Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on July 19, 2009, 2:24 pm
I wouldn't buy a German car with YOUR money. (Been there, done that.)
And yes, I "get" German cars. German cars are the expensive, pouty, and
high-maintenance mistresses of the road. Damn, they are a fine, fine
....but then the maintenance and pouting kicks in.
At some point, without unlimited funds, you are at a decision point:
continue the high-priced, high-maintenance fun, or go back home and
enjoy your reliable Lexus wife of a car, patiently sitting there waiting
for you to get over the midlife crisis.
Oh sure, she's not as sexy as the German car, and she doesn't handle at
the edge like the German car. She's also not as fickle and high
maintenance and pouty, and she agrees with you much more of the time.
She's always there and never complains, and you come to realize there's
more to life than a high-maintenance relationship with a pouty,
high-maintenance woman--no matter how sexy she is or how fun the nights
out with her can be. Because when she lets you down and demands more of
you than you have to give, and treats you like dirt, you're standing
there all alone outside the club, looking and feeling like an idiot.
Your Lexus wife would never, ever do that to you.
And the occasional fun night out isn't worth what you end up paying for
it, both financially and in time wasted while you wait for the German
car mistress to be in the mood to play.
Do this: start paying attention to cars with tail light and headlight
problems. What brands of cars are you seeing? That's right--VW, M-B, and
BMW. And pay attention to how old, or rather how new, those problem cars
The reality of electrical issues with German cars make Lucas electrics
Now *try* to find a Honda or Toyota, either low brand or high brand, no
matter how old, with non-working tail lights. Good luck.
It's a small thing, but it represents the reality of the situation. You
want to buy a German car? Just buy a GM car. At least the money you're
throwing away stays more inside the country--and you get just as
reliable a car.
Posted by Noddy on July 20, 2009, 6:00 am
*Some* German cars are, but then some German cars are absolutely brilliant.
Mercedez Benz and Porsche make some of the most over-rated vehicles on the
planet, whereas BMW and Volkswagen make *very* fine motor vehicles. Audi can
be a bit hit and miss.
Obviously you've never heard of Acura or Lexus :)
I thought having a mid life crisis was what buying a Lexus was all about?
Let me guess....
The sum total of your German car knowledge is based on you owning *one*
1970's Benz when it was already 15 years old and run into the ground.
That's *not* right actually.
The cars I mostly see with non working lights are Holdens, Fords and
anything Italian. Around here most German stuff tends to be pretty good.
Germany must really dump their shit off onto you guys. Perhaps it's their
way of getting back after the MB-Chrysler fiasco :)
See them occasionally, and don't think anything of it really.
If you ever get the oportunity to ride in (let alone own) something like a
BMW M3 I thoroughly recommend you do so. They're one of the greatest cars
Posted by Ron on July 20, 2009, 6:43 am
Who in the fuck would you know?
They are nothing like an XP Foulcan :)
I'm sure they do and I doubt you would have a clue...
And yours would be?
Let me guess, "I was a repco mechanic and I've fixed every car on the
I'll bet no one was stupid enough to let you drive one!
I guess this "Dreaming shit" is where you are on par with O'zone :)
Posted by Noddy on July 20, 2009, 11:28 am
Ronlad, do you forget I ran a service and repair business for some 15 years?
Unfortunately they don't make anything that looks as good as an XP coupe :)
More than I'd like to in a lot of cases.
You mean ROTFLBIACDWLAHOS :)
That's "Rolling on the floor laughing because I'm a complete dickhead who
laughs at his own shadow"
Just to clue you in Ronny, I was a mechanic before I went to Repco, and I
went to Repco to become an Automotive machinist eventually running my own
business where, amongst other things, I did a *shitload* of work on exotic
cars for a broker who specialised in the things.
You'd bet wrong of course Ronny, but then you always do. They're a
sensational car to drive, and about the only car I'd consider to be close
enough to be "exotic" that I'd ever want to own.
Apart from a GT40 of course :)
Not really Ron.
Oz can talk the talk, but when it comes time to do the walking he puts his
skates on and does whatever sidesteps are necessary to avoid backing up a
single thing he has to say. Unlike him I don't paint myself into corners by
telling "stories" simply because I don't need to. I might be a lot of
things, but liar ain't one of them and I'm happy to back up anything I
People from this group have been to my home and seen me and my shit in the
flesh. There's nothing fake about it.
Posted by Elmo P. Shagnasty on July 20, 2009, 1:09 pm
And you were so good at it, you have plenty of time to sit on the Usenet
like you do.