Auto brand personalities...

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    Dec 29, 2009 4:54 PM GMT
    I am curious to find out how you view certain auto brands as you are driving down the streets and/or the person behind that auto.

    Tell me what you think of those that drive and/or your brand perception of BMW, Audi, Mini, Lexus, Mercedes, Jeep, Toyota, etc.. If Brand is too broad for you, feel free to discuss specific models within a Brand.
  • olden

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    Dec 29, 2009 5:25 PM GMT
    Here in SoCal the Mercedes seems to be the car of choice. But seeing how uncourteous M-B drivers are, I have come to the conclusion that if Mercedes were to design a truly ergonomic car for the people who drive them, the car would be shaped like a toilet seat.

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    Dec 29, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    Well I've learned that German cars like BMW, Mercedes, Audi & Porsche are sold in the US without turn signals. So that when I see one on the road, I know not to expect signals for turns and lane changes. I'm not sure how they're able to skirt US Federal automobile safety regulations that require other cars to be equipped with turn signals, but since I've never seen them in operation, I must conclude German cars don't come with them.
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    Dec 29, 2009 5:34 PM GMT
    I love my Jetta. But people tell me all the time it's a "gay boy's car." I don't know if I buy that! Yesterday I had to leave my car at the dealership for a repair and the shuttle driver who took me to the subway said he loves his job because "chicks love VWs." I never knew there were so many stereotypes attached to my car!

  • Celticmusl

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    Dec 29, 2009 5:35 PM GMT
    In 2001 I bought a brand new Mercedes. At the office, you would think it was a crime against nature that a non-manager would ever dare own a Mercedes. I guess I am naive in a lot of ways, because this attitude totally shocked me. I just thought people drove the kind of car they wished to drive.
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    Dec 29, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
    Loved the Enterprise shuttle vehicle in Star Trek on tv as a kid and was reminded of it again, watching the new Star Trek movie. I then realized my dream had come true because I drive one: 2001 E320 wagon in white.icon_smile.gif
  • gary954

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    Dec 29, 2009 5:41 PM GMT
    I have a mercedes and it has turn signals. If you can't afford one, don't hate the ones that can...icon_evil.gif
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    Dec 29, 2009 5:43 PM GMT
    If I were to drive into twn rt now I'd see pockets of MB, BMW, Audi, Range Rover and Porsche. A handful of Bentley's and Ashton martin's. I grew up in the backseat of MB so I tend to think of it as a family car. They do come w/ signal indicators (LOL) I own a Range rover and I think of it as one big money Pitt but I love em and would never drive anything else. I remember when I was 5 or 8 and my grandmother would pick us up sometimes frm school in her convertible caddy and how everyone loved caddy's. That feeling no longer exists
  • Akula

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    Dec 29, 2009 5:43 PM GMT
    I have a 98 Dodge Dakota that I love and will never part with. and would love to own the new Challenger, Charger and the Magnum. Guess I'm just a Mopar kinda guy, oh ya my work car is a 91 Honda Accord station wagon it gets pretty decent gas mileage and I only paid 2K for it 3 years ago and its still runs like a champ with almost 300,000 miles on it.
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:07 PM GMT
    I find it amusing at time that most people's vehicle do indeed seem to match some aspect of their personality, good or bad. Same as with pets, for the most part. The speculations that arise are what's fun.

    "silver spoon"
    "mid-life crisis"
    "ULAV (urban lesbian assault vehicle)"
    "grannymobile"
    "crazy college chick driving a fucking Ford Excursion like it's a MG"icon_mad.gif

    ...and the list goes on.
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:13 PM GMT
    Is it just me or is it that every time I see a Range Rover, I see a hot yuppie stud wearing sunglasses behind the wheel?
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:15 PM GMT
    NCemtOBX saidI find it amusing at time that most people's vehicle do indeed seem to match some aspect of their personality, good or bad. Same as with pets, for the most part. The speculations that arise are what's fun.

    "silver spoon"
    "mid-life crisis"
    "ULAV (urban lesbian assault vehicle)"
    "grannymobile"
    "crazy college chick driving a fucking Ford Excursion like it's a MG"icon_mad.gif

    ...and the list goes on.




    Attach the stereotypes above to the images below. In no particular order, and not including the crazy college chick since he gave that one away! If you can do it, then you agree that the car a person drives can sometimes speak to his/her personality.

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    Lincoln_TownCar_01.jpg

    land-rover-lrx.jpg
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:17 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]AussieBoy55 said[/cite]I am curious to find out how you view certain auto brands as you are driving down the streets and/or the person behind that auto.

    Tell me what you think of those that drive and/or your brand perception of

    BMW, Audi, Mercedes - Professionals with a mind for quality and prestige.

    Mini, VW New Beetle - People with a fun spirit

    Jeep - Rugged, adventuresome, machismo.

    Toyota, Honda - All around reliability and good gas milage. I’m not hot for the styling, except for the Prius and the Fit.

