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BringsMeWomen
01-30-2006, 07:12 AM
I used to talk to a co-worker who was at my office from an employee exchange program from Germany. She mentioned that BMW owners even in Germany are very cocky and think they own the road. I told her, that's kind of what it's like in America. Loving a car and being into the driving experience is one thing. But letting that turn you into someone cocky or arrogant is another.

Do you think ownership of a BMW changes people?

Artslinger
01-30-2006, 07:50 AM
A BMW doesn't make you a idiot.

I have witnessed morons in every kind of Automobile.

James
01-30-2006, 08:03 AM
Such a large range of people buy BMWs that any sort of correlation between the brand and behaviour is meaningless.

Just browse this site. Everything from the "I'm more of a thug then you" crowd, weekend track racers, left wingers, right wingers, kids, adults and everything in between.

If your coworker really wants to pigeonhole BMW oweners I suspect her viewpoint has less to do with reality then with her own misconceptions and observations of a small sample set.

Mister Chow
01-30-2006, 08:46 AM
When I purchased my BMW I was very self concious. I don't live an extravagant lifestyle, I work hard, I pay my bills and I usually ride my bike to work (2km only.) And I was warned that I would get more parking tickets, more speeding tickets and wouldn't be given the same consideration as a Camry driver.

Luckily none of that came true, though it may be because my neighborhood is littered with professional families. If it were the 80s you'd call them YUPPIES.

And maybe that's the start of it. BMW were a YUPPY symbol, and connected to that (rightly or wrongly) is all the baggage of that era: selfishness, consumption, greed etc.

Aside:The irony is that BMW the company is a pretty socialist organization: employee bussing, daycare, supporting the arts etc.

Anyway once the seed is planted, people will be sensitized to that image. They'll see a 320i cutting and thrusting through traffic and say, "Jerk BMW driver." While they're oblivious to the M3 and 528i beside them.

That being said, people who aren't concerned with performace don't usually buy WRXs. People who are concerned with performace don't usually buy Hyundis. BMW drivers fall somewhere inbetween and that's what BMW sells. They market "The Ultimate Driving Experience." It's said they invented the Sport Sedan category. It all points to a more interactive experience with the car and sometimes that shows on the road.

Sorry about the length..

kc5
01-30-2006, 11:28 AM
Do you think ownership of a BMW changes people?
Reminds me stories where someone wins the lottery and then are accused of changing. No, money (and BMWs) do not change people, rather it reveals their true self.

bcausseaux
01-30-2006, 11:03 PM
In high school I used to ride an older Harley - I was a thug.

Then I drove a miata - I was a puss because I drove a girl car.

Now I drive a z3 coupe - I am now arrogant and have a small penis.



Funny thing is, I feel like the same guy :dunno:

e60lover
01-30-2006, 11:20 PM
I honestly dont care about what people think when I drive. I just love my BMW and thats why I have it, by no means a status symbol. I just wish that those peeps will go and just test drive a bimmer and see why we love our cars so much. Whatever, the Yuppie was so 80's. lol


-e60lover

Wethington325I
01-30-2006, 11:40 PM
Yeah im with bcausseaux, My first car was a 98 Camry, which to people around here who usually got hand me down cars, meant i had money...? i dont. I then got a 2000 honda accord my senior year, same concept...i kept it and then got a 01 camaro, then i was regular teenager wanting to go fast and show off, then i got the 03 325 I, and im now a stuck up bastard with too much money. ?? what the hell. I am the same person no matter what i drive, most people that really know me know this. to all the others...**** em. i dont care.

hockeynut
01-31-2006, 11:05 AM
In high school I used to ride an older Harley - I was a thug.

Then I drove a miata - I was a puss because I drove a girl car.

Now I drive a z3 coupe - I am now arrogant and have a small penis.



Funny thing is, I feel like the same guy :dunno:

So you are now an arrogant girly thug with a small penis? :D

What car you drive doesn't matter. How you drive says a lot more about you.

MikeCTM2
01-31-2006, 12:10 PM
i roll stop signs & run through reds like crazy 'cause of the thought of dirting up rims with oem brake dust. but i've already got my order from Zeckhausen with the Axxis Deluxe pads. Just waiting for that brake lining light on the instrument cluster. besides that, i only get more aggressive when i see another newer german car.

hawk2100n
01-31-2006, 04:00 PM
i roll stop signs & run through reds like crazy 'cause of the thought of dirting up rims with oem brake dust. but i've already got my order from Zeckhausen with the Axxis Deluxe pads. Just waiting for that brake lining light on the instrument cluster. besides that, i only get more aggressive when i see another newer german car.
:rofl: :rofl:
I first drove a 86 bronco. People said I was an eco terrorist or trying to compensate for deficencies in the manhood department. Then I drove a 85 MB 300TD Turbo Wagon, and I was a wierd stoner hippie introvert. Now with my BMW I am a showoff extrovert with self confidence issues. Just name a car and I can tell how people will judge you.

BmW745On19's
01-31-2006, 05:59 PM
Just another case of the person makes the car, not vice versa. As mentioned earlier, there are lots of jack asses on the road, most of the time they dont drive a very nice car, but only when you see 1 or 2 people driving a nice car that are that way is when that brand gets labeled by that one person. You probably only notice them because they have a nice car.

Next time you are driving and see a retard on the road, look at what they are driving, 9 time soutta 10 I bet it isnt a bimmer.

KevinH
01-31-2006, 06:10 PM
I like driving my BMW more than any car I've owned and have never given a microsecond of thought to what anyone driving anywhere near me thinks about me or my car.

gos
01-31-2006, 07:58 PM
:rofl: :rofl:
I first drove a 86 bronco. People said I was an eco terrorist or trying to compensate for deficencies in the manhood department. Then I drove a 85 MB 300TD Turbo Wagon, and I was a wierd stoner hippie introvert. Now with my BMW I am a showoff extrovert with self confidence issues. Just name a car and I can tell how people will judge you.

93 dodge intrepid, brown, with the clearcoat peeling off

hawk2100n
01-31-2006, 09:10 PM
93 dodge intrepid, brown, with the clearcoat peeling off
Poor, proabily uneducated, doesnt value material possesions and not much of a social life.
No Offence. The thing that I like about beaters, is that there is some satisfaction to be had in knowing that you paid 1/50 or less of the expensive car next to you, but is just as capable of getting you to your destination.

jrp
01-31-2006, 11:02 PM
Do you think ownership of a BMW changes people?

Only the types of people who are more suited and would have been happier in a Lexus or Mercedes. ;)