Skip to comments.Science Confirms That BMW And Prius Drivers Are The Worst
Posted on 08/14/2013 12:27:43 PM PDT by posterchild
We have long ragged on BMW drivers for their terrible parking skills and general assholery, and Toyota Prius drivers for their holier-than-thou smugness. Now, it has been confirmed through the miraculous power of science that their owners are, in fact, terrible and inconsiderate motorists.
Our old pal Benjamin Preston reports in the New York Times on a study done by the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California Berkeley which links poor driving habits and wealth. Basically, rich people are more likely to be jerks behind the wheel.
The researchers examined how motorists in California behave when approaching intersections with pedestrians, where they are required to stop, as well as how well they take turns at four-way stop intersections.
(Excerpt) Read more at jalopnik.com ...
How can you tell the difference between a BMW and a cactus?
by the relative location of the ‘needles?’
Yep, on the BMW, the pricks are on the inside....
My wife made me buy BMWs for the family for years. She still has a little 2-seater to ride around in with the top down. At one point we owned three at the same time. She always hated when I told that joke.
Yep, @#!I& Prius Drivers, their cars can’t even do 65 yet they think because they are driving a “green” car they have the right to hog the left lane
And BMWs, They are just supped up Volkswagen Rabbits. I never understood the appeal.
Seems like about every fifth car on the SOCAL freeways is a friggin’ Prius. I hate them.
(In Before The South Park Pictures)
As do I.
Prius top speed is a little over 100 mph.
I rented one once in NJ on a business trip. Nice little car to drive. Had as much pep as most of the small to medium rental cars.
Also got 52 mpg over the course of the trip. Not too shabby.
I drive a BMW. A 3-series. E-46 to be precise. In my opinion, its the best handling car on the road. And oh so much fun. Haters.
Yes, I know I shouldn't have done what I did. I should have let it go, and I usually do. I was just fed up at that moment and the rest escalated from there.
Yes the Prius has some excellent engineering.
Unfortunate that it’s knee jerk associated with leftists.
Once upon a time, I started tabulating all the retail stores that were termed “off limits” by FReepers for one crazy reson or another.
Eventually every national outfit was added to the list for one reason or another.
I’m sure I could do the same thing with vehicles, LOL.
I drive an Audi A6. I enjoy all the benefits of a German luxury car w/o the negative connotations mentioned in this article. :-)
I used to drive a H3, and got an avg of one finger a week.. I strive to have a beemer one day.
Love minnesotastan.. not.
On a cactus the pricks are on the outside.
How can you tell the differnce between a Mercedes Benz and a Snail?
What are those things? Striped Rastafarian Dreadlocks? Or, is it supposed to look like a hedgehog? Oh! I see now....a Porcupine something or other...[Porcubimmer]
I went to DC one time for business. The only thing the rental car had was a Prius. I could not get over the constant starting and stopping of the engine to recharge the batteries. The “control center” was a frigging mess, the electric drive always never seemed like it was “on” and caused a lot of false and apprehensive start-stops. I hated the frigging thing..
The next time I went there, I made my secretary tell them I wanted a gas engine only car reserved or I’d use another company. I sure as hell wouldn’t own one.
That car was built to run in the 24 Hours of LeMons. That’s basically a racing series for old, beat-to-hell cars (max budget excluding safety equipment is $500, with lap penalties assessed for going over) and you stand a much better chance of getting your entry accepted if you decorate your old crapcan.
Negative connotations? How about the entire series renaming thing resulting from the Audi 5000?
don’t know that one.
A friend of mine used to sell BMW’s. He said that they were a huge status symbol for the Asian community in the area. So there are a lot of DWA’s behind the wheel. That would explain a lot.
IIRC, they had always sold that car as the 100/200 in Europe. But I’m sure all the negative publicity from “unintended acceleration” didn’t help matters.
BTW, I used to own an Audi (an ‘82 Coupe, which was not affected by the recall) and the gas and brake pedals were VERY close together. I suspect all those 5000 owners who accidentally drove through the back wall of the garage were probably pressing the wrong pedal.
