Re: Foreign cars pass Big 3. but not on a steep grade

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mack wrote:


You obviously have never seen someone coming out of a warehouse club such as Sam's Club. You would think they had a gang of 20 at home.
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The readers and contributors to this newsgroup seem to be getting their exercise by jumping to conclusions. Mike reads my post and assumes (wrongly) that I'm being pompous and wanting everyone to 'do as I do", instead of realizing that what I was talking about was (as another reader correctly inferred) that I was talking about people who buy trucks not because they require them for their jobs or frequent tasks of hauling big items, but because their size "might" come in handy "sometime". (Or maybe they're trying to do their share in the area of gasoline consumption?) I think we've all seen soccer moms transporting their ONE child to a soccer game in a Ford Excursion or Chevy Suburban....and that's the only reason they have such a behemoth vehicle. I have nothing against folks who own trucks who actually use them for their utility values, a point lost on Mike (who admits to being 'testy'.) And yes, Dave, I have indeed seen people exiting Sam's Club (and Costco) ....and the local supermarket....carrying enough supplies to outfit a summer camp for 200 children. I do get around, just like you.
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wanting
(as
"might"
Alas mack, I can be held a tad guilty (is that like a little bit pregnant?) by my own earlier admissions. Though I like to think of myself as a pretty balanced guy, I take refuge in the fact that balance means that for every rational thought I have there must be something less rational popping up here and there...

soccer
values,
Not really.

One's words can sometimes come back to haunt one...

While I really do understand what you were trying to say mack, it remains that there are several reasons why people drive what they do. In some cases it is all about the fashion statement, or it's about the macho statement, but in plenty of other cases it's because the household has a mixed need. Often times that mixed need does is not supported by income or desire to own two vehicles. So - for 20% or 30% or 40% (pick a number) of the time they really need a van or a Suburban, or a Pick Up. The remaining time something else would do. Economics and other factors drive the decision on what to buy. Are there alternatives to those decisions? Sure, but none of us can sit in the cat bird's seat and make a judgment on those decisions absent the insight. That's really what I was getting at in my comments.
Besides... have you ever seen how butt ugly a gun rack looks in the back window of a Honda Accord?
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