EIGHTEEN: Free ride.

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I was watching this one particular episode of How I Met Your Mother (hands down the second best sitcom of all time), The Chain of Screaming. In the episode, Ted receives a bonus from work and buys a new car. The gang raise their eyebrows and argue “who needs a car in New York City?”

I began to wonder, if the story were set in Los Angeles (or any place that is necessary for them to drive) and each characters have a Volkswagen, what would their car be? Let’s take a look, shall we.

Ted Mosby

The glue that holds the gang together. He is your typical hopeless romantic protagonist. His personality is depicted as very determined and emotionally ‘open’. His character value independent thinking, counter-culture, liberalistic politics and appreciates modern art and denotes the style, philosophy and intelligence produced during that era.

I think if he were to drive a Volkswagen, he would drive a Golf GTI. The car’s constant innovation matches his personality well. It’s very neat looking and has a clean-cut design. The car is his way of communicating, “Hey, I’m versatilely contemporary!”


Robin Scherbatsky

A rational and confident woman. She is career-driven and values the freedom from outside control. She is smart and analytical. She knows her worth and value and she demands things around her to be the same way. 

Her Volkswagen would be a Beetle Convertible. She enjoys being an independent woman and the top-down Beetle provides exactly that. She will always have her top folded down as a symbolization of her opposition of depending on another’s authority.


Barney Stinson

Barney is very well-connected and is the most affluent member of the group. He is depicted as a metrosexual male. He has the character trait of adventurous and spontaneous. If he were in college, he would be your typical class-clown. He is also an extreme opportunist, has the tendency of being competitive, and immensely worldly. He is proud and stubborn; often seen to stand by his words no matter what.

Volkswagen Type 2 and Passat CC. Being the most affluent member of the group, he has the ability to channel both his serious and adventurous side. He was initially dared by the gang to buy a red-colored Volkswagen Type 2, something that clearly does not align with his usual professional look, but BROdie (the name he gave the Type 2) eventually grew on him.


Lily Aldrin

Her ideal self would be the exact opposite of Barney. She is the voice of reason of the gang, exceptionally caring and nurturing. She sees the best in each and every person and extraordinarily optimistic. She values her family and friends more than anything.

The perfect Volkswagen for her would be Jetta SportWagen. It is quite spacious that she would be able to store her cleaning supply. It is rather sizable that she would be able to drive people around, as she likes being particular and everything has to be in her way and if she were to have children, she’d be set because it is very ample. I imagine her being a soccer mom, readily provides her children with whatever they might need.


Marshall Eriksen

A persistent environmentalist and a man of principle. His appearance is the the antithetical to his personality. Despite his rather tall and big figure, he is tremendously sensitive, gentle and caring. His character is often portrayed as idealistically naïve and sweet, yet wise and just. If he could be described in one word only, the word would be ‘ethical.’

Always dreamed to be an Environmental Lawyer, the ideal car for Marshall would be e-Golf. His eco-conscious guilt of polluting the earth would be relieved as he would drive a car that requires no gas stations and produces no tailpipe emissions.

The Edgar Winter Group – Free Ride

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