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Old 01-31-2006, 07:51 PM   #11
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my car is a statement of expression
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Old 01-31-2006, 10:54 PM   #12
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As is mine, my car(*) is a reflection of my success, despite the horrible resale value.

You can have your Ipods, video phones and what-have-yous. Chicks still dig nice cars, everyone and their mother has a cellphone or Ipound.
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:30 PM   #13
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my bonneville is a statement that i havent found the car to make my statement with yet :P dont get me wrong i do love the bonneville but i dont feel it'* me
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Old 01-31-2006, 11:47 PM   #14
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well at least there still is and probably always will be a remnant of some kind, of people who love cars, love tweaking them, or at least like seeing them tweaked, or people that just plain ol love to drive.

Sadly have you looked at the price of "driving across America" lately? its not done by the average joe anymore simply because he cant afford to do it. The price of gas has forced more and more people into simply using their cars to get from as someone said earlier, "A to B".


I also think more of my generation( im 1 was raised in a more urban settings, where few people go out and "have fun" with their cars, their whole childhood was spent in their parents car which was used solely as a tool.

I on the other hand remember as a boy me and my dad used to take our little Ranger pickup out and just go driving around, looking for deer and stuff. I remember when spotlighting wasnt illegal and we used to do that from time to time. He used to floor that little 2.3 and wed go flying down the gravel roads around here.....which we must not have actually been going as fast as i remember, because ive driven the thing and it simply cant be done.

But what im trying to say is that due to my upbringing, I see cars as more than just tools, and I enjoy just getting in my car and driving...and adding some excitement to it! I consider running 75-80 on a curvy 55mph backroad a bit of good clean fun! Until you hit a pole that is.
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Originally Posted by PontiacDad
These are sad times :(
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Latham says his students no longer see their cars as an essential expression; their Toyotas and Hondas are just vehicles. They boast of iPods or computer games, not their 'wheels'.

'They are like walking cyborgs with all these things attached to them. Cars have become functional. They are not statements anymore. Electronics are,' he said.
Well, of course one'* wheels is not a statement or a status symbol.
When you see some chump in da hood driving an Escalade or excursion, vehicles lose their classy appeal.
I used to love the mid-90'* Buick Rivera until I saw one too many g-thugs driving in them.

ELECTRONICS - When are people going to realize that cell phones now have as much "status symbol" as a sewing machine?
"Ohhh look at my new phone! " Oh yeah, big whoop, buddy.

Do not get me started about stupid ring tones.
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Old 02-01-2006, 03:16 PM   #16
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I am an old FA*T and a car guy. What I have found from this site is that there are a lot of young car guys in the USA. I feel that being a car guy will never go out of style.

This applies to all of the car gals on this site as well.

All in all an interesting article.
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Old 02-01-2006, 05:41 PM   #17
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it sucks, the goverment should impose a tax on foreign cars or do something to help out the domestic market..
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:39 PM   #18
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it sucks, the goverment should impose a tax on foreign cars or do something to help out the domestic market..
With the North American staples of the foreign companies being all built in North America, that probably won't happen. A tax on Camry/Accord/Altima or the like may end up hurting the economy. And still isn't an excuse for sub-par products from the General and other domestic automakers.

Times changed, and GM failed to step up to the plate. So here we are. Many of the popular sellers in today'* auto market are plain-jane models with little to no personality. Gone are the days when even a Toyota had flair... that said, there are many Honda/Toyota/Nissan/etc enthusiasts who are in the same boat as we are. We're car people. Car enthusiasm has not died.

When a Pontiac flagship pushes $50k Canadian and offers practically zero comparative edge over its competition, something is wrong. Very wrong.
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Old 02-01-2006, 06:57 PM   #19
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i dont find GM products "sub-par" and the new models are very exciting and the interior of cars have been improved. While cars like toyota and honda are so dull IMO and dont even get me started on kia.. lol
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we are a dying breed yall. sad sad sad.
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