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Just venting

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Comment(s): 7

Some cars use them to "breathe" and some are just posers, but the trend for side vents is as big as ever.

The locations ranges quite a bit. Some vehicles have them up front, some on the side and some are in the front or rear.

They are used to help engine bay airflow and permit hot air to exit and keep the cooling system and other components cool, while some air intakes are connected to the engine underneath, creating a ram-air effect. Some even push air into the brakes to keep them cool as well.

There are plenty that are just decorative, and even more available as after-market.

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200 Aston Martin BD7 Vantage Convertible side vent.

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Aston Martin Vantage emblem.

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Aston Martin DB5 emblem.

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Aston Martin Volante emblem.

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2001 BMW E46 M3 side vent.

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2001 BMW M-Coupe side vent.

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2006 BMW M3 side vent.

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2003 Cadillac Sixteen concept emblem. (source: ).

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2007 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 hood vent.

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Citroen side vent.

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2007 Dodge Nitro side vent.

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2000 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe hood scoop.

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2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 hood scoop.

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2000 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe hood vents.

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2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 hood vents.

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2000 Dodge Viper GTS Coupe side "gills".

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2006 Dodge Viper SRT-10 side "gills".

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Ferrari F360 side vents.

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2002 Ford Thunderbird side vent.

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2007 Ford King Ranch F250 Lariat Super Duty.

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Side vent from a 2009 Ford Focus RS.

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Side vent from a 2009 Ford Focus RS.

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2008 Ford Taurus.

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2007 Ford Mustang GT hood vents.

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Jaguar XK side vent.

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2009 Jaguar XF side vent badge.

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2008 Land Rover LRX concept side vent.

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2007 Land Rover LR2 side vent.

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2007 Land Rover Range Rover side vent.

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Nemesis side vent from a special edition 2006 Mazda RX-8.

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1959 MG MGA hood vent emblem.

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Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG V12 Biturbo emblem side vent.

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S sive vent from a Mini Cooper S model.

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2005 Mini Cooper.

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Pontiac Astre.

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The split grill of the 1997 Porsche 911/993 Carrera S Coupe is unique to the Carrera S, along with a special script on the engine cover.

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Porsche 912 rear vent.

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Renaut vent.

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Saab 900s.

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2008 Saturn Sky hood vent.

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2008 Saturn Vue side vent.

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2008 Subaru Impreze STI side vent.

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2003 Toyota MR2 side vent.

Factory Fakes.
Not exactly sure why why manufacturers bother with the entire design process to create a non-functioning vent in which, in most cases, sticks out like a sore thumb and detracts from the overall vehicle.

buick lucerne cxl 06 port

While this looks like portholes, it is actually nothing more than an emblem. Four on each side of the front fenders for a V8 and three for a V6.

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2008 Ford Focus.

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2007 Ford Mustang GT side vent.

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2007 Jeep Liberty.

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2006 Mazda RX8.

vent fake 1

These are fake, carbon fibre stick-ons, with paste on plastic "fake-chrome" side vents.

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Stick on vent on a Volkswagen GTI. (Is nothing sacred?)

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This is the most idiotic vehicle molestation I have ever seen (at least with regards to fake vents). This guy took a perfectly nice BMW 328, expanded the side fenders to make a vent (which does nothing more than expose the frame and door handles, then sticks on 3 fake carbon-fiber looking, plastic framed vents! OMG!

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Chuy3557 days ago

The fake stick-on vents are driving me crazy. I'll never understand why people stick fake crap on their cars. The only people that might notice the features are the same people who will know they are fake. They might as well spray-paint "I AM A MORON" on the side of their car.

pu3522 days ago

But most of them are solely for anesthetic anyway. (m6, focus,jaguar,jeep etc)
Of course they look better but basically same thing as sticking ones.

lmm3452 days ago

Do you know where to get the fake stick-on vents? One of my friends is always making fun of them so I want to get him some as a gag gift for his birthday.

Ben3203 days ago

I know that comment was a year ago, so maybe for his birthday this year, wal-mart.

tony3171 days ago

That one on the bmw its not a side vent,its because he put a lambo door kit!!

Spencer J3141 days ago

Can I send you more pics to post? We should have the worst of the worst. I live in Houston, but near downtown, so I see far less than when I go out to the burbs. But since we do have a lot of barbacks living around here, I've snapped pics of some really ridiculous uses of the stick on glamour.

Mac2964 days ago

I just bought a Jeep Commander that's in fantastic condition, but the only problem is that the previous owner put these stoopid fake vents on it. They're the same as in the photo above on the Ford Expedition. Does anyone know how to take this crap off without damaging the paint? Thanks.



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