I know a racist joke about two Asians driving a ‘69 Charger...
Was that mentioned in the article? If so, please point to it.
Me too and agreed. A few bad apples spoil it for the rest of us who take the machine and the driving seriously.
The problem with Prius drivers is that they drive at or below the speed limit when everyone else is above - that’s just plan dangerous.
...a study done by the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California Berkeley...
How seriously was I supposed to take that?
BMW driver’s parking skills demonstrated:
No it wasn’t, I was making a joke to BigDaddy about his mentioning the Audi A6.
The Audi thousand series thing was a decades old problem Audi had here in the US. They ended up renaming everything they made to something “not in the ‘thousand’ series”....marketing and memories..
Actually, I don’t know if there was a real problem or not. All I can remember is the horrendous negative publicity, and I seem to recall a particularly nasty show or two from “60 Minutes” on it. I stopped watching that show around that time. Nothing but a PC Kangaroo Court.
Typical Prius driver...
I am the only one in this thread who has mentioned the A6.
I've been Audi owner since the 80s. I'm well aware of the problems with the 5000 and the renaming. I had a 1983 5000. It was a great car as is my current A6. I never experienced the accelerator problems with my 5000. I've also owned a 1994 M5. It was a good car but I'm far happier with Audi.
You may not have had any problems with a 5000, but there were enough of some kind of problem to cause Audi to rename virtually their entire line. So, my original comment about 'negative connotations' still stands.
Nowhere in the article does it mention the 5000 or renaming. You stuck your foot in your mouth and proved you didn't read my post (the one you were apparently responding to) nor did you read the article.
If you're going to embarrass yourself by making asinine and completely non responsive comments to others' posts you just might get called on it. You might also get called on your making lame excuses as to why.
Have a nice day.
I thought Gore’s kid got busted doing like 120 in his Prius.
I agree. Mine is a 2002 325i that's driven regularly on monthly ralleys in the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains.
As for the haters, I tend to agree that many BMW drivers should be driving Priuses and Volts. Others like myself engage in active driving on roads like the Tail of the Dragon in Deals Gap, NC.
Others are just expressing class envy.
It appears this study was conducted at intersection in one city, San Fransisco. All it really proves it that rich progressives are A-holes.
I always wondered...is the prick inside every BMW optional or standard equipment?
No, it isn’t a nerve. You’ve just got a stick up your butt about your Audis.
An Audi (A6), mentioned by you, and the words ‘negative connotation’ and what it brings to mind with Audi’s most serious public relations problem in their entire history. That isn’t even remotely relevant in the context of your comment? Who cares if the article didn’t mention Audi? (I did read it) You mentioned Audi first.
BTW, is that ‘stick’ standard equipment for Audi owners?
I’m thinking it’s proportional to the cost of the car, myself. So, that would be an option, I guess.
Note to carjackers:
COEXIST bumper sticker >>> soft target
When I said there was no negative connotations I also said "mentioned in the article".
The 5000 or renaming of the Audi was not "mentioned in the article".
Had you even a scintilla of comprehension skills you would already know that.
btw...the A6 is not the renamed 5000. So you're wrong there too.
I'm finished allowing you to include me in your circular argument. Bye.
It didn’t have to be mentioned in the article to be a relevant comment (whether an A6 or 5000). You’re the one who also added “fine German engineering”. The 5000 showed that is not always the case. You seem to think only the literal words of an article are the only thing that can be discussed - that all else is taboo, and that most certainly is not always the case here.
You can always tell who the de-balled men are who have wives that make them drive a mini-van or some econobox by all the hate for the BMW drivers.
I had an A6 (a glutton for punishment, I had the dual turbo six cylinder) and will have another before long, but my 3-series is just a solid car and have no regrets buying it.
All I’m going to add to this is, if my ‘82 Audi was any indication German engineering is grossly overrated. It was the biggest POS I have ever owned (and I’ve owned two GM products).