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Motor contrivances with soul have but TWO wheels.. (archive)

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Posted by SL on June 08, 1999 at 21:34:11:

In Reply to: Perhaps....... posted by Emmanuel Kant on June 08, 1999 at 14:34:22:

If you can talk on a cell phone, sip latte and floss your teeth all at the same time while operating a vehicle, it cannot have soul! To have soul it must be capable of and willing to kill you if you don't give it your undivided attention, and in exchange for doing so it bestows upon you unimaginable thrills that hurl a middle finger in the face of the grim reaper. No air bags. No crash zones. No seat belts. No roll hoops. Just a helmet, leathers and oneness with the machine. That is a ride with soul!

Now, my Z3 has more "character" than most cars they're cranking out today, and is a joy to drive, but like all it's 4-wheeled brethren it does not quite have soul. Just one opinion.

: It would make more sense to argue that the 'soul' of BMW cars is in fact an oxymoron.
: In as much as Germans are known for their cold efficent work ethic and the japanese known for keritsu and togetherness..
: Thus,the 'soul' belongs to japanese cars due to their warm pudgy soft suspensions and bright interiors (things we were attracted to as children) BUT as we have grown older and entred the rat race the cold souless german cars (turn and stop NOW!!)are what gives us pleasure because we've been conditioned this way.
: In fact much like everyone likes to retire in the carribbean or wilderness, we must secretly long for japanese cars...,or should I just put the doobie down??

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