In the early 2000s, the auto-porn reality show Pimp My Ride turned out to be an unexpected hit for MTV, and helped turn little-known rapper Xzibit into a beloved television personality.

The show worked as a kind of Extreme Makeover for cars, rescuing down-on-their luck drivers from the hardship and embarrassment of owning beat-up lemons by outfitting their vehicles with ridiculously impractical new features.

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