- Aug 15, 2008
- Reaction score
There have been a lot of previous studies on the topic that go into this...I'd say that mean estimated cost is a weird way of looking at it if you aren't controlling for depreciation and type. Is a contractor driving a $50k truck more likely to be a douche than someone driving a 3 year old M3?OK, I read the study so you don't have to. The mean estimated cost of the yielding cars was $6K (N = 129, SD = 4.7) and the mean estimated cost of the non-yielding cars was $8K (N = 332, SD = 6.5). I feel like this tells us more about the neighborhood observed than the putative behavior of Porsche etc. drivers?
The first notable study on this (that the paper cites) had people code the cars into 5 different "vehicle status" buckets based on make, age, and appearance. So a beat to shit '98 mercedes would still end up in low status, and a fully-loaded brand new chrystler pacifica wouldn't end up in the top status despite costing more than a 330i.
The study itself doesn't call out specific makes, but one of the authors is quoted as saying "BMW drivers were the worst"