Posted by ME on February 20, 1999 at 11:30:12:
In Reply to: Similar yet diff issue.Get M3, badge as 318 more posted by Ran on February 20, 1999 at 09:49:58:
This reminded me of a story the mechanics told me. The chief pilot, head honcho at our hanger, once cancelled a flight planning service they used when he found out the owner drove a BMW. Can you believe this crap? The funny part was that the pilots missed this service so much they went back to them. I wonder if he would have the same reaction if the same guy was driving a $44k Lincoln Navigator (I bet not.)It does suck though, I mean we can all say we don't care what other people think. However, bosses are responsible for promotions, raises etc. and you don't want to burn any bridges.
: I have some similar issues. The difference is that I am in the portfolio management field and report to investment companies and trusts. As a result, I cannot be too flashy though I do not have any cubicle, cave or room dwelling boss. So I have to have a sedan and if it is a sports, I need a conservative colour atleast. So I hope the 328 black sports package fits the bill. When you guys talk about all this, I start worrying - so please stop about the image issues. I do not think a boss will fire you guys but investors may not invest with me in future deals that I bring before them if I am too flashy. Next car will be an M3 with a 323 badge. Talk about down-badging...the opposite of all that crazy talk in the M3 forum about people using the M logo on other cars..
: Of course bottom line, who cares. And my plan is to have a ....er flat, and rent a clunker every time I have a meeting in New York or better yet advertise the fact that I go Grey (Greyhound). Wife says that it wont be such an issue and they all expect me to be in a nice car but....as Andy Grove from Intel said, "only the paranoid survive".
: : Anyone at my workplace who finds out what car I bought responds with "We must be paying you too much." (even though my 328 doesn't cost much/any more than the SUV's in the lot.) They don't seem to be caught up in the image part of the BMW. My friends joke with me about owning a "rich person's car."
: : I think for as many people out there who THINK you bought the car as a status symbol, there are an equal amount of people who KNOW you bought the car for performance. I was telling an aquaintance of mine about buying a new car. I thought she was going to be surprised with my purchase. (She recently purchased a Volvo XC, instead of the MB SUV because of the stigma attached to Mercedes.) Anyway, she wasn't surprised. She said "you bought it because it's fast." Isn't that the truth!
: : Anyway, who cares what people think.