related: You lied to me, Mr. Lundegaard.

FILED UNDER: California · car · public shaming

52 responses so far ↓

  • #1   Mrs.Beasley

    I guess the “For Sale” was kind of an afterthought.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 7:49 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   The Elf

      Caveat emptor indeed!

      Feb 1, 2012 at 6:52 am   rating: 9  small thumbs up

  • #2   Amber

    Truth in advertising… finally!

    Jan 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #3   Tom

    I wonder if it’s only getting 8 MPG because it has a freakin’ water tank in the back of the truck.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm   rating: 104  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   Grant

      That’s not a water tank, it’s the auxiliary gas tank for out-of-town trips.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 3:50 am   rating: 30  small thumbs up

    • #3.2   yolanda

      you betcha. A saavy dealer would buy it from him for a song because the only thing wrong with that truck is it’s driver, and maybe a little too much wear for it’s brief lifespan.
      What you want to bet he never really empties the tank because he services the cows/horses/whatever too erratically to plan it?

      Feb 1, 2012 at 2:28 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #4   SeeYouInTea

    I share the same feelings towards the assholes that sold me my car. I love this dearly.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 7:50 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   Egg McMuppet

      Myself also, in addition, as well. Everyone at Uftring Auto Mall in East Peoria, die in a fire please, thank you.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 9:27 am   rating: 15  small thumbs up

    • #4.2   Mike

      I have no pity for idiots who don’t like their car because they were too damn stupid to research it first. How dumb is this pickup truck owner to not realize that it’s nearly impossible for a truck that size to get 18-22. Guess that’s a Californian for ya.

      Mar 12, 2012 at 8:14 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #5   Silence

    18 to 22 is highway mpg, most likely. Most vehicles get significantly lower mileage in city.


    Jan 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #5.1   The Shockwave

      Or when hauling what appears to be a water tank the size of his truck bed.

      Jan 31, 2012 at 7:58 pm   rating: 23  small thumbs up

    • #5.2   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      What the fuck are you talking about? What the titty-fucking christ kind of shitty vehicles are you Americans driving!? If I got less than 40 in town I’d be fucking furious!

      Feb 4, 2012 at 5:41 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #5.3   Caoimhe

      Was thinking the exact same thing. My car does 45-60MPG, and it’s a fairly standard car. What is wrong with America?!

      Feb 8, 2012 at 4:05 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #5.4   operagost

      I’m pretty sure you’re both trolling, as no full-size pickup gets 40 MPG and most people outside of Americans use km/100 l or the like.

      Feb 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #5.5   Mike

      Dr Chalk and Caoimhe are either trolls or Europeans. Let’s assume the second. Vehicles tend to have style or economy. Have you taken a good look at the shitty vehicles over there? Some of those bastard vehicles are even making it over here. The gorgeous exotics have shitty mpg (kpg) as well. Some of the shittiest looking cars over here have nice mpg rating too. We drive cars that look good. A foreign concept, I know.

      Mar 12, 2012 at 8:19 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #6   Quite Contrary

    I take it those aren’t stickers for the carpool lane in California.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #7   Koot

    Who the hell would actually believe a super duty pick up gets 22 mpg? There should be govt kill squads going around shooting people like this on sight.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm   rating: 26  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   The Elf

      Seriously. Isn’t it a going assumption that heavy duty trucks get poor gas mileage around town?

      Feb 1, 2012 at 6:54 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #7.2   jackson

      you mad, bro?

      Feb 1, 2012 at 10:08 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #7.3   unsatisfied

      @koot — do you perhaps work for the USPS?

      Feb 1, 2012 at 12:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #8   Rectangle bang

    Does anyone know the seller’s contact information? I’ve been looking to buy a garbage truck for a while now and I was sold on “It is very dependable to break down.”

    It’s definitely a “Must have!”

    Jan 31, 2012 at 9:15 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

  • #9   Nikki F.

    We’ve been to this dealorship and they really do suck. Hubby used them to fix his car and they ended up screwing it up so bad they had to pay for another company to come fix their mistakes. Oh and Livermore can not really be considered the city.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 10:02 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   jadefirefly

      “City” is a catchall term used to mean “not on the highway”.

      Most people concerned with gas mileage know this.

      Jan 31, 2012 at 10:30 pm   rating: 14  small thumbs up

  • #10   kiva

    no its not your job as a consumer to do your research. just blame the person who recognized you as a dummy.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 11:00 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

  • #11   Emma

    At least he’s honest.

    I’m loving the 30 Rock reference in the title.

    Jan 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm   rating: 16  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   lily

      Agreed, but I think “Don’t Lemon your life” would have been a better title for this one.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 12:48 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #12   shini

    there’s a similar guy up here who had a “Dishman Dodge is a fraud” sign in the back of his truck – that particular car dealer went out of business a few years later after people discover they were using illegal tricks to make their cars look to be in better condition then they really are.

