Originally Posted by Piobaire
It's not always a question of "afforded it." Same reason I drive a Mercedes GL450 vs. GL550.
Would you have paid that much for your car if it didn't have that fancy brand name on it? Or if it wasn't associated with a certain degree of luxury/cachet/whatever? I could buy a better Lexus for less! It might be more comfortable too.
Not trying to be an egregious dick here, but the arguments you deploy(ed) earlier can just as easily be redirected against XYZ aspect of your or anyone's life.
Most of us here are of limited means, and we allocate these limited resources on luxuries depending on our proclivities and how much quality/BS ratio we can stomach.
The same way you laugh at capital F and D Furniture Design and say it is pretentious/overpriced, I could imagine say Fuuma (IDK, just using an example) laughing at you and saying your choice in cars implies pretension/douchebaggery too.
Thing is though - this isn't the Cool Cars and Desiderata thread.