Date: Fri, 01 Oct 2004 19:08:30 GMT From: Retro Bob <nothingherenospamcom> Subject: Re: AAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRHHHHHHHHHGG -nt
On Fri, 1 Oct 2004 10:43:42 -0400, "Fred W." <Fred.Willsnospamove this to reply to' myrealbox.com> wrote: Fred: Let me first acknowledge that last I checked you drove a BMW, and that you seem to be a perfectly likeable guy. >Yes, I am aware of the negative bias many europeans (mostly Brits) have >toward BMW owners, though I'm not entirely sure why. FYI - last I checked, "Brits" was not liked all that well by the English :-) >I find it amusing that you admit it is a stereotype, but still insist that >you would never buy one of the cars even though it is of superior design and >build and would fit your needs in all other regards? While I don't like to stereotype, I do find that many of the folks I know who drive BMW's do have a bit of an attitude problem, both in person and on the roadway. Because of their reputation for good driving "fun", and as a status symbol, they attract a certain type of owner. Again, that's not to say that all their owners are like that. But, the percentage of aggressive, inconsiderate drivers is definitely higher. Interestingly enough, that seems to be true in both Europe and the USA. Off the road.. well again, I don't like to stereotype, but most - and stress "most" - of the people I know who drive BMW's exhibit much the same attitude out of the car. The worst example I saw of this was a driver who parked right in the fire lane at a local store so that he could avoid walking and extra 20 feet to the door. I pointed out to him that he was in a fire lane and he said "so what?". I said "what if there's a fire or emergency at the store?". He said "then I guess they'll just have to push me out of the way".