August 11, 2004
@ 06:26 PM

Working at a software company (i.e. around geeks with disposable income) and living in the yuppie part of downtown (i.e. around yuppies with disposable income) I see a lot of people driving around in expensive cars that have a popular brand name but not the quality associated with that brand. Such people would have gotten more value for their money by buying equivalently priced cars from other manufacturers but decided that riding around in a big name brand was better. Examples of such vehicles include the

  1. Jaguar X-Type

  2. Hummer H2

Some others come to mind but I won't mention so as not to risk offending people I know. I always shake my head when I see people driving around in these cars.


Wednesday, August 11, 2004 9:55:29 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
What r they compensating for?
Wednesday, August 11, 2004 10:19:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
The Jaguar is a Ford Contour with new metal and the H2 is a Chevy Tahoe with new metal.

Put Navigator's and Escalades in there too; they don't even have new metal, just different badges!
Jonathan Harley
Thursday, August 12, 2004 4:00:14 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Audi A4 too.
Anon. Coward
Thursday, August 12, 2004 5:32:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
To make things even sillier, the new commercials that have been running for the new "Jag-u-ar" have a snooty proper-English gal (or guy) pronouncing Jaguar with 3 syllables rather than the well-accepted 2 syllables. Apparently, this an attempt to tap into the snob-factor buying mentality part of America. (A friend of mine in England told me that NO ONE in England pronounces it with 3 syllables... He surmises that it's the ad companies here in the US trying to BS us vain snob-wannabees. He's said in the past that all the English snobs like over-priced Volvos and BMWs, and "would never buy that English crap!" That straight from an Englishman's pint-filled mouth...)

BTW, only some of the Escalade submodels are clones. I can't remember which one ('cause Cadillac is stupidly polluting the model name with too many submodels), but ONE of the 4 or 5 submodels is a Cadillac-only chassis and body. All the other submodels are indeed rebadgings of Chevies or GMCs.
Steve Hall
Thursday, August 12, 2004 7:34:24 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
If an Audi (VW) is a poser so is Inifiti (Nissan), Lexus (Toyota), Acura (Honda), and on and on.

X-Type and H2 are definitely posers. aka Models which are untrue to the heritage of the Make.
Thursday, August 12, 2004 9:55:46 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Oh...forgot to say: Add the new GTO to the list! It certainly AINT no equivalent of an old 1969 GTO! Nor even close to replacing Trans Ams (of ANY generation, like a 1976, 1986, or a 1996)! It's body style is the BLANDEST you can possibly imagine -- looks like a Toyota Corolla...(if it weren't for the badge to tell you otherwise...)

This just reinforces the ol' 50's and 60's homily: "ANYONE can hop up a TIN CAN!"

Sales of GTOs are going to crash and burn. Salesmen at a dealer told me yesterday that they've only sold 2 so far...and have another 30 in stock. (And this is in Silicon Valley mind you!)

Maybe this has somethin' to do with it being a crappie Aussie import?!?! YA THINK?!?! As soon as any American buyers find this out, they probably (SHOULD!) run down and buy a Corvette or a Viper...

Sounds like I'm a disgruntled Pontiac fan? You BET! After owning 6 Trans Ams, I'm thoroughly P.O.ed they came up with this...this...this POSER! (You should see the side-by-side photos in the car mags over the past year: it's a complete travesty! This thing's not even good enough for a future Mad Maxx film!)
Steve Hall
Sunday, August 15, 2004 6:14:01 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Dare: What do YOU drive? :-)
Sunday, August 22, 2004 8:24:17 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
C'mon Dare, what do you drive already?! :P

Saw an H2 the other day with the license plate "WRITOFF" . . . What a lame way to throw away so much money.
Monday, August 23, 2004 12:50:18 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I'm from England and everyone I know says "Jag-u-a". Posher people might say "Jag-u-ah".

I've only heard the two syllable version from Yanks.

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