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Posted by kjk on February 22, 1999 at 09:08:53:

In Reply to: Your Dad is right. (more) posted by Roamer on February 20, 1999 at 19:13:21:

: People who stereotype BMW owners do so precisely because so many BMW owners are status seekers who don't earn much more in a year than their cars cost. These BMW owners are the ones who are image-conscious and shallow, not the general population who rightly stereotype BMW owners.

I love cars and would feel sick getting in a boring, slow, ill-handling car every morning and evening. Everybody, including the ex-hippie making 150k per year who buys the beater Volvo, buys cars for their image. Your father probably drove Buicks and Ford Ltd's--being practical and conservative. You get my point. When I downshift into third at 75mph and listen to the M engine sing to 100mph before I have to shift to fourth, the last thing on my mind is what image the car represents--it is just a blur anyway.:-)

kjk 91 M5

: : I've been thinking about this one lately, particularly because I'll be entering the workforce soon. I wanted to get your opinions/experiences on BMW stereotyping. A couple of summers ago I was an intern/janitor at a corporate flight department. One of the lower level guy who worked there bought a used 325is for $20k. Most of the guys above him, including the bosses, were complaining about how "the parts guy" could afford to buy a BMW. I realize that it was mostly out of jelousy. This fellow wasn't car "savvy" and I believe he did buy the car because of the styling/image factor. Even my dad said he wouldn't get a BMW as his next company car [because of the image thing]. It seems the stereotyping of BMW owners as being status symbols for their owners is widespread and quite powerful. I think it sucks that people can't judge a car on it's merits. It all has to come down to image. It would suck to not be able to get the car I want just because I didn't want to offend the boss. Not that I really how the boss feals about my car but it does suck that people can be so shallow.

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