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:11 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Ji

      they used magic?

      Feb 1, 2012 at 2:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #12.2   Jimmy James

      No, magicians don’t do tricks. They do illusions.

      Feb 1, 2012 at 5:54 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

  • #13   Dane Zeller

    I would have used a serif font on the tailgate, making it easier to read. A comma is required in the first sentence, after “8MPG.” The last sentence, “it is very dependable to breakdown,” is unclear. I think I would have centered everything to make it look more like a sign than a paragraph. But, for a lawn and garden man, he’s done pretty well.

    Feb 1, 2012 at 8:01 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

  • #14   Matilda

    Holy crap that’s from my hometown! Awesome!

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:21 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #15   Nahhh bang

    The letters are so straight and perfectly spaced, it’s almost as if it’s Photoshopped. Good job, truck owner!

    Feb 1, 2012 at 11:55 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   Kevin

      Think, McFly, think! If the letter stickers with the straight edges and right angles were actually Photoshop, don’t you think they’d have done a better job smearing the license plate?

      Feb 1, 2012 at 5:03 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #16   Nope

    My question is where is the Sunkist? Maybe it’s in the tank? That’s a hell of a lot of orange soda.

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:10 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

  • #17   D.L. Cade

    I give him a 10 for honesty, a 3 for salesmanship, and a negative 53 for picking a reliable car company in the first place…

    Feb 1, 2012 at 1:32 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #18   Bobdaggit

    Someone from my hometown got a lemon from a disreputable dealer and plastered the entire thing with lemon stickers.
    Charlie of Charlie’s Motor Mall in Central ME is a crook and deserved all the bad publicity he got from the Lemon Car.

    Feb 2, 2012 at 11:53 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

  • #19   Just Jenn

    We are the proud owners of the same model, only 15 years older. We have always gotten 12-20 mpg, depending on the situation. We have a more fuel efficient vehicle, but this is our pride and joy. There is nothing like there feeling of riding down the highway in this lifted beast, listening to the engine ROAR! This guy is an idiot if he thought he could buy a Super Duty off the lot for fuel efficiency!

    Feb 2, 2012 at 12:51 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   John Alansan

      There’s nothing like the roar of knowing that your selfishness is helping to ruin the World for everyone, huh?

      Feb 3, 2012 at 1:34 pm   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #19.2   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      I bet you were one of the people who had the nerve to pretend to be outraged about the BP oil spill too; as Stewart Lee said “like a prostitute’s angry customer punching her in the face because he’s sickened by his own desire.”

      Feb 4, 2012 at 5:44 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

  • #20   Poltergeist

    Maybe I’m just having an idiot moment, but am I the only one confused as to how the inclusion of “A Sunkist” fits in with the rest of this? I mean, did the driver suddenly get a craving for a sugary soft drink mid-rant and subconsciously spell out his desires?

    Feb 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

    • #20.1   Ward

      A Sunkist (citrus fruit related) Ford.

      Feb 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #21   chrisinphx

    Wait…you mean a DIESEL SUPER DUTY F-250 TRUCK doesnt get 18-22 mpg? Dude…You deserve a kick in the head if you thought that was actually going to happen. I’d point and laugh at you everytime you drove past. Dumb ass

    Feb 3, 2012 at 12:57 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

  • #22   John Alansan

    Anyone who buys such a stupid inefficient vehicle deserves all the petrol money, hassle and misc. diseases that they get.

    What a moron.

    Feb 3, 2012 at 1:33 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   The Elf

      Sure – because he won’t have any problem whatsoever fitting that huge water tank into a Volt.

      Feb 3, 2012 at 1:44 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #22.2   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

      But a more fuel efficient car wouldn’t need that crazy tank. I mean; why does he even need the truck if all he’s going to carry around is the tank necessary to fuel the truck? It makes no sense!

      Feb 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #23   amanda

    I now know how I’m going to spend my weekends- looking for this car around town.

    Feb 3, 2012 at 8:09 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #24   Laina



    Feb 4, 2012 at 6:12 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #25   Dr.Chalkwitheringlicktacklefeff

    Wait…so he bought it thinking 18 to 22mpg was reasonable?

    Feb 4, 2012 at 5:38 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #26  

    Maybe comments do not count finally but just one needs; or maybe people just like honesty.

    Feb 4, 2012 at 6:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

  • #27   oz

    haha!! Looks like this guy just wanna get rid of his car no matter the price. I buy it!

    Feb 5, 2012 at 11:34 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #28   Sumant

    looks like it is a photoshop work.

    Feb 7, 2012 at 2:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

  • #29   Linda

    Maybe his low MPG has something to do with the huge tank of liquid (gas? fertilizer? water?) he carries around in the back of his pickup. Or his lead foot? LOL

    Feb 8, 2012 at 5:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up


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