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Why Are Cars Such A Big Deal?  
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 1859 times:

I hate to be redundent: why are cars such a big deal?


The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
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User currently offlineEGGD From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2001, 12443 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1847 times:

You hate to be redundant????

Why do you think they are such a big deal, do you prefer motorbikes or what?


User currently offlineJetsGo From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 3080 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

Perhaps you should explain to us why they aren't such a big deal?  Big grin


Chris



Marine Corps Aviation, The Last To Let You Down!
User currently offlineLehpron From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 7028 posts, RR: 21
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1833 times:

no i just do not like cars in general, that is a bias against me, although if they look good (which is subjective), then i'll let it fly.


The meaning of life is curiosity; we were put on this planet to explore opportunities.
User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1804 times:

Some guys are car nuts, some aren't. You're obviously the latter.

Don't sweat it. I know tons of guys who are not car nuts. And they are perfectly happy driving old Mercury Sables and Kia Sephias.



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

A lot of people could care less about a car. For me, certain ones invoke a response in me somewhat like when a man sees a fine looking woman. Who knows why, maybe it's in my genes. My dad is a car nut.

User currently offlineFlyf15 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1780 times:

I spend so much time in my car that I like it to be an enjoyable experience. I also suppose it is something to take pride in, and for those who like to modify cars/work on them, it is a hobby just like any other.

User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8502 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1767 times:

Because today American society is largely becoming so materialistic that we tend to judge people by what they own/possess/control/consume and not by their character.

100 years ago honor, piety and thrift were the standard by which you measured a man. Now it's who drives the Cadilllac Escalade and who doesn't.


User currently offlineVS340 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 1758 times:

as long as my car is reliable, fuel efficient, and comfortable i am happy. Thats all I need. Thats why i drive VW Golf Diesel, by far not the coolest car but it gets me where i wanna go and it does it cheaply which makes me happy, why anyone would want anything other than that is well beyond me.

And SUV's should be banned because of their extreme inefficiencies and danger on the road


User currently offlineFlight152 From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 3388 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1740 times:

And SUV's should be banned because of their extreme inefficiencies and danger on the road

Oh please, not this bullshit again. Just becasue you don't like SUVs doesn't mean we ban them.


User currently offlineAirVB From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 268 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1726 times:

Why are cars such a big deal? Well, if I ride in one on at least 2-3 roundtrips daily, I want the car I ride in to be comfortable, well-built, and reliable. If I was driving, I would want my car to be fun to drive.

AirVB


User currently offlineNormalSpeed From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 1719 times:

As a person who has spent my life placing airplanes above almost all else, I have to say that I can't quite see what the big deal about newer cars is. However, I can see why people like to work on the old cars. It's fun to work on stuff, plus they are preserving history. It'd be fun to work on old airplanes though!

-Normal




User currently offlineDesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7760 posts, RR: 16
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1716 times:

Put it this way. Why is pretty much everyone on this forum obsessed with planes, obsessed with flying new types, recording reg numbers and so on??? Most everyone else things y'all are nuts for liking planes the way you do. To them planes are nothing but pedestrian modes of mass transportation.

It is the same damn thing we cars for many people, including myself. They like motorsports. Or are interested in following the trends in the industry. Or are interested in the technology or aesthetics or whatever of a car. Certainly car nuts are not in it for the materialistic aspect, at least I am not that way. And for the rest of society cars are seen nothing as a tool, and possible an expression of one's material wealth and success.



Stop drop and roll will not save you in hell. --- seen on a church marque in rural Virginia
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39690 posts, RR: 75
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1663 times:

Well like the aircraft, the automobile is one of the greatest inventions by mandkind.
I am a car nut myself.
I am however uneasy with the superficial fickle mind set some people have about cars and stereotypes that go along with it.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineScarletHarlot From Canada, joined Jul 2003, 4673 posts, RR: 56
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 1658 times:

DesertJets - some girls are car nuts too, like me!  Smile

I have always loved cars. I think I got it from my dad. I married a man who also loves cars. I love to look at cars and I love to drive. I love the feeling of driving, of going places, of being in control of the machine.

For some people, cars are just about hauling their butts from A to B. And that's okay, we all have different tastes. For some of us, it's about more than that.



