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along the "brand snobbery" line....

along the "brand snobbery" line....

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y2blade

Original Poster:

56,027 posts

125 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Agoogy said:
Integrale!
I want something that will start every time I turn the key whistle

but thanks smile


I'm thinking understated now anyway


Edited by y2blade on Tuesday 2nd February 11:00

Gad-Westy

7,159 posts

123 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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I must admit (and stone me for it if it makes me a snob) but I probably wouldn't buy an Evo or an Impreza because of their image. That said, the image porbably stems a lot from the less than tasteful body kits, so maybe its just a looks thing.

LuS1fer

32,573 posts

155 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Only if it affected the insurance premium. People sometimes forget to check. I once had to pay more on an Astra GTE 16v than a C4 Corvette and it really rubbed salt into the wound and I wish I'd never bought the stupid Astra, which was junk.

Roman

2,003 posts

129 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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I think I'd rather have a Legacy, Mazda MP6 or even CX-7.

zabba

913 posts

125 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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how about an Impreza STI spec D, all the performance without the rear wing or gold alloys. They only come in silver though
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Bluebarge

4,519 posts

88 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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y2blade said:
would you avoid buying a car with a chavy reputation if it was something that suited your needs?
Yes, but I would be completely illogical about it, I wouldn't buy an X5 or a Q7 for example, but I would be tempted by a Lincoln Navigator...smile

y2blade

Original Poster:

56,027 posts

125 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Roman said:
I think I'd rather have a Legacy, Mazda MP6 or even CX-7.
S60R is favourite tbh paperbag



Agoogy

7,274 posts

158 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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good call!

I've only ever read middle of the road reviews, but there is something about them.....I'd have one, definitely.

Roman

2,003 posts

129 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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y2blade said:
Roman said:
I think I'd rather have a Legacy, Mazda MP6 or even CX-7.
S60R is favourite tbh paperbag
Don't think there is anything wrong with that myself!

y2blade

Original Poster:

56,027 posts

125 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Roman said:
y2blade said:
Roman said:
I think I'd rather have a Legacy, Mazda MP6 or even CX-7.
S60R is favourite tbh paperbag
Don't think there is anything wrong with that myself!
me neither but it isnt very "PH" is it wink

I love my current car but really need AWD
The "brand" has always been very good to me and I love the understated image and fairly brisk Turbo 5cyl engine (esp after a MTE re-map)

cloud9




Edited by y2blade on Tuesday 2nd February 12:31

Gaz.

51,751 posts

161 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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y2blade said:
would you avoid buying a car with a chavy reputation if it was something that suited your needs?

or would you look elsewhere?
I haven't yet, with 8 out of 10 of mine being associated with chavs of some description. The biggest drawback imo is when you come to sell your P&J, with the rudest, most arrogant and just downright cheeky scum calling you at all times of day & night. Selling my Porsche was an absolute pleasure, everyone had manners, decorum & social etiquette, it was 100% opposite of my experience selling the Supra which was a deeply unpleasant experience, which had tainted my private sale experience so badly I was vomiting with anxiety waiting for the first viewer for the 944 (I needn't have worried, he was an absolute gentleman).

They are harder to price too, if an ASBO orange Supra 3.0 with a mismatched bodykit, 19 inch chromes, a broken gearbox and a half finished turbo conversion of unknown origin and had also been in two large smacks but sells within a day of the advert going live for £3500 you'd think a clean straight & cherished TT with immaculate bodywork, interior and mechanicals would have sold on the first phonecall at £5k. Though I've picked out two specific examples the trend was for battered barrywagons to sell quicker and for almost the same money as several cherished examples. Dodgy mods & neglect didn't seem to matter to these people (well, until they realise they need to spend thousands to fix them up).

y2blade

Original Poster:

56,027 posts

125 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Gaz. said:
y2blade said:
would you avoid buying a car with a chavy reputation if it was something that suited your needs?

or would you look elsewhere?
I haven't yet, with 8 out of 10 of mine being associated with chavs of some description. The biggest drawback imo is when you come to sell your P&J, with the rudest, most arrogant and just downright cheeky scum calling you at all times of day & night. Selling my Porsche was an absolute pleasure, everyone had manners, decorum & social etiquette, it was 100% opposite of my experience selling the Supra which was a deeply unpleasant experience, which had tainted my private sale experience so badly I was vomiting with anxiety waiting for the first viewer for the 944 (I needn't have worried, he was an absolute gentleman).

