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While coming north on 35E through downtown Dallas earlier tonight, I saw a white Challenger abandoned on the side of the road right before the DNT exit.

I don't know if that car's owner is a member here or not, but if he is and ever reads this post, I would like to offer some suggestions for how to handle similar situations in the future:

1. Avoid traveling the freeways down there in your Challenger when at all possible. Making it through the Mix-Master unscathed is a crap-shoot at best (as you may have figured out the hard way it seems), and there's no need to needlessly temp fate when alternate routes abound.

2. If you do have to traverse the freeways down there in your Challenger, assume your car is invisible to every other driver on the road. They will be acting like that anyway, so you might as well be prepared for the occasional "emergency evasive maneuver" you need to perform to stay clear of other vehicles.

3. Finally, should the worst case scenario happen, and you find yourself needing to pull off the freeway and park, stay with your car until help arrives. AND PUT YOUR FLASHERS ON!!

For you to just abandon your noble steed like that, in a location such as that, is an egregious lapse in judgment IMO.

I mean, a roving band of weirdos could rub up against your car, and you would never even know about it.

And another thing, those rims didn't appear to be one of the Dodge OE designs, so I'm guessing they were one of the popular aftermarket sets coveted by other sports car enthusiasts. Leaving them sitting there in the dark with no one around probably presents a mighty tempting target for a crook with a jack, a tire tool, and a desire to have them on their own car...or sell them for cash on CL.

I've seen cars worth much less and not nearly as good looking as yours be sans the rims after less than 6 hrs on the side of a Dallas freeway. That stereotype of urban life is DEFINITELY true around here.

And after all that, if you are still unmoved and at peace with your decision to leave your car behind, then maybe I can appeal to your emotions to reconsider:
That car has given you countless miles and hours of enjoyment, and what has it ever asked for in return?

Some name brand gas?

A semi-annual oil change?

The least you could do is stay with it in its final hours. Hold it in your arms as it dies. No one deserves to die alone, that's just beyond the pale in my book!

Okay, I'm done. But I am leaving town tomorrow and will be going back by there to check on that poor car. If it's still there, rest assured I will see to it that someone is made redemptive for this transgression!

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If it was me I would have doubled back, got the tag # & reported it to the local police, could have been stolen. If it wasn't, the owner,was crazy to leave it. Some friends of mine had their car stolen right out of their driveway in the middle of the nite (it was locked) and dicovered it gone when they went out the next morning. I always told them they needed to get a dog!!
 

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If it was me I would have doubled back, got the tag # & reported it to the local police, could have been stolen. If it wasn't, the owner,was crazy to leave it. Some friends of mine had their car stolen right out of their driveway in the middle of the nite (it was locked) and dicovered it gone when they went out the next morning. I always told them they needed to get a dog!!
It never occurred to me that it might have been left there by someone other than its owner, but that would actually make more sense probably.

Granted, I only had 1-2 seconds to observe the whole thing as I drove by at 70mph, but from what it "looked" like, the car was just steered off to the shoulder and left there. That just didn't compute to me because I would have my flashers on, still be with it, pulled further off the road, etc.

But if the driver wasn't the owner and was looking to disassociate himself from a stolen car as quickly as possible, I can see things ending up looking pretty much just like they did.

Hmmmmm, now I'm REALLY curious about the whole story...
 

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Just thank the good Lord, it was Dallas - and not Detroit :pimp:. In other words, and from my experience, Dallas is one of the nicest big cities in the country, whereas Detroit is in a whole other class, "pretty much" by itself !!

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Gary aka "beamg5"
 

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If it weren't for bad luck, I'd have no luck at all!

Maybe the dreaded timing chain failure.
Man, that would be one helluva time and place for the timing chain to go tits up...if the driver were the type to believe in conspiracy theories, I could see that piece of bad luck inducing some serious paranoid episodes immediately after...or at the very least it would leave him thinking he was just cursed.

Either way, my prescription would be a giant wall-sized poster of that orange kitten holding on to the tree branch with caption "Hang in There!"
 
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Just thank the good Lord, it was Dallas - and not Detroit :pimp:. In other words, and from my experience, Dallas is one of the nicest big cities in the country, whereas Detroit is in a whole other class, "pretty much" by itself !!

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Gary aka "beamg5"
I've never been to Detroit, but I know people who have, and none of them had anything nice to say about it. And of course, any news story or documentary on the city pretty much follows the same theme - the city is a s-hole and getting worse every day.

But I've always wondered if things were as bad as everyone paints them out to be, or if everyone was just piling on because it's easy to do and good for a cheap laugh. Although, with this many years of people all saying the same thing, I guess there has to be some truth to the stories about how bad things have gotten there.

So yes, in that respect, I am certainly glad it's Dallas and not Detroit (but ask me again in two months when daytime temps are in the 110s for days at a time, my opinion on location might be different!).

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Every story has a certain amount of truth to it. I drove a semi and we used to have police escorts in Detroit when we had high dollar loads
 

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bait car
 

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Oh man, wouldn't that make for an entertaining episode of Cops...you see the cops yanking my tall ass out of a Challenger alongside I-35 in downtown and slam me to the ground as cars are zooming by on the interstate.

With a cop's knee on my neck, I'm trying to yell loud enough to be heard over the cacophony of city noises while not slurring my words at the same time, "but sir, you don't understand, I wasn't stealing this car, I was just trying to move it to a safer spot!"

And they're cuffing and stuffing me into the back of a cop Charger (irony of ironies!) "Yeah right Drunky McDrunkard! No one is THAT concerned about someone else's car!"

Cue that old David Allen Coe song, "..and lord how I tried to resist, but they just clamped 'em tighter till that metal bit into my wrist..."

I'm fairly certain that whole scene has actually played out in an alternate universe!
 
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Oh man, wouldn't that make for an entertaining episode of Cops...you see the cops yanking my tall ass out of a Challenger alongside I-35 in downtown and slam me to the ground as cars are zooming by on the interstate.

With a cop's knee on my neck, I'm trying to yell loud enough to be heard over the cacophony of city noises while not slurring my words at the same time, "but sir, you don't understand, I wasn't stealing this car, I was just trying to move it to a safer spot!"

And they're cuffing and stuffing me into the back of a cop Charger (irony of ironies!) "Yeah right Drunky McDrunkard! No one is THAT concerned about someone else's car!"

Cue that old David Allen Coe song, "..and lord how I tried to resist, but they just clamped 'em tighter till that metal bit into my wrist..."

I'm fairly certain that whole scene has actually played out in an alternate universe!
That's funny right there!
I'm sure they've heard that excuse before, many times.
 
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