So Gordo, you really just want something to drive around in from the 5th Element? Or Mad Max?
This is based on a social "need", which backs up what I'm saying is the main cause for the decline of cars. Keeping up with the Jones's is strictly a societal "need", regardless of economic impact. Today, cars are no longer part of the social construct. It's common and acceptable for someone to live and get around town using alternative means and not owning a car. Back in the 60's, cars were everything. They were art and fashion. They were modes to express yourself. They represented independence and adulthood. For teenagers, they were what got you laid. Economic forces can be the reason for many things, but a social "need" can easily wipe out common sense and economic realities. For example, look at cell phones and how many people will spend crazy money on one. Apple releases a new iPhone, it will be more expensive than the last model, and yet thousands of millennials will line up and wait hours to get it. Not because they actually needed a new phone but because they just "had" to have the newest and latest iPhone. Millennials will find a way to pay for something we think we need, even if we don't really need it or can truly afford it. Your own example Matt, it's not that you can't afford to keep and drive the SUV you fixed up. You have chosen to try and sell it, to finance a different project. You're frugal with your money to the point you hate the concept of gas. So, you want an electric GT. Being able to afford this has nothing to do wit it. 40 years ago, if someone found out you drove an electric vehicle it would result in humiliation. No man drives an electric vehicle, that's just wrong. You need to drive a gasoline powered vehicle that is loud and fast, because that's cool. Be a man, drive something with double or triple carbs under the hood and run a Cherry Bomb muffler. Cars were an extension of manliness, and still are but society cared about that image back then.It used to be that you had to have a car to be taken seriously. So even people that couldn't afford them, maybe the bottom 25% of earners, still bought a car and just struggled to pay for it. Keep up with the Jones's.
dont you dare blame your hot mess on us...I'm not an autoholic. Not even close. I don't really care how fast I can go or how fast and sharply I can take a turn. I don't want to compete against other drivers in any way, shape, or form. Engines don't fascinate me one bit, I just want the darn things to run okay. I don't give 2 figs about other cars at car shows.
My Opels and my Solstice are the only cars I have ever messed with and I only messed with the Solstice because of it's faint Opel connection. I never touch my daily drivers. Never pop the hood, never curious about what all the gizmos do, don't care if they're a greasy funky mess, I hardly ever clean them inside or out, I change the oil once a year and fix little things that break or wear out to the best of my ability and that's about it.
My recent Opels, the Red Baron and the GTX, I never stop messing with. But only because of YOU guys. If it wasn't for this site, you guys, and car shows, I'd just have a fairly plain Opel that I hardly drove and almost never worked on. I DID do a bunch of body kit and engine stuff early on to my long time yellow GT, but once I got the basic look and performance where I wanted it, I didn't touch it for the next 10 years.
My GTX is a platform for me to do mechanical and artsy craftsy stuff to. Just for the fun and challenge of doing them. The fact that I'm doing those projects to a car is just a coincidence. I could be doing all that stuff to a wash machine for all I care. I would have the coolest, most tricked out, Maytag washer you ever saw.
That is definitely true. Yes, the millennial generation is typically earning less than other generations at our age and educational level. But it's also more complex than that.They also seem less inclined to work for money, I know my stepson is. I'm not saying that's always a bad thing. Boomers spent all their time working and much less time enjoying life. Recently there was a report that some marketing companies were advising clients to stop spending money on advertising to the millenial demographic because they have lower net worth than any other. But maybe they are enjoying their lives more than we did.