Originally Posted by MichaelS
This brings up a question for the car guys here then. What car would you want to get, that is not for sale in NA?
For me, it would be the Alfa Romeo Brera. Not the fastest, but man is it gorgeous. Saw a couple when I was in Australia.
Brera's look great. Alfa's coming to NA, so you might get your wish soon enough. The 4C looks awesome also.
I want a Pagani Zonda
... 3 more years
Originally Posted by suburbia
Somewhat of a tangential item, but related to cars. I mentioned that we have two vehicles - mine a little fancier than my spouses. The observation is that people are actually nicer on the road when I'm driving my larger, fancier car, but if I'm driving my wife's more modest vehicle, people cut me off and have no or little respect. In the fancier car, people will actively slow down even when I'm supposed to yield. In the more modest vehicle, I've got to run the gauntlet. When I see people favouring me when in my own vehicle, it actually makes me feel a bit sad - might even be a reflection on how the world works. Anyone else have these types of experiences / observations when driving different vehicles?
I've experienced a lot of this and it's not as simple as "nicer" vs. "modest"... Quite often it seems to depend more on the other driver, rather than what you're driving your self.
Generally though, it seems that BMW drivers get no love... There is a wide spread "douche" tag associated with them, and it seems to be reflected in drivers of other cars and their road behaviour. The only other vehicles that seem to be universally shunned are Escalades...
From my experience, there seems to be a weird reverse curve where the "modest" luxury cars are shunned by other drivers, but this seems to fade as the cars get nicer. For example, I think there's a perception that everyone in a C63 is spoiled and drives like that a-hole last weekend, where the guy in the S-Class is on another level and more respected. Going higher on the automotive spectrum, other drivers seem to be more and more indifferent, until you reach a level of "awe" where the indifference drops and shit hits the fan. There's pictures taken, thumbs up, pointing... hell, they'll even cut other people off for you, if only to get in behind for a better view. Quite weird really.
All of this is extremely genralized and there are assholes driving every type. The asshole in the 20 year old rusted out Hyundai is just as annoying as the asshole in the Bentley.