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Why are so many inferior vehicles considered status symbols?

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  • vchiuvchiu Posts: 565
    >I think the cut-off for eternal damnation should be 100K and should be increased at the same rate as the annual inflation rate.

    I agree. Lest us pray the Almighty to send to hell anyone buying for less than 100k. The uneducated, helpless mass buys cheaply produced cars that clog our roads and look anonymous. Only those who value the cars enough and pay the real money should be allowed to have a taste of Heaven.

    This should exclude anorexic reasons.

    Of course, the 2CV is exempt...
    :)
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Of course, the 2CV is exempt...

    I would suspect that being stuck with a 2CV is the equivalent of purgatory.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    I don't think BMW makes inferior vehicles that are considered status symbols. They arene't exclusive, they are good mainstream vehicles. I know that when I plunk down $42 large for a loaded E90, I can get better vehicles such as the Expedition, Jeep Grand Cherokee, maybe evan an IS350.
  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    Well don't tell the 3 series fans that. They think BMW's are inferior status vehicles. ;)

    Rocky
  • vchiuvchiu Posts: 565
    Thid depends on what you mean by "stuck". If stuck means the vehicle has broken down, then (at least in France) the repair bill may be much cheaper with 2CV than many other brands.

    Depending on what one means with "inferior" and "Status symbol", it seems this car really enters the category. Owning one is Hype but will be always regarded with sympathy (if not compassion) in that country.
  • kdshapirokdshapiro Posts: 5,751
    "I think the cut-off for eternal damnation should be 100K and should be increased at the same rate as the annual inflation rate."

    I had a talk with the almighty and he said the cutoff is now $20K. It was conveyed to me, and I was asked to spread the word that we should all be driving Hyundais. I suspect that once word gets out about this Land Rovers should be available for a mere pittance.
  • ayyateayyate Posts: 53
    Well put. The original message suggests that reliability is the primary reason to choose a particular vehicle. I rank uniqueness, performance, pride of ownership, above reliability. After all, that's why God invented warranties. As long as Audi will repair my A8 at no charge and give me a loaner car, I will not be concerned about the occasional problem. Furthermore, owners of the allegedly less reliable BMW's, Range Rovers, and others listed probably have another car in the garage.
  • ayyateayyate Posts: 53
    It is a reasonable question. One that has been asked long before there was a Lexus or an Acura.

    Part of the answer is effective marketing on the part of those manufacturers. That is one reason why Rolex watches and Mont Blanc pens are so often thought of, by the uninformed, as the best in their respective niches, when they are clearly not.

    And who says reliability should rank first anyway? Isn't that what warranties and loaner car programs are for?

    I have no answer for the existence of the Hummer, however. That one baffles me.
  • odie6lodie6l Hershey, PaPosts: 1,078
    would you consider a Scion xB as a status symbol (or even Frugal Symbol) now that Kelley Blue Book has listed it as the #2 of top 10 hottest / most wanted vehicles?

    Odie
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    I wouldn't call a $17,000 car a status symbol.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    It might be one in high school or something

    At the same time 17K can buy a vintage car that the layman will think is much more expensive.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    When I was in high school what made status was how many cars you could keep behind you ;)

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    LOL..... Ain't that the truth for your generation. :D

    My Generation was all about who had the most "bass" and how many times did it make your heart skip beats. :shades:

    Rocky
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    I think that all comes back to the idea/fact that some vehicles have status to some and none to others. When I was in school, it was measured by the loudness of your exhaust or the jacked-up-ness of your pickup. My school was kinda redneck.

    Something tells me a DTS with a carriage top is a status item to 80 year olds.
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 11,563
    Right now I think status for kids is how stupid they can make their car look.

    There are three types of people in this world. Those who are good at math and those who are not.

  • rockyleerockylee Posts: 14,011
    LOL. Why do old folks like them fintail ?

    Rocky
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,923
    I think because these oldsters were hitting their peak earning power around 1972, when such things were in style.
  • ayyateayyate Posts: 53
    From one oldster who was there at the time, fins hit their peak in 1959. Even then, people knew it was ridiculous and would not last. By the way, the manufacturer of the car with the "distinction" of having the highest fins was GM.
  • john_324john_324 Posts: 974
    "I think that all comes back to the idea/fact that some vehicles have status to some and none to others."

    Relative status indeed...I knew a friend of a friend who, upon inheriting a decent amount of money from a recently-deceased uncle, immediately went out and bought himself a fully-loaded Pontiac Firebird. He was esp. happy it had a 6-disc cd player so he could put all of his Def Leppard cds in at once... ;)
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