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Old 04-16-2009, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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Originally Posted by VegasGrace View Post
You cannot tell financial status by the kind of car a person drives.

Looks are deceiving- drives a nice, luxury import? Financial status= in debt.
Drives an old clunker? Financial status= smart, millionare next door.

Could be!
or...

it could be

drives new luxury car = world traveler

drives an old clunker = 9 kids and smokes crack

ya just never know!
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:00 AM
 
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ummm...this is a CJ7:

http://images.allmoviephoto.com/2008...08_cj7_001.jpg

i have no idea wtf that is but i googled "CJ7" and got some crazy japanese movie...
Jeep CJ - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Predecessor to the YJ, aka "Yuppie Jeep", bka Jeep Wrangler.

My point, which seems to be lost on most of the posters here, was that the amount of money a guy spends on a vehicle is not the appropriate measuring stick you use to tell something about him - instead, you look at what he bought, and whether he actually USES the capability of what he bought, or if he just bought it to show off or project a certain image.

For example, I see nothing unusual about a man buying a $75,000 Mercedes because he enjoys the luxury. To me that is using it. However, red flags would go up if someone purchased, say, a $40,000 Dually, but has nothing to tow with it. This is just my opinion, I have way too many friends who drive what they drive because of what others will think of them.

Last edited by le roi; 04-16-2009 at 09:14 AM..
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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This thread is full of ridiculousness. All you ladies that think you have a guy all figured out by the car he drives, are very judgmental.

I drive a Toyota Prius to work everyday. But also in my garage is $100K+ european sports car. Did I buy the sports car to impress anybody, especially women? No. I never drive it to work, and have been happily married for 9 years. Am I living beyond my means? No. I own a house, my own business, have several investments, kid's college educations are paid for, etc... In short, I am very fiscally responsible, but I love cars. I always have. Do I spend a lot of money on cars? Yes, I do. But I can afford to.

If one of you judgmental ladies would happen to pull up next to me at a stoplight early on a Sunday morning, right after I took my sports car out for a drive on my favorite road, you would incorrectly assume I am living beyond my means and am trying to be something I am not or that I am trying to over-compensate for some short-coming. Well, the truth is that some people just like cars, and can afford them.
everyone, meet jay leno.
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Old 04-16-2009, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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I have no car payment for now and will drive it (10year old land rover w/ 180,000+ miles) until it practically blows up on me.

I would prefer to spend the extra $300-$600/month on hobbies (guitar, making music, women) Or save it.

But most guys with fast cars really are just speed freaks/adrenaline junkies. I love going fast. Think about boys when they are growing up...you try to run faster than the next kid, ride your bike fast, jump it higher, etc. Same with cars.
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Old 04-16-2009, 02:37 PM
 
Location: Eternal State of Confusion
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I agree with Julia.

If someone drives an F-350 Diesel, but never tows anything, you can bet that they're trying to live up to a certain image or lifestyle.

The same goes for a Hummer 1 or the really foo-foo Land Rovers. It takes a certain kind of individual to be both willing and able to spend $80,000+ on a luxury vehicle that was designed to be beaten to hell in the woods. If that person was serious about that way of life, they'd spend $15,000 - $30,000 on a CJ7, K5, a straight axle Toyota, etc., having the thing rebuilt to their exact specifications. So either that person is extremely impractical, or they are just trying to cultivate a certain image, having no intentions of actually using their Land Rover/Hummer's full capability.
My husband would love to get a Defender, but his dream vehicle is a Unimog. I catch him looking at Unimog porn all the time.
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Old 04-16-2009, 05:27 PM
 
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My husband would love to get a Defender, but his dream vehicle is a Unimog. I catch him looking at Unimog porn all the time.
He has good taste

I'd also love a Landcruiser FJ-40.

I know I said I'm not much of a car person, but when I do drive it's usually back-country and hauling bikes/dogs/camping gear.

On another note: I am no longer a vintage Volvo owner. I sold her to a 20-something guy who promised he would love her and drive her often today.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:32 PM
 
Location: Portlandia "burbs"
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You can tell something by what he drives, but it can also show irony.

I used to work with an engineer who made great money and he was attractive enough. He had a family. And he drove this tiny old piece o' $hit car with cardboard taped over where a window was absent. I couldn't believe it, because I would never have paired him with such a vehicle. I'm sure he had a better one at home for the wife to drive.

Neatniks always have impeccable cars ~ always.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Arkansas
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I once had a guy walk over to my car and cup his hands so he could see in all the windows. I thought it was b/c it was new & he was curious. It turns out he was looking to see if I was "neat enough." lol it turns out he was messy but was looking for a girlfriend clean up after him

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Neatniks always have impeccable cars ~ always.
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Old 04-16-2009, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Wicker Park, Chicago
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I spend several tens of thousands of dollars every year on ballroom dance and competitions and all that goes with it. I KNOW there are a bunch of people who don't approve of what I do, how I choose to spend my money. But ya know what??? I just say F#@% 'em!
Twinkle Toes - you should spend your money on St John! I just paid $760 for my latest best Yellow skirt suit!
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Old 04-16-2009, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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You can tell something by what he drives, but it can also show irony.

I used to work with an engineer who made great money and he was attractive enough. He had a family. And he drove this tiny old piece o' $hit car with cardboard taped over where a window was absent. I couldn't believe it, because I would never have paired him with such a vehicle. I'm sure he had a better one at home for the wife to drive.

Neatniks always have impeccable cars ~ always.

Irony.. that a big tall guy like me drives a little tiny volkswagen, that i can see out of the sunroof if i stretch my neck?
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