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Ridiculous car commercials

  1. Jan 19, 2009 #1

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    I just saw a commercial for a Lincoln that just finally made me snap. It's a luxury car that's bigger than necessary, uses more gas than necessary, and it's an automatic. What's with the pretense that it's some race car? Seriously, most people that buy Lincolns are either old, or don't know any better.

    On another note, why do people want a high performance car, or a really fast car, when the only driving they do is on a crowded, slow moving drive to work, or to the grocery store and mall?

    This, to me, is ridiculous.

    http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=rA-pu5EP_ig
     
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  3. Jan 19, 2009 #2

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    The only time i want to go in a big car is when i am brown bread, but even then i may get the economy hand cart.
     
  4. Jan 19, 2009 #3

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    Well, obviously, you want to be able to go from 0 to 75 as fast as possible, so you don't waste gas at those inefficient slower speeds.
     
  5. Jan 19, 2009 #4

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    Because it's unpatriotic not to buy a car that uses lots of gas (assuming you are a patriotic Albertan or Saudi that is)
     
  6. Jan 19, 2009 #5

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    Look at the crap that Chrysler has been putting out lately. They seem to equate "styling" with a fat-butt rear-end, high trunk lid, and small rear window. My brother-in-law is the head mechanic at the local dealership, and he is absolutely disgusted by the design changes. Rear visibility is negligible, which will inevitably lead to more people backing over their children and grandchildren. Plus, every model seems to have to have the option for Hemi engine. Back in the '60's they were putting Hemis (engines with hemispherical cylinder heads) in lots of light cars to make "muscle cars", but there are lots more efficient and powerful engine designs available 40-odd years later, and the "Hemi" is nothing more than a tag-line for the uneducated.

    Hell, my Subaru SUV (Forester) has "only" a 2.5L-class boxer 4 cylinder engine, and it accelerates like it's on steroids. Plus, even though the fuel-efficiency monitor generally tells me that I'm currently getting 22-23 mpg, when I do a real-world fill-up and compute miles per gallon, it is always better than 25 mpg, and has done better than 27 mpg highway, with minimal around-town driving. Pretty good for full-time AWD, which is pretty much a necessity here with our winters. 4WD is good, but the computer-controlled independent symmetric traction control and ABS is much better in winter. It really ticks me off that the Big 3 come begging for money, and a company from Japan that needs to import every single bit of raw materials and fuel can build these cars (with pretty exotic automatic transmissions in addition to the neat drive-train features), load them with every creature comfort that you might want, ship them to the US and retail them for less than $20K. BTW, all the Foresters are built in Japan, and shipped here. My wife's Legacy was built in a plant in Indiana, and is every bit as good in build-quality and actually handles a bit better in snow.
     
  7. Jan 19, 2009 #6

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    Subaru Forrester sales increased 36% in the USA and 21% in Canada last year.
     
  8. Jan 19, 2009 #7

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    A car is an emotional purchase*.

    People want the illusion of security. These cars sell when times are tough.

    (*yeah yeah I know - not for you...)
     
  9. Jan 19, 2009 #8

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    There's a good reason for that. My father (like me) has arthritic knees and at 82, he has a hard time getting in and out of smaller vehicles. He had an old Buick that was nickel-and-diming him to death, and I convinced him to cash in a CD that he had earmarked for me and my siblings, and get a decent vehicle. I drove him to the nearest Subaru dealership, and told the salesman to haul out an automatic-transmission Forester (less clutching for the bad knees) so dad could test-drive it. He came back from the test drive grinning like a kid on Xmas morning. The salesman, the sales manager, and the general manager gave him the typical run-around on price, but I got them back. Every time they came back with a new price, I had my father drag them out to the freezing parking lot so I could review the new "deal" and chisel them down some more. Eventually, I got them down to the point at which the exotic sport-equipped AT was a throw-in and he inked the deal, paid cash, and drove away. A couple of weeks later, my wife had nagged me to distraction to get a Forester (she loved my father's) so I would have something safer to drive in the winter than my venerable old Nissan 4x4. I called the same dealership, and couldn't get the general manager to agree to sell me one at the same price, since he would be "losing money" on the vehicle. A short phone call to a saleswoman at the next-nearest dealership got me the same price that my father had paid after many hours of negotiation, plus a free set of roof-racks. This is a buyer's market. If you need a vehicle, get it now.
     
  10. Jan 19, 2009 #9

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    Yes I managed to buy 12 months ago (before the crash and before they realised that the $ was worthless).
    But even the low ground clearance Impressa has been incredible - only it and a Jeep Wrangler next door made it home every night in the snow.
    Of course finding it the next morning wasn't always easy

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    I drove up to ski hills in the worst weather so far - unbelievable number of SUVs upside down by the side of the road.
     
  11. Jan 19, 2009 #10

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    We got a foot of snow last night and the snow-plows blocked in the drive-way pretty well. No biggie! My wife rammed out through the snow-bank with her Legacy sedan and went to work as normal. I waited until the plows did a clean-up around noon and bundled up for a long session of snow-blowing. Lots of people at her job did not make it in today because of the snow. Funny... she lives 15 miles away and has to use poorly-maintained rural roads to get to work, and people who live a couple of minutes away couldn't be bothered. Put some aggressive-treaded snow tires with studs on a Legacy sedan with a manual transmission, and you won't believe what that little rascal will go through. I've got all-weather radials on my Forester, but plan on buying a set of heavy snow-tires and studding them tomorrow. Some morning, my wife's cherished Legacy may not start, and I want her to have the safest ride to work available.
     
  12. Jan 19, 2009 #11

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    Bring out your dead!!!!
     
  13. Jan 19, 2009 #12

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    I thought this was the best car commercial I'd ever seen [in case you missed it]. Honest and to the point; can't ask for more than that.

    [profanity]
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTvwwDnrQL8
     
  14. Jan 19, 2009 #13

    mgb_phys

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    'Ere. He says he's not dead!
     
  15. Jan 19, 2009 #14

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    "brown bread"...
     
  16. Jan 19, 2009 #15

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    I think the Lincoln commercial is really good, actually. It's meant to appeal to people who usually wouldn't look at the brand. That's a great way to improve sales. Cadillac managed to lift themselves up from retirement home drudgery. Maybe Lincoln can do the same. Also, the starship theme seemed to refer more to technological sophistication than outright speed.

    There are plenty of opportunities to appreciate a car's power or handling feel in everyday driving. It's exciting. Not everyone looks at cars purely as a means of transport.
     
  17. Jan 19, 2009 #16
    I thought you meant ridiculous commercials like this:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td6m3OhO5zE

    ~Lyuokdea
     
  18. Jan 19, 2009 #17

    Ivan Seeking

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    I tried the Google British to English translator, but it doesn't help much with Wolram's posts.
     
  19. Jan 19, 2009 #18

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  20. Jan 19, 2009 #19

    Ivan Seeking

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    I heard one the other day... I think it was to "put down sticks", meaning to make a place your home, I take it. Here in the US, we "put down roots".
     
  21. Jan 20, 2009 #20
    wowwwwwww........the good ole days.
     
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