    I owned two Volkswagens: a Turbo Beetle and a Wolfsburg Passat. I LOVED both of them, but they need to develop a non-deisel engine that gets better milage. I only had one small problem in 8 years of driving them.
    To me they say, “everyman’s car” and affordable quality and performance.

    Bentley/Rolls Royce - Upper class, stodgy and snooty

    Lamborghini - Lust on wheels. I loved the Countach.

    Bugatti Veyron - I’m not worthy.

  • JP85257

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    Dec 29, 2009 6:18 PM GMT
    I have an 02 Ford Escape. I think its a neat little SUV. Its the most dependable thing Ive ever driven aside from my Nissan Maxima. Thats all I will ever own is Fords or Nissans.

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    Dec 29, 2009 6:28 PM GMT
    NCemtOBX saidI find it amusing at time that most people's vehicle do indeed seem to match some aspect of their personality, good or bad. Same as with pets, for the most part. The speculations that arise are what's fun.

    "silver spoon” BMW, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Bentley
    "mid-life crisis” Ferrari, Porsche
    "ULAV (urban lesbian assault vehicle)” Hummer H2
    “grannymobile” Where do I begin?
    "crazy college chick driving a fucking Ford Excursion like it's a MG” I love watching them try to parallel park.

    ...and the list goes on.
  • Sparkycat

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    Dec 29, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
    I luv my jeep. Don't know what the stereotypes are about jeep owners, but I ignore stereotypes anyway.
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:43 PM GMT
    Sparkycat saidI luv my jeep. Don't know what the stereotypes are about jeep owners, but I ignore stereotypes anyway.


    It depends on what model/style of Jeep it is.

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    Dec 29, 2009 6:51 PM GMT
    n8698u said
    NCemtOBX saidI find it amusing at time that most people's vehicle do indeed seem to match some aspect of their personality, good or bad. Same as with pets, for the most part. The speculations that arise are what's fun.

    "silver spoon” BMW, Mercedes, Rolls Royce, Bentley
    "mid-life crisis” Ferrari, Porsche
    "ULAV (urban lesbian assault vehicle)” Hummer H2
    “grannymobile” Where do I begin?
    "crazy college chick driving a fucking Ford Excursion like it's a MG” I love watching them try to parallel park.

    ...and the list goes on.


    Silver-spoon: Mercedes/Lincoln/RR/Bentley
    Mid Life crisis: ANY vehicle in Red or Yellow
    ULAV = SUBARU!
    Grannymobile aka GroceryGetter: the bigger the trunk the better so when their foot just is on the brake they have padding for when they get rear-ended

    I drive a ford. It's versatile, just like me!
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:58 PM GMT
    I just asume anyone driving an American pick up model older than a '99 is homophobic icon_razz.gif

    I've found in Toronto regardless if you drive a Geo or a BMW everyone is a douche on the road.. oh but I do notice if a guy is driving in an R8 he feels the need to drive 10 kms slower then the speed limit.. So we are forced to over take and check out there car.
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    Dec 29, 2009 7:02 PM GMT
    Also, the vertically challenged guys that need to drive the lifted trucks and the loud exhaust systems. I still love the line when they roar on by.. You are trying to make up for something else you lack.. SORRY ABOUT YOUR PENIS!
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    Dec 29, 2009 7:03 PM GMT
    gary954 saidI have a mercedes and it has turn signals. If you can't afford one, don't hate the ones that can...icon_evil.gif


    I'm sure most middle people can afford one.. they're not as exclusive as they once were. I just think a lot of people see a car as a poor investment and don't feel the need to pay $40,000 for a car thats smaller then one they can get for $25,000.

    Plus if you look at some of these BMW owners home.. From what i've seen, they're car rich and house poor.
  • Timbales

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    Dec 29, 2009 7:04 PM GMT
    it's amusing how many people embrace marketing stereotypes
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    Dec 29, 2009 7:05 PM GMT
    wi2sd saidAlso, the vertically challenged guys that need to drive the lifted trucks and the loud exhaust systems. I still love the line when they roar on by.. You are trying to make up for something else you lack.. SORRY ABOUT YOUR PENIS!


    Haha and I don't like those nasty testicals guys hang from the back of there trucks.. they look like 90 year old man balls..
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    Dec 29, 2009 7:07 PM GMT
    Timberoo saidit's amusing how many people embrace marketing stereotypes



    Marketing people target consumers who are most likely to purchase their product, based on past purchasing data. In other words, the stereotype is established already. It's a chicken-or-the-egg argument.

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    Dec 29, 2009 7:12 PM GMT
    djdorchester2 said
    Timberoo saidit's amusing how many people embrace marketing stereotypes



    Marketing people target consumers who are most likely to purchase their product, based on past purchasing data. In other words, the stereotype is established already. It's a chicken-or-the-egg argument.



    It is a self-feeding system, but the consumer is the one doing the most feeding.