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YMMV / Motor Week

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  • Dork Age: The show started in 1981, which was pretty much the armpit of the Malaise Era of cars. Twelve-second-plus 0-50 times were fairly common in the early years.
  • 8.8: It's sometimes accused of having an "everybody's a winner" review style, and thus not actually very useful to automotive consumers.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • John Davis describing the 1990 Oldsmobile Toronado Trofeo as "Donald Trump, or at least his ego."
    • A 1997 "High Road" segment had Craig Singhaus visit a massive celebration for Oldsmobile's 100th birthday in Lansing, Michigan. Just three years later GM announced that the Oldsmobile brand would be phased out, with the last Oldsmobile model produced in 2004.
  • Seasonal Rot:
    • The car reviews were more thorough in earlier episodes, with even a specific list of "hits" and "misses". In recent years, MotorWeek has been criticized for being too non-objective in their car reviews.
    • Similarly, the Goss' Garage segments used to be more in-depth and for a while revolved around Goss giving advice to viewers who would write in with their car problems in a manner similar to Car Talk, while today they revolve around general car care advice and how not to get scammed by a shop. In fairness, when Goss' Garage premiered it was common for laymen to work on their own cars, a practice that has faded over time as cars came to require less maintenance and have generally become too advanced for most people to service themselves. Now that a scan tool is required to diagnose most problems, Goss would wind up answering most letters with "Take it to a professional."
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  • Values Dissonance: During the 1980s John Davis regularly used the term "oriental" in reference to cars from Asian manufacturers. At that time, "oriental" was considered to be an acceptable and objective term to use and didn't have the racist connotations it has today. Davis quit using the term around 1988.
  • Values Resonance:
    • MotorWeek made a point to include female test drivers and reporters as far back as the early 1980s, as well as featuring segments directed at female car shoppers in particular from very early in its run.
    • In the early 1990s MotorWeek had a special episode featuring Pat Goss and Lisa Barrow giving advice to car shoppers. The episode still serves as an incredibly useful tutorial 30 years later.
    • The old Goss' Garage segments have proven to be incredibly useful to enthusiasts repairing and maintaining vehicles from the applicable time period, now as classics.
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    • John Davis has admitted that he was surprised by how popular the show's old segments have proven to be since they started being uploaded to YouTube.