Well, there is a difference between someone who is OCD and treats their "transportation device" as a priceless piece of art, while neglecting other important things in their life and someone who simply takes general care of his/her nice vehicle. I'm a busy person, and can still find time to wash and clean my car myself, but also realize it is just a car and meant to be driven, thus likely to sustain some wear and tear over time.
There's also a difference between someone who maybe doesn't keep his/her vehicle very clean for whatever reason and someone who basically neglects every aspect of vehicle maintenance. I've certainly known many of the latter, who were also fortunate enough to have really nice cars basically handed to them. One example is a friend who was given a really nice 65' Mustang as his first car. He not only didn't take care of it, but didn't realize you're supposed to change the oil. Another friend was given a fully loaded Jetta 1.8T. Sure, that's nothing awesome like a W8 Passat, or something, but it was a nice car, which at the time I would have taken in a heartbeat. She ragged it out, soon had a makeshift closet/dirty clothes hamper in the back seat, and refused to use anything other than regular octane fuel, even though I'm sure her parents helped her pay for gas, too.
My first car was a 92' Camry with 70K miles on the clock. I took good care of it, and felt fortunate to have such a "nice" car at 16. Obviously, I had many friends with MUCH nicer cars at the time, but I was never really envious of them. However, it was really annoying to see some of those friends with such nice cars not taking at least basic care of them.
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So now a fanboy is someone who might prefer the look, style, feel etc. of something from one brand over another or does this application of the term only work when it's someone favoring a VW?
Since we're talking a lot about Passat W8s in here, Ill say this: I thought it was a neat, appealing package for its day. I've heard some with aftermarket exhaust which make a pretty nice sound, too. There was something just funky and neat about the general concept. Obviously, in retrospect it was too much complexity and $$$ for a car in that segment (midsize sub-premium). Furthermore, they have clearly proven to be high maintenance for many owners. I'd say it's a vehicle for someone with curious tastes who gets enough enjoyment out of it to deal with its flaws. I know that's crazy, even fanboyism to some -- maybe even myself included, but there are people really into a lot of things which leave me scratching my head wondering why... To each their own, I guess.
My point is I don't fault those who treat their expensive / enthusiast vehicle as an appliance. It just means they are not really into cars but purchased it because they thought it was nice. Once they own it they treat it as all the other nice things they most likely have around their home, and when it gets a few years old they replace it with a new one.
The reality is these people have their priorities straight and most likely are focused on making real money rather than the measly sum that your or my preventative maintenance and upkeep saved at trade in.
I think the point he is making is why do people buy top of the line/rare vehicles if they dont care and only need them to get from point a to b, AND not take care of them on
top of that. They could have just bought a base model.
I am NOT VW fan, but the anyone who says the W8 Passat isnt a neat car is just full of themselves.
I read the thread title as different than everyone else (I think) I was thinking of it as, I hate when I roll up like yesterday I'm in my WRX and pulled up next to a new Shelby. I glanced over to give the guy a and all I got is the douche bag, stink eye.
I always like to believe everyone driving an enthusiast car, is actually an enthusiast.
But as far as the first page of this thread goes, call me a car NERD if you will. As much as I hate that gen Passat, I find the W8 Passat something pretty cool. Mostly because I am suprised to see one still working Lol but I also find the exhaust note extremely awesome and unique. I thought I read something expensive breaks on these that costs more than the car is worth to fix, is it the timing chain or ????
I think the biggest case of "competition" or whatever you want to call it comes between truck drivers. A Ram owner thinks his truck is better than the GM/Ford and heaven forbid a truck that is not domestic.
If you're really rich and don't give a crap about looking rich and you *really* have your priorities straight, then you emulate Warren Buffett, live in a small house and drive a car with minimal upkeep. You don't get a nice car and let it rot just because you can.
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