Re: Me, a car snob?
Wittgenfrog. A car snob you may be, but the reasons that you cite I can’t accept. What you’re saying is that you appreciate certain cars for doing exactly what they are supposed to do, and abhor others for not doing so. Calling this snobbery is the same as being called a snob for disapproving of someone who is a thief and a liar. On a detail, much as I join you in my affection of the Panda, you only have to drive an old Ford Ka to realise that a cheap small car doesn’t need to have a choppy ride. Fiat’s suspension engineers are still working this out. Of course, that makes your comments about BMW / Audi all the more true.
MrToad. I’d question your credentials as a car snob too. As an enthusiast / amateur / petrolhead / whatever, it is reasonably important to retain some integrity, so I fully understand your reasons for wanting to distance yourself several doors down from such mediocrity as the Rover. When I was landed with the Kia Picanto courtesy car I have mentioned elsewhere, I took consolation from the fact that it had a hire car sticker conspicuous in the rear. I was certainly not ashamed that I should be driving a small, cheap car, but I would be ashamed for anyone to think that I would choose to buy such a second-rate vehicle.
On the other hand, I would call my long held antipathy to Japanese cars and motorcycles snobbery. They make so many perfectly decent cars, why do I actually lust after so few, this side of a Nissan GTR or a Honda S800?