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Old 11-11-2012, 06:26 PM
 
Location: MD's Eastern Shore
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What's up with all these posts in assorted forums claiming someone is trying to compensate for his lack of something when driving a certain vehicle. Old muscle cars, new muscle cars, lifted trucks, even stock SUV's. I even saw on one post they were claiming it for people driving with fog lights on when its clear. What's wrong with somebody wanting to see where they are going or see obstacles on the side of the road that could be an issue--such as deer. Oh he's just trying to look cool and show the world he has 4 lights. REALLY! (sarcasm)
What's wrong with someone putting larger tires on his truck and lifting it up---even if it's not being used to it's full potential. His money. IMO, it's no different then choosing a particular color or style rims. So, What's wrong with personal choice? Not everything is done to make a statement.
have you ever thought that just because some middle aged person buys an old muscle car it's because he just, well, likes it and he's not trying to relive his youth? Or the one who buys a corvette is looking for something to cruise around in and is not in a mid-life crises.
Then there are the often hated SUV's. They've been around for a long time and really are one of the most practical vehicles on the road. People want them. They no longer make the old custom cruisers or country squires so big wagons are dead. Or are they? They have just become full size truck based SUV's instead of full size body on frame cars. Perfect for a family who likes to go places and do things together. They still exist. In the last 10 years the full 4 door pickups have gained in popularity as well. The perfect one vehicle for a family who 20 years ago might have had a full size sedan and a regular cab truck. It seems a lot of people want the full size trucks. They just make sense. Roomy, safe, and comfortable. Oh, I'm sorry. Everyone is trying to compensate for a lack of something. My bad! (sarcasm)
I guess the ones who say that feel as if there should be one brand, one model, and one color car for everyone to enjoy. Auto or stick, you have that to choose from. Please.
Rant over!!!
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:36 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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The only people I have heard speaking ill of car owners are those that despise the Prius drivers. Usually they are accused of being smug, and driving way too slow in order to maximize their gas mileage in an attempt to match the advertisements. I have seen this to actually be true in many cases. I find the modern SUV to be nothing but a station wagon. They lost favor in the 80s as suburban "mom" vehcicles, (same as happened to the mini-van later) but are inj fact a very versatile vehicle, so the manufacturers used names like SUV and crossover to bring them back without the stigma. A good example is the Escape, which replaced the old truck (Ranger) based Bronco II, but with front wheel drive. Now it's based on the Focus and looks like every other small "SUV". Same with the Explorer and even Grand Cherokee, they are just bigger station wagons with 4WD.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:36 PM
 
Location: NJ
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A car gets you from point A to point B. I don't feel the need to analyze people's personal preferences so I definitely agree with you (to an extent). The only thing I hate or dislike is other teenagers who love to rev their engines and accelerate reallyyyy fast. You're not cool
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:36 AM
 
Location: H-town, TX.
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Then you ask them....





Yeah, they mad.

I see this from twerps over in Yahoo!...they hatin' because people earned what they have and can do those things. I let them know my truck can do things their Smart cars can only dream of when the pavement disappears and my bills get paid, too.

P.S. Yeah, I drive with my fogs on, too. If they bother someone, they're looking where they should not be--like in my lane and not their own. Talk to me about folks who use their brights for all their driving...another thread, though.

P.S.S. Oh yeah, I'm buying a Lincoln Navigator off my dealer friend for my own Christmas gift. They can be mad at that, too.
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Old 11-12-2012, 01:46 AM
 
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The only people I have heard speaking ill of car owners are those that despise the Prius drivers..
My brother has this affliction, everytime he sees a Prius or any other hybrid vehicle he's off on some semi political rant about the hypocrisy of the obviously liberal/socialist/communist driver for driving a Prius to save the world. dude lighten up its just a car..
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Old 11-12-2012, 03:17 AM
 
Location: Louisville KY
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Actually the Explorer replaced the broncoII, the Expidition replaced the Bronco. That pos they claim is an suv didnt replace anything.
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Old 11-12-2012, 08:02 AM
 
Location: Cotton growing Texas.
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Nothing brings out people's prejudices like an anonymous forum. Not many of these same people would have the courage to walk up to an owner of a Prius, smart car, a "Big Foot" 4x4 or a Hummer and tell them their choice in a vehicle indicates a flaw in their character.
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:17 PM
 
Location: On the "Left Coast", somewhere in "the Land of Fruits & Nuts"
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Dunno about seeing that much "hate" here, but I will say that as a motorcycle rider, I do kinda pay more attention to certain cars more than others when I'm riding. And that's simply because some cars seem to attract a certain "type" of driver (frequently more clueless, entitled, insulated, self-absorbed, geriatric, impulsive, whatever)... and maybe not always, but enuff that just for self-preservation, you learn to associate particular "driving habits" with certain vehicle models (although I won't name any names)!
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Old 11-12-2012, 12:59 PM
 
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personally i dont care what kind of car people drive, thats their business not mine. i also dont care what modifications people make to their cars, again their business not mine, AS LONG AS the modifications are properly done and are safe. take lifting a 4x4 for instance, there are two routes to take, one is safe the other not so much. the safe route is to get a well engineered kit that takes a systems approach to lifting the vehicle. the other is a slap dash affair that creates an ill handling unsafe vehicle.
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Old 11-12-2012, 02:05 PM
 
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It's all just a stereotype and it gets applied to a lot of different vehicles. In general the one you are referring to tends to come from the attitude exhibited by some of the people who owns those types of vehicles. There are people who are "compensating" or inflating their self-worth with their choice in vehicle. Most of them aren't, but anyone who has been around the scene long enough knows the types. The guys who actually think that because their truck is 2" higher or their car has an extra 20hp that it makes them "better" then other people.

I can think of a few examples, but one stands out. Back in my car club and racing days there was this one kid in our area who had a nice notchback Mustang. Of course, he basically measured his self-worth based on the car. Maybe it was because he was short and looked like a leprechaun, maybe it was that he was out of high school, but not in college and was working a dead end job in a bar. Maybe it was because he needed to get laid. Regardless, this guy basically thought the fact he had a nice worked Mustang made him a superior person to other people and every conversation had to be about how much better his car was then someone else's, etc. Of course, he never actually wanted to race (he only raced for money in secret places no one else knew about) because if he lost it would have shattered his fragile little ego.
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