But that was when I ruled the world
User currently offlineSophiemaltese From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 2064 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1630 times:

And SUV's should be banned because of their extreme inefficiencies and danger on the road



I used to hate SUVs. Now I drive one. Granted it's not the mega mongo huge SUV type like an Excursion (or whatever those damn things are). It's a Ford Explorer sport (the 2 door one). I bought it because I was on a budget and couldn't afford most of the cars I liked and I wanted something that I had a lot of room in the back to put my equipment for work. And as far as efficiency, I spend just as much on gas as I did in my car that I had before.


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 1615 times:

Nah, SUV's shouldn't be banned at all. I'm all for personal choices. But since they are used for the same purpose as cars, they should be have to meet the same safety, emissions and other standards.

I'm also a car nut, it's the feeling of being in control of a machine, and it's hard to describe. I get similar pleasure out of driving a nice car, riding a nice bike, or flying an aircraft.



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39690 posts, RR: 75
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1605 times:

Captaingomes:
But since they are used for the same purpose as cars, they should be have to meet the same safety, emissions and other standards.

Nah, just make them come with diesel engines only. That will kill the SUV fashion/trend over night.  Smile

Only those that need these vehicles won't be affected because that's what they buy anyway.



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineCptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1599 times:

Hey, gotta face it; some folks are car nuts, some are airplane nuts, some nuts for ships, scale modeling, sports, good-looking girls, music, good eats, drinks, prehistoric reptiles (or in my case, all of the above). That's the way things are.

Now, if you want to talk historically about the USA, remember that not too many decades ago, in one way or another, there was a large percentage of the household provider working in an industry that supported directly, or indirectly, the American auto industry. As a matter of fact, it could be (convincinly, I think) argued that Detroit, USA won WWII and the the "residue" of that experience, coupled with the pent-up need for getting out of the wartime doldrums was spearheaded by Detroit almost as quickly as "we" could retool from wartime materiel to satisfy hungry consumers.

"longer, lower, wider, faster" was the American way from toasters and TVs to the all-time style-leaders...the USA car. Now, the inroads being successfully achieved by our overseas competitors are adding more fire to the, second to home ownership, the most significant current purchase many will make. It's only natural that there is so much interest with cars so many people.

On the other hand, you can get your bush pilots license and take you girlfriend to Alaska to photograph your own big deal; and get eaten by the friggen' grizzley bears. Me...give me a canted-valve 351 Cleveland Cobra or a couple of PW R1830-94s any day...jack



all best; jack
User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39690 posts, RR: 75
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1598 times:

Cptkrell"
"longer, lower, wider, faster" is the ideal American car style!  Smokin cool

I am looking for a 1970 Mercury Marquis convertible.  Smokin cool



Bring back the Concorde
User currently offlineAvObserver From United States of America, joined Apr 2002, 2468 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1596 times:

I've always been a car lover, since my early teens. I'm not a grease monkey-don't know much about mechanicals but am enthralled about automotive design. Always hit the NY Auto Show in April-it never fails to delight. From the comparatively simple yet flamboyant 1960's to the elaborate yet subdued lines of today's vehicles, I've been a big fan of this particular genre of Americana. Particularly in the U.S., it seems, cars hold a special fascination for the public; it's almost a religion. Every vehicle is an expression of someone's concept of art which is why cars transcend their mere collection of parts to become much more to most of us. If you don't get it, that's okay, there's no shame in not giving a hoot about the fall's new models or what your next ride may be but that will never be my take on it all. I've lusted after and continue to lust for many new models even though I must be content for now to drive a small econocar. But even that little peanut-mobile is babied; washed regularly, fed good gas and given dealer-only service. Why? Because it's MY baby!  Love

User currently offlineGreg From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1588 times:

Where you live...what you drive...how you dress...all make impressions on how you feel about yourself and how others will perceive you.

You can say it's not important. But you'd be wrong.


User currently offlineCaptaingomes From Canada, joined Feb 2001, 6413 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 1590 times:

"Where you live...what you drive...how you dress...all make impressions on how you feel about yourself and how others will perceive you.

You can say it's not important. But you'd be wrong."


Unfortunately for you, BMW drivers are usually perceived to be pricks.



"it's kind of like an Airbus, it's an engineering marvel, but there's no sense of passion" -- J. Clarkson re: Coxster
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