They are harder to price too, if an ASBO orange Supra 3.0 with a mismatched bodykit, 19 inch chromes, a broken gearbox and a half finished turbo conversion of unknown origin and had also been in two large smacks but sells within a day of the advert going live for £3500 you'd think a clean straight & cherished TT with immaculate bodywork, interior and mechanicals would have sold on the first phonecall at £5k. Though I've picked out two specific examples the trend was for battered barrywagons to sell quicker and for almost the same money as several cherished examples. Dodgy mods & neglect didn't seem to matter to these people (well, until they realise they need to spend thousands to fix them up).
I think I'll stick with Volvo

Mr Darcy

1,006 posts

82 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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I bought my scooby and was laughed at by my neighbours. They actually said and I kid you not that I was lowering the tone of the neighbour hood! Couldn't care less to be honest, a car is a car at the end of the day and it can not be held responsible for those that own it.

300bhp/ton

32,730 posts

100 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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y2blade said:
would you avoid buying a car with a chavy reputation if it was something that suited your needs?

or would you look elsewhere?
What do you mean by "chavy". I see plenty of BMW's chavved up but it doesn't seem to stop city bankers and accounts buying them.

Or are you taking about buying a barryied up Corsa with a huge bodykit and drain pipe exhaust?

y2blade

Original Poster:

56,027 posts

125 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Mr Darcy said:
I bought my scooby and was laughed at by my neighbours. They actually said and I kid you not that I was lowering the tone of the neighbour hood! Couldn't care less to be honest, a car is a car at the end of the day and it can not be held responsible for those that own it.
any pics?

briSk

14,219 posts

136 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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300bhp/ton said:
y2blade said:
would you avoid buying a car with a chavy reputation if it was something that suited your needs?

or would you look elsewhere?
What do you mean by "chavy". I see plenty of BMW's chavved up but it doesn't seem to stop city bankers and accounts buying them.

Or are you taking about buying a barryied up Corsa with a huge bodykit and drain pipe exhaust?
we've already established it's a rally weapon/supra type of thought.

as i say i am entirely of a similar mind to OP. it's not that you care what your neighbours think it's that you worry about the old bill, and chavs trying to race you and high insurance and all this sort of stuff. and that's not even accounting for not wanting to be burgled by blaggers after your evo as a getaway car (although i appreciate they've moved on to RS4s..!).

Daston

5,053 posts

113 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Used to get a lot of remarks when I had Supra's you just ignor the comments, however what you cant ignor is the 90000 people a day sitting right on your rear bumper. However I have just learnt they seem to do it to any loud car as I get the same in the Tuscan. Only difference being they dissapear a lot quicker smile

EDLT

14,808 posts

116 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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One thing that puts me off Evos/Imprezas is that they are popular with tea-leafs.

Silverbullet767

9,147 posts

116 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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If I didn't need to travel 25000 miles a year to work I would have an Evo in an instant.

Just can't afford the fuel. hence my oil burner.

Mr Darcy

1,006 posts

82 months

Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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y2blade said:
Mr Darcy said:
I bought my scooby and was laughed at by my neighbours. They actually said and I kid you not that I was lowering the tone of the neighbour hood! Couldn't care less to be honest, a car is a car at the end of the day and it can not be held responsible for those that own it.
any pics?
I do have some of when it was being built up. Its not standard and has very little of the interior left. Its a track slut at the end of the day. Give me a while and I will dig some out.