I am just starting to have a serious loathing for GM engineers... I
live in Virginia, and prior to that I lived in Maryland. Both states,
like most, require a front license plate. My company car is a Chevy
Impala. Part of the deal is that I am supposed to maintain the car in
a "reasonably clean" state - I've pushed that a few times, but still.
Obviously in poor weather that means going through an automatic car
wash, as hand washing in the driveway isn't going to happen. Which
brings us to today's peeve. At least 50% of the time, if I take the
car through a car wash, the front license plate gets mangled. This
appears to be partially due to the fact that the dealer provided me
with only two mounting bolts, and partially due to the fact that the
license plate hangs slightly below the point where the front bumper
curves back underneath into the air dam. So I bought some fairly
expensive "billet aluminum" (actually do appear to be billet) license
plate frames in an attempt to keep this from happening. I also bought
some stainless screws - four for each plate this time! - to hold the
plate in place. Well when I went to put the front one on what do I
find, but the formed "pocket" in the front bumper for the plate isn't
a flat surface! What the hell? Even with two washers under each
screw, the whole plate/frame assembly is still under stress and is
tweaking the bumper slightly and the whole assembly looks like arse.
Come on, GM. Other manufacturers can at least design a simple,
functional license plate bracket. What the hell is your problem?
It's not like front license plates are all that uncommon.
(hopefully I've at least flattened my front license plate for the last