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It was never meant to be insulting - I'm a laggard with cars (buying at the end of production cycles to maximise reliability), and we each have the areas in which we are early adopters (mine is personal tech, my partner's is cameras) It was just an observation that threw me back a decade to my classes.Edit: and Pio, I do believe that Mercedes recently dragged you kicking and screaming into the new world order with their engine choices... Nothing wrong with being a late...
From an academic point of view this thread is like a textbook example of the adoption cycle. Early adopters throwing them selves in, despite drawbacks. The early majority holding back until the drawbacks have been neutralised, and the late majority/laggards not even wading in. I humbly submit Ramuman as the early adopter, GreenFrog and Find Fin as Early and Late majority respectively, and Pio as Laggard. This whole discussion could be drawn in low quality cartoons in the...
From Top Gear Magazine:
I imagine it starts by accident. You get a big bonus cheque when you're doing well, and you pick up the new Ferrari, but you don't want to sell the Porsche you've been driving. Now you have two. The winds blow your way and you've got another cheque and you see an E-Type Jaguar and you imagine how wonderful it would be to own that, so you get it. You still love the Ferrari and the Porsche, and you don't need the money, so you stick them in a nice garage next to your S...
I tend to agree with you on most things, but brand loyalty trumping cognitive dissonance is a fairly well documented thing. I was always taught that as a brand, you build loyalty not because people will love you, but because when you fuck up, your customers forgive you instead of defect. I'd be shocked to find a Genuine Human (tm) who approaches any major purchase/lease as a 100% logical decision.Not that the above in any way undermines your choice or value structure, it...
This isn't a "performance cars we own" thread - I drive a mid range German car because its quiet, fits golf clubs in the boot, and goes quickly when I'm late for a meeting. I don't drill my own teeth, I don't scrub my own toilet, but I believe that I can eat and shit as well as any other man. Sounds like you've got a fairly chunky chip on your shoulder.
I just noticed that this was post number 20,000 in the thread. Seems fitting that it was a post about the history of Porsche, not GF's manlove tendency.
My plan is to end up with a small fun car with a real shifter (some kind of porsche) and a barge for long journeys. The other day I went sailing with friends two hours away. By chance the venue was at the other end of a single motorway. By putting the adaptive cruise control, lane control, and satnav on, it was like being a passenger. Even in traffic ranging from 80mph to 30mph, having the car take care of it's self is astonishing to watch and relaxing to work with....
There are a few on the streets near me, and in the flesh they're so much better looking than almost any other car at that price point. I'm actually looking at the F-Pace for my father next year, putting it head-to-head with the Q5. To me it's a no-brainer but getting him to change brands after 20 years of Audi loyalty might be hard...
Anyone got any recommendations for high quality air fresheners? I'm sick of paper pine trees that smell like chewing gum. I'd gladly pay $20-$30 for a nice sandalwood or leather scent that lasts for more than 5 days, but for the life of me I can't find one.
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