The internet can be helpful when it comes to questions about your car—and sometimes, it can be downright creepy. If you thought your searches for Wrangler wobbles or BMW VANOS death were between you and whatever deity you’re hoping will spare you from woe, think again, bud. All of those searches feed into predictive text, which can actually tell you a lot about your car.
Google’s auto-completing search box brings up a weird snapshot of your car’s culture, like it or not. Typing in “why does my [car]” or “why is my [car]” brings up a list of suggestions based on prior searches, hence our question today. What does Google have to say about your car?
Sometimes Google comes up with harmless questions, like why your older BMW smells like crayons. (I’ve been wondering about this for years, by the way, because it happens with Porsches, too.) Other times, it’s sad. Google’s lone result for “Why does my Mitsubishi Lancer” was “discontinued.” That doesn’t even make grammatical sense, and I’m still depressed about it. Occasionally, it’s even a compliment: “Why is the Honda S2000 so good?”
These Ask Jeeves-style queries also bring up a list of frequently searched problems. For example:
The only downside is that starting a question about less popular cars doesn’t bring up much. Case in…