I always get a kick out of these topics.
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>A forrester, or a pathfinder, or a 4-runner would be SUV's that are decent sized. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
I'm curious; what makes these SUVs decent-sized?
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>I have a '96 4-runner that hauls TONS of stuff <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Oh now I see. They're decent sized because you own one. But anything bigger is indecent. You say you haul a yacht with your 4-runner; Have you checked to see if you're exceeding your GCWR? Either your definition of "yacht" is highly optimistic, or you are significantly overloading your vehicle. Maybe you should buy a more capable truck?
Have you ever hauled 9 people and their equipment up to go skiing? Sorry, your 4-runner need not apply. Ever taken a group of Boy Scouts for a weekend camping trip? Again, better let someone with a Suburban handle it. Your 4-runner isn't up to the task.
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>I could see owning a large vehicle if you had a construction company. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>
Perhaps you're a city dweller, and have never had to haul a few thousand pounds of wood or gravel out to your house. To build a retaining wall, or level your driveway. I could pay someone a few hundred dollars each time I need this done. last summer that would have cost me about $4,000. And the logical extension of this is that all you pansies should just take a taxi whenever you need groceries. You don't really need anything than a bicycle, or a pogo stick.
Of course I'm no different. I see the guys in the jacked-up pickup trucks and think that's ridiculous. Why buy a $30,000 vehicle, spend another $5,000 accessorizing it, and wind up with a less functional truck (smaller payload, less mileage, more maintenance, less stable, etc..).
We each buy what we want/need/can afford. Chuckle at the SUV owners if you will, but then I chuckled at the BMW owner that passed me and another pickup on an icy uphill on the way to Mt. Bachelor the other weekend. 5 minutes later, on an icy downhill I saw him through the other pickup's windshield as he spun twice and wound up in the berm with two pickup tricks sliding towards him (I chuckled after I was safely past).
It seems all you non-truck owners think your cars don't obey the laws of physics. Oh wait, I'm not generalizing, am I?
<FONT COLOR="#800080" SIZE="1">[ January 08, 2002 12:45 PM: Message edited 1 time, by schmeul ]</font>